About Katie Zerr

By Katie Zerr | March 20, 2019

Happenings in Washington are sometimes astounding and confusing. Other times what happens in our nation’s capitol is bordering on the hilarious. This week something so ridiculous occurred it made me at once laugh and shake my head in befuddlement. California Republican and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and […]

Shopko to close remaining stores

By Katie Zerr | March 20, 2019

Mobridge is losing another business as on Monday, Shopko announced it will liquidate its assets and close all of its remaining locations by June. In a document filed Monday in U.S. bankruptcy court, the company will begin liquidation process over the next 10 to 12 weeks. Shopko had announced in February plans to close 250 stores, or about 70 percent […]

Snow could possibly be record

By Katie Zerr | March 20, 2019

Howling winds peaking at nearly 60 mph Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14, packed 5.4 inches of new snow into solid drifts that caused serious issues for area residents. But it wasn’t just the snowfall from the storm that was drifting, as one week prior nearly nine inches of snow fell in the area. “We had a report of […]

Study: South Dakota Faces Growing Urban-Rural Digital Divide

By Katie Zerr | March 18, 2019

South Dakota is threatened by a growing urban-rural digital divide, endangering residents’ quality of life and economic development efforts unless significant investments are made in advanced mobile technology, a new study suggests.   Researchers from the University of South Dakota and Virginia’s Old Dominion University interviewed and surveyed rural South Dakota residents last fall to determine their perceptions of coverage, […]

Presenting Irish recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day

By Katie Zerr | March 13, 2019

This year over the Fourth of July the Klein Museum’s Living History presentation is called “They weren’t all Norwegians.” Marlys Jundt has written the script and is highlighting the Irish, Greek, Italian and Germans who also settled this area. In order to honor these different ethnic groups we will feature recipes each month, including Norwegians, for the next five months. […]

Guest Editorial: Shine a brighter light on government in S.D.

By Katie Zerr | March 13, 2019

– By David Bordewyk Executive Director of South Dakota Newspaper Association – This week we celebrate the public’s right to know what our government is doing. “Sunshine Week” is a nationwide observance and in South Dakota we have open government issues worth celebrating and others sorely needing our attention. As South Dakota legislators put the finishing touches on the 2019 […]

Water damage leads to litigation for city

By Katie Zerr | March 13, 2019

Issues dealing with weather had Mobridge residents addressing the city council Tuesday, March 12, and will result in legal action against the city. On Tuesday March 5, a water main broke in the Crescent Drive neighborhood and basements in several homes in that area had basement flooding. Kayla Stewart, speaking for the neighbors, explained to the council that the basement […]

Another winter storm to hit area

By Katie Zerr | March 13, 2019

Mobridge Police Chief Shawn Madison is urging all residents to be prepared for the coming winter storm and to stay off the roads if possible during the storm. “We will be plowing the roads as soon as the weather conditions allow,” he said. “Our primary focus during the storm will be to keep the emergency routes open.” Madison said when […]

KATIE ZERR: Even the hardiest South Dakotans are tiring of winter

By Katie Zerr | March 06, 2019

I received another weather alert this morning, showing a massive snow storm that will engulf the northern states this weekend. Normally, I would brush off a 6 to 8-inch March snow storm accompanied by 40 to 50 mph winds as what we expect during this month in South Dakota. But not in 2019. February was brutal. Extremely cold and snowy. […]

Resident facing rape charges

By Katie Zerr | March 06, 2019

Mobridge Police are investigating a reported sexual assault of a minor that occurred early Saturday, March 2, at a residence. According to the police report, an officer on patrol spotted two juvenile females walking at an Eighth Street and North Main location. After speaking with the juveniles, he determined that a crime may have been committed. Officers located a witness […]