(605) 925-7033

News

PHOTO OF THE DAY: BLAST FROM THE PAST

For many people who lived in the Freeman area in the 1980s and 1990s, this — the interior of The Cornerstone — is a familiar site. The Cornerstone Steakhouse opened along Highway 81 on September 29, 1978 and was built "to glorify the Lord," according to Quentin Groves, president of the corporation that established the business as both a restaurant and a place for regular gospel music. In its earliest years The Cornerstone was open Tuesdays through Sundays for both noon and evening meals. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: FOR THE WOMEN

Donna Zeeb holds a scrapbook recalling this history of the Bingaman Store building that served the community of Olivet for many years. Today the building stands on the grounds of Pioneer Acres and serves as the Women's Building during the annual Power Show. Every year there is a new theme/exhibition designed to target the women. "The men have their thing; we thought there should be something for the women," said Zeeb, who helped establish the rotation display in 2001. These year's theme? Hair. 

MCCORMICK RESIGNS AS CHIEF OF POLICE

Kirk McCormick has resigned as the chief of police for the city of Freeman, effective immediately. McCormick turned in his letter of resignation last week Friday, Sept. 25 and the Freeman City Council accepted his resignation at its second meeting of the month Monday night, Sept. 28. It also agreed to advertise for a full-time police officer.

ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES; PART 2 OF 2

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

When David Mensch set out to find, purchase and restore a carousel for placement at Pioneer Acres, the longtime home of the Menno Pioneer Power Show, he knew it would take more than a little elbow grease to get the job done. But he never imagined the project would be as tedious and time consuming as it has been.

Ten years — that’s a long time.

POWER SHOW SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26

8 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - Flea market & toy show open; equipment operators safety meeting

10:30 a.m.-Noon - Corn cutting, binding & chopping; corn shelling & shredding, hay demonstrations, steam threshing, steam engine plowing; sawmill start-up

Noon - Antique car & tractor parade

1 p.m. - Children’s games open

RESIDENTS TICKETED FOR PARKING WON'T HAVE TO PAY

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

Freeman residents who were ticketed for violating the city’s parking ordinance from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16 will not have to pay those fines, according to Freeman Mayor Michael Walter, who estimates a couple of dozen residents were issued citations.

CRASH EXPERTS QUESTION RAVNSBORG'S CAR-DEER EXPLANATION

An experienced traffic-accident reconstruction expert is casting doubt on the claim made by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg that he thought he hit a deer with his car the night of Sept. 12 when in fact he had struck and killed a man.

ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES

Part 1 of 2

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

From its earliest beginnings more than 30 years ago through the present day, the Menno Pioneer Power Show has strived to be a family-friendly event, with activities and attractions for folks of all ages.

CITIZENS COMPLAIN ABOUT PARKING CITATIONS

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

A handful of Freeman residents appeared before the Freeman City Council Monday night, Sept. 14 to express their displeasure after receiving tickets without warnings for vehicles that were in violation of city ordinance 8.0224, which says vehicles cannot be parked on city property for a period longer than 72 hours. In at least one case, a property owner was ticketed for having a vehicle parked on the street in the wrong direction. While some were ticketed, others who were notified of violations received only warnings.