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Mobridge a good fit for Ft. Pierre native Cowan

For Tate Cowan, Mobridge has meant rodeo. From his high school rodeo days at Stanley County High School to a stint as a professional cowboy and now working with the Mobridge Rodeo Association, he is familiar with the Mobridge Rodeo Grounds. Raised on his family ranch, north of Pierre, Tate rodeoed “quite a bit,” throughout his life. He said he […]

Zerr uses life lessons from mother while cooking

By Trent Abrego Growing up in a family with six siblings taught Katie Zerr many life lessons, including that everybody has a role in a family. Katie learned this lesson when her mother told her to watch the bean soup that was cooking on a Dutch oven stove. Instead of obeying and watching the soup, little Katie went out and […]

Zucchini noodles are a staple in Katelyn’s cooking

Katelyn Biggs knew she wanted to be a music teacher since she was a sophomore at Riverside High School in Carson Iowa. She was raised in Carson, which is smaller than Mobridge, located in northeast Iowa. Her dad, Russell, and mom, Rhonda and step-mom, Karen raised three children, Katelyn and her two brothers, Kyle and Dylan. She has a cat […]

Brownie mistake did not deter future husband

Katelyn Wudel learned the difference between broil and bake the hard way. It cost her a pan of brownies, the pan, but not her future husband. Katelyn (Starks) had come home from college and thought she would make brownies for her boyfriend at the time. “I whipped them together and stuck them in the oven, only to almost burn down […]

Culinary arts students in year-end competition

The Mobridge-Pollock culinary arts classes will be showcasing their skills as they participate in the annual competition on Wednesday, May 9. Each year the classes show off what they have learned in class with a judged competion held at the end of the year. The classes are divided into teams with each member of the team assigned tasks that test […]

Using rubs helps to achieve the perfect steak easier

With temperatures finally warm enough to enjoy an evening grill out, area residents have dusted off their Webers, Charbroils, and Coleman’s in preparation of the first steak of the season. Living in an area where beef is the king of meat, a steak, grilled to perfection can be viewed as the ultimate component of a great Saturday night meal. Grill […]

Cooking beats Ramen noodles

Deciding he was tired of Ramen noodles, Brett Van Vugt ventured into cooking just out of high school. He has discovered he inherited the cooking gene from his grandma, Anita Van Vugt. “I decided to cook a good meal and found out I was pretty good at it,” he said. “I have been pretty lucky at cooking. I went in […]

Meal rides with grandma are great memories

Robert Banik says he is a man of simple tastes. “Steaks, burgers and hotdogs with Heinz ketchup and Ball Park buns,” he said. “The simple things in life.” He isn’t much of a cook he said, but has several special grilling tricks that make his steaks and burgers a hit when he fires up the grill. “I use Rick’s Salt […]

Weisbeck’s garden provides bounty

Fresh is better, according to Lisa Weisbeck, who grows a garden that fills her shelves and freezer with homegrown produce and herbs. Lisa’s family loves tomatoes and many of the dishes she cooks contain the produce from her garden. In fact, last year, she and her husband Mark, canned about 90 quarts of tomato and vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce, and […]

Virginia Mitzel enjoys life

At age 83 Virginia Mitzel enjoys life to the fullest. She is a decorating consultant for Signature Home Styles (for 36 years now), is the treasurer at the Herreid Senior Center and sings in the choir at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, where she has been a member for 65 years. She was born and raised Virginia Lang in Herreid, […]


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