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PHOTO OF THE DAY: OLD SOUTH CHURCH

This photo shows the old Salem Mennonite (South) Church as it was when it served the congregation for a 50-year stretch in the 20th century. The striking building was erected in 1916-17 and served as its parishioners’ place of worship until a new structure was built on the same grounds, but farther from the road, in 1966 — that was the church building that was destroyed by fire in 1985.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: AND THE CROWD GOES WILD

This was the reaction of the Menno crowd after Morgan Edelman scored with 1 minute 40 seconds left in the Wolves' SoDak 16 game against Herried/Selby Area Thursday night, March 4 at James Valley Christian. Edelman's bucket gave her team its first lead of the game at 45-44, but the Wolverines responded and hung on to a 49-47 win in what was a wild finish to a wild game. Menno ends its season 15-7 while Herried/Selby Area takes a 20-3 record into the state tournament. Full coverage next week.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES

The Menno girls basketball team poses for a photo outside The Cutting Edge salon, which is owned and operated by Kristi Diede — mom to junior Raygen Diede — after practice on Wednesday. The Wolves will take the court tonight in the SoDak 16 at James Valley Christian against Herried/Selby Area beginning at 6:30 p.m. A pep rally is planned in Menno early this afternoon and the team is scheduled to leave at 3:15 via an escort from the Menno Fire Department. Watch for a report on the game late tonight.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SOUND OF SPRING

It's not spring yet — the new season doesn't officially begin until March 20 — but it sure feels like it with the weather as of late. Sunny skies and highs in the 50s have melted the snow and prompted people to forgo their coats when going outside — something that will continue through the weekend. These geese flying northwest Wednesday morning were just another sign that weather patterns are changing.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: TAKING AIM

Freeman High School senior Tegan Derry shoots a free throw in the first round of the Region 5B Tournament Monday night, March 1. Derry and the No. 11 Flyers traveled to Gayville-Volin to face the No. 6 Raiders with hopes for an upset, but the hot-shooting home team built a double-digit lead in the first quarter en route to a 58-39 win. Derry is one of two seniors on this year's team; the other is Collin Helma. Freeman finished the season 0-21.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: STARS & STRIPES

The American flag at Freeman Public Schools flies in the Monday morning sunshine the first day of March. A nice week is ahead.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SUNDAY DUSTING

The snow that fell late Saturday night into Sunday didn't amount to much — good news for those who are ready to say goodbye to the wintery elements. Instead of the 4-7 inches that were expected, the Freeman area received a little more than a dusting, making it a nuisance rather than an inconvenience. And don't expect it to last long, either; highs this coming week will be in the 50s, with 60 in the forecast next weekend.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: OUT AND ABOUT

A bird enjoys what has been mild weather across the region, with highs in the 40s for much of this past week. But winter weather is expected to return later today and into tonight as rain turns to snow, with up to several inches expected by Sunday morning. Beyond that, temperatures are expected to be even warmer than we've seen going into next week, with highs consistently in the 50s.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: REBEL REPRESENTATION

From left: Freeman’s Clayton Smith, Riley Tschetter and Ethan Ortman stand for a photo shortly after arriving at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City for the 2021 State Wrestling Tournament Thursday morning, Feb. 25. Action gets underway at 10 a.m. MST with Tschetter, a seventh grader, taking the mat first at 106 lbs. Ortman, a senior, will follow at 160 lbs. and Smith, also a senior, will wrestle last at 220 lbs. All three Marion-Freeman grapplers have tough matches but all three are winnable, said head coach Chris Sayler.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SERVING THE DISH

Morgan Edelman makes a pass on a fast break in the first half of Menno’s second-round Region 2B game against No. 7 Centerville Tuesday night, Feb. 23 in Menno. The Wolves won the game, but it was too close for comfort for the local fans. Menno led 43-36 and extended that lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but Centerville raced back and had a three-point attempt in the closing seconds that would have tied the game.