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KATIE ZERR: To hug or not hug? Biden needs to learn that lesson

Are the women who say Joe Biden made them uncomfortable harming a movement that is necessary in today’s society? As a person who has been referred to as a “Feminazi” by some of my male friends and relatives, I have applauded women sparking the Me Too movement by finally coming forward and telling their stories. I stood up and cheered […]

BALL FIVE: Losing Early Bird, Rotary Relays to snow is nothing new

Last year on this Wednesday, my article about the late winter weather started like this. “As you may have noticed, 6.8 inches of snow fell in Mobridge on Sunday.: So, I guess the snow that’s falling this morning is actually three days behind last year’s schedule. Our student/athletes not getting to run in either or neither of the annual home […]

KATIE ZERR: Are we prepared to take on Big Oil?

Has Walworth County regulated itself out of South Dakotas energy market with its restrictive setback ordinances? If Big Oil comes into our area to extract sweet, light crude that some say lies not far below the surface in this area of the state, will landowners have to watch as those outside of Walworth benefit from the industry. The oil industry […]

BALL FIVE: Tigers, Lady Tigers prepping indoors for outdoor sports

There hasn’t been much proof on the outside, but on the inside the Tigers and Lady Tigers have been doing what they can to get ready for the upcoming track and golf seasons. Track coach Cody Stotz said the team has been doing what it can to get prepared for running, but what they haven’t been doing is a lot […]

KATIE ZERR: Toxic atmosphere in courthouse harms Walworth County

How much more of the childish behavior that occurs at the Walworth County Courthouse will the commissioners stomach? From the mean girl attitudes to the cliquey behavior of some of the county employees, how does any of it function in a normal manner? This is nothing new to this courthouse and probably occurs in other governmental agencies on all levels, […]

BALL FIVE: Homegrown talent leading way as Jacks hit Sweet 16

The Lady Jackrabbits of South Dakota State University are playing in the Sweet 16. That line has been coming. It was going to happen sooner or later. I like that it’s sooner. I was pleasantly surprised, but not shock and awe surprised when the Lady Jacks beat Syracuse 75-64 in the round of 32 on Monday, except for the fact […]

Happenings in Washington are sometimes astounding and confusing. Other times what happens in our nation’s capitol is bordering on the hilarious. This week something so ridiculous occurred it made me at once laugh and shake my head in befuddlement. California Republican and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and […]

Guest Editorial: Shine a brighter light on government in S.D.

– By David Bordewyk Executive Director of South Dakota Newspaper Association – This week we celebrate the public’s right to know what our government is doing. “Sunshine Week” is a nationwide observance and in South Dakota we have open government issues worth celebrating and others sorely needing our attention. As South Dakota legislators put the finishing touches on the 2019 […]

BALL FIVE: B is any team’s to win

There are five state basketball tournaments this weekend. I don’t think any of them have the potential for more drama than the Class B boys might have from the tipoff of game one to the crowning of the state champions. All I have to tell you is Viborg-Hurley is the eighth seed. The Cougars have lost twice this year. So […]

KATIE ZERR: Even the hardiest South Dakotans are tiring of winter

I received another weather alert this morning, showing a massive snow storm that will engulf the northern states this weekend. Normally, I would brush off a 6 to 8-inch March snow storm accompanied by 40 to 50 mph winds as what we expect during this month in South Dakota. But not in 2019. February was brutal. Extremely cold and snowy. […]


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