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KATIE: ZERR: This Thanksgiving has a whole new meaning

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the year past, think about our blessings and give thanks for the bounties in our lives. In 2020 it has a different tone. Our lives have been turned upside down by an insidious foe that has caused illness and anguish across the world. We have suffered through an extremely divisive time in our […]

BALL FIVE: No volleyball all-conference team is a real bummer

It was rather dismaying to find out there has not been any talk of naming an all-conference volleyball team for the Big Dakota. It’s understandable, yes, but it’s kind of a letdown, nonetheless. The reasons there will not be one are twofold, both COVID-19 related. One is that there was no Big Dakota Conference Tournament this year and that is […]

Outside the Fence: Soon there will be no turning back

There was an orange spot on the map on my computer screen. It was a bright orange spot, surrounded by a sea of green of several shades. The orange signified the only state in the union that does not have some kind of mask or social distancing mandates as COVID-19 is sweeping the country. Seems we in South Dakota love […]

BALL FIVE: Fall seasons came to quick end

All good things must come to an end. That’s the way it went for the Tigers on Friday in Bridgewater and the Lady Tigers last night in Hayti. As difficult as having to see the two seasons come to an end is, we have to admit that the Tigers and Lady Tigers lost to very good teams. It’s a small […]

BALL FIVE: Tigers returning to playoff semifinals for the sixth time

I don’t know how much fun you had on Thursday night, but man, I had a good time. Watching the Tigers play the kind of game they did to throttle a once-beaten St. Thomas More team was a thing of beauty. Now, can the Tigers do it again and can they do it against an even better team 270 miles […]

Outside the Fence: Thanks to election, I know about retirement

The big question around the office on Wednesday, Nov. 4, was not who won the presidential election, but how I could make enough money selling legal marijuana products for me to retire comfortably in a year or so. I know this seems trivial, but through the tension of not knowing who will lead our country for the next four years, […]

On Tuesday one vote can make a difference

Have Americans learned anything from last four years of chaos and divisiveness? As we look to an election on Tuesday that may change the direction of our nation, can we say openness of hate and disrespect for one another that some of us have found so appalling will change in the next four years? As someone who became addicted to […]

BALL FIVE: It’s going to be a great Thursday for area football

The Tigers are hosting quarterfinal playoff football for the second straight year. It’s pretty exciting isn’t it? Oh man, I can hardly wait for it to be kickoff time at 5 p.m. tomorrow. The Tigers are not the only area team left looking for another win and a trip to the semifinals. Our cross-country friends, the Herreid/Selby Area Wolverines host […]

BALL FIVE: Tigers can put another notch in their history belt

The Tiger football team has been taking care of business at hand nearly every game over the past few seasons. One of those businesses has been taking long losing streaks against teams, stopping them and then turning them into Tiger winning streaks against those same teams. Namely, I’m talking about Groton Area and our Thursday opponent, Aberdeen Roncalli. Before the […]

KATIE ZERR: We all play a role in the COVID pandemic

It is not often that I am inclined to use this newspaper to answer public criticism. If I used this space to defend myself from my critics, it would soon grow tiresome to most readers. Today, I feel some people need to be set straight. Recently it has come to my attention that we are taking heat on social media […]


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