Youth Fishing Day is May 30

bartels and mathis fishing meetThe Winner Youth Fishing Day will be held May 30 at the Winner youth fishing pond at 9th and Grant St.

Check in is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and no later than 9:30 a.m.

Fishing will start at 9:30 a.m. At noon will be the weigh-in and awarding of prizes.

At 1 p.m. there will be a free lunch provided by BankWest.

There is no pre-registration. The age divisions are: 3-6, 7-10 and 11-15.

Each youth will receive a prize to take home.

There will be  three top places in each age group for both boys and girls for the total weight of all fish. There will be fishing poles for first place; tackle boxes for second place, tackle pack for third place. There will be prizes for the biggest bass and prizes for the biggest other fish.

Rules include that no boats will be allowed, youths cannot combine fish with each other, follow state limits and regulations and kids must reel in their own fish.

The fishing day is sponsored by DB’s Bait and Tackle and BankWest.

Persons who have questions can call DB’s Bait and Tackle at 842-2199.

Tiffany Weidner Graduates

Tiffany Weidner graduated from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark., on May 16. She received a doctor degree in medicine.

The hooding ceremony for her doctorate was held on May 15.

Weidner is daughter of Fred and Burdena Weidner of rural Winner.

Dr. Weidner will start her surgery residency this summer at Mayo Clinic affiliate in Scottsdale, Ariz. She will spend five years in the residency program.

‘Lite’ Quilts? Makes Sense for Africa

margaret meyer tying quiltby Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

There is an emphasis in overweight America these days on “lite.”

But “lite” quilts?

Yes, light quilts when they are being used as night coverings in the Congo of Africa. It’s hot there.

“So we are not putting a regular batting in the quilts. We are just putting used, thin flannel sheets.

“They’re not going to be heavy and hot,” noted Lori Miller of Winner.

She’s the wife of Bruce Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Winner.

The church has been making four quilts the past few months for the children of a missionary couple of the national American Baptist Churches organization, which the church in Winner is affiliated with.

It’s a project that Miller worked-on at a time  when a group of local Winner quilt enthusiasts met recently.

Plan Ahead For Winner HuntSAFE Course

The Winner HuntSAFE (Safety And Firearms Education) course is going to be held June 5th-6th at Rosebud Arrow, Rod, and Gun Club from 6-9 p.m. on June 5 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 6.  Successful completion of a HuntSAFE course is required for any youth under age 16 to be able to legally purchase a South Dakota hunting license. The classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of being a safe, skilled and responsible hunter. The most important part of the course is how to handle firearms responsibly. The classes are taught by certified volunteer instructors and assisted by the local Wildlife Conservation Officer.

The class is free, registration should be done online prior to June 5th. But you can still register the first night. Students must attend both sessions.

HuntSAFE courses are designed for persons age 12 through 15, but everyone including parents are certainly welcome. Persons who are 11 may participate, but will not be issued a Hunter Safety certification card until their 12th birthday, unless the card is clearly marked that the card is not valid until the person’s 12th birthday. Exception: If a student’s 12th birthday falls on or between September 1 and December 31, he/she will be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning September 1 of that year. Once again the class is free, so I invite everyone to attend.

More info about HuntSAFE is available online at  If you have any questions contact Wildlife Conservation Officer Chris Dekker 842-0894 or email

Disaster Mitigation
 Planning Meeting Set for June 3

The second meeting for the Tripp County Disaster Mitigation plan will be held at noon June 3 at the meeting room in the Tripp County Courthouse.

Tripp County is in the process of updating its disaster mitigation plan. A series of meeting is being held to gather information for the plan. The first meeting was held a month ago.

The meeting on June 3 will focus on developing a mitigation strategy to address the hazards that were identified at the first meeting.

Baseball Team Downs Platte-Geddes

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Winner/Colome club baseball team closed out the regular season with a 2-1 victory over Platte-Geddes Friday afternoon at Leahy

Bowl in Winner.

The Royals ended the regular season with a 10-2 record. They started playoff action on May 26 when they hosted Todd County.

Levi McClanahan’s two run triple in the fifth inning was responsible for the Royal’s two runs.

Platte-Geddes opened the scoring with a run earlier in the game.

Reed Harter added a double. Kelly O’Bryan, Holden Thieman and Ty Bolton all had hits for Winner/Colome.

“We were fortunate to win this game as we did not hit the ball very well,” said coach Drew Weber.
“We had a few miscues in the field that we have not had much this year. Levi came through with a big hit and our pitching staff did a great job of getting out of some big jams,” added the coach.

Kelly O’Bryan started on the mound for the Royals and pitched two innings. Carter Brickman threw two innings in relief. Reed Harter got the win with three innings in relief.

The victory allowed Winner/Colome to earn the No. 1 seed for the divisional playoffs. “Now is the time that we will need to play our best,” said levi mcclanahan

Winner Golfers Placed 11th at State

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Winner Area golf team placed 11th at the state golf tournament last Monday and Tuesday in Madison.

Ronae Klein led the Lady Warriors as she placed 28th with a two day score of 202. Liz Jankauskas tied for 41st with a 213. Addy Root placed 77th with a 241 and Sam Marts placed 82nd with a 254.

Coach Randy Kludt said Klein had a nice finish moving up 15 places from last year. “The other girls had nice finishes on day two,” said the coach.

The first day was bitter cold with the girls playing in 39 degree weather with a steady wind of 30 miles per hour. “It really wasn’t a fair day to score very well for anyone,” said Kludt.

“There were 24 teams represented at the state tournament and finishing 11th with this young of a team was a good ending,” said the coach.

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Laprath Advances to State

The Colome boys and girls track team both took 7th place at the Region 6B meet on Thursday.

Results of the Colome girls include:

200—Callie Heath, 4th, :28.48

400—Heath, 4th, 1:05.22

1600 run—Jaclyn Laprath, 2nd, 5:53.55

3200—Laprath, 1st,  13:02.34

100 hurdles—Kaydee Heath, 5th, :18.66

300 hurdles—Heath, 5th, :54.69; Morgan Hofeldt, 7th, :55.11

4×200—8th, 2:10.64, Haylie Krumpus, Kaydee Heath, Taylor Hrabanek, Callie Heath
4×800—3rd, 11:07.79, Callie Heath, Jaclyn Laprath, Morgan Hofeldt and Taylor Hrabanek

Long jump—Taylor Hrabanek, 4th, 14-11.75

Triple jump—Krumpus, 7th, 28-11

Shot put—Colby Taggart, 4th, 32-3.75

Results of the Colome boys include:

100—Cole McCarty, 3rd, :11.46

200—Chase Hrabanek, 4th, :24.63; Reed Harter, 5th, :25.33
800—Cody Heath, 7th, 2:20.42

300 hurdles—Andrew Laprath, 7th, :53.99

4×100 relay—3rd, :48.14, Chase Hrabanek, Jackson Kinzer, Reed Harter and Cole McCarty

Medley Relay—3rd, 4:02.79, Reed Harter, Cole McCarthy, Chase Hrabanek, and Jackson Kinzer

Long jump—Hrabanek, 6th, 18-00.75

Triple jump—Jackson Kinzer, 5th, 38-9

Jaclyn Laprath will advance to the state meet and she will run the both the 1600 and the 3200.

The state meet is May 29 and May 30 in Rapid City.

Amateurs Open Season with Victory

The Winner/Colome amateur baseball team opened the season Thursday night at Leahy Bowl as they defeated Chamberlain 6-3.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the 8th inning. The Pheasants scored three runs in the 8th inning.

Leading hitters were Shane Pajl and Derek Graesser, each with a triple.

Pitching in this game were J. J. Farner, Tyrell Bauld, Derek Graesser, Drew Weber and Will Burke.

Coach Kevin Graesser says there will be 17 to 18 players on the Winner/Colome team this season.