Amateur Team Wins Game

The Winner/Colome amateur baseball team knocked off the Dimock-Emory Raptors 8-1 in Sunshine League amateur baseball game Sunday in Winner.

Offensively, Lakin Neugebaurer and Reed Harter each had three hits for Winner/Colome which scored five runs in the 8th inning to take the lead.

Neugebauer and Harter each had two runs which Neugebauer added a double. Austin Calhoon scored two runs.

Winner/Colome, 3-0, overall will play at the Alexandria Angels at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Royals Win 11-1 in Playoff Game

Winner/Colome baseball team jumped to an early lead and went on to win 11-1 over Chamberlain/Kimball/Lyman in a Region 4B east division playoff on May 15 in Winner.

Ty Bolton was the winning pitcher as he pitched six innings. He allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and had 5 strikeouts.

Jackson Kinzer had a triple, single, 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Nick Lantz had 2 singles and 2 RBIs and Dalton Baker had 2 singles.

We played pretty solid baseball to kickoff the postseason,” said coach Drew Weber. “Ty threw a great game and we made plays behind him. The whole lineup seemed to smack the ball around offensively and we were able to be aggressive on the base paths,” said the coach.

It was a solid group effort and hopefully it will continue in the next round,” said Weber.

The super regional was held in Winner on Monday, May 21.

Winner Teams Sweep Region 7A

Winner boys and girls track teams swept the Region 7A track titles in Mission on Thursday.

Several Warriors and Lady Warriors qualified for the state track meet which begins Friday in Spearfish and Saturday in Rapid City at the School of Mines field.

Winner will take 15 girls and 11 boys to the state meet.

In a successful day at the regional, the Winner boys 4×100 relay team set a new school record of :43.84.

The runners were Riley Calhoon, Nolan Sachtjen, Joren Bruun and Brady Fritz.
The old record was :44.02 set last year by Riley Calhoon, Isaac Naasz, Drew DeMers and Cameron Kuil.

Sidda Schuyler broke the region 1,600 meter run record as she ran a 5:34.64. Schuyler also won the two mile in 12:29.68. The Lady Warriors racked up 214 points.

Brady Fritz smashed the meet records in the triple jump (42-0) and the long jump (21-7).

Fritz won the 100 in :10.76.

Kade Watson was a double distance winner as he won the mile and the two mile.

Levi McClanahan won the discus with a throw of 117-0 and the shot put at 43-11.

Results of the Winner girls include:

100—Ellie Brozik, 2nd, :13

200—Brozik, 2nd, :27.72; Morgan Hammerbeck, 4th :29.42; Skyler Hansen, 5th, :30.22

400—Hammerbeck, 3rd, 1:06.06; Alexis Richey, 4th, 1:06.56; Joselin Kludt, 5th, 1:12.05

800—Saige Schuyler, 1st, 2:39.58;Megan Blare, 4th, 2:48.34

1600—Sidda Schuyler, 1st, 5:34.64; Melanie Brozik, 6th, 6:15.57; Aryn Meiners, 7th, 6:18.61

3200—Schuyler, 1st, 12:29.68; Meiners, 5th, 14:50.67; Melaine Brozik, 6th, 15:07.92

100 hurdles—Skyler Hansen, 2nd, :17.02; Tedra Vrbka, 3rd, :17.12; Elisabeth Duffy, 4th, :18.30

300 hurdles—Katherine Jankauskas, 2nd, :53.09; Hansen, 3rd, :54.55; Duffy, 5th, :57.19

4×100 relay—2nd, :54.52, Tedra Vrbka, Katherine Jankauskas, Madison Thieman and Skyler Hansen

4×200—1st, 1:52.36, Vrbka, Morgan Hammerbeck, Kelsey Sachtjen and Ellie Brozik

4×400—1st, 4:21.51, Alexis Richey, Kelsey Sachtjen, Saige Schuyler and Ellie Brozik

4×800—2nd, 10:29.24, Sidda Schuyler, Alexis Richey, Aryn Meiners and Saige Schuyler
Medley relay—5th, 5:16.46

Shot put—Jaynee Gregg, 2nd, 29-11

Discus—Gregg, 5th, 85-01

High jump—Kelsey Sachtjen, 1st, 5-2; Joselin Kludt, 4th, 4-3; Katherine Jankauskas, 4th, 4-3

Long jump—Morgan Hammerbeck, 4th, 14-02.50; Vrbka, 4th, 14.02.50

Triple jump—Jenna Hammerbeck, 2nd, 30-11.25; Blare, 3rd, 30-06.50

Results of the Winner boys include:

100—Brady Fritz, 1st, :10.76; Nolan Sachtjen, 4th, :11.24; Adam Bohnet, 7th, :11.76

200—Sachtjen, 2nd, :24.14; Riley Calhoon, 3rd, :24.18; Bohnet, 5th, :25.84

400—Joey Cole, 2nd, :5.32; Joren Bruun, 4th, :59.01

1600—Kade Watson, 1st, 4:52.83

3200—Watson, 1st, 11:05.17

110 hurdles—Aaron Monk, 3rd, :19.30

300 hurdles—Monk, 3rd, :54.40; Casey Stickland, 4th, :55.29

4×100 relay—1st, :43.84, Riley Calhoon, Nolan Sachtjen, Joren Bruun and Brady Fritz

4×200—2nd, 1:38.50, Nolan Sachtjen, Joey Cole, Elijah Peterson and Adam Bohnet

4×400—2nd, 4:03.15, Elijah Peterson, Adam Bohnet, Aaron Monk and Joey Cole

medley—4th, 4:37.46, Landon Thieman, Colton Schroeder, Shea Connot and Kade Watson

shot put—Levi McClanahan, 1st, 43-11; Colton Schroeder 2nd, 39-02.50; Preston Norrid, 3rd, 39-02

Discus—McClanahan, 1st, 130-11; Norrid, 2nd, 114-09; Landon Thieman, 4th, 92-01

High jump—Peterson, 3rd, 5-6; Cole, 5th, 5-Long jump—Fritz, 1st, 21-07; Bruun, 3rd, 19-01; Calhoon, 4th 18-09

Triple jump—Fritz, 1st, 43-0; Bruun, 2nd, 39-10.75; Calhoon, 3rd, 39-03

Colome Athletes Place at Regional

The Colome High School competed in the Region 6B meet Thursday in Scotland.

Results of the Colome girls include:

100—Saydee Heath, 5th, :14.43

200—Heath, 6th, :29.67

100 hurdles—Baylee Hoffine, 7th, :19.91

300 hurdles—Hoffine, 5th, :57.29

4×100 relay—2nd, :54.13

Long jump—Heath, 5th, 14-09

Triple jump—Haley Krumpus, 4th, 30-06.75 and Abby Kortan, 5th, 29-11.25

Results of the Colome boys include:

100—Rhett Bertram, 7th, :13.32

High jump—Bertram, 8th, 5-02

Klein Leads Winner Area at Golf Meet

Ronae Klein led the Winner Area golf team at the Parkston Invite held at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell on May 15.

Klein took fifth place and shot an 88.

Also competing for Winner were Addy Root, 22nd; Rylee Root, 25th; Brennan Bachmann, 27th; Sam Marts, 31st; Cheyenne Dougherty, 33rd.

Results of the Winner JV include: Kelbi Meiners, 31st and Alex Bohnet, 38th.

South Dakota State Fleet Used 2 Million Gallons of Ethanol

The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. From mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, its fleet of almost 4,000 vehicles utilized 1.91 million gallons of E-10, E-30 and E-85 fuels during the year.

“We have been increasing the number of flex-fuel vehicles we purchase each year,” said Bureau of Administration Commissioner Scott Bollinger. “As older vehicles wear out, we look to replace them with flex-fuel models.”

Ethanol is available at 95 different state fueling sites across South Dakota. The Division of Fleet and Travel Management has installed E-30 pumps at three of the state’s largest fueling sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Brookings. Recent decreases in ethanol prices have made E-30 a viable cost-savings option.

Of South Dakota’s entire state fleet, which includes hundreds of vehicles that burn diesel and other fuels, 65 percent regularly use an ethanol-blended fuel.

“South Dakota is a national leader when it comes to utilizing ethanol in its state vehicle fleet,” Bollinger noted. “Ethanol helps our agriculture community, burns cleaner and is saving us money.”

Attorney General Jackley Joins Fight Against Planned Parenthood and State Funding of Abortion Clinics

Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by 12 Attorneys General. The brief challenges a decision that permanently enjoins a state statute prohibiting pubic funds from being used to perform abortions.

“The United States Supreme Court has recognized that States have an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life,” said Jackley. “I will continue to protect innocent life, and vigorously defend state policy that forbids taxpayer funded abortions.”

In the brief, the Attorneys General argue the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit conflicts with prior U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that a woman’s right to an abortion does not entitle her to public funding for her exercise of that right.

Amendment Y Seeks to Fix “Marsy’s Law”

By Dana Hess
For the S.D. Newspaper Association

BROOKINGS — While most of the interest in the June 5 primary is directed to Republicans seeking nominations for the governorship and the U.S. House of Representatives, there is one measure on the ballot open to all registered voters in the state.

Amendment Y seeks to provide a fix for the unintended consequences that sprang up when voters approved Marsy’s Law in 2016.

Designed to protect the rights of crime victims, passage of Marsy’s Law caused some counties to invest heavily in victims’ rights personnel who then spent much of their time contacting the victims of petty crimes. Law enforcement officers found themselves handcuffed when it came to releasing the locations of crimes, essentially drying up their source of crime tips from the public.

Amendment Y allows law enforcement to share information in order to solve crimes and allows victims to opt in to the Marsy’s Law rights rather than having them apply automatically. The amendment also prevents anyone who feels their Marsy’s Law rights have been violated from filing a lawsuit.

“It really strengthen victims’ rights,” said Mark Mickelson, speaker of the state House of Representatives and the sponsor of House Joint Resolution 1004, the measure that put Amendment Y on the June ballot.

Marsy’s Law named for murder victim

Marsy’s Law is named for Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, a California college student who was stalked and killed by an ex-boyfriend. Marsy’s Law ballot measures have been bankrolled by her brother, billionaire Henry Nicholas.

Marsy’s Law measures have been passed in five states—South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio and California. It’s on the November ballot in five more states—Oklahoma, Nevada, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.

South Dakota would be the first of the Marsy’s Law states to tweak the legislation. While originally seeking to overturn Marsy’s Law, Mickelson negotiated Amendment Y with the backers of the victims’ rights legislation.

“We support Amendment Y because it protects those rights while enhancing the ability of law enforcement agencies to work together and solve crimes,” said Sarah Shriver, South Dakota Communications Director for Marsy’s Law for All.

Unintended consequences pile up

After the passage of Marsy’s Law, the larger counties in South Dakota invested in more victims’ rights personnel. Many of the victim notifications they make are for minor crimes, but they are still required by the law.

Mickelson said allowing victims to opt in to Marsy’s Law will allow those counties to cut expenses or redirect their efforts to offer more help to the victims of felonies. The Sioux Falls Republican estimates that Marsy’s Law is costing counties between $500,000 and $1 million annually.

One consequence causing heartburn for media outlets is the Department of Public Safety’s decision to wait three days before releasing the names of accident victims.

According to Jenna Howell, an attorney with DPS, an opinion from the attorney general allowed accident victims to opt in on whether to invoke their rights. Howell said victims need some time to handle the anguish of a major accident.

“We don’t think it’s fair to have them decide on the side of the road,” Howell said.

That leaves media outlets relying on other sources. In Watertown, an accident victim’s name was unavailable to the Public Opinion for it’s story, but was presented in the same edition in the victim’s obituary.

“There’s something wrong with the system when the government isn’t releasing the names but we’re getting the name from the funeral home,” said Roger Whittle, editor of the Public Opinion.

“If it’s a particularly bad crash, we’ll learn who’s involved through social media,” said Elisa Sand, a reporter for the Aberdeen American News, “but we’d rather get that information from law enforcement.”

DPS isn’t likely to change the way it reports accidents, according to Howell, even if Amendment Y passes.

“Marsy’s law isn’t binding on social media or the public,” Howell said. “It’s just binding on the government.”

Amendment vote during primary an oddity

Mickelson said he pushed for including the vote on Amendment Y on the June ballot to save counties money and to open up records for the families of accident victims who are still waiting for reports.

If Amendment Y passes in June, it would go into effect July 1. If it was on the November ballot, Mickelson explained, it would not go into effect until July of 2019.

“If we did it in November, we’d have to wait a whole year,” Mickelson said. “That’s why we decided to do it in June.”

Special elections aren’t uncommon for the state, Mickelson said, noting Gov. Bill Janklow’s use of a special election for the sale of the State Cement Plant.

According to Kristin Gabriel of the Secretary of State’s office, “It is uncommon to have a ballot question on the primary election ballot in South Dakota. This is the first time the Legislature has placed a statewide ballot on the primary ballot.”

That decision wasn’t well received by all the members of the Legislature. House Joint Resolution 1004 originally passed through the House 65-0. It was then passed 22-13 in the Senate after being amended to include Amendment Y in the June election. Because of the amendment, HJR1004 had to return to the House were it passed 61-6.

The amendment was enough for a “nay” vote from Spencer Hawley, House Minority Leader from Brookings.

“I support the changes to Marsy’s Law,” Hawley said, “but I am against moving a constitutional amendment to a primary. Usually there is a very low turnout and the Democratic side there are not very many primaries this year.”

One lone anti-Amendment Y voice

The special election is just one of the problems that Cory Heidelberger has with Amendment Y. Heidelberger runs the liberal blog Dakota Free Press in Aberdeen where he is a Democratic candidate for state Senate. He’s also likely the only person speaking out against Amendment Y.

Heidelberger cites the $200,000 the Legislature appropriated for the special election as a sign that Marsy’s Law is costing the state even more than Amendment Y backers say it is.

“It’s costing us more to do this than a regular election in November,” Heidelberger said, noting that Republican primaries dominate the June 5 ballot this year. “It’s kind of a way for the Republicans to pick their voters.”


Former Winner Man Dies in Shooting


A former Winner man was among people who died in a murder –suicide in Maryland.

Dan Murphy, who grew up in Winner, was visiting friends in Brookville, Md.

The suspect in the case Christopher K. Snyder had held his wife hostage. She escaped to a neighboring home. This is the home where Murphy was visiting. The husband of the woman who was held hostage burst into the home and started shooting.

Authorities say Snyder shot and killed three people at the neighboring home.

Murphy was a middle school English teacher a Brandon Valley Middle School from 1969 to 2004.

Murphy was born in Winner and graduated from Winner High School in 1965. He then went on to South Dakota State University in Brookings.

During his spare time and in the summer Murphy worked as a contractor building and remodeling many homes in the Brandon area.

“It Takes a Hero”

By Karlee Brozik

“It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle,” said Norman Schwarzkopf. I think veterans are American’s heroes because they are brave enough to risk their lives for the freedom of our country. Some people think of veterans and just think of the people who are armed, but there is many more than just those strong men and women, the others may not be fighting the enemy but instead fighting to keep a solider alive. There are so many heroes in the U.S. military that all need to be recognized.

Everyday soldiers are deployed and sent to battle away from their families. It takes someone that is strong, brave, and someone who has faith, and even more courage. Leaving your family and know you are risking your life is dreadful. But knowing that you are freeing America and other countries, well that is a feeling you can never recreate. These people who keep risking their lives battle after battle are our heroes, America’s heroes!

There are many kind of soldiers in the military, each play an important role in every battle. Doctor, dentist, cooks and even truck drivers are our heroes. Each and all of them are people that children look up to because they have lots of courage and fight for what’s right. This is an important aspect to have when you are a hero of a country.

Know you know why I think people who have served in the military are America’s heroes and should be recognized, fight or not they do a lot for our country. I hope you devote some time to learning some more about veterans. They are heroes we need to respect and honor them for what they do.