About Katie Zerr

South Dakota’s first West Nile case hits Walworth County

By Katie Zerr | July 29, 2021

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed that a Walworth County resident, a male in his 60’s, is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the 2021 season. “Protecting yourself from mosquito bites, especially during evening hours, remains vitally important to avoid becoming infected with West Nile Virus,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist. Historically, South […]

KATIE ZERR: There is a four-legged devil in my house

By Katie Zerr | July 22, 2021

Here is something I never thought I would say again: I am in love. Okay. For all of those who know me, you can pick your jaws up off the floor. I have a new puppy, not a new man in my life. Her name is Quinn and she is 10 weeks old. And I am exhausted. Three weeks ago, […]

Opt out letter causes confusion with county taxpayers

By Katie Zerr | July 22, 2021

The Walworth County Commissioners Tuesday, July 20, decided it is important to clarify the need and the use of the opt out funding to taxpayers as there seems to be much confusion related to it. Commissioners Scott Schilling and Kevin Holgard said they had received calls from county residents concerning a letter sent out by the county. Schilling told the […]

Well-known resident found deceased in fire

By Katie Zerr | July 22, 2021

A well-known Mobridge resident was found dead in her home Saturday, July 17, when emergency services were called to a fire at a Fifth Avenue West home. The Mobridge Volunteer Fire Department and Mobridge Ambulance Service responded to a report of a fire and the discovery of Verene Faehnrich, 89, unresponsive in the home. According to Mobridge Fire Chief Doug […]

Fire damages garage, Fifth Avenue West home

By Katie Zerr | July 15, 2021

A fire Friday, July 9, heavily damaged a garage and caused smoke and water damage to a Fifth Avenue West home once owned by the late Dennis “Packy” Naasz. Fire units were called to the home at 5:53 p.m., when a Sixth Avenue West resident smelled and discovered smoke coming from the garage at the back of the home. Units […]

County Commission approves $1.18 million tax opt out, vote

By Katie Zerr | July 15, 2021

The Walworth County Commission voted on Thursday, July 8, to move forward with a tax opt out to help ensure the county can show revenue to pay back loans needed to build a county jail. Commissioner Kevin Holgard first presented information about the purchase and conversion of the former Shopko building in Mobridge to a 54-bed behavior and modification facility. […]

KATIE ZERR: Community newspapers are important connectors

By Katie Zerr | July 15, 2021

Will a move on the state level in South Dakota to establish a one-stop online site for all governmental meeting minutes harm local newspapers? In the 2021 legislative session, a bill was introduced that would have established a public notices website and required all local governments to post their meeting agendas and minutes to it. The bill was tabled because […]

KATIE ZERR: History shows why we celebrate July 4

By Katie Zerr | July 14, 2021

The celebration of our nation’s independence from the suppression of monarchy rule is one of the most sacred of all holidays. It is a time when we show our appreciation for the courage and foresight of a handful of men who envisioned what our republic could be. This band of patriots and geniuses brought forth a nation built on the […]

Mobridge man stabbed during fight in alley

By Katie Zerr | July 08, 2021

A Mobridge man was stabbed with a nail during an altercation in an alley between Ninth and 10th Avenue West on Sunday, July 4. According to the police report, a caller reported a man had been stabbed at that location during an altercation between two people. Brandon Crow Feather, 45, of Mobridge suffered a puncture wound to his chest during […]

Bismarck youth hit by vehicle on July 4

By Katie Zerr | July 08, 2021

A Bismarck youth was hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle while assisting in moving a camper on Sunday, July 4. According to the police report, a caller reported a person had been struck by a vehicle on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue East at 10:07 a.m. Mobridge Police, the Mobridge First Responders and the Mobridge Ambulance Service all […]