Pheasants Down Wagner

Winner/Colome amateurs were powered by Zach Harter’s three run home run on their way to a 5-2 victory over Wagner Sunday.

J. J. Farner fanned nine batters in his six innings on the mound for Winner/Colome.

Kelly O’Bryan and Reed Harter both had two hits.

The Pheasants host Corsica/Stickney in Winner on Thursday.

Elephant Rebellion in Elkton

Elkton had a rollicking start. In 1893, during a national depression, the local businesses printed their own aluminum money and a federal agent came to town and confiscated $15,000 worth of the coins. Three years later — seven years before the Wright brothers took flight — resident Henry Heintz got a patent for what may have been the United States’ first airship. Built by Frank Woulf in Aurora, the contraption rose in the air but didn’t move. Elkton’s biggest adventure happened May 15, 1916 when a large elephant named Hero escaped from the Orton Family Circus.

As the legend goes, a circus worker was drinking heavily and began to abuse the elephant while they were pulling up the stakes. Hero, who stood 9.5 feet and weighed 9,500 pounds according to Criley Orton, knocked the man to the ground and began a rampage. No matter where the trainer tried to hide, Hero followed, tipping over equipment and leaving a trail of debris. Eventually the elephant made his way to the business district. He poked his head through the milliner’s window, then charged through the pool hall. He then ran east of town, ripping out fence posts as he went.

Criley Orton later said that 100 men joined the chase. Many had guns, and the big pachyderm’s tough hide was riddled with holes before Paul Hohnke finally killed him with a shot from his Savage big-game rifle. An autopsy showed that Hero had 200 small bullets and 100 large bullets in his hide.

According to historical reports, the Elkton hotel took some of the meat, and the bones were transported to the college at nearby Brookings for study. However, they were forgotten until the 1960s, when nursing dean Inez Hinsvark found them while searching for classroom space. The bones were dusted off and moved to the W.H. Over Museum on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.

Hohnke’s rifle is in the Elkton museum, along with other memorabilia from the circus.

Hero was killed in Elkton and forgotten in Brookings. It’s not likely he would want to travel north if he had his choice.

Katie Hunhoff is the editor of South Dakota Magazine, a bi-monthly print publication featuring the people and places of our great state. For more information visit

SD National Guard Leading The Nation

By Lt. Gov. Matt Michels

One of the greatest honors of serving as lieutenant governor is getting to work with the South Dakota National Guard. Our Guard members are some of the most dedicated, capable and reliable men and women I know. Under Adjutant General Tim Reisch’s leadership, we have an exceptional group of soldiers and airmen serving our nation and state.

The latest example of the SDNG’s reputation of excellence came last month, when we heard that South Dakota continues to lead the nation in unit readiness. The SD Army National Guard received 30 of the 31 Superior Unit Awards from the National Guard Bureau. Though we make up only 9/10 of a percent of the nation’s National Guard, we earned almost all of the awards for 2017. That’s pretty impressive!

The Superior Unit Award is presented to units who meet highly-enforced military standards in the areas of personnel, training and readiness. Units must achieve 95 percent in unit strength, monthly drill attendance, annual training attendance and weapons qualification, as well as 90 percent in physical fitness tests and duty-qualified soldiers. Unit administration and maintenance inspections are also a factor. We can be proud that so many of South Dakota’s units met this rigorous set of standards.

A number of units have received this distinction in previous years. Six units received the award for the second time in a row, four units for a third straight year, four units for four consecutive years, four more for five consecutive years, and the 211th Engineer Company of Madison and De Smet has earned the designation six years in a row now. Additionally, the 114th Fighter Wing has been one of the top five flying units in the nation for the past four years in a row.

This past week we celebrated the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers declared that every individual is born free with inalienable rights, and that government must respect those God-given rights and allow people to live freely. But ideas do not deserve the sole credit for our way of life here in America. Rather, it is those ideas coupled with the sacrifices made by Americans who wear the uniform. We can be grateful the SD National Guard is so well prepared to answer the call to defend our freedoms.


High Water Impacts Boating, Swimming Facilities on Lake Francis Case

PIERRE, S.D. – According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), rising water on Lake Francis Case is impacting facilities in state parks and recreation areas along the Missouri River.

The following areas in Charles Mix and Gregory counties are affected.

At North Point Recreation Area, the North Point Bay boat ramp will be useable in a limited capacity. Boaters may launch off the boat ramp parking lot through July 1. Beginning July 2, boaters should use St. Francis and Prairie Dog Bay boat ramps. The boater pump out station will temporarily be unavailable.

Portions of the bike trail are expected to be underwater at North Point and trail users may have to detour around sections of the path. All swimming beaches will have a limited amount of space. Campsites are not expected to be impacted.

Beaches at Pease Creek Recreation Area and South Shore Lakeside Use Area will have limited use space.

Whetstone Lakeside Use Area’s main boat ramp will be closed. A high water ramp is available on the north side of the main boat ramp parking lot.

The boat ramp at White Swan Lakeside Use Area will be usable in a limited capacity. Boaters may need to launch off the boat ramp parking lot.

Use will also be limited at the Snake Creek Recreation Area’s main boat ramp. A high water ramp is available south of the primary ramp if reservoir elevations allow. Beach areas at Snake Creek may not be available.

Conditions are subject to change with additional rainfall.

For more information, contact North Point Recreation Area at 605.487.7046 or Snake Creek Recreation Area at 605.337.2587

Ann Schwader

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Ann Schwader, who had served as an SDSU Extension nutrition field specialist, has taken a new job as program assessment and reporting coordinator with SDSU Extension.

Schwader started in her position on June 22 and will be able to continue to work at the Winner Regional Center.

As the program assessment and reporting coordinator, she plans, facilitates and delivers evaluation training, education and technical assistance to faculty, field specialists, 4-H advisors and other staff throughout the SDSU extension system.

She is also responsible for writing print versions of guides and training materials.

I’ll be providing leadership to technical writing for program business plans, programmatic impact statements and some section areas of grant applications,” Schwader said.

In addition, she is responsible for the preparation of the federal annual report and the federal Plan of Work for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She works with the North Central Cooperative Extension Association with the purpose of collecting and reporting data to the USDA.

This year she had the opportunity to help prepare the federal report, which is a very comprehensive annual report that covers all of SDSU Extension.

I’ll be providing leadership to the technical management of the SDSU Extension data system which collects reporting accountability data. I’ll strive to make the reporting system as user-friendly as possible, while at the same time meeting the needs of extension,” she said.

To make sure that staff is in compliance with reporting requirements, I’ll be conducting quality assurance audits. I’ll also be reviewing data to make certain extension is in compliance with civil rights rules and regulations.”

Schwader, who has spent 28 years in extension work, is excited about her new job. “I love to learn and I love challenges,” she added.

For over 6 years, Schwader served as the nutrition field specialist at the Extension center in Winner. She started in October 2011 with the reorganization of the Extension service. The reorganization put eight regional centers in strategic locations in the state with Winner being one of those centers. The Winner Regional Extension Center is located in the Winner City Hall building.

As a nutrition field specialist her efforts were focused on using innovative strategies to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity statewide to help prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Prior to working in Winner, Schwader was the Gregory County family and consumer sciences Extension educator. She held this position in Burke for over nine years.

For 11 years, Schwader worked as a family and consumer sciences Extension agent in Elizabethtown, NC. While working full time she was allowed time to receive her master’s degree from North Carolina State University. She has a Master’s of Education in adult education with special emphasis in extension sciences.

Raised in Spencer, Neb., her undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Schwader says the mission of Extension is meaningful to her. “To continue to be part of that in this new role is neat,” she says. “I look forward to lifting up everyone’s good work within the Extension system to showcase the credible, educational activities and research that is taking place.”

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Winner Area

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Monday, June 25.

The contractor will move from one project to the next in the following order:

SD Highway 44 – 9.4 miles, from 2 miles west of Wanblee to the junction of SD44/SD73 through the town of Wanblee. The chip seal will begin on Monday, June 25, and will take approximately two days to complete. The fog seal will take approximately another day to complete.

SD Highway 73 – 12.3 miles, from the Nebraska state line to south of the City of Martin. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section is two days. The fog seal will take another day to complete.

SD Highway 18 – 9.4 miles, chip seal of the asphalt shoulders from US18/SD53 junction to the west side of the City of Winner. Also includes chip sealing the east and west service roads in Winner. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section is two days. The fog seal will take another two days to complete.

On the two-lane routes receiving a chip seal and a fog seal, traffic will be reduced to one lane and guided through the project with the use of flaggers and a pilot car. A delay of up to 15 minutes can be expected while traveling through the work area during daytime hours.

Loose gravel will be present for a period of 36 to 72 hours after each day’s chip seal application. Traffic should travel at 40 mph or the speed limit, whichever is less, during this time frame. The permanent pavement marking is scheduled to be applied within 14 days of completion of the chip and fog seal projects.

The prime contractor on the $0.723 million contract is Jensen Rock & Sand, Inc. from Mobridge.

For complete road construction information, visit or dial 511.

Policies and Procedures on Cats and Dogs

The city of Winner police department does not trap any cats. Persons who notice a problem in their neighborhood or around their business, traps are available for use from the city.

It is the city policy to not destroy any animals. However, containment can be an issue. The city is in search of families or farms outside the city limits who need cats for mice. Persons who would like to put their name on a list, call the city office at 842-2606.

The police department cannot issue any dog nuisance violations without a signed complaint by the complainer. When reporting a disturbance, a signed affidavit must be completed then it is forwarded to the city attorney.

Hrabanek Receives MTI Award


Chase Hrabanek of Colome has received the Spirit of MTI award.

Hrabanek received a degree in animal science from Mitchell Technical Institute and the award was presented at graduation on May 4.

The students have been chosen by their instructors as this year’s graduates who best embody the “spirit” of MTI and exemplify their chosen occupation through study, hard work, reliability, contribution to the program and future potential in their employment field.

Dean’s List

Area students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell.

Those named to the dean’s list are: Reed Harter, Zach Harter, Callie Heath, all of Colome; Drew DeMers, Tyrel Haley, Sara Husher, all of Winner.

Local Area Graduates

Area students who graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, include:

Cohl Ratermann, sports management with a concentration in human resources; Sara Husher, Winner, biology, summa cum laude.

Area students were among the graduates from Mitchell Technical Institute.

The graduates include: Chase Hrabanek, animal science, high honor; Taylor Hrabanek, business management, honor; Cody Heath, electrical utilities and substation tech, honor, all of Colome; Hunter Mortenson, agronomy; Ryan Sherman, power line construction and maintenance and Sam Hossle, precision ag technology, all of Winner.