A Look at You… Frank Finney

FinneyName: Frank Finney

Birthplace: At home on the family ranch near Seneca, Neb.

Family: Wife: Jeriann; Sons: Jon, Jeff, Joel, and their families.

Currently reside where: Winner, SD

Occupation: Retired school administrator.

Some civic/religious/other board(s) on which you serve or group(s)/organization(s) you belong to: Winner city council president; chairman of the Rural Office of Economic Development (located at Lake Andes); Winner Senior Citizens board of directors member; Methodist Church board, SPR committee.

The best thing about my current life circumstances: Enjoying my retirement and having time to serve on the city council, church boards, and pheasant guiding.

My favorite childhood memory: Growing up on a small sandhill ranch with my five brothers and four sisters.

When growing up, I wanted to be: A teacher

My most prized possession: My family

Favorite sports team(s): Big Red and the Denver Broncos.

Favorite current television show: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite past television show: In the Heat of the Night

Favorite movie(s): Lonesome Dove, Broken Trail

Favorite actor: Robert Duvall

Favorite actress: Sandra Bullock

Favorite musician(s)/band(s): Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks.

Favorite book(s)/author(s): James Michener, Centennial, and The Source.

Favorite publication(s) (newspapers, magazines): Winner Advocate, The Daily Republic, South Dakota Magazine.

Favorite holiday and why:  Christmas. Time with family.

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, woodworking, and watching sports events.

Three things that can always be found in my refrigerator: Cheese, milk, meat.

My favorite snack: Homemade cookies.

Pet peeve: People who are not honest.

Someone I most admire and why: My wife. She is the light of my life.

Three words that best describe me: Kind, caring, willing to help.

People would be surprised to know: That I’m as old as I am.

I’ve never been able to: Ski or dance.

I wish I could stop: Wasting time.

When nobody is looking, I: I eat snacks.

I’m better than most at: Putting things off that need to be done.

The best time of my life: Right now.

My most embarrassing moment was: There are too many to list.

I’d like to have a dollar for: Every book I’ve read and for every time I’ve said, “Yes, Dear.”

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: Straubing, Germany, where I was stationed in the Army. And also I’d visit Ireland.

If I won the lottery: I’d share it with my family and church.

My definition of a great evening is: Doing something with my wife and family.

A goal I have for the future: Grow old with my loved ones.

The best thing about where I live: Good friends and community.

If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s: Change will always happen.

Soles Receives Scholarship

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David Burger, a Pioneer sales representative, has donated $1,000 to the Winner School District to be used in the form of a scholarship.  This year’s scholarship recipient is Lesley Soles. Soles is a senior at Winner High School and plans to attend South Dakota State University this fall.

Burger was awarded this contribution money by DuPont Pioneer for his dedication to customer-focused activities throughout the year.  DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high–quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries.  Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.

DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.   The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, BGO’s and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.dupont.com” www.dupont.com

Schramm Wins Outstanding QB Member Award

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The Winner Quarterback Club presented its outstanding member award to Scott Schramm Friday night. The honor was presented at the annual Winner QB Club athletic awards night.

Scott is the son of Jeff and Sharon Schramm of Winner and a 1990 graduate of Winner High School. He participated in football, basketball and track during his high school years.

It was also at that time, in 1987, that he started working part-time as a DJ on local radio station KWYR.

After high school graduation, he attended the University of South Dakota majoring in mass communications. After graduation, Scott pursued his career on the eastern side of the state in Sioux Falls and Vermillion and on the western end of the state in the Rapid City radio market.

In 1996 he make the major decision to commit to local radio by purchasing KWYR.

Winner and the surrounding area are fortunate to have a local connection broadcasting games, sponsoring “Coaches Corner” and posting results and schedules for various events around south central South Dakota and north central Nebraska.

Scott’s commitment to the Winner School District was evident in 2009 when he opened the phone lines of his radio station to a radiothon to help the district raise the necessary funds to keep working at its current level of competency. Over $40,000 was raised during that one day event.

Calhoon Sparks DWU Championship Game

Austin Calhoon of Winner who plays baseball for Dakota Wesleyan University came up with the game winning RB I single as DWU won 7-6 over Midland University to win the Great Plains Conference Athletic Conference.

Calhoon’s biggest moment came in the seventh inning. After junior Cole Wenande led off the bottom of the inning with a single and advanced to third on a bunt and Midland error, Calhoon poked the game winning hit.

“We’ve been preaching on good at bats and one inning at a time,” Calhoon told the Mitchell Daily Republic. “I was just looking for my pitch and whenever I find it, I’m looking to swing.”

The junior outfieldier hit a bloop single in left field that put DWU up 7-6 and it later proved to be the difference in deciding the GPAC championship.

“He’s been a spark all year long,” said DWU coach John Greicar. “He’s really settled into his approach and knows what he has to do. It’s been his role to provide leadership, whether it’s a walk or a huge hit. He’s capable of a lot of things and we count on him to have strong at-bats.”

Calhoon finished the game 2-2 with two runs and an RBI enroute to helping the Tigers claim their fourth GPAC title since 2009.

Calhoon was named to the GPAC all-conference honorable mention list.

“It feels great after we came up short last year,” said Calhoon. “It feels amazing to come back and get the job done.”

Calhoon, the son of John and Jodi Calhoon, has played in 29 games  and has a batting average of .392.

DWU played Missouri Baptist in the first round of the NAIA baseball tournament on Tuesday, May, 12, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Carlson to be Inducted into Winner Hall of Fame

Glenn Carlson


Glenn Carlson will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame at the quarterback club track meet on Friday, May 15.

Carlson began teaching in Winner in 1973 and continued through 2006. During his tenure, he taught mainly math classes along with some science and PE classes.

Carlson has touched the lives of countless students who still hold him in high regard.

Carlson was a four time All-American athlete at South Dakota State University  and held the high hurdle record for over 30 years and was a member of record setting relay teams in college. He brought his knowledge with him to Winner and continued to share his expertise with the Winner athletes for close to 40 years. He helped coach track, football, basketball and cross country during his career and has continued to be an assistant coach for the high school football and track teams.

Coach Carlson is a hands on coach that can be found on the field with the kids at a meet getting them ready for an event, cheering them on and offering kinds words and encouragement after the race.

There have also been many awards given to Carlson including twice named teacher of the year, twice named homecoming parade marshal, Spirit of Howard Schramm award, Bill Pistulka award and the first recipient of the Winner Quarterback Club volunteer of the year award.

Carlson is married to Rebecca and together they have two daughters, Lisa Jankauskas and Carrie Kuil. Glenn and Becca have five grandchildren.

Tripp County Commissioners

By Dan Bechtold, Editor 

Tripp County Commissioners heard an update on the Keystone XL pipeline from Bud Andersen, an independent contractor working for TransCanada.  Andersen spoke at the April 28 meeting.

He told the commissioners the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has postponed its public input session on the pipeline which had been set for May 4.

TransCanada is applying for recertification to build the pipeline across western South Dakota. If approved, the pipeline will cross a portion of  Tripp County.

Andersen told the commissioners he through the hearing before the PUC would be on July 27.

TransCanada received its original permit from the PUC for the  South Dakota segment of the project in 2010.

But because construction did not start within the four year window allowed the company must certify all the permit conditions will still be met.

Andersen also explained he has been meeting with west river counties on road issues. Roads that will be used by the company will be repaired once the project is completed.

However, there has been no final approval from the president on the project.

The commissioners approved a change in the day the recycling center is open. The new days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month they are open from 9 a.m. to noon.

The commissioners will advertise to lease five trucks to be used by the highway departments. The bids will be opened at the June 23 meeting.

Robin Carlson of Eddie’s Truck Sales of Ft. Pierre told the commissioners she could help with pricing for the trucks and help with the bid process.

Carlson explained there are several options for leasing a vehicle.

John Calhoon of Brosz Engineering presented the Mathis addition plat for approval. The county board approved the plat.

Tripp County highway superintendent Roger Sund reported new weight limit signs will be needed for all bridges.

The county will advertise for a secretary in the treasurer’s office.

Tripp County ambulance director Bev Vaughn met with the board.

Expenses were authorized for state’s attorney Alvin Pahlke to attend the South Dakota state’s attorney conference May 7-8 in Deadwood.

The council set the date for its surplus sale for May 23 at the county shop yard.

The next meeting of the commissioners will be at 10 a.m. on May 12.

Sports Athletic Awards Night

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Nate Galbraith, Brendan Harter and Kelsey Bertram were named the  senior outstanding athletes at the Winner Quarterback Club athletic awards night on Friday.

Named as most inspirational were seniors Nick Hossle and Sydney Schuyler.
Seth Daughters, a 2008 graduate of Winner High School and a 2012 graduate of South Dakota State University was the speaker. Daughters played for the Jackrabbit football team. He talked about leadership

It was a night filled with awards for WHS athletes.

Volleyball award winners include: Rachel Sherman most improved junior varsity player; Bailey Volmer, most improved; Lesley Soles, sparkplug; maytag award, Casey Norrid; Dusti Littau, Miss hustle; offensive player, Sydney Fritz; defensive player, Tawny Sherman; outstanding player and most representative, Kelsy Bertram.

Cross country award winners include: most representative were Sydney Schuyler and Grant Winter. Chloe Bartels was named the outstanding female athlete for the third year in a row and Coleton Schuyler was named the male outstanding cross country runner for the second year in a row.

The competitive cheer awards include: spirited—Kelsey Bertram; most improved—Kaitlyn Labahn; outstanding leadership—Hannah Peterson, outstanding cheerleader—Lesley Soles; best bases—Tawny and Rachel Sherman; high flyer award—Bayli Beehler; most representative—Lesley Soles

Dance award winners include: most representative—Dacey Kocer; best pom—Hannah Peterson; best newbie—Macy Olson; most dedicated—Payton Eagle and Jadyn Gregg; best technique—Hayley Halverson; most inspirational and best hip hop—Dacey Kocer; outstanding kick—Skyler VanDenHul; senior leadership and most enthusiastic—Baleigh Turnquist and Kasey Norrid, senior leadership.

Football award winners include: junior varsity player of the year—Cameron Kuil; lifter of the year—Krockett Krolikowski; most improved—Jordan Turgeon; special team player of the year—Sam Naasz; most valuable defensive player—Brendan Harter; most valuable offensive player—Nate Galbraith; outstanding lineman—Kelly Kidwiler; most representative—Nick Hossle; outstanding running back and team MVP—Tyrel Haley.

Girls basketball awards include: Most improved—Rachel Sherman and Bailey Volmer; 110 percent award—Kelsey Bertram; most representative—Tawny Sherman; defensive mvp—Sydnie Schuyler and MVP—Kelsey Bertram

Boys basketball awards include: most improved—Shane Antoine and Izak Moleterno; C Mr. defense—Justus Gregg; C MVP—William Schroeder; C MVP—Luke Engel; JV Mr. defense—Chase Kingsbury; JV MVP—Cameron Kuil; Mr. Hustle—Nick Hossle; Mr. Defense—Sam Naasz; MVP—Nate Galbraith and Brendan Harter; Most representative—Sam Naasz

Wrestling award winners include: outstanding wreslter—Tyrel Haley; most improved—Cohl Turnquist and Colby Curtis

Ironman award—Jaden Schroeder; most representative—Cohl Turnquist

In golf, Luke Engel was named the boys most representative and in girls golf Ronae Klein was named most representative.

Named as a friend of golf was Scott Schramm of KWYR radio station.

Schramm was also honored as the winner of the Bill Pistulka friend of athletics award and the outstanding quarterback club member.

The U.S. Army Reserves scholar athlete award went to Brendan Hartrer and Kelsey Bertram.

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Warriors First at Platte Relays

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Winner High School boys were the team champions at the Platte-Geddes Relays on Saturday. The Winner girls track team took second place.

Results of the Winner boys include:

Shot put—Kelly Kidwilier, 2nd, 43-0; Jayden Schroeder, 4th, 39-9; Trevor Sachtjen, 6th, 38-11

Discus—John Kludt, 3rd, 122-4

High jump—Kayleb Brozik, 6th, 5-4

110 hurdles—Sam Naasz, 4th, :17.39

300 hurdles—Tyrel Haley, 1st, :43.81; Naasz, 3rd, :44.21

100—Nick Hossle, 4th, :11.44

200—Nate Galbraith, 2nd, :23.03; Hossle, 3rd, :24.01; Haley, 6th, :25.19

400—Galbraith, 1st, :52.23

800—Coleton Schuyler, 2nd, 2:09

400 relay—3rd, :48.87, Jayden Schroeder, Isaac Naasz, Trevor Bertram and Drew DeMers

800 relay—1st, 1:35.4, Nick Hossle, Tyrel Haley, Sam Naasz and Nate Galbriath

1600 relay—2nd, 3:49.54, Sam Naasz, Kayleb Brozik, Nate Galbraith and Coleton Schuyler

3200 relay—1st, 8:49.54, Coleton Schuyler, Kayleb Brozik, Nolan Sachtjen and Luke Engel

medley relay—1st, 4:10.06, Jayden Schroeder, Isaac Naasz, Drew DeMers and Kayleb Brozik

Results of the Winner girls in Platte include:

Shot put—Delores Herman, 2nd, 35-7.5; Casey Norrid, 5th, 33-2

Discus—Herman, 2nd, 98-5; Norrid, 3rd, 94-7

200—Rachel Sherman, 4th :30.16; Kelsey Bertram, 5th, :30.77

400—Alexis Richey, 3rd, :64.17; Sydney Schuyler, 5th, :68l67

1600—Chloe Bartels, 1st, 5:51

800—Bartels, 1st, 2:36

3200—Bartels, 3rd, 12:33

400 relay—3rd, :56.09, Rachel Sherman, Sydney Schuyler, Kelsey Bertram and Hayley Halverson

800 relay—3rd, 1:57.46, Rachel Sherman, Kelsey Bertram, Alexis Richey and Hayley Halverson

1600 relay—2nd, 4:34.11, Chloe Bartels, Sydney Schuyler, Alexis Richey and Hayley Halverson

The next meet for Winner will be the Winner Quarterback Club Invitational on Friday, May 15.

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