Local athletes have an abundance of opportunities regionally with top teams at each collegiate level NAIA, Division I, II and III.

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I am writing in response to the story in last week’s paper dated November 18 regarding the county giving out $2,000 bonuses to county employees from the American rescue act money they received from the federal government. The commissioners referred to it as a stipend. I read the American res…

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Players always remember a few special games or meets. Peyton Wingert, now a senior at Midland University, will remember this year’s exhibition game against Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena Nov. 1. Although the Huskers won 87-42, Wingert led Midland in scoring with 14 points and rebounding wit…

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This November will be the 39th anniversary of the Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Where did those 39 years go? Is Vietnam getting to be only a memory?

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When Ed Meierkort was head football coach at the University of South Dakota, he was known for bringing talented assistants who moved on to better positions. They include Todd Hoffner at Minnesota State – Mankato and Glen Caruso at the University of St. Thomas.

Congratulations to the Dakota Valley soccer team for making the state championship game at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. They played where multiple athletic stars have excelled whether on the field or on the track.

In South Dakota, if the state and South Dakota State University get behind something it has credibility and is usually successful.

As president of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, I want to emphasize the importance of a free press and National Newspaper Week. This week marks the 81st annual observance of Newspaper Week.

Local newspapers – radio and TV stations too – are often the go-to source for everything from Friday’s football scores to keeping up with the city council. These entities are fundamental to our communities, and they have the best pulse on the news that South Dakotans care about the most. Nat…

West Central most likely has the highest winning percentage at home for a football team in the last 30 years, with state titles in 12 of those years and runner-up three years.

The story in South Dakota football this year is the success of Tea Area as they moved up to Class AA. They are ranked #1, undefeated in the 11-team class.

The common good – this used to be a basic tenet in creating the greatest country on Earth.

The trial of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is now over. Ravnsborg was charged for an event that happened nearly a year ago – Sept. 12, 2020. That night Ravnsborg allegedly killed Joe Boever on Highway 14. It took state prosecutors over five months to file three misdemeanor charges. Ravnsb…

Our Congressman Dusty Johnson was in Elk Point this week. He has open town meetings titled “Get the Scoop.”

Football starts this week.

During the flood of 2011, area residents found there were lots of untrained engineering “experts” who had all the answers, usually after the fact.

If tradition holds, the Dakota Valley volleyball team will go to Rapid City this fall for the state tournament.

It’s hard to believe that summer is half over and in a few short weeks, students will be heading back to school.

South Dakota lost a former legislator last week who had served as House Majority Leader. David Lust, an Aberdeen native, practiced law in Rapid City. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College and USD Law School. He was only 53.

It has been an excellent year for Dakota Valley. An article in this week’s paper covers two athletes recognized as best in the state, one the best of his gender. Other DV athletes were also nominated.

Weather aside at the sites, it was enjoyable watching the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL and the US Senior Open at the Omaha County Club.

Like many of you, my wife Penny and I are conservative when it comes to spending. We’ve lived in our home for more than 50 years, and we don’t drive the newest cars. But, when I learned that by not expanding Medicaid, funds allocated to South Dakota are going to help fund healthcare in other…

The College World Series in Omaha is a special treat for us in the Midwest. Many high school teams travel down for a game. Even those who do not closely follow college baseball get more involved through regionals, super regionals and the series itself including the championship game component.

As readers of this column know, I am an avid reader, especially of history. There are many books available to give a historical view without the polarization of today’s narrative.

As we approach the mid-point of the year, the nice weather complements our many outdoor opportunities.

As an extra feature in the sports section, we have an interview with former Elk Point-Jefferson star Hannah Wilkinson. The softball teams she works with at Wichita took eventual national champion Oklahoma to three games in the regional. She gives a good insight about athletes moving beyond h…

After a year’s delay, John Reynders will retire after 21 years as president of Morningside College. He and his wife, Robin, will head to Florida.

Four books are out that really reflect on our country’s diversity, not just in race but economically and geographically.

As with most of you, I have ideas on how high school courses should cover South Dakota. At this time, the Department of Education is working on a new curriculum.

This past week the SDSU football team hosted the College of Holy Cross from Worcester, MA.

The South Dakota Basketball Coaches/Sanford Pentagon all star games were a treat to watch.

That’s the best way to describe an intensely local weekly newspaper.

A visit with a senior advisor to a U.S. Senator brought home a major paradox in the country today.

South Dakota is a diverse state just as all are. Within one state, there are people of excellence in many areas. Here are two.

This year’s Class A Boys tournament may have been the most balanced in years. A few different bounces could have changed things.

This year, girls basketball was about as balanced as you can get with a few special situations.

The US Census Bureau wants to change the requirements to be a Metropolitan Statistical Area. The proposal will strip 144 small cities of that status. There are currently 392 MSAs.

Special thanks should go to the schools willing to host SoDak16 contests. Kadoka stepped up for a double-header for both Class A boys and girls.

The 1976 Class B all-state boys basketball team had some interesting players.