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KATIE ZERR: Jail questions need answers before November vote

Are the taxpayers of Walworth County willing to shoulder the burden of a regional jail? There is no question that something needs to be done at the Walworth County Jail. The facility is woefully inadequate and is a liability to the county. But is there really a need in our county for a 70 or more-bed facility to house prisoners […]

BALL FIVE: U.S. Open course was just fine by me

While half of the golf world thought Saturday at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in New York was a fiasco, there was another half thinking the conditions were just what they should be, the most difficult, mentally-challenging surroundings possible. The best players in the world struggled. They struggled to golf well and they struggled to keep their […]

BALL FIVE: New, improved Denny Palmer is great move

Kudos have to go out to everyone who works behind the scenes to make the Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic as success. Making it a two-day day tournament and moving weigh-in headquarters to downtown are exemplary moves. The move to holding weigh-ins at Scherr-Howe Event Center is the best move made. I say that quite selfishly. You can tell by […]

BALL FIVE: I doubt this record will ever be topped

They say if you go to the ball park every day, you will see something you have never seen before. I didn’t do all the research so this little tidbit of fun-filled trivia is not as exact on the timeline as it could be, but that doesn’t really matter. It is fun and trivial with an exact date. Back in […]

KATIE ZERR: Communities lose more than their newspaper

What would happen to a small town if the newspaper closed its door? In South Dakota, like many other areas of the country, rural communities are connected through their local newspaper. Although technology has changed the manner in which some people get their news, not everyone is on social media. Many people still like to hold that paper in their […]

KATIE ZERR: Barr’s comments part of our problem

Are we at a point where we will suffer consequences for spewing hate and divisiveness in our country? Several high-profile incidences have occurred in the past couple of weeks in which people of privilege have gone on racist rants or used social media to make racist and highly offensive comments about another person. The latest of these classless and racist […]

BALL FIVE: Begeman, Keller did it well

With just the state golf tournaments coming on Monday and Tuesday, it’s almost time to say good-bye to the 2017-18 high school sports season. I can’t bid farewell without a little more talk about the two throwers featured on the front page of sports. Let’s start with record-setting Trevor Begeman of Herreid/Selby Area. It took 72 years for a Class […]

OUTSIDE THE FENCE: Another week, another emotional beating to my soul

I am tired this week. Not healthy, got out and exercised tired, but tired mentally and emotionally. It is like someone took a Nerf bat and walked behind me, taking a whack with every step. It is nothing that causes physical injury, but the soul takes a beating. This has been an emotionally challenging week above many others. A natural […]

BALL FIVE: Doing research the old way

I’ve always been one who digs digging up information. With the advent of a little thing called a smart phone, I find that they have three things that are essential for me. I, of course, can make calls and send texts, but the third is having Google right there waiting for me to learn what I don’t know in a […]

BALL FIVE: Time for bus-filling track and field region meets

It’s time for that annual spring ritual for the Mobridge-Pollock track team, starting with a small number and making a large team to go to state at the region track meet. It seems the Tigers and Lady Tigers pull it off every year at the Region 6A Track and Field Meet. Last year there were two Tigers before the region […]


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