Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were unable to be with their families to celebrate Christmas. This year, Santa’s elves were busy preparing a delicious meal for 21 deserving people.

Gayl Smith will celebrate her 90th birthday Jan. 14. Please send cards to her at Prairie Estates, P.O. Box 486, Elk Point, SD 57025.

Roy and Isabel Trobaugh will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. They were married Jan. 8, 1955 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

In one week, Sean Coyle, a senior at Elk Point-Jefferson High School, will head for Pierre to be an intern as part of the 2021 Legislative Page Program.

To help Maxine Bird celebrate her 80th birthday Jan. 10, her children and their families are giving a card shower.

For the second time in less than 30 days, the U.S. Geological Service has detected a small earthquake in South Dakota.

The Akron-Westfield school district saw a significant drop in certified enrollment for school year 2020-21, according to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

Disabled veterans and disabled persons will receive newly designed license plates at renewal time, beginning Jan. 1.

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At the Dec. 7 meeting, the North Sioux City City Council voted to issue bonuses to all city employees and city council members in the amount of $1,425. This motion passed 8-0. However, after the fact, North Sioux City City Administrator Eric Christensen conferred with City Attorney Darrell Jesse and learned that a bonus cannot be issued to council members through a motion. According to South Dakota Codified Law 9-14-28 Salaries and compensation of municipal officers, amounts of salaries and compensation of all municipals officers must be set through ordinance or resolution. In accordance with law, the payments were not made to city council members.

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2020 is a year that no one wants to relive. Everyone is ready to put the year behind them and focus on 2021, making it better than 2020 and, hopefully, getting back to their own sense of normalcy. However, before we try to completely forget 2020 existed, let’s look back on what major events,…


In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, the North Sioux City City Council held a short, last of the year meeting Dec. 21, wrapping up in 45 minutes. They discussed multiple ordinances, two resolutions and department head salary raises and heard from ROCS and the Parks and Recreation Association.

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Every year, Dakota Valley Middle School Student Council gift residents of Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point with Christmas presents, cards and carols. This year, even though it had to be a little bit different, the students were still able to bring some cheer to the residents.

A bald eagle enjoys a meal of fresh fish on McCook Lake. Please not the ice is very thin.

December 20 was the shortest day with sunrise at 8:14 a.m. and sunset at 5:03 p.m. for eight hours, 49 minutes, 41 seconds of daylight. For three days, including Dec. 21 and 22, there is little movement in day length. It was also the beginning of winter with the rising of the winter solstice…

Kelly Johnson, of Dakota Dunes, recently took her son and his friends on a shopping trip. It was not a typical excursion to the store; instead, it was an opportunity to spread some holiday cheer. The group, all sixth graders at Dakota Valley, were on a mission to fill a wish list for others.

VFW Post 915 has announced Dakota Valley students selected as Patriot Pen winners, at left from left, first place Danica Euliss, second place Sammy Kimbell and third place Lauren Messersmith.

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The Dakota Valley Middle School Student Council set another goal this year to donate hats, gloves and socks to area organizations. Though they didn’t reach their goal this year, they did set them higher than normal. This was the first year that they added in collections for hats and gloves.

First Dakota National Bank has given a $10,000 gift to Horizon Health Foundation in support of their Charity Care efforts for Horizon Health Care patients. The investment will provide support for those unable to pay for medically necessary care and associated costs.

VFW Post 915 chose these Elk Point-Jefferson students as the winners of the Patriot Pen contest. They are, from left, third place winner Mason Marx, second place winner Excevier Aquino and first place winner Avery Sabaliauskas.

For the past nine years, children and youth in southeast South Dakota have had a voice in court, thanks to a program called Southeast CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Southeast CASA currently serves Bon Homme, Clay, Turner, Union and Yankton counties. Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. su…

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) reminds South Dakotans who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and need help paying their housing costs that the application deadline is soon approaching.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced its Big Sioux River Flood Information System (BSRFIS) received an Honor Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards competition. The development of the BSRFIS was…

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Early in his career, Pastor Glen Wurdemann helped develop Holy Cross Lutherna Church in Dakota Dunes. He returned recently for the church’s 25th anniversary.

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David Owen, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and chief lobbyist, spoke to the Dakota Valley Business Council Dec. 1 about the 2021 legislative season and what happened in the last election.

A basketball tournament was the cause of a special meeting called by the Dakota Valley School Board Dec. 3. The Purple Panthers asked the board about hosting basketball tournaments at Dakota Valley Dec. 12, 13 and Dec. 19. Carl Reinhardt, Victor Huber, Dustin Cooper and Megan Snoozy were in …

Any early dismissal that Dakota Valley has during the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, will have a slightly earlier dismissal time for the elementary students only. The change is being made to help with the traffic flow on Northshore Drive on early out days because all three buildings a…

The holiday season has begun. It looks and feels different to us all in one way or another. 2020 has been more than challenging, with its unrest, instability, fears, and losses in varying degrees. This year has mandated that we change many things about the way we live, interact with others, …

Oliver “Ollie” Montagne, lifelong Jefferson resident, will celebrate his 84th birthday Dec. 13.

Lane Andrew Mitchell was born to Andy and Kristen Mitchell of Jefferson Nov. 1, 2020.

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The LifeServe Blood Center blood drive sponsored by the Elk Point Community Tuesday, Nov. 24 had a fantastic turn-out. Twenty-four donors registered and 26 life-saving units of blood were donated. Thank you to everyone who came out to help boost the local blood supply. The units donated can …

Snoopy was having a hard time with the gale-force winds that hit this area Sunday, Nov. 29. Even the wind chime above him was ready to blow away in this yard on E. Washington.

Since Nov. 2, longtime North Sioux City employee Peggy Gorsett has been training Lori Boulware to take over her position at the North Sioux City Police Department. Gorsett has been the Administrative Assistant for the last 13 years, but is now retiring. Before the police department, Gorsett …

VFW Post 915 will meet with the Auxiliary Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kalstad Room at The Pointe Golf & Event Center. They will be celebrating with a holiday meal of walking tacos. Bring a dessert to pass.

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What started out as a military emergency training has shifted to include more public entities. Dakota Valley staff learned how to “Stop the Bleed” Oct. 28. This program teaches people how to apply tourniquets and pack wounds in case of emergencies.

Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace began Sunday, Nov. 1, and runs through Dec. 15. South Dakotans looking for 2021 health coverage only have six weeks to enroll in a 2021 health plan or review an existing plan to ensure they are receiving competitive prices and benefits…

Workers from the City of Elk Point, assisted by Andy Curry, began tearing down the Elk Point swimming pool last week, in preparation for next spring’s new construction.