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  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Jun 12, 2024

    The advanced weather forecast had indicated possible rain over the upcoming Trail Days week. This past Monday looked like showers were coming from the west. And they finally made it — but just for a bit. So we will see. It has been one of these summers, that’s for sure. Enjoy all the festivities that the Trail Days committee has planned this weekend. Thanks to all the folks who help with the planning and the volunteers....

  • Letters

    Tena Gibson|Jun 12, 2024

    GOTCHA! This is not a Letter to the Editor. It is about them. On page 2 of the Tribune is a box with important information. Prices, email, etc. Also included are the Letters to the Editor Policy. We have been receiving letters that are quite lengthy, so I believe it necessary to set a word count guideline also. Looking for ideas from other sites I found suggestions of 150 to 250 words. So now the Edmunds County Tribune asks that your letters will not exceed 300 words. Another guideline I found online was “Letters must be written in a p...

  • Letters

    Jun 5, 2024

    To the Editor, I would like to thank Vaughn Beck for pointing out that SDCL 9-9-8 is not applicable for the form of municipal government that Ipswich has. It is somewhat comforting to know that the applicable State law governing the process for appointing a mayor was followed. While there might be a point of contention that the Council was not duly sworn in at the time of the appointment, per the Council’s disregard for City Ordinance 1-1-4, that, in practical application, is a moot point. The Council has the right, in the absence of an o...

  • Letters

    May 29, 2024

    To the Editor: This letter is in response to the letter printed in the May 15, 2024, Ipswich Tribune by Ed Bierman. I merely wish to point out to Mr. Bierman that his analysis and application of the law in this matter is incorrect. Mr. Bierman referred to SDCL 9-9-8 and implies that the Ipswich City Council is not adhering to this particular law. He is correct in stating that the City Council has not adhered to SDCL 9-9-8. However, the reason for this is simply due to the fact that the City of Ipswich does not have a commissioner form of...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|May 29, 2024

    Can you believe this, but you can brag, you guys endured May! But June always scheduled several weekend events including Ipswich’s Trail Days later in June. And as usual you could start the busy month’s weekend in Ft. Sisseton if you are history buffs or are looking for some great food booths and entertainment. Yes, July then rolls in with a bang. Starting with the 4th’s celebrations. And we then look forward to August which features 4-H Achievement Days, followed closely by the Ipswich Commercial Club City-Wide Rummage Sales. So you might...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|May 22, 2024

    This is the time for red, blue and white. Memorial Day is coming soon. Remember that if you have items for the newspaper. We would need those items on Friday. THANKS! If you happened to drive north past our house on 4th Street you would see a red, blue and white windsock. It is not exactly a U.S. flag pattern. The crossed pattern is Tena’s way of celebrating May 17 with the Norwegian flag. Syttende Mai (May 17) is independence day there. We left it hanging, flapping in the constant wind....

  • Letters

    May 22, 2024

    Policies driven by greed or in today’s world known as the “Green New Deal”. Are these policies good or bad? The answer lies within your own opinion or checking account. I believe America is the leader in many categories and drives the demand/markets with our purchases. Some want paper not plastic; others purchase on price not quality, some recycle, and others don’t, some companies produce profits the old fashion way, creating a product or service and selling for a profit. Other companies can’t make a profit without government subsidies...

  • Letters:

    May 15, 2024

    To the Editor Congratulations? Ipswich now has a mayor that no one elected. How did that happen? From what I can determine, the first step was to illegally ignore City Ordinance 1-1-4 which mandates that “At the first regular meeting after the annual election of each year and after the qualification of the newly elected council members, the Council shall elect from its own members a president and vice president…” That meeting took place on April 22nd. The municipal election canvas meeting took place 11 days prior at 4:00 pm on April 11th at whi...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    May 8, 2024

    Monday a.m. I was outside checking our rain gauges. Bad idea! Why? I heard a loud clap of thunder and instantaneously got soaked in the matter of a seconds. Yes, I literally got drenched. That’s right! I’m glad I had recently purchased a pair of air rubber shoes. I had been wearing them the day before because they provided to be ideal for mowing grass that was several inches too high. Not just one or two! So it was nice to finally get that first mowing done by Tena and me. Also it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check your sump pumps. They need...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|May 1, 2024

    We have endured March-like temps recently. But hopefully it will start improving now that we are in to May, which is one of the busiest months of the entire year. That’s for sure. Hard to believe, but the Graduation edition is coming soon. Hint: if you want an ad in that newspaper call Tena (605-426-6471). It wouldn’t hurt to dry out just a bit. When we see the forecast mentions likely showers we head for our three rain gauges. Yes three! We like to average them out by dividing by three. As I am writing this I notice aother rain shower in pro...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Apr 24, 2024

    Many of Saturday’s area high school events (including Ipswich) fell victim to rather disagreeable weather conditions. Oh well! Let’s hope that conditions return to more normal. But then again what is normal in our climate changed weather patterns? Good question — so we will have to wait and see! We want something that doesn’t mention that little four-letterword — wind! Yes, the wind can and does appear from several different directions and some times just in a single day. So I hope you haven’t put away your kites just yet. But you would proba...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Apr 17, 2024

    It is certainly the time of year for sports’ fans. And I believe that true baseball fans really enjoy major league baseball as well. But we should mention that there is year-around NBA basketball with the women’s version during the summer and the men’s NBA still in progress. Yes it’s playoff time for men. The great college playoffs for both women and men won’t be forgotten. The women can play at a level of competition even exceeding the mens’ game in some aspects. This past D1 hoops certainly was one for the ages in both men and women’s act...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Apr 10, 2024

    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 different ways you can cook it. Entire recipes or modifications of your own or someone’s that are quite different and unique. I am thinking in particular of the Holy Cross KC cheesy potatoes that went with their recent fish meals. You betcha, we did look on the internet for a substitute. And also as you can...

  • Letters

    Apr 3, 2024

    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 members were present. Per published meeting minutes, the members voted unanimously to approve all requests for tax relief. To approve those requests a minimum of four yes votes would be required. On three of the items two of the council members present appear to have a conflict of interest...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Mar 27, 2024

    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 we have to ask an old question: did March come in as a Lion and will it leave like a Lamb? I think the beginning of the month was Lamb-like. We already experienced some wintry weather last weekend, but that could have been a lot worse than the amounts that we measured! Easter week could include some...

  • Fiddin' Around

    -deg|Mar 20, 2024

    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. They had to settle for second this time around. Under that new SoDak 16 format anybody could win this tournament if they would play the entire event again this week. And we had wondered how our Lake Region Conference member Leola-Frederick Area would do there and the answer was apparently not so...

  • Random Thoughts

    Doug Burrer|Mar 20, 2024

    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 move. After 13 years in Colorado, she wanted someplace wetter, greener, and warmer. We ultimately settled in a home outside New Bern, North Carolina that met both my bride’s and my prerequisites; hers as previously stated, and mine being near a military base, a home on a single level meaning no s...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Mar 13, 2024

    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 relatively easy championship night victory over Arlington, the top-seeded team entering the event. At the other end of the spectrum a Lake Region Conference and Region 1B member Warner didn't fare all that well. They would not manage to win a single tournament game including a seventh-place loss to...

  • From Capitol Hill

    Mar 13, 2024

    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 facilitate the great standard of living we are proud to call South Dakota home! In Joint Appropriations, this ninth week, we completed budget setting for the remaining departments, resulting in a FY2025 ongoing balanced budget! While we can make our way on general consensus items, the last few items a...

  • Letters

    Mar 13, 2024

    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 Talib, one of the biggest Country haters in DC was shot down with the help of our Representative Dusty Johnson. Mr. Johnson also voted to reauthorize FISA 702 which is basically a tactic to spy on all Americans. All our representatives in DC continue to vote on spending billions of our tax dollars to...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Mar 6, 2024

    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 and early spring according to my calendars. So sometimes you don't really receive a whole lot of daylight this time of the year anyway. It can be cloudy and or foggy for several days That has been especially true this year. But we can still get a lot of wind from time to time. So isn't March supposed...

  • Letter

    Mar 6, 2024

    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 dispatch and sheriff’s office to a temporary location in November of 2022. Since that time it has become clear to me and our staff that the status quo is not working. Now is the time we must address this issue for the betterment of our county. This facility would do several things for our county. It woul...

  • Letter

    Mar 6, 2024

    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 continue the conversation about a county issue that affects all of Edmunds County residents as well as all the travelers through Edmunds County. The Commissioners along with the Edmunds County Sheriff Office is focused on serving Edmunds County through professional emergency protection services...

  • From Capitol Hill

    Mar 6, 2024

    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 House, followed by the Senate on Thursday, the last day of the 2024 legislative session. So, we will work toward the resolution of the final bill, conference committees, and final budget negotiations to pass a balanced budget in South Dakota! In Joint Appropriations, this eighth week, we completed...

  • Fiddlin' Around

    -deg|Feb 28, 2024

    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 that place for sure. Their voices totally overrode the canned background accompaniment music that you could not even tell it was there. I will have to admit that I remember or recognized each and every song even including their encore. Wow! Fast forward to last Friday in the same location! The stage was...

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