Stan Jacobsen, 63

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Stanley Alan Jacobsen was born November 2, 1951 in Burke, SD to Donald and Betty (Bouslaugh) Jacobsen, the third of seven children. Stan grew up on a farm south of Dallas and went to a one room country school. After starting high school, he went from one classmate to seventy and quickly made friends with many of them. In high school some of his achievements were student body president, playing football, and wrestling.

Stan was married to Lynn Wortman at a young age. From this union came his eldest son Adam and two grandchildren, Abby and Jake—so the Jacobsen family has a real Jake. He worked on the farm years while managing the Homesteader Bar in Gregory. He then moved to Winner where he was the proprietor of the Pheasant Bar and Dick’s Place.

Stan married Tami Beran in 1990 and from that union Tessa and Skyler were born. Tess is exceptionally talented in music and Skyler was an exceptional athlete and Valedictorian of his class. Stan was so very proud of his children.

After leaving The Pheasant and Dick’s Bar in Winner, Stan went to work for Sioux Steel Company for the remainder of his working years. He was recognized with many accomplishments as well as outstanding employee and salesperson of the year in 2008. He was forced to quit because of his illness. What many people probably do not know about Stan is that he was a faithful student of God’s Word, studying from one to three hours daily for the last 18 years.

On May 27, 2015 Stan passed away in his home in Yankton at the age of 63 years.

Benjamin Lee Brave, 30

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Benjamin Lee Brave, 30, of Aurora, Colorado, grandson of Betty Tuttle, of Witten, passed away May 13, 2015, as the result of an auto accident.

He was born Oct. 22, 1984, to Steve and Kristy (Weber) Brave.

Benjamin was a wonderful father to his two daughters.

He is survived by his parents, of Watkins, Colorado; two daughters, Angel and Haley; grandparents, Don and Harriet Weber, of North Platte, and Betty Tuttle, of Witten, South Dakota; siblings, Zack (Jamie) Brave and Amanda (Richard) Karbowski; nephews, Treytin Brave and Connor Brave; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and many, many friends.

The funeral service was held 11 a.m.  Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Olinger Hampden Mortuary, Denver, CO. Burial followed at Olinger Eastlawn Cemetery in Aurora, Colorado. Carpenter Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Peneaux, 73

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Mary Lou Peneaux, 73, made her journey to the spirit world on May 28, 2015. She was born in Bad Nation, SD on May 1, 1942 to Nora (McLean) Clairmont.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on June 3 at the Winner-Ideal Community Hall in Winner. A private burial will be held at a later date. Wake services began on June 1 at the Winner-Ideal Community Hall.

Mary Lou is known and loved by many.  She was a woman of strength and courage, who loved unconditionally.  She played a different role in all who knew her.  She was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend. She enjoyed spending time with family and adored all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Each and every one of them had a special place in her heart.  She will always be known for her fun loving, humorous and witty personality. She always lit up the room with her beautiful smile.

Persons to be on Lookout for Scams

Winner Police Department reminds residents to be aware of several scams that are floating around Winner.

In one, the caller says they are from the IRS and wants persons to send money. The IRS does not call people and request money.

Also, another scam involves a caller who tells persons they have won prizes and they have to pay the taxes before the prize can be delivered.

The police department says this is a scam and some people have been burned.

The police report there also persons selling CDs and other items without a sales tax license.

“It is summer time and there are a lot of scams out  there. We want people to be aware of these scams and be on their guard,” said police chief Paul Schueth.

Attorney General Jackley Warns South Dakota Citizens of IRS Data Breach

Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota citizens that a data breach of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allowed thieves to access more than 100,000 tax payer’s personal tax information. These identity thieves used a tool on the IRS website to obtain last year’s tax return information.

“Identity theft and security breaches are on the rise and consumers need to be proactive in the manner by which they protect their personal identifying information. Regardless of whether you have been affected by one of the breaches, every consumer should get in the habit of accessing their free credit report to be alerted to matters affecting their credit,” said Jackley.

The IRS has sent letters to the taxpayers whose accounts had been compromised, and it will offer them free credit monitoring.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division encourages consumers to continue the practice of checking their credit reports on a regular basis with the three nationwide credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Visit or call 1-877-322-8228 for a free copy of your credit report. Consumers are entitled to a free copy from each company every 12 months. If consumers find errors on their report, contact the reporting agency in writing.

Consumers can also place a fraud alert on their credit reports to help mitigate potential issues by contacting the three credit reporting agencies:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 Experian: 1-888-397-3742 TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

South Dakota consumers may contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300- 1986 or for any questions or concerns. The Privacy Rights handbook is also available and is designed to assist consumers in protecting their privacy. The handbook is available upon request or by accessing the link below:

A Look at You… Bruce DeMers

bruce demers foto look at youName:  Bruce DeMers

Birthplace: Gregory Hospital

Family: Wife: Patty DeMers, Daughters: Danielle (Daniel) Stroud and Kasey DeMers

Currently reside where: Colome

Occupation: Farmer/Rancher/Truck Driver

One or some civic/private board(s) on which you serve or group(s) you belong to that you feel should be listed here: Colome City Council, St. Isidore Catholic Church, Colome Volunteer Fireman

The best thing about my job is: I’m my own boss.

My favorite childhood memory: family reunions

When growing up, I wanted to be: rancher

My most prized possession: my family

Favorite sports team(s): Colome Cowgirls/Cowboys

Favorite current television show: Big Bang Theory

Favorite past television shows: Friends

Favorite movie(s): The Hunt for Red October

Favorite actor(s): Sean Connery, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford

Favorite actress(es):Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock

Favorite musician(s)/band(s): Cher, Meatloaf, AC/DC

Favorite holiday(s) and why: Christmas and Thanksgiving, seeing all the family at our get-togethers

Hobbies: Running and hiding from “honey-do” projects.

Three things that can always be found in my refrigerator: Milk, tea, eggs

My favorite snack: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Pet peeve(s): People who expect me to text when they know I don’t do it.

Someone I most admire and why: My father, because he gave me the interest and opportunities to ranch/farm.

Three words that best describe me: sociable, God-fearing, feisty

People would be surprised to know: that my favorite response is “Yes, Dear” and that I did have HAIR at one time!

I’ve never been able to: dunk a basketball

I wish I could stop: chewing

When nobody is looking, I: whistle

I’m better than most at: problem solving

The best time of my life: my daughters’ births

My most embarrassing moment was: Almost passing out at my daughter’s birth

I’d like to have a dollar for: every drop of milk that I milked in past years

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: Australia

If I won the lottery: I would travel.

My definition of a great evening is: get-togethers with friends and family

A goal I have for the future: Incorporate my children into the family ranch.

The best thing about where I live: Friends and family

If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s: Everything changes. Life is an on-going learning experience.

Simpson Writes New Book

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John Simpson of Hamill has written a new book called “West River Vol. 2.”

Simpson wrote his first book, “West River  1858 to 1910” in 2000 and has researched the second book ever since.

During the past few years, Simpson has had some illness issues.

An employee of the state veteran home, Shirley Schumacher, volunteered to edit and do all the artistic work for Simpson’s second book.

Creative Minds Build Imaginary Farm

schroeder boys and signBy Dan Bechtold, Editor

The imagination of two boys has turned a front and side yard of a Winner home into a make believe farm.

Rylee Schroeder, age 9 and his brother Rustin,  are busy every day after school  building fences and working the cattle in the farm they have created at the home of their grandmother, Joyce Heath of Winner.

The boys are the sons of Rhonda and Jeremy Schroeder who farm 32 miles from Winner near the White River. The boys have grown up around cattle and ranch life so each day for two hours after school they use their creative minds to work on their “farm.”

Rylee is in the third grade and Rustin is in kindergarten. Joyce picks up her grandsons every day from school and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. they “farm” in Joyce’s yard.


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Local Student Selected to Receive $1,000 MRES Scholarship

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Tawny Sherman of Winner, is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) scholarship. Sherman is a 2015 graduate of Winner High School. She plans to attend Dakota State University in Madison.

Graduating high school seniors whose families are customers of MRES member municipal electric systems are eligible for the scholarships, which MRES awards annually. Sherman’s family is a customer of Winner Municipal Utilities.

Recipients who meet certain performance criteria each year are eligible to renew their MRES scholarships for up to three additional years.

MRES retained an independent scholarship management company to select the successful applicants. Academic achievement accounted for 50 percent of the selection criteria. The balance of the criteria consisted of a combination of factors including work experiences, activities, awards and honors, and career goals and plans. Applicants also were required to provide a brief narrative about their municipal utility.

“Our scholarship recipients are outstanding students and they have proven themselves to be assets to their schools and communities,” said MRES Member and Communications Director Joni Livingston. “MRES is pleased to recognize their achievements and we are confident they will make great contributions in the future.”

MRES, headquartered in Sioux Falls, supplies wholesale electricity and energy services to 61 member communities — including Winner — in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

School Board Approved Architectural Contract

By Dan Bechtold


The Winner School Board unanimously approved the architectural services contract with Upper Deck of Rapid City at a special meeting on May 19. At an earlier meeting, Upper Deck was hired as the architect for the proposed armory auxiliary gym.

The contract service fee is 7.05 percent of the total bid on the building.

The 12 member auxiliary gym planning committee met at 5 p.m. on May 20 and the committee’s first meeting with the architect was on May 26.

One of the first things the school district must do before building starts is have a topographical survey and also a geotechnical survey. Upper Deck will assist the school district in finding firms to conduct these two studies.

In other business, the school board approved the 2015-2016 negotiated agreement with the Winner Education Association. The main points of the agreement were that the base salary went from $31,000 to $32,200; the signing bonus was increased to $2,500; another health insurance deductible option was added at $3,500 and the district will contribute $500 a month toward health insurance, the district evaluation policy was set to model the state evaluation model and in extracurricular a competitive cheer assistant coach was added.

The  business manager was authorized to send out revised certified contracts.

Kent Lein was hired as a 5th grade math and science teacher. For the past five years he has taught at Crow Creek.

The board accepted the resignation of pre-school aide Deb Hannett. She has been an aide for 12 years.

The school board approved a weighted GPA policy for AP/dual credit classes at the high school. The policy says high school grade point averages will be based upon a 4 point scale for all courses offered in the regular high school curriculum. An additional .25 will be added to this point value for all approved dual credit AP courses that a student is enrolled in through the school. In the instance of a dual credit AP course, an A is valued at 4.25 points, a B is valued at 3.25 points, a C at 2.25 points, a D is valued at 1.25 points and an F is valued at 0 points.

A revised prom form was approved. The new addition says that a student will obey the established dance/dress guidelines. A parent/guardian will be called if a student leaves the dance before 10:30  p.m. Parents are asked to provide a telephone number where they can reached from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. the day of prom.

Student helpers for the summer will include: Sydnie Peters, Jayden Schroeder, Jordan Turgeon, Isaac Naasz, Luke Engel and Brendan Harter. The adult helper will be LeeAnn Fisher.

Several Winner High School speech students attended the meeting.

The school board met in executive session to discuss a contract issue.