World War II veteran wins Prizeword puzzle

2011-12-23T23:05:00Z World War II veteran wins Prizeword puzzleBy BRIAN GEHRING | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

An 88-year-old retired bookkeeper and World War II veteran from Bismarck has won the Prizeword Puzzle.

Martin Rivinius correctly answered last week's puzzle to win $1,000.

Rivinius, who is retired from Butler Machinery, said he has been playing the puzzle since the Tribune began the contest.

"That's a pretty nice Christmas present," he said Friday.

Rivinius has lived in Bismarck since 1946, after his discharge from the U.S. Army. He served in the South Pacific.

He and his wife, LaVerne, have been married more than 65 years. She turned 86 about a week ago, he said.

When asked if he had plans for his new windfall, he said nothing came to mind immediately.

"But we do like to go to the casino," he said.

And when asked if he ever thought he would win, Rivinius answered: "Every time I mailed it in."

The last winner was Jim Rouse of Bismarck, who won it on June 16, 2010.


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  1. catdude2
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    catdude2 - December 27, 2011 12:01 pm
    I worked with Mr Rivinius for several years at Butler Machinery. A more hard working man with a great attitude you will not find! Congratulations Marty on your winnings and thatnk you for your past service to our country. Glad to have worked with you.
  2. terneslp
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    terneslp - December 24, 2011 12:19 pm
    This story brings so many good memories!

    Martin was at Schultz Machinery (now know as Butler) when I was a secretary to Mr. Gerhardt in 1958 and 1959.

    Thank you!

    Peggy Ternes
    Bixby, OK

  3. Bill G-A-R-R
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    Bill G-A-R-R - December 24, 2011 9:07 am
    $1000.00 is peanuts compared to what we as a country owe Martin Rivinius. Good on you Martin! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and your family.
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