on the progress of two highway projects in Winner were provided by Doug
Sherman, area engineer of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, on May
Highway 18 project in Winner, most of the dirt work and base preparation is
done from the bridge by the Country Club Motel to Iowa Street. Close behind
will be work on Iowa Street to South County Road intersection.
says it is anticipated Reede Construction will start paving the north lanes
around the middle of May.
line work will continue from South County Road east to First Fidelity Bank.
see a lot more work in Phase 2 which is the area from South County Road to
First Fidelity Bank.
added the overwidth detour is in place and the signage is in place. This is for
local truck traffic only. Other trucks or larger vehicles are asked to work
with the port authority to find an alternate route.
is stressing that people drive slow in the work zone and observe the 25 mile a
your speed limit which starts at First Fidelity Bank. “If people don’t follow
the speed limit and signs it will really create problems on the project,”
a large drop off due to the profile change from the old road and the new road
and that is why the speed has been reduced to 25 miles per hour. “There is no
room for a margin of error. Drive slow,”
talked about the progress on the project on Highway 18 from Winner to Colome.
the surface repair is 100 percent complete and work has moved to stage 2 which
is the diamond grinding of the surface. Sherman explained this will restore a
should see a vast improvement to the ride,” he said.
signs and overwidth signs on this section will be removed. The drive from
Winner to Colome is basically back to normal except in work zone areas where
diamond grinding is being done. This area will be controlled by a flagger and a
2, persons noticed work being done on Highway 44. Last year as part of the
three year highway project in Winner temporary highway markings were placed.
Now, new durable pavement markings have been laid. Sherman noted the durable
markings should erase any confusion persons had driving in this area.
meetings are held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the city council chambers.
who have questions on the project can call the DOT office in Winner.
Central Development Corporation has an office building for sale.
development corporation acquired Covey Law Office from Vicki Covey. The
building has been remodeled with new windows, doors, heating, cooling, new
roof, new sewer and bathroom.
Scott of the development corporation says this will be a nice office for
someone. The building at 409 S. Main St. is for sale. Those interested in the
building are to call Scott at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce office.
says the development corporation is trying to revitalize Main Street one
building at a time.
for new opportunities on Main Street, an architectural firm is looking at a
possibility for a green space on Main Street. This would include a sitting
area, maybe a stage. This is an area where there could be a farmers market,
Santa visit to Winner and just a nice visual piece to Main Street.
says the goal is when someone new drives through Winner and Main Street they
say, “Wow, this looks neat.”
development corporation has funding available persons who want to upgrade their
buildings through a façade grant.
involved in a lot of aspects of the community as far as having loans available
and recruitment of employees. The pressing goal is the revitalization of Main
interested in buying this building are asked to call Mike Scott.
tax reduction, foreign ownership of ag land were among the topics discussed by
Dist. 21 legislators at a crackerbarrel in Winner Saturday afternoon at the
attending were Rep. Rocky Blare of Ideal and Rep. Marty Overweg of New Holland.
Erin Tobin of Winner was unable to attend.
crackerbarrel was sponsored by Winner Area Chamber of Commerce with Mike Scott,
executive director of the Chamber introducing the lawmakers. Winner American
Legion Auxiliary provided coffee, cookies and bars.
said the biggest issue this past week in the House was passing HB1137 which
will reduce the state sales tax rates in South Dakota from 4.5 percent to 4.2
percent. This will reduce the tax burden for citizens by $100 million, the
largest tax decrease in S.D. history.
were two bills regarding the foreign ownership of agriculture land.
governor’s farmland protection bill, SB185 was defeated in the senate explained
enacted, it would create a seven member board modeled after the federal agency
tasked to reviewing foreign purchases that could impact national security.
would review any transfer of agricultural land involving a foreign entity,
offering a recommendation to the governor.
said all ag groups were opposed to SB185 and Overweg said he was also against
explained an ag bill that has survived is HB1189 which would be a ban of
foreign ownership of over 160 acres. The bill will help close a loophole by
requiring disclosure by a foreign owned corporation as to whether they hold any
interest in South Dakota ag land.
Haukaas of the Colome Consolidated School Board asked the legislators to
consider an increase of 8 percent for school districts. She said students are
leaving the state for higher paying jobs in neighboring states. Haukaas said
the average teacher pay in South Dakota is $49,547. She said the closest
regional competitor, Montana, is more than $3,500 ahead of South Dakota.
Haukaas said the state has the money for an 8 percent increase. She said the
current proposed increase of 5 percent costs the state $24 million and if the
total increase was raised to 8 percent it would require only about $14 million
more for a total increase in new funding for public schools.
Tate asked several questions about voting machines and told the legislators he
cannot find out who owns the voting machines.
explained there are several bills in the legislature this year dealing with
election integrity. In his column this week in the Winner Advocate Blare lists
the election bills.
was asked about the brand board. Blare said the House passed a brand board bill
that would change the make up of the board from appointed to elected members from
discussion was held on what the legislators will do to regulate medical marijuana.
dealing with pop up medical marijuana clinics died in the Senate.
meeting in Winner, the lawmakers held a crackerbarrel in Burke.
The South Dakota Corn Growers Association
(SDCGA) is pleased to announce that Trent Kubik has been elected as
Secretary/Treasurer of the SDCGA for 2023. Trent and his wife Shannon, and two
brothers, Troy and Bruce, started their own farm and ranch, where they operate
a corn, soybean, small grains, alfalfa and cow-calf operation in Hamill. Kubik
and his wife Shannon have two sons. In his spare time he enjoys cheering on the
SDSU Jackrabbits and the Green Bay Packers, as well as traveling with his
family.The following board members were also elected to serve for 2023:
President Dave Ellens, District 5
Dave Ellens has been elected President of
the SDCGA for 2023. Dave and his family raise corn and soybeans in Madison. As
owner of Lakeco Crop Services, he also is a third-generation Pioneer dealer.
Vice President Taylor Sumption, District 5
Taylor Sumption manages his family’s farm
in partnership with his four brothers and parents in Frederick. They produce
corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and oats in combination with operating a cow/calf
operation and feedlot.
In addition, the following individuals were
elected or approved to join the SDCGA board for 2023.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced that Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership in Ideal was selected as one of seven regional winners of the 2022 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The ranch was recognized during the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans.
“Farming and ranching families across
the country continue to incorporate practices that protect and preserve land
and water resources for future generations,” said NCBA President Don
Schiefelbein. “These regional winners represent the cattle industry’s
commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Established in 1991, ESAP celebrates
outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry. The regional winners will
compete for the national award, which will be presented during NCBA’s
Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., April 24-27, 2023. The 2022
Environmental Stewardship Award Program Regional Winners are:
Region I: Lamb Farms, Inc., Oakfield, New
Region II: Carter Cattle Company, LLC,
Region III: Huth Polled Herefords and S&H
Livestock Enterprises, LLC, Oakfield, Wisconsin
Region IV: Parks Ranch, Goliad County,
Region V: Mannix Brothers Ranch, Helmville,
Region VI: Fulstone Ranches, Smith, Nevada
Region VII: Jorgensen Land & Cattle
Partnership, Ideal, South Dakota
“The Jorgensen family depicts all
aspects of the award ideals while working to improve their operation each year
since 1909,” said Cindy Zenk, coordinator of the South Dakota Soil Health
Coalition. “The love of cattle and the land, a passion that continues to
be handed down through generations is vividly evident with the fourth
generation now managing the operation.”
Soil and animal health are the primary
drivers for practices implemented at Jorgensen Land & Cattle. Grazing
rotations are developed based on the impacts to soil health, livestock feed
demands, and the wildlife benefit created from good cover and plant diversity.
Rotational grazing has increased grazing efficiency and improved the
productivity of the grassland. The ranch practices diverse crop rotations,
integrates livestock grazing on both grassland and cropland, and adds as few
external inputs to the cropping or pasture systems as possible. In addition to
the cattle operation, Jorgensen grows 12,000 non-irrigated acres of crops every
year using no-till, which has helped improve soil structure and nutrient
“We strive to learn from Mother Nature
by studying the native prairies,” said Cody Jorgensen, chief livestock
officer at Jorgensen Land & Cattle. “Based on what we learn, we develop
cropping rotations that are intended to mimic the ecosystem we live in.”
ESAP is generously sponsored by companies
and federal agencies who share the cattle industry’s commitment to caring for
the environment and protecting natural resources. Sponsors including U.S.
Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Corteva
Agriscience, McDonald’s, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partner with NCBA
to promote environmental stewardship throughout the beef supply chain. For more
information, visit www.environmentalstewardship.org.
PIERRE — Republican legislative leaders are
promising a conservative approach to the various tax cut bills that have been
submitted during this session of the Legislature. Democratic leaders, who for
years have backed a sales tax cut on food, aren’t entirely optimistic about the
fate of this year’s tax cut legislation.
Their comments were made on Thursday, Jan.
26, to a group of editors and publishers in Pierre for Newspaper Day at the
Currently in the Legislature there are four
bills with versions of sales tax cuts as well as a bill to cut property taxes.
“Most of us would love to do a tax cut,” said
Senate Majority Leader Casey Crabtree, R-Madison. “We’re going to be
conservative and prudent with our decision-making. We don’t want to make a
House Majority Leader Will Mortenson,
R-Pierre, said Republican lawmakers are faced with a tough choice as they want
to cut taxes, but they also want to be fiscally conservative.
don’t make that decision hastily,” Mortenson said. “Fools rush in.”
cut of the sales tax on food was a cornerstone of Gov. Kristi Noem’s
re-election campaign. The Republican leaders said they would work with the
governor, but they needed to consider all the tax cut bills.
governor has the loudest microphone of everyone in the Capitol,” Mortenson
governor may have the biggest microphone, but, according to Democrats, she’s
not putting in the work that’s needed to pass her bill to cut the sales tax on
“She’s using this as a campaign stunt,” said
Senate Minority Leader Reynold Nesiba, D-Sioux Falls, referring to Noem
announcing her support for the sales tax cut on food during her re-election
campaign. “My sense of the Senate is that she doesn’t have the votes.”
There’s a certain amount of education,
cajoling and arm twisting that goes into the passage of legislation. According
to Nesiba, Noem has been missing in action.
“She hasn’t been making the phone calls,
doing the work necessary,” Nesiba said. “She’s often out of state, traveling,
focusing on something else.”
Rather than go without any cut in the sales
tax on food, Nesiba said Democrats have offered alternative bills that cut one
penny and two pennies off the tax.
“Democrats are leading the way to a compromise
to get this done,” Nesiba said. “We’ll probably help the governor save face.”
Re-built motorcycle headed for elite
auction later this month
Students, faculty, staff and supporters of
College gathered for the Power Sports
Technology students’ pit stop before with their custom-built motorcycle Friday
Since late September, the program’s six
second-year students, along with representatives of Helping with Horsepower, a
Mitchell-area nonprofit providing opportunities for purpose, wellbeing and
growth through projects such as bike rebuilds, worked tirelessly to tear down
and rebuild the 2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide for the City of Sturgis, who
purchased the bike.
The finished bike is scheduled to go up for
bids on an elite Mecum Auction in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 24-28.
“We wanted to be 90 percent done when they
left (for Christmas break), so we were on a pretty tight deadline,” said Laura
Klock, President and Founder of Helping with Horsepower.
In just over three months, the students
“got to be involved all the way from tearing the bike
down, building some custom stuff and
putting it back together,” according to Power Sports Program Director Chris
From the very beginning, it was a team
“Everyone kind of had their own … design
ideas,” Degen recalled. “We sat around and figured out color schemes and what
we wanted the bike to look like and what we were going for,” then transformed
the touring-style Road Glide into a “race-like bagger.”
The cosmetic transformation is apparent at
first glance and brought cheers from the approximately 100 people in attendance
Most obviously, the solid-colored pearl paint was replaced with a white base and racing strips of blue, bronze and black with barely-noticeable monochromatic Sturgis emblems. The solid black factory seat was replaced with a sporty black and white leather seat embroidered in a diamond pattern with the City of Sturgis emblem displayed prominently at the top. Just
below the gas cap, the official coin for
the 2023 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was inset into the modified gas tank, and
students fabricated a custom shift linkage bearing the Sturgis logo. A majority
of the chrome was replaced with metallic bronze or high-gloss black-painted
In homage to the students who invested
their class periods into the build, the motor mount dons a black Mitchell Tech
logo set on a bronze base.
“There are a lot of (subtle) custom parts
that the students got to” add to the bike to commemorate the 83rd Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally, and to honor the involvement of Mitchell
Tech, Helping with Horsepower and the project’s many corporate sponsors, Degen said, adding that the students were able to use some of the skills they’re learning in their welding class on the project.
And the mechanics were overhauled, too.
Degen said the engine horsepower and torque were increased by 50 percent.
Various standard parts were replaced with performance parts to make the bike
race-ready, but it is enough like the original to still be used as a road
Although the turnaround on the project was
quick for such an expansive project, Klock said the process was “beautiful.”
“These guys were so fast and so responsive. The motor mount – they talked about it, and then one of them was out the door, making it. (They) did a great job. (They) should all be very proud of (themselves),” she said. “They have such a great base from the school and Chris’s instruction. They understand how it all works. … This is the future of power sports standing here.”
The experience was unique for everyone
involved. For students, it was a first custom build.
And, for Degen and Klock, it was the first
project they’ve had that will be sold to a national audience.
“It was awesome to be able to add the
design and marketing concept to the students’ mechanical coursework that
they’re already learning,” she said.
The bike departed Mitchell last Monday
afternoon, with another unveiling pit stop scheduled for Sturgis on Tuesday at
4 p.m. From there, the bike will be Vegas-bound.
The final day of the bike’s time at auction
will be televised Sat., Jan. 28 at mecum.com/tvtimes. The winner of the auction
will purchase the custom motorcycle, an autographed
concept drawing from designer Tex McDorman
and a VIP package to the 83rd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, to be held this August
in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
“We hope that whomever the purchaser is
really embraces the story” of the Rally and Helpingwith Horsepower.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit “the
Sturgis Rally Endowment Fund, a part of the Black Hills Community Foundation,
to ensure that the Rally tradition of charitable giving endures for the benefit
of future area residents,” according to Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen.
Some of the funds raised will be routed to
Helping with Horsepower, a Mitchell-area nonprofit providing opportunities for
purpose, well-being and growth for individuals born or diagnosed with
limitations. The organization’s Bike Rebuild Program is a therapeutic
opportunity for participants to rebuild a motorcycle as they acquire tools to
rebuild their lives.
“It’s a win-win-win,” according to Laura
Klock, creator of the Helping with Horsepower Biken Rebuild Program. “The
students got the project experience, which included extra training byn some of
the sponsors, … (while Helping with Horsepower and the Rally endowment) benefit
from the proceeds (allowing) HWH to
continue to provide opportunities and hands-on programs.”
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.
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.
received his law degree from Northwestern Law School in 1970.
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.
served as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
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.
in private practice from 1975-2007 in Rapid City working corporate, mining and
retired in 2008 and moved to Colorado with his wife, Nicki.
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.
interracial confrontation occurred aboard the ship while it was conducting
bombing runs into north Vietnam.
represented several of the 25 black sailors who were unjustly charged with
rioting and assaults.
covers riots and the court martial trails that followed.
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.
wanted to write the complete story in a fair and balanced manner,” he said.
writing the book after the special court martials were completed and while
Truhe was serving as a military judge.
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
retained these documents for 50 years (six banker boxes) and again took up
writing the book in January 2021.
January 2022 he presented his manuscript to the publisher for editing. Editing
was completed in July and the book came out in October.
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.
the injustices he said were 25 black sailors were charged with rioting and
assaults against white sailors, but no white sailors were charged.
this was a totally one sided investigation. Truhe added Navy officials withheld critical evidence from defense
and details are in the book’s website, marvtruhe.com
was invited to give a book presentation at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,
newspaper in San Diego, Calif., wrote a front page story on the book Nov. 20.
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.
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.
the book took Truhe 18 months of 12 hour days, time spent sifting through
documents, remembering details, reliving the story.
not usually an angry person but I was angry as all this unfolded 50 years ago,”
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.
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.
others were exonerated. Three had their charges dismissed before trial, two
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.
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.
have a son, Eric, his wife, Leigh, both attorneys, live nearby with two