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PHOTO OF THE DAY: ON TRACKS

Tracks in a freshly-fallen dusting of snow show a dog on a walk on another below-zero morning — this one Saturday, Feb. 13.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: COLD WEATHER CLASSIC

This photo taken by Willard Waltner, who was famous for his photography from the 1950s into the 1980s, is appropriate on this cold stretch of days the region is currently experiencing. Highs are below zero Friday morning and temperatures aren't expected to reach double digits again until the middle part of next week. Lows this weekend will reach more than 20 below zero. The gentleman pictured here checking the thermometer is Herb Waltner, who was an uncle to Larry and the late Dr. Lonnie Waltner. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ZERO WEATHER

The region remains in the deep freeze as the weekend nears, with highs in the single digits at best and lows well below zero. And the worst is still to come; temperatures this weekend aren't expected to get above zero.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: WOMAN IN CHARGE

Say hello to Courtney Unruh, who took over as CEO at Freeman Regional Health Service on Jan. 1 following the retirement of Nick Brandner. Unruh, a community native who returned to Freeman with her husband, Patrick, five years ago, is the subject of this week's 5-Minute Interview. Read it online later Wednesday and in print tomorrow.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: SHARP CHILL IN THE AIR

These icicles hanging from the AMPI building near the corner of Main and Third streets illustrate the sharp cold air that has moved across the region. Highs are in the single digits at best and are expected to hover around zero heading into the weekend. It's the first sustained stretch of cold air the community has seen this winter.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: MONDAY MEETING

The Freeman Middle School/High School is pictured on a bitterly cold but sunny Monday morning — the second Monday of the month. That means the Freeman School Board will be meeting in regular session at 7 p.m. The agenda includes several items of interest, including public input from Chris Sayler on wrestling facilities, a look at the 2021-22 calendar, a report on district reorganization/consolidation, a discussion on the land identified as a possible location for new youth ball fields and a discussion on possible sports cooperatives in cross-country, basketball, volleyball and track.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: A LOCAL LOOK

This is a screen shot from the opening of the most recent Dakota Life episode, which aired from Freeman and featured, in part, the history of Freeman and what the community has to offer. Emily Hofer, pictured here holding a framed photo of her grandfather, Harris Hofer, was one of several from the community interviewed for the program produced by South Dakota Public Broadcasting. It aired the evening of Feb. 5 and can be found online by clicking here.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: TAKING THE STAGE

Directors Betsy Knodel and Martin Sieverding join the cast of "Pandemic" for a photo following the home performance in Menno late last month. Menno is one of 16 Class B schools participating in the State One-Act Festival in Brookings; "Pandemic," a one-act original, is set to take the stage at 11:45 a.m. today. Click here for the livestream. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: CLASSIC LOOK BACK

This photo was taken in the mid-1950s not long after Freeman's Main Street was paved for the first time — a project that took place in 1953. Now, almost 70 years later, the Freeman City Council is moving in the direction of a major capital project that would see the downtown roadway entirely rebuilt. The council this week committed more than $2 million for both the design of Main Street and the project itself, would could be underway in the spring of 2022.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: OUT COME THE PLOWS

The larger Freeman area awoke to a modest amount of freshly fallen snow Thursday morning, Feb. 4, prompting the city to clear the streets once again. Around 3 inches blanketed the landscape — more than was expected — with blowing snow and slippery roads prompting a late start for schools. Cold air is expected to move in over the weekend and more snow is in the forecast.