Businesses Learn to Steer Away from Identity Theft

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

It is important for persons to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.

Last Tuesday afternoon the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon as 30 people listened to advise on how to protect their identity.

Chad Vetter, Aberdeen, Wells Fargo at  Work program consultant, was the speaker.

Wells Fargo of Winner provided the speaker for the luncheon. The goals of the presentation was to raise awareness of exactly how personal information can be stolen and learn how identity thieves operate.

Vetter explained that there is a difference between identity theft and identity fraud.

In theft, thieves use stolen personal information, such as Social Security number or bank account number, to open accounts or initiate transactions in another person’s name.

Identity fraud is usually limited to an isolated attempt to steal money from an existing account, such as charging on a stolen credit card.

Winner Boys Headed to State Tournament

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Excitement was on the faces of the Winner High School boys basketball team as Brendan Harter powered his way to the basket to give the Warriors a 63-62 overtime victory over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the Region 6A championship last Tuesday in Pierre.

The victory propelled the Warriors into the State A tournament which starts March 19 in Rapid City.

Winner, the No. 2 seed, will play the No. 7 seed St. Thomas More at 7 p.m. on March 19 in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Warriors take a 21-1 record into the state tournament.

The Region 6A championship was an electrifying atmosphere in the Pierre Riggs gym.

The Warriors had a 10 point lead with 6 minutes remaining in the game but CEB clawed their way back to tie the game at 57-all at the end of regulation.

The Warriors continued to battle in the overtime and it stated off with two free throws by Lattrel Terkildsen.

“We are so proud of our student athletes for showing some guts and coming away with a tight victory in one of the most exciting games and atmosphere in a  long time,” said coach Brett Gardner.

“Our seniors, juniors and sophomores all stepped up and made plays when they needed to be made,” said the coach.

The winning basket was made by Harter who powered his way to the basket with 9 seconds left in the game. CEB took the rebound and took two shots that did not fall into the hoop. The Warriors fans were ecstatic since the team was bound to the state tournament.

Harter led Winner in scoring with 26 points followed by Nathan Galbraith with 11, Terkildsen, 9 and Devon Leiferman, 9.

Winner led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and at the half led 35-32.

Late in the third quarter, CEB took the lead 42-41 but Winner came up with key shots to lead 49-44 at the end of the third period.

The Warriors were 22 of 37 from the two point range and 4 of 19 from the three point line.

At the free throw line, Winner connected on 7 of 16 shots.

Harter pulled down 12 rebounds, Galbraith, 11 and Leiferman, 4.

Galbraith had 6 assists.

Gardner said the team gave up too many points but still made the stops when needed.

The coach said after Harter’s shot in the final seconds then the Warrior defense got the biggest stop of the year. “We are excited to be the Region 6A champs,” said Gardner, who will be going to the state tournament for the first time as a head coach.

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Docken Makes Fourth Trip to Wrestling Nationals



Augustana College wrestler and Winner native Jayd Docken will make his fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II championships which was held Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, Mo.

Docken, wrestling at 197 pounds, finished third at the NCAA Super Region III championships in Mankato, Minn., on March 1.

Docken lost in the semifinals to second ranked Julian Smith of McKendree by a 3-2 decision. Docken then pinned Dylan Windfield of Upper Iowa to earn a spot at the NCAA Division II championships.

Docken battled against Joe Gomes of Northern State for the third time this season, taking the third place match by a 3-2 decision.

At 27-4 on the season, Docken’s only Division II losses have come to Kenny Breaux of Lindenwood and No. 3 Julian Smith of McKendree.

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Richey Scores Two Hits

Austin Richey of Winner had two hits in four at bats including a RBI double as the University of Sioux Falls dropped an 8-2 decision to Cal State University, San Marcos.

The  Winner sophomore also had a stolen base  which gives USF 15 for the season.

Richey helped USF to a win in an earlier game in California. Richey had a run scoring double in this game.

Darbi Gustafson Wins Spirit of Sue

Darbi Gustafson, a senior on the Ethan basketball team, won the Spirit of Sue award at the State B tournament in Huron this weekend.

Darbi is  the daughter of Jeff and Janet (Bertram) Gustafson, formerly of Winner. Janet grew up in the Colome area.

Ethan won the state title with a 31-28 victory over Sully Buttes. This was Ethan’s first state tournament in 34 years.

Sully Buttes also has a Winner connection. Sully Buttes is coached by Mark Senftner, who is married to Lynn (Daughters) Senftner. Lynn grew up in Winner and is a graduate of Winner High School.

AAU Wrestlers Qualify for State

Several youths  competed in the regional AAU wrestling tournament Saturday in Mitchell.

There are 27 Winner youths who made it to state.

Results include:

6 and under—Ellison LaDeaux, 1st; Roukyn Robbins and Legend Benedict, both 2nd and Hudson, Peters, 3rd

7-8—Hunter Kahler, Ryken Orel, Kylah Biggins, all 1st; Rylan Robbins, Brody Calhoon, both 2nd.

9-10—Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Maxton Brozik, all 1st; Landon Calhoon, Parker Mathis and Coy Assman, all 4th

11-12—Kaden Keiser, Joey Cole, both 1st; Riley Orel, Owen Duffy, both 2nd; Kamryn Meek, 5th

13-14—Kaleb Osborn, Trevor Peters, both 1st; Aaron Gilchrist, 2nd; Landon Debus and Xavier Cadotte, both 3rd and Adam Cole and Cailob Week, both 4th

15 and 16—Wyatt Turnquist, Jaikob Week and Jamin Dougherty, all 2nd

The state tournament will be held in Brookings March 28 and 28 at the Swiftel Center.

The wrestlers advancing to state are: Ellison LaDeaux, Roukyn Robbins, Rylan Robbins, Legend Benedict, Wyatt Turnquist, Hudson Peters, Trevor Peters, Hunter Kahler, Brody Calhoon, Landon Calhoon, Ryken Orel, Riley Orel, Kylah Biggins, Karson Keiser, Kaden Keiser, Konner Osborn, Kaleb Osborn, Parker Mathis, Coy Assman, Maxton Brozik, Owen Duffy, Joey Cole, Aaron Gilchrist, Xavier Cadotte, Landon Debus, Jaikob Week and Jamin Dougherty.

Phyllis Jean (Harmon) Godel, 81

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Phyllis Jean (Harmon) Godel passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral service were held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Winner.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Phyllis Godel was born to Ethel L. Johnson and Harold Hough in Randolph, NE., on February 19, 1934. In 1937 her mother married Connelly D. Harmon and with her sister, Betty, moved to Scottsbluff, NE. She attended grade school up to the 8th grade when in 1949 they moved to O’Neill, NE. Phyllis was active in all school activities and it was there that she met her future husband, Don. She graduated with the class of 1952.

After high school she went to work for Consumer Public Power District for 3 years at which time Don was discharged from the Navy in 1954. In 1955 Don and Phyllis were married in O’Neill on February 20. To this union seven children were born. After they were married they moved to Norfolk, NE. They were only there a short time when they decided to move to Onawa, IA where their first son, Randy, was born and resided there for one and a half years. They moved to Scottsbluff, NE. and lived with her parents while working for her father until late 1956. They moved to Omaha, NE.  where their second son, Rick, was born in 1957. Don was a shoe salesman while living in Omaha. Due to a life threatening car accident to Don’s father, Loyd, the decision was made to move to Holdredge, NE to hold the job open for his dad. Then in the spring of 1958 Don took a job with Prangs Apparel store in Winner where they have resided ever since.

While living in Winner the five remaining children were born. During Phyllis’s years in Winner she enjoyed playing cards, shooting dice, golfing, bowling, gardening, putting together jigsaw puzzles, collecting Cornhusker memorabilia, and especially looked forward to watching all her children’s sporting events. She also looked forward to the annual Godel Reunion every summer. During her years Phyllis was employed as a secretary for the Extension Office for Ray Eihlers and Home Extension agent for Dorothy Benson. She was the High School secretary for Frank Oschner for five years then went to work for the ASCS office (now known as FSA). She worked there for 25 years retiring in 1994. In 1997 she went to work for the Winner Advocate and was employed there until her health required her to step away.

Robert John Putnam (Bob), 83

Robert John Putnam (Bob), a long time Bristol resident, passed away near his home in Mesa Arizona on March 12th, 2015, at the age of 83.

Born October 29, 1931 on a farm south of Dallas, SD, the eldest son of Francis and Bertha (Determan) Putnam.  He attended Sunnyside Grade School, a one room school house south of Dallas.  While attending Gregory High School, Bob worked for the Gregory newspaper.  After graduating, Bob joined the Marines and was stationed in Japan.  Returning from the service, Bob started working for the Gregory Farmers’ Union driving the gas truck.  He was hired as the manager of the Bristol Farmers’ Union and to Bristol was where he brought his bride, Mary Jane Lang Putnam.  Mary Jane was “quite” surprised when Bob informed her he had traded their house in town for a farm west of Bristol.  With five little children at this point, Bob decided they needed room to run.  The farm, the Farmers’ Union, and their family continued to grow.

Bob was an active member of the Bristol ST. Anthony’s Parish, and served as a board member.  He volunteered as Bristol Fire Chief and was also President of the Bristol School Board.  He loved sports, serving as a little league baseball coach.  He enjoyed watching his children play sports and perform.

At the age of 53, Bob and Mary Jane moved to California, where Bob began a new career in the Automotive business, working for his brother Joe.  He quickly became a manager, and continued in the automotive business until he retired.  Bob and Mary Jane moved to Mesa Arizona, where Bob soon became an avid golfer, often rising before dawn to play golf before the hot Arizona sun was too strong.

March Madness, South Dakota Style

by Katie Hunhoff

March is a great month for South Dakotans. Not only do we feel the first signs of spring but it is also the month of high school state basketball championships — an exciting end to a sport that has entertained us through a long winter. This year the girls’ championships are March 12-14 in Brookings, Watertown and Huron and the high school boys’ championship games are March 19-21 in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen.

Fortunately for today’s fans, games will be broadcast live on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Find the schedule on the SDPB website, That wasn’t always the case, of course, and some fascinating games in our state’s history can only be remembered by word of mouth.

In this month of March, we are also celebrating South Dakota Magazine‘s 30th anniversary, and so our March/April issue is a collection of some memorable stories. Gann Valley’s attempt at the state B championship in 1955 was included as one of our readers’ favorites. The article was written by John Miles, son of Gann Valley’s superintendent and basketball coach Q.C. Miles. Coach Miles saw the Buffaloes through to the state B tournament despite being underdogs and facing several setbacks throughout the season.

John starts the story by introducing Ray Deloria and Alfred St. John, two Native American students who enrolled at Gann Valley and boarded with the Miles family after the school at Fort Thompson closed. Both were great basketball players, so the Buffaloes had an unexpected boost in talent.

“Ray Deloria was a wizard in our young minds,” wrote Miles. “His hands were so quick he could entertain us with only a basketball — spinning it on his finger, rolling it along his arms, making it disappear. But what really captivated us was his dribbling — behind the back, through his legs, around in circles, toying with us, challenging us to get the ball. We never could.”

John’s family had moved to Gann Valley, a tiny town near the Crow Creek Reservation, four years earlier when Q.C became superintendent. Q.C was a decorated pilot in World War II who returned home disturbed by memories of war. He was drinking heavily. After marrying John’s mom, Lila, teaching and coaching kept him busy and his thoughts far from the war.

Gann Valley hadn’t won a basketball game since 1942, but the second year that Q.C. coached they won seven games, and a conference championship the third year. Q.C.’s problems with alcohol nearly got him fired that third year, but, Miles wrote, “talk died down amidst the excitement over the upcoming season.”

Part of the excitement pertained to the talented new Native American players. But they also brought challenges. “Fellow coaches told Dad he would never be able to get the Indians and whites to play together,” wrote Miles. “The Indians played with a different style and tended to stay apart, conversing in their native Dakota language.”

The Buffaloes won the season opener, with Ray Deloria doing most of the scoring. One white player handed in his uniform. “If this is the way it’s going to be, I’m going to quit,” he told Q.C. Another parent was upset that his son did not get to play in the first game. He sent a note to Q.C. that said, “He is better than any of those Indians and if you don’t start playing him more I’m going to the school board.”

Despite that rocky start, the Buffalos finished the season 29-4. Word had spread that Gann Valley was a team to watch, and Ray Deloria was a sideshow all by himself. The team went on to the state tournament in Huron, which Miles said must have felt like Madison Square Garden to the boys from Gann Valley. They drew a crowd of over 6,000 fans. But then, Miles wrote, “they fell flat,” and lost the first game. Most observers blamed it on nerves from the overwhelming crowd.

The next day, Gann Valley faced Selby, the tournament favorite that had also been upset in the opening round. Often the stands are far from full for consolation games, but 4,000 people showed up. “They were not disappointed,” John Miles wrote. Both teams played well but the Buffaloes won, which put them against Brandon for the consolation championship.

This time, 5,300 people arrived to see Gann Valley. “In the annals of South Dakota basketball the 1955 State B consolation championship game is of little significance, but try telling that to those that were there,” wrote John. His father agrees. “People to this day still come up and tell me it was the greatest basketball game they ever saw,” says Q.C., who now lives in Watertown. Ray Deloria was the star of the show, putting on one of the most amazing dribbling exhibitions ever seen in a tournament. He ran circles around Brandon. Gann Valley led for most of the game, but that lead dwindled in the third quarter. Q.C. asked Ray to stall the game to try to maintain their lead.

“People said they had never seen anything like it,” writes John. “Except for my family. We had seen it in our house and in our yard. Nobody was going to catch this guy. They could not foul him if they could not catch him. Desperate lunges came up with nothing. Ray dribbled constantly, sometimes so close to the ground it looked like he was rolling the ball. Sometimes he found the open man under the basket, and that was the difference in the game.

“At the buzzer, the players lifted Dad on their shoulders and paraded with him around the Huron Arena. Dozens of people congratulated him. ‘I just gave Ray the ball,’ he said.”

We wish SDPB had been filming the games in 1955. But who knows what might happen in 2015? And this year the cameras will be rolling. Enjoy March, madness and all, in South Dakota.

Checkoff Teams Up with Retailers to Sell Beef

When shopping at the meat counter, one thing consumers might notice is the sticker price of beef is higher than in years past. A number of factors influence the price of beef, including a smaller U.S. cattle herd, an ongoing drought, and an increased demand for U.S. beef around the world.

However, despite the higher price tag for beef, consumer demand for beef remains strong, thanks in part to the Beef Checkoff Program. A recent study of the checkoff showed a return on investment of $11.20 for beef producers.

The checkoff assessment is used for promotion, research, education and new product development, and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is placing a new emphasis on helping retailers around the state sell beef to consumers.

“The SDBIC is here to support retailers,” said Briana Burgers, SDBIC nutrition assistant and director of online communications. “We want to focus more on retail and in-store visits.”

Burgers has made several stops to visit with meat managers at area South Dakota grocery stores including Coborn’s, Hy-Vee, Sunshine and Family Thrift.

“In visiting with the meat managers, it was very apparent there are a few barriers in selling beef, including the price of beef, lack of consumer knowledge on beef preparation, and staff education,” said Burgers. “We took this feedback and developed a strategy to tackle these issues for the retailers.”

Burgers created an e-newsletter to stay in communication with the retailers. Each month, she focuses on a specific challenge grocers might face in moving product. For example, the e-blast suggested packaging “sweetheart steaks” for February, with two steaks displayed in a red, heart-shaped container.

“I was pleased to hear Coborn’s in Mitchell used this packaging idea to sell pre-cooked prime rib, just in time for Valentine’s Day,” said Burgers.

In March, the e-newsletter focused on National Nutrition Month, and grocers were sent information on the nutritional benefits of beef. She was also able to alert meat managers when 96% extra lean ground beef was certified as a heart-healthy option by the American Heart Association.

“We are trying to introduce a few different strategies for retailers to implement at the meat case including cross-promotion and point-of-sale-influencing,” said Burgers. “With cross-promotion, retailers share a breakfast recipe with beef and eggs and a burger recipe with coleslaw mix. The recipes are then placed by the eggs and coleslaw to prompt an unanticipated beef purchase when the customer is outside of the meat case.”

In point-of-sale-influencing, Burgers is offering promotional stickers for grocers to place on fresh beef.

“The stickers are fun and eye-catching and say things like ‘Dietitians dig me,’ ‘I’m lean,’ ‘Protein to power through your day,’ and ‘Surprise, I’m part of a heart-healthy diet,'” said Burgers. “All of our retail locations are receiving these stickers to use through March.”

In April, the e-newsletter will focus on employee education and addressing how meat managers can boost the beef knowledge of staff members.

“We will offer educational pieces that meat managers can share with staff including beef cuts, preparation, internal cooking temperatures, the list of lean cuts, etc.,” said Burgers.  “Consumers make decisions about what they want to buy to feed their families in the grocery stores, so it only makes sense for the SDBIC to work with retailers to promote and sell beef. Without providing retailers with materials, staff education and supplies, we can’t expect them to help sustain beef as a competitive protein.”