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KATIE ZERR: A social credit system might make us better people

If the U.S. Government gave its citizens a social credit score, where would the majority of Americans be rated? In this day and time, in the doghouse I would say. After recovering from the shock of hearing about the Chinese Government’s Social Credit System, I began to imagine this country under a similar situation. The results were not pleasant. In […]

BALL FIVE: Tigers taking well to late spring

Despite the track team having to leave town with snow hitting the bus on Tuesday morning, it looks like spring is finally here. Hey, it’s only a month late. That’s not too bad. Our Tiger and Lady Tiger athletes seem to be taking to the late spring pretty well, and pretty quickly. The Lady Tigers took the golf course in […]

KATIE ZERR: Is endangering an industry worth playing a game?

Is the complaint of one paper company owned by a New York hedge fund worth communities losing their local newspapers? That could happen if the unnecessary tariff on newsprint from Canada, the paper used to print this and other local newspapers in rural America, is allowed to stand. The possibility that many locally owned and operated newspapers in smaller communities […]

BALL FIVE: With 30th pick, Vikings have myriad player options

When a team wins a lot of games, they don’t get to draft one of the 10 or 15 players coming out of college who the experts think are ready to step into an NFL lineup. Whether that’s true or not, you won’t hear much about the Vikings until it is their turn to make the 30th pick in the […]

KATIE ZERR: Perfect storm makes for tough decisions

There are times that our positivity about a situation is tempered when reality sets in with consequences that are not so positive. That is what has been happening for a while now with the Mobridge-Pollock School District. Many of us, including area legislators and school officials, were very positive when the aid to students formula was changed and a new […]

BALL FIVE: Snow has a history of messing with spring sports

Ah, snow. When it falls from the sky this late in the year it makes a mess of the best laid plans. Gone from the track season already are our home Early Bird Meet and the Rob Luecke Invitational in Groton. The Rotary Relays, which were on the docket for Friday are being moved with a tentative May 4 date. […]

KATIE ZERR: Important local decisions make voting essential

With only two races in the balance in Mobridge, will voters show up to the polls on Tuesday? Although it probably doesn’t seem as important, with only city council and school board on the ballot, voting is just as or more important on the local level than ever. Those sitting on the school board and the city council decide on […]

BALL FIVE: No track? How about some Lady Tigers hoops history

These snowstorms that hit us this late in the year can sure mess up the sports pages. The Early Bird Meet will definitely not open the track season for the Tigers and Lady Tigers on Thursday. Getting to show the season-opening times and distances for some of the area’s athletes were snookered also with no Ipswich Early Bird Meet on […]

Darrel Smith: Trump’s immigration policy significant

Many people love Trump’s accomplishments while others hate his agenda. Many of those who hate his agenda don’t discuss his agenda itself but have unleashed an almost unprecedented level of personal and character assassination against him and his supporters. Trump made immigration a part of his campaign and administration. He has demonstrated significant success in his first year. “The U.S. […]

Darrel Smith: Trump’s first year accomplishments list is long

“Looking back on President Donald Trump’s first year in office, he has compiled a shockingly strong record and long list of accomplishments…President Trump has broken several records for a first-year commander-in-chief and fulfilled many of his key campaign promises… “But it is also true that President Trump has faced an unprecedented level of never-ending obstruction throughout the year. He was […]


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