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 By -deg    Opinion    April 10, 2024 

Fiddlin' Around

DEG saved this from last week after his column was X’d when it turned out the Council candidates were too long. So a few post-Easter thoughts. There is nothing tastier than leftovers, especially when they are ham dinners. Think of the many d...

 

Letters

To the Voters of Ipswich City: Did you read the published meeting minutes from the City Equalization Meeting held on March 21? There appears to be a serious conflict of interest regarding the assessment votes at that meeting. Five of the six council...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 27, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

The long month of March is quickly coming to a close, as it always seems to. And along with that the Easter weekend is this week! So Happy Easter everybody! Be kind to the Easter Bunny and leave him (or her) some eggs or even candy. But before that...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 20, 2024

Fiddin' Around

The state's Class B boys basketball tournament certainly lived up to its pre-tourney hype and then some. The tournament concluded with a narrow championship win in overtime by Howard thus preventing DeSmet from obtaining its fourth straight title....

 
 By Doug Burrer    Opinion    March 20, 2024

Random Thoughts

THE GHOST OAK In 2017 with our youngest daughter graduating from high school, and the corporation I worked for being simultaneously acquired by a larger firm, my wife suggested we make yet another...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 13, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

Tornadoes rolled through Rapid City last weekend. Fortunately they weren't real tornadoes, but they were a girls basketball team playing in the State B there. That's right the Centerville Tornadoes would cap their amazing weekend with an impressively...

 

From Capitol Hill

Senate Report by Bryan Breitling 2024 Legislative Wrap-up The 2024 legislative session is complete! The South Dakota legislative process is amazing; nine weeks of work to complete the state’s balanced budget and update any lawmaking necessary to f...

 

Letters

To the Editor: What is it with our Representatives? A few things going on in our political realm you may or may not be aware of. We have Senator Thune, Rounds and Congressman Johnson that are off the rails! A vote to censor Congresswoman Rashida...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 6, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

Big surprise here, but the return of Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner. And I'm still getting used to the current time! I would imagine that would also be true for many of our readers if we took a poll. But it is between late winter...

 

Letter

To the Citizens of Edmunds County: I am writing today to encourage you to support the upcoming bond election that would create a new law enforcement facility here in Edmunds County. As some of you may know we had shut our jail down and move our dispa...

 

Letter

To the Editor: The Edmunds County proposed Sheriff's Office, Jail, and Dispatch building project is ultimately the Edmunds County voters decision, although as a concerned citizen and as one of your Edmunds County Commissioners, I am interested to...

 

From Capitol Hill

Senate Report by Bryan Breitling Final Legislative Week With the end of session, there are a few more deadlines to focus on this week. Monday, all bills need to pass both houses, and by Wednesday, the General Budget bill needs to be heard in the...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 28, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

There was a really great Aberdeen Concert performance in the Johnson Fine Arts Center in Aberdeen last Thursday. It was three young ladies from the Los Angeles area, singing the popular hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The acoustics are amazing in tha...

 

From Capitol Hill

Senate Report by Bryan Breitling Final Budget Setting With crossover week complete, legislators are now focusing on bills from the other house and beginning to work on conference committees for when a bill passes the first house and amended in the...

 

From Capitol Hill

House Report by Scott Moore As we enter the final two weeks of legislation many spending bills will get debated as legislators look to finalize the budget. The incarceration fund, financing our state prison updates, will be a big topic during our...

 

Letters

A new Jail is a WIN for everyone in Edmund’s County After the closing of the Jail in Ipswich at the County building it has come to my attention that anyone that is detained by the Edmund’s County Sheriff has to be transported to the nearest jail tha...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 21, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

We are quickly transitioning into post-season local sports events starting with Kadyn Weisser and Sophia Knittel going to the State B in wrestling for Ipswich-Bowdle. So good luck! Some other regional results were not available in time for this...

 

From Capitol Hill

House Report by Scott Moore February 16, 2024 As South Dakota Legislators close out week six and move into week seven the workload continues to be steady but organized. In week six House Education committee heard bills on school funding HB 1048....

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 14, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

Aren't overtimes exciting? Just ask the Super Bowl fans. Although I should admit that this OT was just a little past my usual bedtime. Maybe one too many commercials, that's for sure! But there can be overtimes or the equivalent of an OT in just...

 

From Capitol Hill

Senate Report by Bryan Breitling Revenue Setting Stage of Budget Finalization Now that we are past the halfway point of the 2024 legislative session, this week is revenue setting. We will hear economic reports from the Bureau of Finance & Management...

 

Letters

The Edmunds Central third grade just finished a lesson on caring for the environment in social studies and persuasive writing in language arts. The students wrote Letters to the Editor, which follow: January 29, 2024 Dear Editor, Stop and recycle...

 

From Capitol Hill

House Report by James Wangsness It’s Ground Hog Day! While this is a day to boost our spirits in the dead of winter, it has more significance to me. This is my mom’s birthday, she would have been 86 today. This is also the day my dad passed awa...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 31, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

Talk about a January thaw! We went from -40° windchill to over 40° plus air temperatures over the weekend. And then some! There are ice fishing derbys coming up. This weekend the fishing will be on the Roscoe Lake. Don’t fall through the ice wha...

 

From Capitol Hill

Senate Report by Bryan Breitling Last Day to Introduce New Bills! The upcoming week is the last week of introduction of new bills. As a result, with three days to go, we have 214 House bills and 211 Senate bills introduced, and expect a good number...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 24, 2024

Fiddlin' Around

Scrapbooking has evolved from the ones our parents and grandparents would make. They would glue corners and stick in the photos or cards and invitations, etc. Most of the signed cards would display a full name, but not always. We found a couple old...

 

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