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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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The New Faces of Parker City Government

Melissa Schultz | Writer Do you feel like you missed something?  When was the city election?  Well, don’t worry, you didn’t miss a thing.  Parker will welcome two new faces to the Council Administration, one of them is a new Mayor. All elected officials...

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Ready, Willing and Able

Drake Dissing making bread Melissa Schultz | Writer March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This is a time to celebrate the more than six million Americans who live with developmental disabilities and to reflect on the contributions they make to our...

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Kids, grab your Easter baskets

Melissa Schultz | Writer The bunny is back. And so are Easter egg hunts.  This year, the Parker area is hoppin’ into April with an Easter egg hunt for the community to enjoy. Easter egg hunts are not a new tradition. Surprisingly, they have a long history and one...

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PARKER PRIDE

Recent Parker Pride winners are back row from left: Elizabeth Dunkelberger, Lindsey Gammeter, Irelynn Gibson, Zoey Jans, Aniyah Hamer and Miles Even. Front row from left: Alina Lebed, Cole Deschepper, Jace Seaman, Zayden Van Vauren, Knox VanDerStoep and Carl Rand. Not...

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BEC Quiz Bowl Champions – 2 years in a row

Pictured: Tanya Netesov, Jacob VanVelzen, MyKenzie Amick, Dawson Maska, Natalie Haase, Parker Lessman, Olivia Anderson The high school quiz bowl team competed at the BEC Quiz Bowl competition on Monday, March 28 at Baltic. The students took 1st place. The students on...

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Parker Band attends Big East Conference Honor Band

From Left to Right: Bogdan Marushkevych (alto saxophone), Grace Gullikson (alto saxophone), Tanya Netesov (clarinet), Band Director Mindee Birnstiehl, Katie Bialas (trombone), and Ashton Young (trumpet). On Monday, March 21, 2022, five high school band students from...

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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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