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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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State FFA Degrees

Melissa Schultz | Writer There were 280 South Dakota FFA members, six of them being from Parker, who were recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree at the 94th South Dakota State FFA Convention last week.   The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of...

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Merril honored at McGovern Day festivities

Shane Merril of Parker SD was honored during the SD Democrats McGovern Day festivities with the Richard Kneip Young Democrat Service Award. Shane began his involvement at the age of 17 when he volunteered for Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s campaign in 2010.  He...

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Conqueror of adversity

Melissa Schultz | Writer Mrs. Janelle Johnson, K-12 Principal at Parker School, was awarded the Conqueror of Adversity Award in April. This award is given to one administrator each year for demonstrating leadership characteristics such as tough minded, remains...

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Bridge

Turner County is pleased to announce  bridge structure #63-070-041, (located on 447th Ave, ½ mile north of Marion), has been named the PFC Ruben Schoenwald Memorial Bridge. This is the 2nd bridge to be dedicated in honor of our Fallen Heroes MIA/POW service...

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PARKER PRIDE

Recent Parker Pride winners are back row from left: Ember Petersen, Nessa Erickson, Rodrigo Godoy-Lopez, Lydell Roth, Emmitt Rowe, Kyle Miller and Finley Jones. Front row from left: Gus Schultz, Natalie Roth, Lexus Fischer, Harrison Hendrix and Kenzie Tuschen. Not...

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Getting dirt on your neighbors

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Recent winds have made many of us stand up and pay attention to walls of dirt and dust blowing across the plains.  There aren’t many of us that have ever experienced dust storms to the extent of the Dirty 30’s.  Before the...

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Parker business leaders talk ethics with students

On Wednesday, April 13th, local business leaders were at the high school to discuss ethics with 9th – 12th grade students. The volunteers prompted students to learn the importance of ethics and challenge students to consider how ethical dilemmas are a part of everyday...

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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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The people have spoken

Melissa Schultz | Writer The results of the Parker School Board are in. Parker School District welcomes one newcomer Ryan Weiman and incumbent Matt Rand. Each will sit one three-year term commencing during the July School Board meeting.  Voting was held at the Parker...

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Investing in our Planet

Melissa Schultz | Writer Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, is a great time to set good examples for your children and teach them how they can positively impact the world around them. By teaching our children about Earth Day you can instill in them a passion for...

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What are your kids up to this summer?

Melissa Schultz | Writer As summer quickly approaches, most families are left scrambling to figure out on what to do with their kids this summer. Many are trying to book summer camps, finding out whether pools are open, what daycares have openings, when vacation bible...

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In case you missed it

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor The Parker City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the city office.  It was the place to be as they hosted a full house with nearly standing room only.  After roll call and approval of minutes...

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The hunt is on!

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Heritage Park was filled with laughter as children and adults gathered to participate in the Parker Easter Egg Hunt.   The event was held on Saturday, April 16 and there was a good turnout, despite the chilly temperatures and...

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Congrats to Parker FFA 

Melissa Schultz | Writer Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help a member prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging...

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What exactly is the SD GFP’s Habitat Stamp

Troy Schwans | Editor of The Special Since July 1, 2020, South Dakota outdoor enthusiasts have been required to purchase the South Dakota Habitat Stamp when purchasing hunting, fishing or furbearer’s licenses. The stamp was created by the 2020 South Dakota legislature...

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PARKER PRIDE

Recent Parker Pride winners are back row from left: Olivia Kleinsasser, Dillon Scott, Teegun Wentzel, Conner Engbarth and Kaden Fosheim. Middle row from left: Brinley Preheim, Andrew Christensen, Julian Engel, Pheobe Woodring, Isabel Gerry and Caleb Groenweg. Front...

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Longtime Parker resident Delores Ihnen says goodbye

Melissa Schultz | Writer Parker Rides for Readers hosted a going away party for long time Parker resident Delores Ihnen on March 22 at the library where they served special treats in honor of her long residency here. Delores relocated to Minnesota the end of March to...

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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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