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PHOTO OF THE DAY: 'MAN' APPEARS

The public got its first glimpse of what the "new" Freeman water tower will look like as workers with Maguire Iron made progress on painting Thursday, Aug. 6. The tower will feature the Freeman city logo with gold trim; the bottom portion of the bowl will be maroon, as will be the legs. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

NEW: MAD FROGS SHUT DOWN

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

For the Menno town team, a 13-8 win over Irene in the first round of the District 6B Amateur Baseball Tournament on Friday, July 24, put the second-seed Mad Frogs in the position they had hoped for — one win away from a return trip to Mitchell’s Cadwell Park and the state tournament.

That’s what makes their elimination so confounding and tough to take.

NEW: ABOUT THAT CONCESSION STAND ...

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

Lori Lehr knew she wanted to offer traditional ballpark fare at the concession stand that is part of the Lily Pad baseball complex in Menno during the recent District 6B Amateur Baseball Tournament, so items like burgers, hot dogs and nachos were a given.

But she also wanted to beef up the menu with additional options for hungry baseball fans who converged at the ballfield during the tournament’s six-night run, 12-game run, “but I just couldn’t decide on what.”

NEW: FREEMAN PUBLIC OUTLINES PLAN FOR REOPENING

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

The Freeman Public School District has released its plan for reopening its school building later this month — a 28-page document that includes a host of COVID-19-related guidelines that stem from both data obtained locally, as well as the South Dakota Department of Education and Department of Health.

That document, along with two informational videos narrated by Superintendent Kevin Kunz, are available on the school’s website, freeman.k12.sd.us.

BRONCS HOLD OFF MAD FROGS

JEREMY WALTNER | PUBLISHER

Menno managed to get the tying run to the plate, but pitcher Brandon Nickolite and the Lesterville Broncs staved off a bottom-of-the-ninth inning rally to claim a 7-5 win and a trip to the state tournament in District 6B amateur action in Menno Thursday night, July 30.

WALTER: REBUILD MAIN STREET

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

City officials from Freeman appear to be serious about the possibility of rebuilding Main Street from Fifth Street all the way to the North County Road.

Meeting in regular session Monday night, July 27, Mayor Michael Walter and the Freeman City Council discussed whether the time has come to move forward with what would be a multi-million-dollar downtown infrastructure project. The idea was presented by the mayor, who noted the city has $5.7 million “in the bank” he would like to see invested back into Freeman.

AN EARLY ENDING FOR THE BLACKSOX

JEREMY WALTNER | PUBLISHER

A young team made up of a number of first-year amateur players with their eyes fixed on the state tournament saw their season end earlier than they had hoped when the Freeman town team lost an elimination game to Irene Sunday night, July 26.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: COVERING COMING

Workers from Maquire Iron are nearing two weeks of progress on the city of Freeman's water tower project that includes general upkeep, a cleaning inside and out and repainting. This show the tent that will be lifted up to cover the structure as led-based paint is removed. Workers say weather conditions will determine when the tent is elevated, but it could be as soon as this weekend. This is expected to be a month-and-a-half long project.

 

SCHOOLS SCHEDULED FOR ON-TIME START

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

Officials from Freeman Academy, Freeman Public and Menno Public schools are making plans to start the 2020-21 term as planned. Menno will be the first to return to the classroom with half-days planned Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17 and 18 (1 p.m. dismissals).