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Northwest Salmon




It takes a team to showcase what

you have to offer

by John Suhr

No matter what the sport, or for that matter what project you take on in life, it takes a team to come out top. When you have a great team you can shine.

You might shine as a star athlete, or a top go-getter – you can be the best athlete there is and possibly even a champion – but if you do not have anyone to workout with or learn fro, it becomes harder.

This is true not only on the field but also off. I do not want to take away from those who have organized successful events or have done outstanding things in their field of work or community involvement, but it takes a lot of people to put on successful events.

These things do not happen overnight. Some take weeks of planning, even a year or more.

Take for example the American Legion State Baseball Tournament. It took preparing and planning a proposal to get the tournament here. Sometimes these decisions are more than a year out.

Then there is the planning for the big day. Making sure the field is in the best shape, and volunteers are lined up to keep it that way throughout the tournament.

On top of that is making sure there are places to stay, eat and play for the teams coming to town and ensuring they have a great time.

Don’t forget about the officials, commissioners and dignitaries and making sure they are taken care of. Add in announcers, record keepers and let’s not forget the media.

Don’t forget about ticket takers and informing the community about the influx of people so they are prepared with everything from food to friendly and helpful directions and ideas for things to do.

Add in someone to sing and American Legion members to post the colors for the ceremony.

And there is much more that I’m not aware of.

This is all before even the first pitch is ever thrown out.

It is a great a lesson for not only the players, but the community to see, that it takes a team effort to pull off a great tournament. So congrats to all the players who made it to state and all the volunteers in making this a great event for the youth and community.

Welcome and best of luck to all. Be safe and enjoy your stay.



Homeschooling is alternative

educational option

by Amanda Fanger

When covering a public meeting, as a journalist, it is my job to observe and take notes for the story. I’m not supposed to interject myself into the situation if at all possible so as to remain an unbiased source for my readers.

Sometimes that’s hard, especially when the topic is of something which I have a strong opinion or have personal experience with.

Such was the case at a public meeting last week concerning the start of a Christian school in Roslyn (see the story, page 1). The idea for a school there was inspired in part by the successful startup of the Bradley Christian School a few years ago. A group of people want the same alternative educational option available in Roslyn as has been created in Bradley. That one-room school house operates under South Dakota home­school laws.

And that’s where the topic of the meeting gets personal for me.

I get it when people are surprised to learn that I do what I do here at the newspaper without a college education. But I don’t get why folks are even more astonished to learn that I was home­schooled.

There are a slew of misnomers surrounding home­schooling. Several of those were voiced as concerns during last week’s meeting; concerns about the children lagging academically behind their public school counterparts, concerns about lack of involvement in sports, concerns about lack of socialization and being saddled with the stigma of homeschooling.

This is my response to those concerns: Home­schoolers are smart. At Bradley, several of their upcoming-third graders won’t be doing third grade work this year because they’d already completed most of it while still in second grade. By going the homeschool route, students are also given the chance to slow down and really comprehend something they’re struggling with before moving on. Involvement in interscholastic activities is left up to the discretion of the local school board; so yes, your homeschooler could potentially be involved in sports. And when it comes to being social, the public school system is the only place in life where a student is separated out by age and expected to interact solely with their own peer group.

Everywhere else in life, they’re going to be dealing with all age groups which is something at which homeschoolers excel.

In addition to all that, home­schoolers tend to be more self-motivated, independent and “think-outside-the-box” more.

Friends and fellow home­schoolers describe the feeling of “some great, mysterious experience we were missing out on,” but after covering public school events for a while now, I personally don’t think we missed out on that much.

While I understand there are those who take advantage of the system and give the rest of us homeschoolers a bad rep, as a whole, I feel that homeschooling is a viable option for some. I’ll be among the first to say that it’s not for everyone, however.

As a parent, it’s smart to weigh all your options. That’s the cool thing about homeschooling or the start of a new Christian school – you have options!

I know for me, it was the right choice. I’m proud to have been homeschooled.




Never underestimate the Waubay Fun Fest

by Emre K. Erku

Motor heads revved the clean engines of their muscle cars and choppers, causing their bloated tires to screech across Waubay’s main drag like screaming eagles while onlookers cheered with “ooos” and “aahs.”

This was just part the exciting festivities included during the Waubay Fun Fest last week. Other facets of festive entertainment literally kept the smiles of attendees quite wide, including yours truly.

If you were a child, you were probably intrigued by the petting zoo, the inflatable slides and the bags of blueberry cotton candy. Also, if you were a different kind of child – still regarded as an “adult” in today’s society – you were probably intrigued by the beer garden, THEN the petting zoo, the inflatable slides and the bags of blueberry cotton candy.

As you enjoyed the sights and sounds, sipping $1 beers out of a frozen mug (my favorite part of the occasion), you noticed a thick intermingling of cultures which, unfortunately, the great state of South Dakota sometimes goes without.

It’s the type of America envisioned by so many great minds, and should be practiced more often.

In this melting pot of Scandinavian, Polish, German and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate descendants, among others, people were pleased to bridge together the same fun-loving mentality possessed by most barroom guitarists, Motley Crue roadies and 20-something college students.

It felt like, for a brief and peaceful moment, everyone was one. There were no fights, disagreements or politically charged ramblings. Army vets joked around with Marine vets, people introduced each other with class, and the beer was like sweet nector.

Seriously, who doesn’t like watching two fire departments charge 25 psi pressured fire hoses at a barrel dangling from a line hanging 20 feet in the sky in a competition to see who’s the better firemen? Yep, that happened. The sports writer in me requires me to report that Webster volunteers outsoaked their Waubay counterparts. Either way, people would say it’s a fine display of skill, even for rural communities. Make sure to thank them every chance you get.

Once the beer garden kegs ran out and the late afternoon emerged, the firemen would take off their bunker gear and go grill up a delicious steak dinner for the public inside the local watering hole. Whether you were a cop, a criminal, a married spouse, a hopeless romantic, six or 65, you waited in a very diverse line that snaked out of the door and around the block.

The reason: once you got your juicy slab of meat, basically cut fresh from a local butcher, you took your knife and fork and sliced into American heaven. Finally, for the more festive types, a rock band played their tunes until last call.

It was a fine turnout, and I can’t wait for next year’s FunFest.

The money made from this event will go back into improving the great community of Waubay.


Fiksdal Funeral Home

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