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BALL FIVE: Playoff scenarios solved, maybe, but then again, maybe they’re not

I’m not the most proficient at math, but I’m going to give it a try and give you just where the Tiger football team can finish in the Class 11B Region 1 standings with a win over McLaughlin on Friday. Maybe I am being a little presumptuous about the Tigers winning a game they haven’t played yet, but this group […]

KATIE ZERR: It’s time to retire my Cubbie blue (for a little while)

This time of year is tough on someone like me. I am in mourning today as my beloved Cubs season came to an end late last night. For those who don’t know, I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan and have been for many years. I was a fan when Andre Dawson roamed the outfield at Wrigley. I watched Ron […]

BALL FIVE: Season’s over sure, but Cubs finally get well-deserved rest

And just like that, the Chicago Cubs baseball season is over. I say just like that after enduring 13 innings of the longest postseason elimination game in MLB history. I’m not sure many of my fellow Cubs fans agree, but I am actually glad for the team. They need a break. It has been a long four years. Now, I’m […]

KATIE ZERR: Nation’s leaders can learn from Selby

Why can’t our national leaders take a page from rural America’s playbook and work together to do what is right for the country? As I watched the video of the Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting of members of the Selby area community concerning the closing of their Good Samaritan Care Center, that question kept popping into my head. Members of the […]

BALL FIVE: Football drama too many missed

One of the first things I noticed at Tiger Stadium on Friday was there were a whole lot of people who weren’t at the game, but were there for homecoming the Friday before. Sure, the weather wasn’t the same and it wasn’t the annual homecoming game. But geez, bundle up, have some hot chocolate, bring a blanket to sit on. […]

KATIE ZERR: Kavanaugh’s teenage behavior is an issue that needs addressing

Is something that a young man has done during his teenage years a window into what kind of a person he turned out to be? That is the question we have been hearing about the claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Blasey Ford during a drunken party when they were both teens. She was 15, he was […]

BALL FIVE: Football Friday nights getting interesting

It’s getting to that point where there are some pretty interesting matchups coming every Friday night in high school football. There are games pitting ranked teams against each other. There are games with postseason implications. There are games where one team is going home no longer having a zero in the loss column. Of course, the most intriguing game in […]

KATIE ZERR: There are more ‘monster storms’ on the horizon

Are we now paying the price for years of ignoring warnings about climate change? Are we headed towards a generation of disastrous weather events that are triggered by human hands? Scientists have long been warning us that warmer average temperatures will have long term effects on the world’s climate. According to the scientific research, as the global surface temperatures increase […]

BALL FIVE: Last win over Roncalli was my first football story

In the Sept. 2, 1998 issue of the Mobridge Tribune, I wrote the first football story of my career. In the opening game of the 1998 season, the Tigers beat Aberdeen Roncalli 15-6. Little did I know at the time, but it would be 20 years and 10 days until I wrote about another Tiger win over the Cavaliers. That […]

KATIE ZERR: Protest is not what is dividing the country

How can we form an opinion on something of which we cannot even grasp the concept? So many people are climbing on their soapboxes, preaching about Nike’s choice to include Colin Kaepernick in their new ad campaign. People are destroying their Nike gear and posting their actions on social media. Some are pulling their investment money from the company and […]


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