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BALL FIVE: Wolverines, Panthers poised to make noise

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For the first time since 2006, the South Dakota high school football playoffs are being staged without the Tigers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple of area teams to cheer on as they make their postseason pushes. Before I move on to the area’s nine-man teams, don’t freak out about the Tigers not making the playoffs for the […]

KATIE ZERR: Seeking of the truth is essential to democracy

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Recently, South Dakota has been embroiled in several controversial issues that have given our great state and its citizens a black eye, not just at home but on the national level. The case of the South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, and his role in the death of Joseph Boever is a prime example. Actions taken recently by the South […]

BALL FIVE: Tigers, Cavs to play at NSU

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It’s not ideal. Ideal would be the Tigers playing the most important game of the year on their home field. But it isn’t bad. Not bad is getting to play at brand new Dakota Bank Stadium. The home of the Northern State University Wolves. That’s where the Tigers and Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers will be kicking off at 7 p.m. on […]

KATIE ZERR: Representatives need to understand our lives

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It has been nearly 30 years since I moved from the city of Minneapolis back to the Mobridge. It was a temporary move. I had planned to move on to Bozeman, Montana, to work at a radio station. I had just graduated from the now closed Brown Institute of Broadcasting and was all set for a new adventure in life. […]

KATIE ZERR: Only compromise will lead to solutions

The taxpayers in Walworth County made their voices heard loud and clear on Tuesday, voting against the opt out of the tax freeze to fund a new jail. There were more than two-thirds of votes cast against the opt out. The message our county commissioners should hear from this is that we are not going to give them more money […]

KATIE ZERR: Some answers to jail questions were inadequate, spur doubt

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On Tuesday, Walworth County residents will go to the polls to vote on the county’s proposal to opt out of the tax freeze and allow a raise in taxes to fund a new jail. In October last year the former jail was forced to close for several reasons including building problems and overcrowding, but the primary cause, according to county […]

OUTSIDE THE FENCE: Irony is the ‘defenders’ are at the heart of crisis

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I am a big fan of irony. To understand this one must understand the definition of the word. According to the dictionary irony is the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. At this time in the United States irony is on the forefront of a crisis that had […]

BALL FIVE: Mobridge-Pollock Invitational returns to one-gym format

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While the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging around the world, things return to normal for Saturday’s Mobridge-Pollock Invitational volleyball tournament. One year ago, due to COVID-19 protocols, the tourney had to be split into two divisions with three teams playing here and three teams playing in Ipswich. There wasn’t much drama as the Lady Tigers swept Stanley County and McLaughlin […]

Outside the Fence: Political games not so much fun anymore

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I used to love politics and watching the maneuvering of the parties as they fought for power in Washington. To me it was like watching a well-coached football game. As one side begins to establish dominance with a strategic set of plays designed for the best players on the field, the other would counter-attack with its best weapons. To the […]

OUTSIDE THE FENCE: Hopefully our path will be shorter this time

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There are so many important issues right now that will shape the future of our community. We as South Dakota, Walworth County and Mobridge residents must make some important decisions soon. Information is the key to those decisions. There are also ongoing issues that we have been dealing with for a long time. Some are rearing their ugly heads again. […]


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