Winner FFA brings home several awards

Madaline Watzel of the Winner FFA chapter received her state FFA degree, the highest degree in the state. She received this at the state convention held in Brookings April 24-26.

Ainsley Henderson placed third in the agriscience fair in the plant science division. She studied how magnet placement affects plant growth.

Justin Hausmann placed second in the ag communications proficiency award, an award based on his supervised agriculture experience at the local radio station.

Amanda Blare sang the national anthem before the second session.

Adam Bohnet also introduced one of the state FFA officer’s retiring address.

District officers Maggie DeMers and Rowdy Moore also led pre-session Sunday night.

Former Winner FFA member Ryder Mortenson received a $500 post secondary scholarship for former members involved in agriculture.

In the career development events, Ainsley Henderson placed 8th in floriculture.

Ag mechanics placed 21st out of 55 teams. Adam Bohnet was 37th; Andrew Henderson was 102nd, Austin Blare, 103rd and Hunter Shippy, 134.

Horse place 20th out of 45 teams. Kyla Mammen was 37th, Bailey Fairbanks was 52nd and Emily Sachtjen, 122nd.

Livestock placed 19th out of 60 teams. Rowdy Moore placed 52nd, Garret Phillips, 68th; Rylee Schroeder, 88th ad Stetson Shelbourn, 117th.

Meats placed 11th out of 25 teams. Maggie DeMers was 33rd; Clay Sell, 40th Chandler Benedict, 55th and Ryan Sell, 56th.

Vet science placed 46th out of 56 teams. Trista Kierstead, 81st; Amanda Blare, 153rd; Madaline Watzel, 183rd; Sierra McCall, 187th.

Kinder screening is May 6

The Winner Elementary School will be holding a screening for begindergarten/kindergarten on Friday, May 6.

Parents are to call the elementary office at 842-8170 to schedule a time.

This screening is for a child that plans on attending school next school year, which starts on Aug. 18.

In accordance with South Dakota law, the child will need to be 5 years of age by Sept. 1.

Persons who have questions or need to schedule a time feel free to call the school office.

Summer Baseball Signup Underway

Signup for the summer baseball teams that play at Leahy Bowl is underway at the Winner & Colome High School offices. 

Signup is open for Winner & Colome area students that want to play on the 14U Junior Teener (2007-2008 birthday’s), 16U Junior Legion (2005-2006 birthday’s) and 18u Senior Legion (2003-2004 birthday’s) teams this summer.  Interested players should sign up at the high school office in Winner or Colome and then team specific information will be sent out to the family after that.

Any questions can be directed to John Calhoon at 842-1645.

Timothy L. Long, 70

Timothy L. Long passed away at home April 22, 2022, following a short intense battle with Melanoma.    Tim was born June 21, 1951, at Winner, SD.

He joined the family as the second child of Bobby (Robert, Jr.) and Gayle Long.  Eight more siblings joined them and made for an active family life growing up in Witten, SD.  Following graduation in 1969 from Witten High School Tim worked on the farm/ranch with his Aunt and Uncle Bonnie and Ronnie Horstman.  

He married Pam Gerard on June 2, 1970.  Tim and Pam lived on the Horstman ranch when their first son Derek was born. Tim enlisted in the SD National Guard in 1970. They later moved to the Gerard home spread south of Kennebec where Pam had grown up.  

Second son Christopher joined the family in 1975.  Later the family moved into Kennebec as Tim began work for Gene and Margie Halvorson at Halvorson Oil.  Tim went to work with the Lyman County Highway Department in the early 90’s and later served as highway superintendent until his retirement.

Tim was a very patriotic American and retired from the military after 38 years of honorable service to the State and Nation. He took part in numerous state and federal missions, most notably a year-long tour to Iraq in 2004, before retiring at the rank of first sergeant.

Tim loved being with and encouraging his grandchildren in sports and hunting and took every opportunity to cheer them on in their efforts in any activity.  Tim enjoyed hunting and golfing and in his retirement enjoyed working for Ryan Larson during the combining season as well as summer work for the Lyman County Highway Department.

Tim was preceded in death by his Grandparents Robert Sr. and Sylvia Long, Paul and Rosalyn Jordan; his parents, Robert Jr. and Gayle Jordan Long and siblings Kevin and Jody Long.

Tim is survived by his sweetheart Pam, sons Derek Long & fiancee’ Barb Blasius, Chamberlain, SD; Chris and Naomi Long, Sturgis, SD; grandchildren Avany, Quinn, Leigha, Addison, Avreigh, and Tucker Long; siblings Cary, Rob, Melanie, Becky (Rick) Eischeid, Kelly, Brian (Catie), and Todd; sister-in-law Susan Long and numerous nieces and nephews.

The community and friends are welcome to join the family for the Graveside Memorial Service at Kennebec Cemetery on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served following the service at St. Michael’s Catholic Hall in Kennebec.  Join us as we celebrate the life and times of Tim Long.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.