Former Winner resident writes book on racial tensions at sea

Marv Truhe’s new hardcover book, “Against All Tides, The Untold Story of the USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot” was released on Oct. 11. The book was released on the 50th anniversary of the race riot which is the subject of the book.

Truhe grew up in Winner. He graduated from Winner High School in 1963. While attending high school Truhe worked at the Winner Advocate.

He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1967. He also has an honorary doctorate from School of Mines in 2003.

He received his law degree from Northwestern Law School in 1970.

Truhe was on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1970-74. He served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

He served as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

After his military duty, Truhe returned to South Dakota and was an assistant attorney general in the AG office in 1974 as head of trial division.

He was in private practice from 1975-2007 in Rapid City working corporate, mining and environmental law.

Truhe retired in 2008 and moved to Colorado with his wife, Nicki.

Truhe says the book is a story of racial injustice and is a first person account of Truhe’s experience as a US Navy JAG lawyer during the Vietnam War.

An interracial confrontation occurred aboard the ship while it was conducting bombing runs into north Vietnam.

Truhe represented several of the 25 black sailors who were unjustly charged with rioting and assaults.

The book covers riots and the court martial trails that followed.

Truhe said his goal in writing the book was to set the record straight because of all the one sided and erroneous chronicles of the incident.

“I wanted to write the complete story in a fair and balanced manner,” he said.

He started writing the book after the special court martials were completed and while Truhe was serving as a military judge.

He collected thousands of pages of original source documents: Navy investigation reports, hundreds of sworn statements and medical records, Congressional subcommittee hearing testimony, his own case files and interviews with client witnesses.

Truhe retained these documents for 50 years (six banker boxes) and again took up writing the book in January 2021.

In January 2022 he presented his manuscript to the publisher for editing. Editing was completed in July and the book came out in October.

Truhe said his inspiration and goal in writing the book was to set the record straight because of all the one-sided and erroneous chronicles of the incident.

Among the injustices he said were 25 black sailors were charged with rioting and assaults against white sailors, but no white sailors were charged.

He said this was a totally one sided investigation. Truhe added Navy officials  withheld critical evidence from defense lawyers.

Photos and details are in the book’s website,

Truhe was invited to give a book presentation at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The newspaper in San Diego, Calif., wrote a front page story on the book Nov. 20.

In the newspaper story, Truhe said there was deep-seeded racism in Navy, an institution he respected then and respects still. Questions about fairness in the legal system, an arena where he would do his life’s work. Questions about integrity and honesty.

That’s why he kept those five boxes, to look for answers. It’s why he turned what was inside into a book which offers the most complete picture yet of what happened on board the aircraft carrier and in the trials that followed.

Writing the book took Truhe 18 months of 12 hour days, time spent sifting through documents, remembering details, reliving the story.

“I am not usually an angry person but I was angry as all this unfolded 50 years ago,” he said.

In end, 23 Black Kitty Hawk sailors faced court-martials in San Diego, most of them accused of rioting and assault. Only one white sailor was charged with assault, three months after the riot. He was acquitted.

Of the black defendants, seven accepted plea deals admitting to one or more reduced charges and received minimal sentences such as time-served or  fine. Ten were convicted at a trial of one or more offenses and also received minimal sentences.

Six others were exonerated. Three had their charges dismissed before trial, two were acquitted.

Worried that the book might come across as a “one-sided rant by a disgruntled defense attorney” Truhe said he took pains to be balanced in the depiction of events. The 320 page book includes 1,100 footnotes.

The book can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other locations.

Truhe  and his wife live in a retirement community in Broomfield, Colo. His wife is from Colorado and they were married in 1970 just before he went on active duty. The couple have been married for 52 years.

They have a son, Eric, his wife, Leigh, both attorneys, live nearby with two children.

Opportunity available to take EMT course

There is a desperate need for more EMTs across South Dakota.

To help fill this need an EMT class will be offered online.

Paul Schueth of the Tripp County ambulance service, said he and others applied for and received an  EMS SAMHSA grant.

With the help of the University of South Dakota Tripp County received a $200,000 grant.

The 2023 class will start in January and is free for qualified students.

Persons will be able to take the class on line. The classes will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-10 p.m. via interactive video conferencing. The classes will be taught by USD.

Students will be required to take skill sessions which will be held on certain Saturdays in Winner. The weekend Saturday dates are Feb. 18, March 18, April 15 and May 13.

The cost of registration $850. But the grant funds allow it to be free for students. All books will also be free.

This class is also open to high school students who are interested in becoming an EMT.

“We are trying to get more EMTs in the western part of the state,” said Schueth. “In smaller towns it is hard getting people to volunteer,” he said.

Persons who are interested are encouraged to sign up for this class.  They can call Travis Spier at 605 328-6389 or Paul Schueth in Winner to get more information. 

A flyer where persons can scan a QR code to register is available from Schueth.

Completing an EMT course will provide opportunities for individuals seeking to support their community and assure rural communities have access to emergency services and medical care when needed.

Elk Point-Jefferson stuns Winner

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Winner quarterback Blake Volmer hands off the ball in the Class 11B championship game on Nov. 11 in Vermillion.

It was the game of the year in Class 11B. Two undefeated teams going at it for bragging rights as the state champion.

Winner was going for its third consecutive state championship. Elk Point-Jefferson was making its first appearance in the DakotaDome in a football championship.

Elk Point-Jefferson spoiled Winner’s quest for a third consecutive title with a 21-14 victory. It also halted Winner’s 34 game win streak.

“We couldn’t consistently run the ball,” said Winner coach Trent Olson.

The coach said this is the best team Winner has seen in 11B play.

The Friday afternoon game in the Dome lived up to all its pre-game hype.

The game was scoreless in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Huskies running back Lucas Hueser broke free from a 48 yard bust up the middle to put Elk Point-Jefferson deep in Warrior territory. Hueser would get the ball again on a 4th and goal from the one and he reached the ball over the line to put EPJ on the board first.

Winner quickly answered as Riley Orel exploded for a 69 yard TD run. But the two point conversion failed that kept EPJ in the lead 7-6 with 4:29 to play in the half.

Two minutes later EPJ scored again and took a 14-6 halftime lead.

Karson Keiser would miss a 27 yard field goal that came up short in the closing seconds of the half.

Both offenses started slow to begin the third quarter. Winner went three and out while EPJ grabbed one first  down but then had to punt.

The Warriors put together an efficient drive on their next possession, using the clock and gaining yards into the Huskies side of the field.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Blake Volmer hit Ethan Bartels for a 35 yard touchdown. The two point conversion was good and Winner had tied the game at 14-14.

The Huskies retook the lead with just under eight minutes to play when Hueser broke free up the middle for a 31 yards touchdown scamper. The score is now 21-14.

However, Winner puts together an all or nothing drive that digs deep into Huskies territory. With a critical fourth down, the Warriors go for it with a pass by Volmer which is intercepted and seals the victory for EPJ.

Orel led the Warriors with 111 yards. Aiden Barfuss added 62 yards.

In passing, Volmer was 5-14 for 66 yards.

For the nine seniors on the team they have played in four consecutive championship games in a row and have a 45-2 record.

Turnquist wins matches

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Wyatt Turnquist, right, who wrestles for Northern State University, won two matches in Oklahoma.

Wyatt Turnquist, who wrestles for Northern State University, won two matches in Oklahoma.

He received a pin in 2:19 over a wrestler from Carl Albert State and then won a 6-4 decision over the No. 3 wrestler Brik Flippo of Central Oklahoma.

Turnquist is ranked No. 11.

BankWest Joins #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-Phishing Campaign

BankWest has joined the American Bankers Association (ABA) and banks across the U.S. for the #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-Phishing Campaign, a coordinated, industry-wide effort to protect consumers during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Throughout the month, BankWest will put forth a concerted effort to educate consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams. The organization will share tips and videos via social media channels to help consumers identify fake bank communications asking for sensitive information like their passwords and social security numbers. BankWest also held several Fraud Talk events across the state in August, educating customers about the latest scams.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that consumers lost $5.8 billion to phishing and other fraud in 2021, an increase of more than 70% compared to 2020.

“Phishing attempts are at an all-time high and scammers are targeting consumers from every direction—by text, phone and email,” said Jody Engel, Winner BankWest Branch Manager. “Education and awareness are key to helping customers spot a scam, so we hope to help them stay one step ahead of the scammers.”

Here are a few tips to protect yourself from phishing attempts:

Never change a password, issue a payment or perform other sensitive tasks based on an unsolicited request.

Never give out personal information such as account numbers, usernames, one time access codes, passwords or Social Security numbers.

Beware of messages or calls requesting any sort of urgent response. Do not respond to pressure to take any sort of immediate action.

If you do receive a phone call, email or text message requesting sensitive information, hang up and call the party back to verify whether the request is legitimate. Use a phone number from a trusted source or directory rather than caller ID to verify you are calling a legitimate source.

For more information about phishing scams and how to stop fraudsters in their tracks, visit

Jorgensen Ranches Ranked First in Angus Registrations for South Dakota During 2022

Jorgensen Ranches, Ideal, ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in South Dakota with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, according to Mark McCully, Association chief executive officer.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2022 registered 304,822 head of Angus cattle. “Our association members lead the industry in adopting new technology and breeding the most problem-free cattle for their customers,” McCully said. “Cattlemen across the country continue to find registered Angus seedstock are the most profitable option for their herd.”

ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. The association provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. Raven Angus, Colome, ranked as fourth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in South Dakota with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, according to Mark McCully, association chief executive officer.

Concrete paving to start soon on Highway 44

Doug Sherman, area engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, spoke at the Winner Rotary meeting on Thursday.

He provided an update on the three highway projects in the Winner area.

The biggest is Highway 44 from Subway to one mile east. The main contractor is Reede Construction, Aberdeen.

Sherman said by the end of this week he hopes to have new base material on Highway 44. The process involves removal of about one foot of dirt. This dirt is then blended with crushed concrete and replaced back on the road as select subgrade topping. “The crushed concrete can really help stabilize dirt that is very wet and hard to stabilize by normal means, which is what exists in this area of Highway 44,” said Sherman.

Once the new dirt/crushed concrete is placed and is stable, a separator fabric is placed before the base material is put down. “This is done to ensure that over the years clays don’t get saturated and pump back into the good base material,” explained Sherman.

Once the new dirt is placed and stable, a separator fabric is place on it before the base material is laid.

Once the fabric is down, then six inches of good high quality base material is laid. Once that is down and compacted the next step is to place a geogrid on top of the six inches of base material and then placing another 11 inches of good high quality base material on top of the geogrid. Northern Plains Construction of Winner is doing this work.

Sherman added grading work on ditches will continue until mid-November. This includes removal of the old walk path as the new walk path is now in place. This work is also being done by Northern Plains.

Muth Electric is installing conduit for new lights.

It is hoped during the week of Sept. 13 Reede Construction will be on site to start some concrete paving. Paving will continue till late September or early October. There will be flaggers and pilot cars during the construction.

Once concrete paving is done, work will begin to create the new shoulders which mostly will consist of gravel and asphalt.

Lighting and final landscaping will also take place.

Sherman says the DOT hopes to have all work completed by early November.

Next phase of the project will be the reconstruction of Highway 18 from the bridge near Country Club Motel to First Fidelity Bank/Caseys. Most of this work will be done in 2023.

Highway 53

The next project is Highway 53 from Highway 18 south for 16 miles. The contractor is Asphalt Paving & Materials Company, Huron.

Cold milling of the existing surface started on Sept. 6. It is hope this work will be done by early next week. One inch of the existing surface was taken of and replaced it with two inches of brand new asphalt.

Plans are to begin placement of the new asphalt hot mix on Sept. 12. The work will last about three weeks and the all 16 miles will have a new surface. All work is expected to be done by mid-October.

Highway 49

The third project is Highway 49 from S.D. Highway 47 south to S.D. Highway 44.

The contractor is Knife River Construction, Sioux City, Iowa.

Sherman said the pipe work tied to this project is to be completed in the next 30 days.

He said spot grading of bump/frost heave areas is completed and the ride has been restored to those areas.

Deep excavation of bridge ends is completed as well as guardrail widening areas, so bridges are all ready for new asphalt to bed placed.

Cold milling of the entire area is completed. Sherman said the construction crew is taking one inch of the existing surface off and replace it with two inches of new asphalt.

Sherman said the replacement of new asphalt surfacing is well underway and should be completed by early October.

Heartwarming video features Bruce Carrier and grandson

A youth league baseball player gives his first home run ball to his grandfather in a heartwarming video that made it all the way to ESPN.

The clip featured Bruce Carrier, former superintendent of the Winner School District and his grandson.

The story of Carrier and his grandson even made the New York Post in New York City.

In the video clip, Carrier’s grandson approaches his grandfather, who now lives in Sioux Falls, gushing about smacking two homers, one of which was a grand slam.

“I signed the ball for you,” the boy says “and it says, Papa, I love you.”

Carrier, who got emotional, asked his grandson why he did that and the boy said, “You taught me everything about baseball,” he said with tears rolling down is face.

“That’s so sweet,” said Carrier.

Moments like there are what baseball is all about.

Here are some of the responses from New Yorkers and others to the Post story:

This is so much more than it.

He was my coach in jr and sr high school. Great man and I will never forget him.

I hope this kid goes places whether major league ball or whatever path he chooses. Kid done great for his grandpa. Young man not all heroes wear capes.

That’s the best thing ever.

Grandpa is the man

Legion wins state runner-up honors

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Winner/Colome Legion baseball team took runner-up honors at the state meet in Gregory. Pictured in front from left are Statton Morehart, Ryder Halligan, Justin Hausmann, Karson Keiser, Charley Pravecek, Maxton Brozik, Zac Olson, Landon Calhoon. In back from left are coach Shane Phillips, Ethan Bartels, Aiden Barfuss, Jack Peters, Adam Bohnet, Joey Cole, bat boy Maddux Phillips, Ashton Klein, Pierce Nelson and coach Dan Pravecek.

Despite a five run deficit in the sixth inning, Winner/Colome Legion team almost came all the way back to defeat Vermillion in the Class B Legion meet. However, the Royals fell in a heart breaker 8-7.

Despite the over 100 degree heat last Tuesday both team battled for a state title.

Vermillion took a 6-1 lead but Winner/Colome fired right back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 6-6.

The both teams traded runs to tie it again 7-7. The regulation game ended 7-7 and the two teams headed an extra inning.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes in the bottom of the 7th inning when Vermillion catcher T. J. Tracy went down with cramps and shortly after home plate umpire Doug Ruesik had to leave the game after dealing with heat-related issue.

When play resumed Vermillion was able to get the winning run.

Barfuss had two doubles and Joey Cole, one. Barfuss was the leader at the plate as he was 3-4 with 2 RBIs.

Charley Pravecek was 2-4.

Ethan Bartels pitched 6.2 innings and Barfuss, 1.1.

The Royals defeated Hartford Humboldt 8-7 on Friday in the first round of the state meet.

Hartford/Humboldt jumped out to an early 6-3 lead through four innings before the Royals came back with two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth to claim the victory.

Barfuss led the way at the plate as he was 4-4 with two runs and four RBIs. Joey Cole went 2-4 with three runs and one RBI.

Barfuss also won the win on the mound in three innings of relief.

Winner Colome defeated Redfield 10-5 on Sunday. The Royals big inning was the sixth when they scored 6 runs.

Barfuss had a home run and Cole a double.

Justin Hausmann pitched five innings and Ryder Halligan, 1.

On Monday, Winner/Colome lost to Gregory 9-3. The Royals has 4 hits. Barfuss had a home run and Barfuss a double.

Landon Calhoon pitched 3.1 innings and Kaden Keiser, 3.2.

The game on Monday set up who would play in the championship the next day.

The Legion team ended the season with a 16-8 record.