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Irene-Wakonda Crowns Homecoming Royalty

Riva Sharples | Writer The Irene-Wakonda Eagles held Homecoming Coronation activities on Monday, Sept. 26.  Seniors Miles Pollman and Elizabeth Logue were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.  Members of the Homecoming Court included seniors (left to right):...

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Mums the word at the Homestead Orchard

Monique Hurtardo | Writer Fall means apples, pumpkins and mums…mums? Yes, mums! The Homestead Orchard, located at 44890 279th Street just seven miles west of Hwy 19, hosts their annual mum show every fall. With over 100 plots and 80 different varieties, the mums,...

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Here’s your sign!

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor It’s more than something to mow around.  If you live outside of any city limits in South Dakota, you have a green sign in your yard with your address numbers displayed on it.  It might be time to check your sign and make sure...

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Benefit Poker Run for CJ Tillotson this Saturday

Monique Hurtado | Writer CJ Tillotson enjoyed traveling across the country on the back of his motorcycle. At the age of twenty-four, he had already traveled to thirty-nine states. But on the afternoon of July 3, all that changed when Tillotson left the gas station and...

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The New Era welcomes our newest writer

Monique Hurtado | mhurtardo@ncppub.com The staff at The New Era are happy to introduce you to our newest writer, Monique Hurtado.  She will be visible throughout the county gathering your stories and reporting local events. Monique tells us a little bit about how...

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Who has the right of way?  Getting it right!

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Everyone has a pet peeve or two.  One of my biggest peeves is people who screw up the flow of traffic by not knowing how to maneuver a 4-way stop.  If done correctly, traffic should flow smoothly through the...

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Tractor drive held September 11

EPSON MFP image Alan Astleford | Writer In recent years, a farm tractor drive was organized.  Farmers would gather on a Sunday afternoon, pick out a destination and drive there.  They would return for a meal at a restaurant.  The group for the 2022...

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Parker Ambulance crew really delivers!

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor A few weeks ago, three members of the Parker Volunteer Ambulance were honored with stork pins, which was considered “very rare” for a small-town ambulance department.  Now, just a couple months later, they have done it again!...

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Street construction moves along

A cement truck is aligned with the paving machine.  Photo/Alan Astleford Alan Astleford | Writer The work on Broadway Avenue in Marion saw significant progress made in the past several weeks.  With the removal of the roadbed, the sewer and water pipes were replaced. ...

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Homecoming: A time to look forward, and back

Homecoming: A time to look forward, and back Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Homecoming is upon us here in Turner County.  It is a time that affords something for everyone, young and old alike. For those returning to school, it is the start of a new year, a time...

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“From the Front Porch”

Sophia Jensen poses with the 37 pound watermelon pulled from grandparents Jeff and Sue Poppen’s garden. Renae Hansen | Writer Usually, when you think of a wedding month, you think of June but there have sure been a lot of September weddings in the past few...

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Too little too late

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor While some parts of Turner County finally saw some much needed precipitation, other parts were left wanting for more.  It has been a long dry summer for farmers and gardeners to deal with.  While we still need moisture, the...

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4th Annual Festival of Marching Bands

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Thousands descended on the small town of Parker on Friday, September 16 for the 4th annual Festival of Marching Bands.  The streets were filled with spectators from all around to watch as 17 bands performed in the competition....

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Gunning for our Hero’s

 Purple Heart Veteran Gene Murphy of Sioux Falls is a regular face at  Wings of Valor.  (photo by Donna Rumbaugh) It’s more than hunting Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Wings of Valor Lodge is nestled in Turner County between Chancellor, Parker, and Hurley, off Hwy...

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An eye for the sky

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Nathen Erickson resides in Marion SD.  He is a storm chaser and a photographer.  He captures some of the most amazing photos of the sky and freely shares them with his followers on social media.   You may recall we...

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4th Annual Parker Marching Band Festival and Drumline Battle

Donna Rumbaugh |Managing Editor Grab your lawn chair and head over to Parker on Friday morning to enjoy the wonderful sounds of marching bands from across the area.   Main street will shut down at 9:30 a.m. with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around...

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Haven Gaming to hold fundraiser for the Parker Library

Donna Rumbaugh |Managing Editor Haven Gaming of Parker is bringing back Family Game Night and helping out the Parker Library at the same time.  The gaming parlor is much more than just computer games and the owner is excited to provide a place for people to...

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20

Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Twenty.  Let that number sink in for just a moment.  We think of Turner County as a small chunk of real estate in comparison to our vast state.  In 2021 198 South Dakotans died by suicide.  Now think of this, since...

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Come and visit “Our Farm”!

Thousands of pumpkins and gourds are ready for picking at “Our Farm” (photo submitted) Donna Rumbaugh |Managing Editor Just outside of Parker, you will find a fun new adventure waiting to be experienced this year.  A visit to the Mellegaard farm will provide you...

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