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Seven years isn’t long enough

Melissa Schultz | Writer Jiahna hugs her younger brother Leo. (Photo/submited) What was a normal drive home for one Marion family, quickly turned into a hunt for seven-year old Jiahna as she was sucked out of her mother’s car by a storm.  Jiahna and her younger...

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Back to the drawing board

Back to the drawing board Melissa Schultz | Writer Tuesday May 10 school bond vote was held in the City of Parker, it was voted against to approve the $5 million dollar bond. With this bond the school would have been able to complete the school and finalize the...

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Toto, we’re not in Turner County anymore

Melissa Schultz | Writer  A major storm system moved through the Turner County area last week leaving a path of destruction. The strong winds blew dirt  and hid all sunlight making it impossible to see. A picture was posted from SDDOT camera near Freeman showing...

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PFD responds to car fire

Melissa Schultz | Writer The Parker Fire Department was dispatched for a reported car fire about 8 miles north of town on April 28. The first arriving units found the car fully engulfed in flames. They responded with an engine and a brush truck, while other...

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Parker says farewell to long time City Officials

Melissa Schultz | Writer newera@ncppub.com Ron Nelson congratulates incoming Mayor Derek Nelson After 33 years of service to the Parker Community, Mayor Ron Nelson handed over the mantel to the new mayor Derek Nolan Monday night at the regular meeting held at the City...

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New daycare opening

Melissa Schultz | Writer Looking for daycare in the fall? Parker will be welcoming new daycare center this fall. The daycare will be located on Eastside Ave in Parker, right behind Parker Ford and Jones Food Center. The building is being built by Curt Lukes. Emily...

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Area authors hold book signing

Melissa Schultz | Writer On Tuesday May 10 South Dakota author Loretta Sorensen talked about and signed her books at the Parker Public Library. The author gave a short presentation about her book and what it was about. Her book is available for purchase and signing by...

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Avian flu hits Hanson County

Owen Reitzel | Editor The Avian Bird Flu has come to South Dakota, including Hanson County. Oaklane Colony recently lost roughly 18,000 turkeys from the bird flu according to John Wipf, business manager. According to the CDC Website Avian influenza refers to disease...

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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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High speed pursuit

Melissa Schultz | Writer On April 27, a traffic complaint of a drunk driver was reported. South Dakota Highway patrol located the vehicle just north of Parker. A 30-minute pursuit ensued where the driver drove through multiple fields and yards, including Ace Hardware...

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Baby formula shortage strains local families

Melissa Schultz | Writer Many stores across Turner County are seeing shortages in baby formula, the problem is hitting mothers nationwide too. These problems can leave local families struggling to find food for their babies.  Abbott Nutrition recalled several...

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Shots fired, Is your community ready for an active shooter?

Melissa Schultz | Writer Alert. Lockdown. Inform. Counter. Evacuate. Those commands are what were used on April 19 when Officer Hendrix implemented a mock active shooter situation at the courthouse in Parker.  Deputy Hendrix became certified earlier this year in...

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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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