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EDITORIAL: FREEMAN PUBLIC DEMONSTRATES DILLIGENCE

Early this week, school officials from Freeman Public released their plan to return to in-person instruction when the 2020-21 school year begins on Aug. 19, and it’s impressive. The 28-page document includes a letter from Superintendent Kevin Kunz, an explanation about how and why the district arrived at its conclusions, local data and plenty of documentation from two key players in the return-to-school process — the South Dakota Department of Education and the South Dakota Department of Health.

EDITORIAL: NO BETTER TIME TO REBUILD MAIN STREET THAN NOW

Given everything we learned at the Freeman City Council’s July 27 meeting, there should be no question of whether the city of Freeman should rebuild Main Street from the downtown business district all the way to the North County Road.

It absolutely should, and there’s no better time to move forward with what would be a major infrastructure project than now.

LETTER: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN R. LEWIS

On July 17, John R. Lewis died at the age of 80. He was a U.S. Congressman for Georgia for over 30 years until his death. His most important legacy was speaking out and actions for civil rights for black people in the U.S.A.

PUBLISHER'S COLUMN: LET'S EAT

Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts.

Many-way meat balls.

Heartbreak chili.

Scotch eggs with sausage.

Frito corn salad.

Impossible pumpkin pie.

Pawhuska cheesesteaks.

EDITORIAL: REKINDLE BALLFIELD DISCUSSION

One year ago, discussions were taking place in some circles in and around Freeman about the idea of improving the youth baseball and softball experience for what has been a robust Summer Recreation Program.

LETTER: GIVE SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER A TRY

To The Community Senior Citizens:

The Senior Citizen Center has been going for more than 50 years. The membership at this time is very low. We need your participation to keep it going for the future. Dues are minimal and the coffee is always on.

We play games and would be happy to learn new ones from new members. Bingo, potluck and birthday party with entertainment are also some of our activities.

Choir will resume on Aug. 10. Come and enjoy singing together.

Please consider becoming a part of the Senior Citizen Center.

Marlene Herman

LETTER: FIRST-RESPONDERS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND

The fire trucks left before dark. They arrived back at 9:45/10 p.m. Time to go home: Oh, no! Everything has to be ready to go in case we need them again. Everything clean, put in place and used items replaced. Because there will always be a next time and maybe it will be right away.

Freeman, we are so blessed to have such well-trained and willing volunteers who put their time and lives ahead of everything else in order to protect and serve us.

LETTER: EDUCATION KEY COMPONENT

Thank you, Dennis Schrock, for addressing the issue of racism in your recent column. It’s time we all understand this is about much more than police brutality against people of color. For our entire history, there has been discrimination against people of color in every aspect of life: education, health, religion, sports, politics, the arts and law enforcement. We need to educate ourselves about systemic racism and how it affects each of our lives.