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Parker FCCLA members are heading to sunny California

Melissa Schultz | Writer Parker FCCLA members Alison Nankivel, Shelby Pankratz and Vanessa Dunkelberger qualified earlier this month to attend the National FCCLA convention in San Diego, California.  Alison Nankivel advances to nationals for the Gold Top Superior...

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Caring for Mother Earth

Parker students walk along the streets of Parker collecting litter and trash for Earth Day (photo by Melissa Schultz) Melissa Schultz | Writer Amber Johnson, owner of Farm Bureau Financial Services, partnered with the Parker FFA members in assisting grades K-12 in...

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Drought and high winds stir up Dust Bowl memories

They called it the Dust Bowl and the Dirty Thirties, and it was a hard, hard time to be alive in South Dakota. As the economy started to fail in the late 1920s, South Dakota farmers tried to compensate for low crop prices by planting more. The overworked land quickly...

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Your vote counts

Melissa Schultz | Writer In May of 2021, the Parker School District discussed the preliminary cost for Phase I of the new elementary addition. Phase I (new elementary school) is projected to be completed in May/June of this year.  Phase 1.5 (renovation of current...

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Presenting the 2022 Senior Class at prom

Allison Oldenkamp, Kaylee Jaimes, Alexis Even, Ashlynn Wildeboer, Lanie Kaas, Freya Snyder, Josie Leberman, Codi Stirling, Catherine Cook, Ellie Travnicek, Madelyn Marsh, Lauren Jones, Macie Kippes, Trystan Hatton, Brooke Berens, Desiree Pierce, Grace Stone, Rachel...

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Parker Wins State Visual Arts Championship

Melissa Schultz | Writer The Parker High School Visual Arts team won the 2022 State Visual Arts championship for the fifth year in a row. Last year Mr. Fuller was not sure if they would be participating in the art contest this year, when asked on what persuaded him to...

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Saving Ukraine

There are plenty of options if you want to do something for people caught in conflict in Ukraine. Parker Dental office has two amazing local point of contacts that are from the Ukraine. Oksana and Lika Dudik are both dental assistants at the dental office in Parker....

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Homeschoolers of Turner County

Melissa Schultz | Writer There’s a boom happening in homeschooling in South Dakota. The number of children taught by their parents has gone up since COVID lockdowns began. There are about 8,187 children that are homeschooled in the State of South Dakota. That is a 23...

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Wandermore’s Visit310SouthDakota is in Parker

Town 19 of 310: Parker, SD Population: 1,194 County: Turner (County Seat) This town was established as the county seat of Turner County in 1879. Its original name was Kimball City, for the Milwaukee railroad worker who surveyed it, J. W. Kimball. The following year, a...

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An Irish tradition

Melissa Schultz | Writer Everyone pretends to be Irish on March 17, whether they are or not. The traditions of St. Patrick’s Day in America are well known. We wear green, attend parades, and eat corned beef and cabbage and many partake in Irish libations....

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Parker band trip

Front Row (on knees) - L to R:  Tanya Netesov (clarinet), Band Director Mindee Birnstiehl, and Tim Parker (clarinet). Standing - L to R:  Lauren Patten (tuba), Olivia Anderson (percussion), Samantha Gavette (French horn), Viktoriya Marushkevych (flute), Gracelyn...

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Read Across America celebrated at Parker School

Jackie Lacks 2nd Grade class. Donna Rumbuagh | Managing Editor Oh what fun was had in Parker last week during the celebration of Dr. Suess’ birthday.  Staff and students alike spent the week dressing up to honor him.   Read Across America was launched in...

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O say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave…

Geoff Dunkleberger and his parents. Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Today, March 3, is National Anthem Day in America.  As the people of our country try to comprehend the news of Russia launching an attack on Ukraine, this day couldn’t come at a better...

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Future ambulance district back up for discussion

Melissa Schultz |Writer Roughly 10 months ago, City of Lennox administrator Nate Vander Plaats spoke with the Turner County commissioners about plans regarding an ambulance district. During that meeting, the district discussed the need to hire more staff if this...

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Chief Ford mourned in Turner County

Dawn Rye | Writer Friends and family remembered the man who “bridged a gap for brotherhood and unity” who died Sunday in a single-vehicle automobile accident in Hutchison County. The Chancellor Fire Department mourned the loss of the 52-year fire chief Jeb Ford. ...

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Playing Chutes N Ladders, not football

Dawn Rye | Writer For the last three decades, the Parker and Marion School Districts have been playing the game of Chutes n Ladders when it comes to co-oping in sports or considering consolidation. Both school boards move back and forth when doing what’s best for...

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The Day the music died

February 3, 1959 Dawn Rye | Writer “…but February made me shiver, with every paper I’d deliver.  Bad news on the doorstep.  I couldn’t take one more step.  I can’t remember if I cried, when I read about his widowed bride.  But something touched me...

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Meet the girls with the green sash

Girl Scout leader Lori Dykstra and brownie Hannah Gullikson review Gullkison’s cookie sales goals for the upcoming event. Photo/Dawn Rye  Dawn Rye | Writer  What do Girl Scouts do? Girl Scouts can achieve anything they put their minds to, whether to learn to...

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Local charged with third DUI

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Turner County deputy Presely Helm was dispatched to Jones’ Food Center for a one-person vehicle crash.  After Helm arrived on the scene, he found the local suspect was intoxicated and had crashed into the front of the Jones Food Center building,...

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