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Council approves project changes

The Mobridge City Council, in a special meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 20, approved several change orders for the Mobridge Regional Airport project. Todd Goldsmith of KLJ Engineering told the council it would be best to complete both additions to the project during this time and it would be covered with grant funding. The first was a $3,610 change order to […]

First day of kindergarten is exciting, sad at the same time

The sounds of children greeting each other on the playground, of teachers helping students find their way and in some cases tears, are all a part of the first day of school. For some families with kindergarten students it is a traumatic experience, for others, a right of passage. For Mobridge residents Kyle and Risa Fryhling and their only child […]

M-P board approves new communication device policies

The Mobridge-Pollock School Board, Monday, Aug. 12, heard the guidelines of a revised cell phone policy that will be included in the new student handbook. M-P High School Principal Holly Randall reported on several changes to the handbook but concentrated on cell phone use in the school and the steps staff will take for those who disobey the rules set […]

Storm leaves more than crop damage in wake

The Tuesday, Aug. 6, hail storm destroyed crops to the east and west of Mobridge, adding to an already tough year for Ag producers. According to law enforcement and the National Weather Service, the storm hit West River communities, especially around the Trail City area before splitting at Lake Oahe and hitting north and south of Mobridge. Hail damaged buildings, […]

Commission will consider fee reductions for clean-up projects

Walworth County Commissioners approved the 2020 provisional budget and approved a reduction in tipping fees for not-for-profit clean-up efforts at their Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting. Before any business could be addressed, Linda Beaman and Carolyn Schmidt addressed the board in the public forum. Beaman told the board she wanted to clarify several issues about statements she made to the board […]

Storm rocks area damaging property and crops

Large hail and damaging winds pounded the area and state Tuesday, Aug. 6, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. According to Walworth County Emergency Manager Amanda Silbernagel, who along with Walworth County Deputy Travis Bentz got caught in the heart of the storm, it was a dangerous storm that moved quickly and unpredictably. Their vehicles were damaged by […]

After eight days lost, Latte is home and doing her job

Ellen McQueen’s trip to South Dakota in July began as a gift to her parents. McQueen had purchased flights from her family’s home in Nome, Ala., to Rapid City so they could be part of the reunion in her father’s home state of South Dakota. Her father is 81 and hadn’t been back to South Dakota in 13 years. The […]

Commissioner calls for harassment charges

After a warning that the commission would not tolerate personal attacks on county employees, Walworth County Commissioner Kevin Holgard, halted a line of questioning at the Thursday, July 25, commissioner’s meeting, making a harassment charge against a member of the public. During the open forum portion of the meeting, former county employee Patti Bauman expressed her concern about having the […]

Wiest hired as new Walworth deputy

Chato Reed Wiest has filled the position of deputy sheriff at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office. Wiest grew up in McLaughlin and graduated from high school there in 2009. His favorite sports are cross country and track since he ran as a high school athlete. “We went to state every year from 2006 to 2010,” Wiest said proudly. Wiest is […]

Invasive zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe, spreading up Missouri

Zebra mussels were first found in South Dakota in Lewis and Clark Lake in 2015. On July 12, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks confirmed the aquatic invasive species, or AIS, has spread to lower Lake Sharpe. According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, zebra mussels are small clams usually measuring less than an inch in […]


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