2021-12-22 E-Edition

Local author publishes children’s book, Babysitting Froggy

Cierra Strom began writing and illustrating books for her six younger siblings starting from a tender age. Naturally creative, Strom was only 13 when she penned dialogue and drew sketches for what would eventually become her very first published children’s book, Babysitting Froggy. She always wanted to be an author, but over the last few years, she became more and […]

Emter Urges all Veterans to Apply

The last time we visited Roger Emter he was in a different office and very new in his position of Kidder County Veteran Service Officer. In his new and temporary office in the Social Services department, he appears right at home. He is now more knowledgeable about the Veterans he serves and the services the Veterans Administration has to offer. […]


Savvy Senior

How Older Drivers Can Save on Auto Insurance

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any tips to help seniors reduce their auto insurance premiums? I just got hit with a 15 percent increase on my car insurance and am looking for ways to save. Fixed Income Frank Dear Frank, Unfortunately, auto insurance rates went up significantly over the past year as the pandemic eased and more Americans got […]

Area churches announce holiday services

Special holiday services will be held by several area churches. Others will follow their regular weekly service schedule. The churches the Ozone was able to contact are holding the following services: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Steele – Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 9:00 p.m. St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Tappen – Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 4:00 p.m.; Dec. 25, Christmas […]

Off the Bookshelf

LARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Meg Langslow is patiently trying to direct her town’s Christmas nativity pageant. There are only three rehearsals left before the big production and things are not going smoothly. The shepherds are having fencing matches with their wooden sheep-herding crooks. The Virgin Mary is once again chewing on a huge wad of forbidden gum. The only […]

From the Heart

We are likely finishing up our preparations for Christmas. There are always last-minute things to do that add to the excitement of the special day. Making those special treats is usually done closer to the last few days because, for one thing, if they are done too early, there maybe won’t be much left for the company!! It is the […]

A little of This ‘n That

A few Christmas traditions

Christmas Trees – Decorated trees date back to Germany in the Middle Ages, with German and other European settlers popularizing Christmas trees in America by the early 19th century. A New York woodsman named Mark Carr is credited with opening the first U.S. Christmas tree lot in 1851. A 2019 survey by the American Christmas Tree Association, predicted that 77 […]

Kidder Korner

When you stop believing in Santa Claus is when you start getting clothes for Christmas. ***** A Sign of the Times As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?” The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t you get my E-mail?” ***** […]