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PHOTO OF THE DAY: POSTGAME BRIEFING

Canistota/Freeman head coach James Strang visits with the team after the Pride took care of Philip 50-0 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in Canistota Thursday night, Oct. 29. Strang's comments focused on next week's rematch with Howard, the state's No. 1 team and top-seed in the playoffs. The Tigers beat the Pride in triple overtime during the regular season and spoiled their chance to play for a conference title. “You know how important that is,” he said. “They took that from us; you’re going to hear me yapping about that all week. We have the chance to take it back.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SNOW REMAINS

The remains of last weekend's snow can be seen on the elementary school playground Thursday morning, Oct. 29. The milder conditions of Wednesday did a good job melting the snow that had remained since it came later Saturday and into Sunday. It's cold again today, but a major warmup is coming. Highs next week are expected to be in the 60s.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: WHEN TIMES WERE DIFFERENT

This photo from 1977 shows the Pioneer Hall auditorium all set up for Schmeckfest. This has been the norm since the beginning of the festival, when entertainment followed the traditional German meal, and especially since 1967, when full stage productions began a tradition and a big part of the festival. But COVID-19 has impacted that; "Matilda the Musical" was not staged in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and officials announced this week that the musical would not be presented in 2021, either. Other details about next year's Schmeckfest are still being worked out.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Freeman Community Center, the Wipf Street building that was constructed as the Freeman High School gym in 1957, is now available to the public for recreational use at no charge. Meeting Monday night, Oct. 26, the Freeman City Council, which owns and manages the facility, voted 6-0 to let families and individuals use the auditorium for free, pending other scheduled activities like wedding receptions and wrestling practice. Those wanting to use it should check in at City Hall for availability and an access code.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SMILES THROUGH THE SNOW

Freeman Academy's Jada Koerner and Titus Roesler were all smiles after turning in outstanding showings at the 2020 State Cross-Country Meet in Rapid City on Saturday. Koerner, a sophomore, finished third in the Class B girls race while Roesler, a senior, was fourth to lead the FA/Marion boys to second place in the Class B standings. Snow and cold weather conditions were the reality for runners and spectators, but the lack of wind made it more pleasant than it otherwise would have been.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: READY TO RUN

Menno’s Morgan Edelman gets ready to run in her final cross-country race at state on Saturday. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SIGN OF SNOW

Yes, that's a fresh dusting of snow on the facade of Jamboree Foods, Freeman's downtown grocery store, Friday morning, Oct. 23. It can down during the overnight hours, giving residents a white surprise when they woke up. It's not much, at least, and should be gone sooner rather than later; temperatures are expected to climb above zero this afternoon.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: GAME TIME

These helmets will be on full display as the Canistota/Freeman Pride host Chester Area in Freeman in the first round of the playoffs tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22. Game time is 7 p.m., and it's going to be cold. The winner moves on to the quarterfinal round Thursday, Oct. 29. The Pride are 7-1; the Flyers are 6-2.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: DOORSTEP DECORATIONS

Pumpkins, gourds and other October/Halloween decorations can be seen on doorsteps, porches and in front yards as the fall season wears on.