Winner Receives Academic Achievement Award

Several Winner High School teams have received the South Dakota High School Activities Association academic achievement team award.

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the SDHSAA academic achievement team award. Winner teams honored include: boys cross country, all-state chorus, football, volleyball, boys golf, competitive cheer, football cheerleaders, competitive dance team, oral interpretation and girls cross country.

The high school activities association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways: inside the classroom and outside the classroom—on stage and/or athletic field. This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.

Vehicle Chase Ends in Tripp County

After a 72 mile chase across central South Dakota a pickup was  stopped in Tripp County.

Tripp County Sheriff Shawn Pettit said the incident happened on Jan. 20 when the vehicle was forced to stop on Highway 183, south of the White River bridge in Tripp County. The sheriff’s office deployed a spike strip to stop the fleeing white pickup. Speeds during the chase reached as high was 85 miles an hour.

Two people were arrested following the high speed chase.

According to the Lyman County Sheriff’s Office the chase began when an officer with the Lower Brule Bureau of Indian Affairs attempted to stop a vehicle and the vehicle fled.

The Lyman County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the situation at approximately 4:43 p.m. and  joined the pursuit when the vehicle reached an area north of Kennebec on state highway 273.

The chase continued on numerous gravel and dirt roads before the vehicle was stopped on Highway 183. Pettit said the vehicle was stopped at around 6 p.m.

The names of the two suspects were not released.

The driver was arrested on numerous charges related to the chase while a passenger was arrested on several drug charges.

Winner Regional Foundation Event Brings in Over $77,000 for Local Hospital

The Winner Regional Foundation Board announced the results of their Holiday Festival fundraiser, held last December, at their January 2015 meeting.  The annual Holiday Festival, which was held December 6th, raised over $77,000 dollars, with proceeds raised going back into Winner Regional Hospital to buy needed health care equipment.

“We had an outstanding turn-out at the Holiday Festival in December”, stated Lynnelle Anderson, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “We had great weather, wonderful attendance – in fact, we sold out – and once again, the community out-pouring and generosity really showed us all that our community truly does want the best in health care in our community”.