KATIE ZERR: Developing thick skin is a necessity

“You have to grow a rhinoceros skin.” That was the advice I received when I first started this job 18 years ago. My mentors at the time were Jo Hall and Larry Atkinson. Both warned me that there would be times when the cruelty of people would beat my soul and I would wonder if this was all worth it. […]

BALL FIVE: Snow has caused some scrambling by teams to get schedule complete

The winter of our shoveling discontent hasn’t been as hard on the Tiger and Lady Tigers basketball schedules as it has been on some teams around the state. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will each (barring another storm) end their regular seasons before Saturday, which is an extension day the SDHSAA gave teams to get all, or at least more […]

KATIE ZERR: ‘Kicking the can down the road’ causes problems

There are several ways of thinking when it comes to taking actions. We can plod along, ignoring a problem, hoping things will get better if we don’t shake things up. We can put up with unsatisfactory behavior only to end up working harder and longer to make up for that behavior. Or we “kick the can down the road” until […]

BALL FIVE: Football right move for Murray

It created quite a stir in my baseball loving home when Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray made the decision to go all-in and enter the NFL draft instead of heading to spring training as a member of the Oakland A’s, for which he was a first-round draft pick. Being upset came from greed. We wanted to see the young man […]

KATIE ZERR: Super Bowl game was an old-fashioned slobberknocker

There has been a rash of criticism of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the L.A. Rams and the New England Patriots. After the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, critics of the low-scoring game said it was riddled with mistakes and bad quarterback play. The media let their displeasure show with headlines reading “Snooze Bowl,” “Worst […]

BALL FIVE: Hot Tigers to square off against just as hot Braves

Things are looking pretty interesting in Region 6A since the Tigers took off on their five-game winning streak. How things have changed for the Tigers. On Jan. 8, the team blew an 18-point lead against McLaughlin to fall to 4-6. Two days later, they trailed Crow Creek by 15 points at halftime. It looked like the Tigers were on their […]

BALL FIVE: Super Bowl is top commercial success of all time

I saw a poll this morning that claimed nearly half of Americans are not interested in the Super Bowl. I couldn’t tell if it was a negative campaign or just a misleading number, because the first thing I thought was, “Holy Cow. More than half of America is in interested in the game!” Actually, the poll surveyed a whopping 2,321 […]

KATIE ZERR: Are Legislative leaders out of their ‘lanes?’

Just what kind of message is being sent to the females that work at the State Capital in Pierre, when the leaders of the Republican party try to dictate what is said about legislators and what women wear? Each session the South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) sponsors an event in Pierre at which the group’s members have a press conference […]

KATIE ZERR: Is the result worth all the hardship?

As the American people bear the brunt of the partial government shutdown will Republican lawmakers stand up to the president and vote to reopen the federal government without funding the wall? Calling the situation a national crisis, the president and the majority of Republicans including those serving South Dakota, are pushing for money to fund the wall along the border […]

BALL FIVE: Remembering Tom Hausman

In the summer of 1982, I was watching the Atlanta Braves play a baseball game on the old TBS Superstation. In the middle innings, a lanky right-handed reliever took the mound for the Braves. I did not recognize the name Tom Hausman. Since it was Hausman’s first appearance for the Braves, announcer Skip Caray was giving a little background information […]

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