About Wren Murphy

Mental illness can’t be fought on your own

By Wren Murphy | August 05, 2021

From January to March of this year, we lost 59 South Dakotans to suicide. 59 siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors—and none of it should have happened. That number is far higher than we saw last year, where 28 South Dakotans took their lives in the same time period. I don’t know what I can do to help. […]

Antique tractors pull their weight and more

By Wren Murphy | August 05, 2021

The rumble of antique tractors rolled across the rodeo grounds on Saturday, July 31, as pullers from across the state pitted driver against driver and machine against machine. Saturday marked the Mobridge Rodeo Association’s first antique tractor pull. It ran for almost all of Saturday afternoon after beginning at 1 p.m., and it featured 67 pulls. The tractor pull was […]

Auditors: Errors found in county’s financial records

By Wren Murphy | August 05, 2021

The Walworth County Commission decided Tuesday, Aug. 3, not to go forward with investigating the old Shopko in Mobridge as a possible jail and also received a report from auditors detailing numerous problems with the county’s financial records. Jeff Hoff of Drake Construction, Robert Brashears of Reilly Johnson Architecture and Brett Noecker of CML Securities explained a preliminary design for […]

Dusty Johnson coming to Mobridge to honor veterans

By Wren Murphy | August 05, 2021

Rep. Dusty Johnson will be paying Mobridge a visit Thursday, Aug. 5, for two events: cracker barrel and a Vietnam Veteran Pinning Ceremony. The Vietnam Veteran Pinning Ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Mobridge City Park. Johnson will be presenting Vietnam War veterans with commemorative pins. Johnson hopes this ceremony will honor veterans and help him […]

Grand Crossing crash causes injuries, no fatalities

By Wren Murphy | July 29, 2021

A vehicle drove into a pole on East Grand Crossing outside of La Cabana on Monday, July 26, but no serious injuries have been reported. Two people were in the vehicle, Police Chief Shawn Madison said. An ambulance transferred one of the two people in the vehicle to the hospital, with one suffering a fractured bone and some bruising. No […]

Are the Olympics worth smothering Japanese voices?

By Wren Murphy | July 29, 2021

Maybe it’s because I favor the Winter Olympics, but I don’t understand why the 2020 Olympics are on. Even beyond Tokyo’s COVID-19 outbreak, many Americans are looking past the people whose opinions matter most: Japanese citizens. And I don’t know if I, as a United States citizen, can support an event that puts the will of corporations and governments above […]

USDA offering drought help to ag producers

By Wren Murphy | July 29, 2021

There’s no end in sight to the drought despite some recent showers, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has several programs to help producers during this tough time. Walworth County is in the midst of a “D3” or “extreme” drought, meaning the area’s producers could be eligible for USDA programs, which can be applied for at their local USDA Service […]

Fighting for the lives of golf course’s plants during drought

By Wren Murphy | July 22, 2021

Oahe Hills superintendent Jason Weisbeck has been fighting the forces of heat and drought to keep the golf course green. Despite the lush grass covering much of the course, it has been an uphill struggle. The past several years have given South Dakotans weather extremeshold. Several parts of the state broke or nearly broke precipitation records in 2018, and 2019 […]

2021 Sitting Bull Stampede Welcome

By Wren Murphy | June 30, 2021