About Katie Zerr

KATIE ZERR: Marcella touched more lives than imaginable

By Katie Zerr | December 02, 2021

The Lakota Nation and the Mobridge area community lost a shining light on Sunday, Nov. 21, when 102-year-old Marcella LeBeau quietly passed away. My interview with Marcella is one that has made the biggest impression on me in the 20 years I have worked this job. We were creating a special section saluting area veterans I was given the pleasurable […]

New record for ‘Share the Spirit’ fundraiser

By Katie Zerr | December 02, 2021

Some people stayed from the time the doors opened at 11 a.m. until volunteers stopped serving meals around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25, at the annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. This year the Mobridge Moose Lodge hosted its largest Share the Spirit dinner ever and served over 500 meals at the event. The people of Mobridge donated 26 turkeys, a harvest […]

Spring will tell the tale of Lake Oahe water levels

By Katie Zerr | December 02, 2021

The driftwood of cottonwood and elms that is washed up on the banks of the Grand River sits high on dry ground now as the water rests low and stagnant after a nearly snowless winter and a summer with little rain. Where the surface of Lake Oahe typically sits at about 1607 feet above mean sea level, it has receded […]

Scammers pick up their game after COVID pandemic

By Katie Zerr | November 25, 2021

It’s your lucky day. You’ve won a sweepstakes. All you have to do is pay the taxes on it and you’ll have some of the financial freedom you’ve been praying for. You’re in trouble. There’s a warrant out for your arrest. If you don’t pay the bond money, you’ll go to jail. Your grandchild needs your help. They’ve been robbed, […]

KATIE ZERR: Most have much for which to be thankful

By Katie Zerr | November 25, 2021

Sometimes it takes one act to bring our lives into perspective and make us understand being thankful for the positives in our lives. This morning as I was getting ready to come to work, I was reminiscing about the last holidays I was able to spend with my brothers Jimmy and Bill. Bill passed away in December of 2020 and […]

Mobridge resident dies after accident

By Katie Zerr | November 25, 2021

A Mobridge resident was killed in an accident on East 12th Street Thursday, Nov. 18, when the vehicle struck a power pole on the side of the street. According to the accident report, Payton Wientjes, 31, was driving a 2011 Ford F250 Supercab westbound on 12th Street when his vehicle struck a power pole along the street. The crash did […]

Citing multiple issues,Cain resigns from commission

By Katie Zerr | November 18, 2021

Citing the many issues facing Walworth County in the near future, including the current state of the finances and lack of leadership of other commissioners, Commissioner Rick Cain tendered his resignation from the commission on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Cain said the lack of leadership on past boards, including that of commissioner Scott Schilling, has put the county in a position […]

District 23 will now include a small section of Brown County

By Katie Zerr | November 18, 2021

After months of meetings with constituents throughout South Dakota, the State Legislature approved new districts for 2022 on Wednesday, Nov. 10. After days of back and forth with each member fighting for the proposal that best serves their district’s residents, a compromise between differing recommendations passed each chamber. The Senate-backed Sparrow recommendation earned just enough support from representatives in the […]

KATIE ZERR: Plenty of blame to go around in county issues

By Katie Zerr | November 18, 2021

When are we going to understand that enough is enough and that compromise and working together is the best way to find solutions to problems? Walworth County has lost an informed and thoughtful public servant as Rick Cain resigned from the commission at Tuesday’s meeting. He threw a lot of shade in his exit statement, some deserved, some a bit […]

KATIE ZERR: Youthful mistake is haunting me

By Katie Zerr | November 11, 2021

When we are younger, we all make mistakes. It is how we earn about life and how we grow into adults. Last week I sat with Manaja Hill, talking about his appointment to the national committee on Native American veterans’ affairs. We were talking about how different today’s military are treated compared to when he and other service members who […]