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KATIE ZERR: Partisan politics has no place in a solution

The ongoing acts of domestic terrorism in recent years has the majority of Americans agreeing that the time is now to find a solution to the problem of gun violence. The latest barrage of mass shootings in America can be the catalyst to unite us all because no matter our political leanings, we can all agree that ending mass shootings […]

BALL FIVE: No surprises on SDFBCA preseason football poll

The South Dakota Football Coaches Association (SDFBCA) released their pre-season poll on Monday. Except for schools jumping from one class to another, there are no surprises on top. Defending state champions are ranked first in five of the seven classes. The season starts Friday for most of the state’s football teams. Not for the Tigers, however. Mobridge-Pollock drew its open […]

BALL FIVE: NFL player’s actions evoke early football memories

I was watching the Tigers practice for the upcoming football season on Tuesday when the guys on sports talk radio brought up Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown and his helmet grievance with the NFL. Pro football players go through having to adjust to a new helmet all the time. It used to happen when old helmets were deemed unsafe compared […]

BALL FIVE: Softball, baseball teams have opposite endings

The summer ball season ended with a bang for girls this weekend, but not so much for the boys. Mobridge can say it is home to a national champion after the girls’ 12-and-under team dominated the competition at the USA 2019 Slow Pitch Girls’ National Championship in Sioux Falls this weekend. And I mean dominated. The young Lady Tigers outscored […]

KATIE ZERR: Words children hear become a part of them

Words matter. Whether spoken, written or posted, words can cause more harm than some physical attacks. This has been a topic of this editorial space before. At this time in our country, state, community, town and families, it is worth repeating. Words can uplift and comfort. Words can encourage and reassure. Words can also feed the seeds of deceit, hate, […]

KATIE ZERR: Fierce storms and bad air are warnings

In our fight to protect business and agriculture from the over reach of the Environmental Protection Agency, are we playing a role in the recent changes to our environment? This year we have experienced a rash of storms that were historic in amount of precipitation (snow and rain) and the damage caused. South Dakota has had a rough year when […]

BALL FIVE: Saints fan taking no-call complaint all the way to the courts

Some things are hard to get over. Whether you are fan of either the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams, you remember the famous no-call late in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game, I’m sure. If you don’t, the Saints were driving down the field looking for the go-ahead touchdown when Saints quarterback Drew Brees lofted […]

BALL FIVE: Teams move all over classes in two-year reclassification

The South Dakota High School Activities Association creates a new two-year football schedule every, duh, two years. With that comes reclassification of teams. Sometimes there is a lot of population shift. With this being the second time schools’ male populations are used, there was a lot change. The changes in Class 11B have a lot of effect on the Mobridge-Pollock […]

Simon: Meat censorship on labels is excessive

A new law in Arkansas goes into effect today that will require all agricultural products that are edible by humans to follow “truth labeling” rules. To put the meaning of truth labeling simply, a product cannot be misbranded or have ingredients missing on the label. The law prohibits falsely labeling a product as meat, rice, beef, or pork, as well […]

KATIE ZERR: Compassion and patience needed in dealing with grief

When does the punishment fit the crime? Why is it that to some, those who break the law are not punished as we see as fit? For residents of our area, two news stories this week are hitting hard. The parole of Nicholas Scherr, who served 23 years for the murder of Candace Rough Surface in 1980 and the 120-day […]


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