Middle School Awards Presented

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Awards were presented to middle school students at a spring concert in Winner. Pictured in front from left are Aiden Hespe, director’s award; Addi Heenan, people’s choice; Kacie Petersen, outstanding musician and Riley Peppel, director’s award. In back from left are Suchi Chaudhari, people’s choice award; Sophia DuBray, most improved; Tianna Evans, outstanding musician; Jamisyn Crow Eagle, most improved.

Winner High School Band Awards

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Winner High School students in band and chorus were presented awards at an April 1 concert. In front from left are Cassidy Seeking Land, most improved; Cassie Shutt, most improved and Luke Boerner, director’s award. In back from left are Justin Hausmann, people’s choice; Hayden McMurtrey, outstanding musician and people’s choice; Melanie Brozik, director’s award.

Dorothy Lapsley, 97

Dorothy Lapsley, 97, of Ideal, SD passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home  on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Funeral service were held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.  

Dorothy Mae Lapsley of Ideal, South Dakota passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the age of 97. Dorothy passed away peacefully at her home with her five children at her bedside.

Dorothy was born June 2, 1924 at home in Tripp County, Ideal SD to James Henry and Frances Naomi Tina (Magley) Christensen. She attended Ideal school and graduated in 1942 from there. She attended college in Mitchell, SD for a short time and returned to Winner to work at the Triple AAA. There she met her lifelong friends, Frances (Brook) Schramm and Edyth Warne. Dorothy met Wayne Lapsley on an ice skating date set up by mutual friends. They were then united in marriage on Sept. 10, 1943 in a military wedding at the Post Chapel in San Antonio, Texas. They were married for 67 years before his passing. After Wayne completed his military service, they owned and operated a dry cleaning business in Stillwater, Maine, returning to South Dakota in 1948. They purchased the Howard Roosa farm in 1956.

It was in Ideal, South Dakota that Dorothy and Wayne raised their family. Dorothy was a pillar of the community . She was a lifetime member of the Ideal Presbyterian church where she sang in the choir and was active in Ladies Aid. Dorothy was a loving, caring and patient mother. She was an amazing grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was known for her cinnamon rolls and pies. She loved to sit and enjoy coffee with neighbors and friends. Dorothy cherished making lunches for the men working in the field. Dorothy loved to travel, go to weddings and visit grandchildren, family and friends. Her grandchildren will remember how she knew their favorite dishes and desserts and would make them when she knew they were coming to visit. Dorothy’s hospitality will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to sit around her dining room table.

Dorothy is survived by her sister Darlene DesLaurier from Grand Island NE. Her children; Darlene Dillon, Ideal  SD, Colleen Lapsley, Pasadena CA, Warren (Cricket) Lapsley, Ideal SD, Steve (Tammy) Lapsley, Valentine NE, Terri (Michael) Loewenberg, Republic MO, 17 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne of 67 years, her parents, her brothers Norman and Lowell, sister, Marie, brother in laws, Rene, Jim and George, and great grandchild Lennox Lapsley and great-great grandchild Meyer Cox.

Grossenburg sales team wins award

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Grossenburg Implement sales team was awarded the diamond award from NDEco. Pictured from left are Barry Grossenburg, president; Tom Renner, store manager; Charlie Grossenburg, CEO; Jeff Grossenburg, salesman; Chase Kingsbury, salesman; Jim Vaughn, salesman; Digger Rutten, NDEco territory manager and John Duek, CEO NDEco.

Grossenburg Implement’s sales team was recently awarded the Diamond Award with NDEco for achieving elite level of sales performance for 2021 sales.

John Dueck, CEO for NDEco, visited on March 2 and presented the Winner store sales team of this accomplishment. Here are some kind words from John.

“Congratulations to the whole Grossenburg sales team! We recognize the hard work you put into going out and making the sales. Based on the limited contact I have had with the owners and sales staff at Grossenburg, I have come to appreciate the great company you are all a part of. I have no doubt you are all proud to work for such a reputable and respected company.

We want to thank you for your commitment to the NDEco product line. We believe what sets Grossenburg aside from others is the commitment and unwavering support you have for all your customers. We appreciate all your business. NDEco will continue to provide a reliable product and stay strongly committed to our customers. I believe the best is yet to come as both companies grow and build on the strong business relationship that already exists. Again, congratulations on the successful year you had. We are looking forward to what the rest of this year will bring, and beyond.”

Grossenburg’s sales staff is a proud partner with NDEco and their product line fits well with ours. Grossenburg Implement’s commitment to to provide the best product at a reasonable price with the highest level of service matches perfectly with our current product lineup.

Keiser named Mitchell Republic wrestler of the year

Kaden Keiser of Winner has been named the Mitchell Republic wrestler of the year.

Keiser is a four time state placer and just recently won a national folk style title in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Keiser is Winner’s only four time state placer.

The Winner senior has had the determination and drive to reach each of his wrestling goals.

Keiser will continue to wrestle in college. He will wrestle at Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina. He plans to major in exercise science.

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The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an ag appreciation week coloring contest. Winners in Colome include from left Abraham Yeary, Olivia Feyereisen, Susannah Yeary, Angel Frank. Not pictured is Naudia Haukaas.

Volmer considered for player of the year

Blake Volmer of the Winner boys basketball team has been considered  for Mitchell Republic boys basketball player of the year.

Chosen as the player of the year was Mitchell’s Caden Hinker.

The 23-3 Warriors placed sixth at the state A tournament in Rapid City and Volmer was a big part of the success of the team this year. Volmer averaged 16.3 points, 8.9 rebounds along with 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game posting a season high 31 points.

Volmer is a junior and will return to the team next season.

Swedlund named all-state

Bella Swedlund of the Winner girls basketball team has been chosen for the Class A girls all-state team as chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.

This is the fourth all state selection for the Winner senior. She’s making three straight first team  selections and was a second team honoree in 2019.

She finished as the state’s 15th all-time leading scorer with 2,256 career points. She is the first WHS girls player to score over 2,000 points in her career.

Swedlund will continue her basketball career at the University of Kansas.