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.

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”.

Warriors Place 5th at Local Invitational

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Winner area wrestling team placed fifth at the Winner Invitational on Saturday. The Warriors scored 143 points. The team title went to Bon Homme/Scotland.

Eight local wrestlers placed.

Tyrel Haley won first place by injury default over Nick Donnelly of Philip Area.

Third place went to Jimmy Sharkey with a 6-3 win over Ryan Yost of Redfield.

Also placing third was Kayleb Brozik at 160 pounds as he pinned Josh Vaith of Bon Homme/Scotland in 4:34.

Fourth place went to Cameron Biggins and Ty Bolton. Biggins, 126, lost by a pin in 2:37 to Isaac Olson of Mobridge/Pollock.

Bolton, 138, lost to Sam Caba, Bon Homme/Scotland, 7-6.

Fifth place went to Colby Curtis, Cohl Turnquist and Jayden Schroeder.

Curtis, 113, won 3-1 over Chance Stuwe, Potter Co.

Turnquist, 170, won by major decision 12-0 over Joseph Avalos of Mobridge/Pollock.

Schroeder, 182, pinned Jed Konnechne of Sunshine Bible Academy in 2:31.

Named the outstanding wrestler was Atlas Willuweit of Burke/Gregory.

Coach Matt Chambers said it was great to see 8 of the 10 wrestlers place in the home tournament. “I thought they wrestled well throughout the day. We were a little inconsistent still and lost some close one or two point matches that we could have won. I hope they get a little confidence from this tournament and see they can compete with anyone,” said Chambers.haley wrestling

Youth Place in Winner AAU tournament

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Several young wrestlers placed in the 15th annual Winner Quarterback Club AAU wrestling tournament Jan. 25.

Results include:

6 and under—Hudson Peters, 1st; Roukyn Robbins, and Legend Benedict, 2nd; Cooper Craven, 3rd and Logan Calhoon, 4th

7-8—Kayden Fryer and Ryken Orel, both 1st; Rylan Robbins, Brody Calhoon, Mason Curtis, all 2nd; Carter Craven, Peydin Peterson, both 3rd; Kooper Welch, Robinson LaDeaux, Jackson Bachmann, all 4th

9-10—Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Kellen Brozik, Coy Assman and Maxton Brozik,  all 1st; Keygan Biggins, Broden Duffy and Landon Calhoon all 3rd; Payton Fisher and Evan Bartels, both 4th.

11-12—Owen Duffy, Kaden Keiser, both 1st; Kamryn Meek, Joey Cole, both 2nd; Gavin Tucker, 4th

13-14—Aaron Gilchrist, Adam Cole, Kaleb Osborn, all 1st; Xavier Cadotte and Cailob Week, both 3rd.

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Lady Warriors Fall to Pine Ridge

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Winner Lady Warriors basketball team played an excellent first half as they hosted Pine Ridge Thursday night.

Pine Ridge out-scored Winner in the third and fourth quarters and defeated the Lady Warriors 70-62.

“We had a great start to the game and played very well in the first half,” said Coach Larry Aaker. “In the second half we made too many mistakes and Pine Ridge took advantage of them like good teams do.”

The Lady Warriors led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and led 34-23 at the half.

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Warriors Keep Undefeated Season Alive

The unbeaten string for the Winner High School boys basketball team remains alive as they won their 11th game on Thursday over Wagner. On the road, Winner came up with a 69-52 victory.

The Warriors led 35-26 at the half.

Brendan Harter led the scoring for Winner with 21 points followed by Devon Leiferman with 17 and Nathan Galbraith and Sam Naasz with 10 each.

“We started the game with a lot of fire and took an early lead,” said coach Brett Gardner. “We traded baskets for most of the second and third quarter. Then in the fourth quarter we dug down and defended and were able to pull away and get some guys some playing time,” said the coach.