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As the United States faces the worst public health crisis in a generation, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you. Whatever happens, whenever it happens, your newspaper will be there for you. We’ll be there to let you know how...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    April 1, 2020 

Fiddlin' Around

In times like these, everybody could use a good laugh, especially if you fall for somebody's fib on April Fools Day. The publication date for this edition is indeed April 1, otherwise known as April Fools Day. I guess according to my research that...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 25, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

With many aspects of our daily routine being changed drastically in some cases by the coronavirus it would not be inaccurate to say that this pandemic would even affect this column. You probably just about all know that I usually write about two...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 18, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

The effects of the coronavirus have been felt from local sports events being postponed and/or cancelled from small kids events right on up through high school varsity and college and then the NBA. And apparently now MLB, postponed as well! The girls...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 11, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Normally any more I'm not particularly good at predicting the basketball brackets in March at any level of competition from elementary school tournaments on up through the NCAA Division One drama (which is right around the corner starting with some...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Congratulations to EC seventh grader Theodore Haerter of Hosmer for being able to advance into the next level of the National Geographic GeoBee South Dakota State Competition Semifinals and good luck on March 27, 2020 at the contest scheduled for Nor...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 26, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

March, March, March, there are so many things unique to the month, so it's a good thing it has 31 days instead of 30. And it got a late start this year due to there being a February 29. First of all, weather-wise, will March come in like a Lamb?...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 19, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

The holiday weekend sort of put us behind at the newspaper office, especially with some Tuesday snow flakes in the air. We were indeed in the office on Monday, but Presidents Day still seemed like a holiday of sorts. As you will recall, the weekend...

 

Salute to School Board members

by Trent R. Osborne ED.S Ipswich Public School District 22-6 Superintendent, Special Services Director It is our hope, that we all recognize the unique roles that school boards play in promoting and advocating for quality education. Our board members...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 12, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

How about that moon this past weekend? It seemed like it was so huge that you could almost reach out and touch it. It was definitely amazing, to say the least. And at least we didn't have to spend a whole lot of the weekend shoveling snow that we...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    February 5, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Apparently the ground hog was too busy watching the Super Bowl or maybe would just like to fill his soup bowl one more time to take the time to see his shadow on Sunday. Somebody mentioned that this was the first-ever Ground Hog Day on Super Sunday,...

 

FSA News and Views

DATES TO REMEMBER February 17 — Office Closed President's Day February 28 — CRP General Signup deadline February 29 — Final day to file application for payment for 2019 LIP losses March 15 — NAP sales closing date March 15 — ARC/PLC...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 29, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Believe it or not, Ground Hog Day is right around the corner and there will probably be about six more weeks of winter regardless of Phil's verdict. For starters there have been memorable major winter storms during some previous post-season...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 22, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Just when we thought the weather was finally getting quite tranquil, it threw a curve at us with another weekend blizzard. Many areas of the state were hit harder with more snow than we acquired, but how can you actually measure snow that is blowing...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 15, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Wow, has this month (and year) already gone fast? It certainly seems that way and one of the first indications that we are well into January is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, to be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 20. So that means that there...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 8, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

It traditionally doesn't snow all that much in January, just like it sometimes doesn't rain all that much in July. That is considered to be what's normal, if you can call anything about the weather normal nowadays. So far this month (and year), what...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    January 1, 2020

Fiddlin' Around

Media outlets are releasing “best of” lists for the decade. Is 2020 really the end of the previous decade or the beginning of the next? Americans are probably as split on that question as they are politcally. A case can be made either way, if...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    December 25, 2019

Fiddlin' Around

The Christmas and New Years seasons are quickly arriving or have arrived, hence our early deadline for the newspaper editions this week and next. The deadline for next week is noon on Friday. Santa has already been generous to our area high school...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    December 18, 2019

Fiddlin' Around

It is indeed that time of the year and our deadlines to submit articles and/or ads for the Dec. 25 and January 1 editions of our newspapers have been moved up accordingly. So the deadline for materials for next week's publications will now be this...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    December 11, 2019

Fiddlin' Around

The winter sports seasons are upon us, starting with wrestling last week and now girls and boys basketball beginning later this weekend for our area teams. That includes a Sioux Falls Pentagon classic on Saturday where both the Ipswich girls and...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    December 4, 2019

Fiddlin' Around

I usually mention the weather in this column and what can I say, the climate has made the headlines again! In whatever form the latest round of precipitation arrived during the past weekend's winter storm throughout South Dakota, it has undoubtedly...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    November 27, 2019

Fiddlin' Around

Apparently more and more people are deciding to stay at home during the Thanksgiving week and give their kitchen utensils a much needed workout. Just be careful though. And traveling might be more of an issue this year anyway because of winter...

 

FSA News & Views

DATES TO REMEMBER November 28 — Thanksgiving Day-office closed. December 2 — Final day to return ballots for the Edmunds COC Election in LAA #3. December 6 — Deadline for 2019 MFP Signup.December 13-Deadline for 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage...

 

This is American Education Week

by Trent Osborne Ipswich School Superintendent Public schools and its surrounding community are asked daily to help prepare every student to become tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why, this year, we celebrate the whole public school community during...

 
 By -deg    Opinion    November 20, 2019

Fiddlin' Around

After today, Wednesday, Nov. 20, the rest of the work week and even into the weekend, our area weather is forecast to be quite decent for this time of the year. And that is especially timely for the Ipswich Commercial Club's Turkey Days drawings at...

 

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