Lady Warriors Down Miller

Winner High School girls basketball team picked up its 10th victory of the season as they defeated Miller 73-43 on Jan. 26.

The game was close at the end of the first quarter with the Lady Warriors holding a 10-9 lead. Winner had a strong second half as they outscored Miller 47-23.

Kelsey Bertram had a strong night for Winner as she scored 23 points. The senior was 5-10 from the three point line.  It was a  good balanced scoring night for Winner as Sydney Fritz scored 18 points, Tawny Sherman, 14 and Bailey Volmer, 11.

Mildred “Millie” Kaiser, 90

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Mildred “Millie” Kaiser, 90, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner.  Funeral service was held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Mildred, known to many as (Millie) was born January 4, 1925, on the family farm south of Colome, SD, to Frank and Bertha Bertram. She had 5 sisters and 8 brothers. Mildred was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Colome, SD. Millie attended Colome High School until she had to quit and help with the farm and family. She later took a job south of Colome, SD working on a farm where she met Albert Kaiser. They married September 11, 1943 and settled into rural life near Millboro, SD where they farmed and milked cows. Three children were born; a daughter, Betty, son Gary, and the youngest daughter, Norma. They later bought a farm 9 miles S. of Winner, SD. Gary then took over the farm in 1969 when Albert and Millie moved to Winner. Albert died in January, 1970.

Sedonia Wagner, 93

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Sedonia was born on September 9, 1921 at home on a farm near Colome, SD to Lawrence and Marie (Spacil) Stritecky. She attended rural schools in Tripp County and attended Winner High School, graduating in 1940.

An adventurous young man swept her off her feet and she and Lawrence Wagner were married in Colome on June 18, 1940. They purchased Sedonia’s parents’ farm south of Winner in 1942, where they lived until 2006 when Sedonia suffered a major stroke. Following the stroke, she joined Lawrence at the Elder Inn. She moved into Winner Regional Long Term Care in August, 2010.

Sedonia was active in church and community. She was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, past member of Immaculate Conception church choir and Eucharistic minister, board member of Winner Senior Citizens, and Wilson Extension Club.

Lawrence and Sedonia shared many interests including square dancing and ballroom dancing (they danced the polka at their 65th wedding anniversary), attending Western Fraternal and ZCBJ Lodge meetings, supporting the Tripp County Democrats and Tripp County Historical Society.

Lawrence and Sedonia were instrumental in establishing the Tripp County Rural Water District. In recognition of their contribution of the land for the first well, a scholarship has been established in their name. The family was honored as the 1996 Farm Family of the Year by the Winner Chamber of Commerce.

Chalene Smith, 54

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Chalene “Cheri” (Dubel) Smith, age 54 of Gillette, Wyo., passed away from an ongoing battle with breast cancer on Friday, Jan. 23,  at Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette, Wyo. Chalene (Dubel) Smith was born on Aug. 17, 1960 in Winner, to James and Norma Dubel. She graduated from Casper College with a degree in computer programming. Upon completing college she moved to Gillette, and accepted a position as a computer programmer with the Campbell County  in Gillette where she worked for more than 10 years. She also worked for coal mines in the area, she worked a short time for the post office, 5 years at Razor’s Edge, an office position for P&H Mining, she also worked for Flightline and other various jobs, and finally at Global Heat Transfer for a couple years. Cheri had a superior work ethic.

She married Kurt Smith on September 16, 1989. He was the love of her life, and her broken heart was never the same after his departure to heaven. The couple had numerous dogs over the years which were like their children. She took pride in her customer service and showing her younger peers a good work ethic; and how to work with values and integrity. She always strived to make her employer a success. She loved walking her dog Lexi;  who is missing her. Cheri is survived by her sister; Becky (Brian) Kjensmo of Park City, MT, brothers; James (Nancy) Dubel and Larry Dubel  of Gillette, WY, aunt; Maxine Harter of Sturgis, SD, niece; Amanda (Chad) Herman of Gillette,WY, nephews; Zachary Dubel of Douglas, WY, Chris Dubel and Zackery Stevens of Gillette, WY, along with numerous cousins, great-nephews and a great-niece. She is preceded in death by her husband; Kurt Smith, her parents; James and Norma Dubel, cousin; Tim Harter of Michigan and grandparents.  The family welcomes all to attend the service and celebrate Cheri’s life. to thank Close to Home Hospice and their staff for all of the help, caring, and understanding. Donations may be made in Cheri’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Memorials and condolences may also be sent in the families name to Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or via website:

Arthur (Art) Zimbelmann, 85

Art ZArthur (Art) Zimbelmann was born July 26, 1929 on the family ranch near Hamill, the second child of seven to Henry and Clara (Korb) Zimbelmann. Art grew up on the ranch learning to work with cattle and ride horses. He developed a love of hunting and fishing during these growing up years.

Art went to the country school right behind their ranch until he finished the eighth grade. He worked on the ranch with his dad until he was called into service during the Korean War. Art proudly served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954. It was only recently that Art talked about his time in the Tank Company of the 223rd Infantry. Art came back to work the ranch after his honorable discharge in January of 1954.

Art met Joan Fischer at a dance and on June 28, 1958 they were married. They had three boys: Arvis, Arden, and Gary.

Bernard Lee Baxa, 60

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Bernard Lee Baxa  passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 80 years old.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 3 at the Burke Civic Center. Burial was in the Herrick Cemetery.

He was born on September 23rd, 1934 in Dixon, SD in the farmhouse of his parents John and Nettie (Konop) Baxa. He has two older siblings, Ruby (Baxa) Stevicks and Duane Baxa. Bernie went to school in St. Charles, SD until his sophomore year and then finished high school in Burke, graduating in 1952. After graduating, Bernie worked on the family farm and also did custom farm work for other famers in the area. Bernie was baptized, confirmed, and became a member of The Herrick Lutheran Church.

On May 14, 1954 Bernie married his beautiful bride of 60 years,   Marilyn Tietgen. Together they had six children: Janet (Steve  Bailey) of Bonesteel, SD; Dan (Cheryl) of Herrick, SD; John (Linda) of Hohnville, LA; James (Sue) of Canistota, SD; Julie (Bruce Otto) of Canistota, SD; Jolene (Mark Ward) of Spring Creek, NV.

In 1958 Bernie started working for Gustinson Construction building bridges. In 1960 Bernie and Marilyn moved to Herrick from their farm south of town. They bought “Todd’s Recreation” in 1973, now known as Bernie’s Inn. Bernie always took pride in working hard to provide for his family.

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Touts National Tax Identity Theft Week

PIERRE, S.D –   Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week begins this week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses a Social Security number to get a tax refund or tries to obtain personal identifying information while acting as an Agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has seen several of these scams surface over the past six weeks and expects the number to increase throughout the busy tax season.

“Consumers are working to complete their tax filing requirements and these scam artists are trying desperately to catch them off guard.  The IRS does not communicate with individuals via phone call or email with tax filing problems, so avoid clicking links on suspicious email messages or harassing phone calls,” said Jackley.

The most widespread scam involves a telephone call telling the victims they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid immediately through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.

In many cases, the caller becomes hostile.

The email scam is still prevalent as well. The victim receives an email claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), indicating there was a problem with their previous tax filing and should click on the link to review the issues.  These scams are designed to obtain personal identifying information.

Consumers should proceed with caution when visiting websites that either associate themselves with the IRS or have the appearance of the IRS site.  These look –alike sites redirect consumers to bogus websites that will ultimately ask for personal identifying information such as social security or bank account numbers.

The official IRS website is  It is important to remember the official IRS website offers tax information for consumers, but the exchange of private financial information is limited. Use precaution when logging on to the IRS website and double check your internet address to ensure it is correct.

If you have been a victim of one of these scams or need any additional information contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting to Combat Illnesses During Flu Season

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Eliminating illness causing germs from reaching our families is a focus during cold and flu season. To accomplish this, the use of chlorine bleach to sanitize surfaces is a common practice in homes, schools, childcare facilities as well as foodservice establishments.

“Chlorine bleach is a very effective sanitizer and disinfectant on disease causing germs, bacteria, parasites and viruses – including the flu virus,” said Joan Hegerfeld-Baker, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting as cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. However this process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

Hegerfeld-Baker reminds the public that chlorine bleach can be ineffective as a sanitizer if not used correctly. She shares the following tips when using chlorine bleach to sanitize:

Never mix bleach with other household cleaners, especially those containing ammonia. A poisonous gas can form which can be deadly.

Clean fist, rinse, then sanitize. Soil, debris and detergent residues will tie up the free chlorine molecules in the bleach/water solution and render it ineffective.

Water should be at room temperature or slightly warmer.

Chlorine bleach can become old and lose its effectiveness.

Make sure that 5.25% sodium hypochlorite is the only active ingredient in the chlorine bleach.

Scented bleach is not recommended to treat drinking water or on any food contact surface (such as dishes, counter tops, dining tables, food preparation equipment, sinks.)

For more information and tips on disinfecting your home or public environment, Hegerfeld-Baker encouraged individuals to visit and search for “sanitizing bleach.”

Pheasant Ditch Mowing Rule Will Not Change

The months when ditches can be moved along state highways in South Dakota shouldn’t change said the state transportation commission.

A pheasant work habitat work group that was convened a year ago suggested that populations of the game birds might benefit from tighter restrictions on mowing.

The thought was that fewer nests would be destroyed during early summer when the hens are hatching their eggs and in the weeks afterward when the broods of new chicks are sticking close.

The current rule states: “No mowing the right of way may begin in the west river counties of Gregory, Lyman or Tripp before June 15 and east of the Missouri River before July 10.”

A motion was made to leave the rule unchanged. The decision was unanimous on a voice vote.