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KATIE ZERR: Commission action sets bad precedent

The roller coaster ride that is the Walworth County Commission has continued to cause a case of proverbial whiplash with the latest drama at the courthouse this week. Last week (Thursday, Feb. 25) the commissioners held four executive sessions dealing with personnel issues. Four is quite a few, but nothing that happens at the courthouse surprises me anymore. On the […]

BALL FIVE: This is a week of firsts in Lady Tiger sports history

Mobridge-Pollock senior Xandrea Bearsheart started a week of firsts in Lady Tiger history when she competed and took fifth place in the SDHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Rapid City. Bearsheart did more than just compete, she won twice and finished in fifth place. Important is that number five. That means she finished her season, and career, with a win. None […]

BALL FIVE: SoDak 32 is an idea that does not need to come to fruition

There was a lot of discussion at the SDHSAA basketball advisory committee meeting on Feb. 10 on a subject I find quite disturbing. The debate was about a proposal for a SoDak 32. It was not long ago the state took away the importance of regions by creating the SoDak 16 state semifinals. That was not that long ago. The […]

KATIE ZERR: ‘Singing Bridge’ is vital to community

In 1963, The Singing Bridge, which connects segments of the Standing Rock Reservation with East River communities was built across the span of the Grand River where it meets the Missouri River. According to Jeanne Weigum, in the “bad old days” those wanting to get to Mobridge from Wakpala or from homesites on that side of the river, if they […]

BALL FIVE: We should have seen Tampa Bay Super Bowl win coming

Looking back at the Super Bowl on Sunday, it’s a wonder no one saw it coming. While I thought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to win the game, I did not think they were going to blow the Kansas City Chiefs away in a one-sided 31-9 game. Because when I don’t have a dog in the fight I cheer […]

KATIE ZERR: Remembering history to keep our guard up

Have we turned the corner with COVID-19 in our state or are we in for another upswing when we let our guard down? Throughout our history, whether it be the Trojan Horse of ancient history or more recent evils that have arisen with the advance of technology, there have been times when we have been caught not being vigilant. As […]

KATIE ZERR: We need to stop the money hemorrhaging

Is it the job of those in charge of managing the money spent in a business, an organization or in government to only watch a certain aspect of the spending? Websters dictionary defines management as: the act or art of managing: the conducting or supervising of something (such as a business). Before coming home to Mobridge, I lived in Minneapolis […]

BALL FIVE: Third quarters huge part of Lady Tiger 10-2 run

Tuesday afternoon, Lady Tiger coach Stephen Hettick and I were talking about his team’s third quarter in the win over Lemmon on Monday. It led to talking about how the girls have been playing their best ball during the third quarters of their current 10-2 streak. He wasn’t kidding when he stressed how important that has been. That led me […]

KATIE ZERR: Offering apologies can also fall short

Admitting one is wrong is sometimes hard to do, but it is necessary to keep the peace or to preserve one’s integrity. I have had, over the 20 years of working at the Tribune, to admit to being wrong on more than a few occasions. Sometimes it is only to apologize for getting a name wrong or leaving a person […]

BALL FIVE: Tigers will be tested by two tall, talented teams this weekend

When your tallest player is a 6-foot-1 guard, you’re going to face a height deficit every time you step onto the court. The Tigers have taken on all tall comers so far this season. They dealt with 6’5” Gray Imbery of Aberdeen Roncalli, 6’4” Spencer Fernholz of Miller and 6’7” Scott Wagner of Ellendale, North Dakota. They dealt with Sisseton […]


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