Even though Dakota Valley was unable to hold a Veterans Day ceremony this year, students still honored veterans by decorating the halls. The upper elementary and middle school students made posters, thank you cards and decorated lockers with pictures of their beloved veterans.

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Every year Dakota Valley holds a Senior Night to recognize the work of the seniors and the scholarships and awards they received throughout the year. Because school closed due to the pandemic, last year’s seniors didn’t get their recognition. Here are some of the scholarship winners.

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The North Sioux City Fire, Ambulance and Police Departments were kept busy last week (Nov. 8-14). On Sunday, Nov. 8 the fire department reported to a fire at 200 River Drive behind Whistlestop. A few people were working on the engine of their motorhome, trying to get it running and it caught…

The deadline to enroll in South Dakota’s K-12 Connect program is Nov. 20. This program provides free internet service to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Load King has built a new building just south of their main building. The new building covers the space where parts had been stored outside.

Dr. Brad Britton of Britton Chiropractic and Rehab in Akron is conducting his 17th annual food drive. Britton donates a portion of certain fees in November and December to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, a community action agency.

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Since last Thursday, Nov. 5, cars have been vandalized in Elk Point. Police Chief Jacob Limoges confirmed that five cases of slashed tires have been reported. Vehicles were vandalized in a couple block radius of Douglas Street. The department is following leads at this time. More information…

These open hoppers have a round bottom. They were all golden in color and did not have the sign number indicating cargo. This group of cars being pulled by BNSF engines extended from the bridge with the underpass to the crossing where Military Road and Derby Lane meet. It was on its way to g…

Reimagine, redefine, reevaluate are a few of the words we have been hearing in our library circle during this pandemic. These words involve change. We have been asked to “reimagine” as a way to stay connected with our community, provide services and resources while keeping you safe as you vi…

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Former Dakota Valley Superintendent Al Leber failed in his bid for a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives from District 17. Two seats were open, one due to term limits for Ray Ring and the other, for Nancy Rasmussen, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for state senate.

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Union County Emergency Manager Andy Minihan sent out a press release Monday, Nov. 9 that cases of COVID-19 are appearing within the courthouse. He asked that people who need to conduct business within the courthouse only do so if it’s a high priority, as there will be a limited number of emp…

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The construction on Highway 50 from I-29 at the Coffee Cup Travel Plaza to the city of Vermillion is completed.

FIMCO’s expansion is progressing more and more every day. It is Fabcon construction. Fabcon was developed in the Twin Cities by two partners, including Gerry Rauenhorst. His companies evolved into the Opus Companies which is the general contractor on the project.

Dakota Valley celebrated Spina Bifida Awareness Day Oct. 28 by wearing teal. Spina Bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It’s a type of neural tube defect. It effects the baby’s brain, spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Individua…

The South Dakota Division of Insurance reminds consumers the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period for 2021 coverage runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 for consumers with individual policies.

Bill Chicoine said goodbye to his father’s welding shop last week, a shop his father, Stan, started in the ’50s.

Winston Alvern Jerald Buum was born Oct. 13, 2020 at 7:09 p.m. to Brooke and Kyle Buum of Elk Point. He weighed 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces and was 20.5” long.

Larry and Connie Rosenbaum of Elk Point will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 2.

VFW Post 915 and its Auxiliary will have their November meeting Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at The Pointe Golf & Event Center.

To assure a quality product, the contractor will complete the milling and resurfacing of Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard in the spring of 2021. With additional time required to complete underground utility replacement and the cool fall temperatures, it has been determined to be the best course o…

The pink quartzite house west of the Inman House, home of the University of South Dakota President, has been torn down and cleared. The University Foundation owns the land and plans to build a park-like setting. The Inman House is used for many functions. One can see the major addition to th…

North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation (NSCEDC) Executive Director Andrew Nilges presented My Little Treasures owner Deb Hoffman with the NSCEDC’s October Business of the Month Award. My Little Treasures is a consignment and second-hand store located in the former Four Seasons bui…

After an apartment fire caused by lightning in August, the Northport Apartments have now been fenced off and demolition has begun.

Sometimes differences are obvious, more outward in appearance. Other times, it might be more difficult to see. No matter the difference, it is important that we teach children how to appreciate and celebrate differences. One area of difference that children often have questions about is how …

Throughout the years, education has changed in many ways. Not just through new knowledge and discoveries, but in the way information is presented to students. When everything used to be done on chalkboards, it advanced to white boards, then smart boards, now students utilize computers most o…

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Hudson man convicted of Wire Fraud was sentenced Sept. 29 by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol.

Due to COVID-19, many events have been cancelled to protect the community, including United Parish’s Trunk or Treat and the Elk Point Chamber’s annual Halloween event at The Pointe Golf & Event Center.

Geese know that winter is on its way, and not just from the light snowfall Monday, Oct. 19. This goose is ready to take off for warmer weather. A reminder to our snowbirds, make sure to let us know when you leave so we can update your address to ensure you don’t miss an issue of the Leader-Courier.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced.

On Friday, Oct. 2 around 3:35 p.m., a white utility/tool truck with black rims, pulling a trailer with white rims loaded with a bobcat-type vehicle entered the Coffee Cup Travel Plaza, I-29 Exit 26 (shown above). Once in the lot, the vehicle pulled to the southwest corner and removed a Weste…

The yearbook and newspaper publications were competing for the SDHSAA Annual High School Publications Contest’s top honors in October. The Annual Publications Contest ranks publications as honorable mention, excellent, and superior, which is presented to the high schools that achieve the hig…

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Scouts from Troop and Pack 28 held their rescheduled Scouting for Food Drive. They successfully raised just shy of 2,700 pounds of food, and $1,404 in donations that benefited the Elk Point Food Pantry and the Siouxland Food Bank. Pictured from left, are Jack Tooley, Aid…

Horizon Health Care recently announced the appointment of Kendra Newbold to the role of Chief Operations Officer. Newbold will be responsible for primary oversight of all areas of the health center operations to ensure efficient and effective delivery of Horizon’s services and programs in th…

Bonnie Lanning is celebrating her birthday Oct. 29 (number not to be revealed). Her family and friends are planning a card shower.

With dry and drought conditions in the late summer and fall, crops dry down rapidly and harvest starts early. The climate outlook may be favorable for an uninterrupted run at harvest. However, the risk of fires during harvest is always a concern for farmers.

Members of the Sioux Falls Corvette Club met at the home of Tom and Deb Matthys in Elk Point Saturday, Oct. 3, including front from left, Brad and Marlene Brown, with their 2008 C-6; John and Barb Kolander, 1988 C-4; and Jerry and Nancy Johnson, 2014 C-7; and back row, the Matthys, 2014 C-7;…

Girl Scout Troop 161 worked on their Respect Authority petal and made signs of appreciation to Elk Point Police officers. The girls presented the pictures and some goodies to Officer Skyler Poppen Sept 22.

For years, Stony Point was a focal point on the southwest side of Lake Kampeska, north of Watertown. It was well-known to many people in northeast South Dakota.

In last week’s article “Frustrations run high all around,” on the Dakota Valley School Board special meeting, the Times stated that Emily Norby “...wants the responsibility to fall on parents on whether they should send their children to school or keep them home, not have someone require it …

The North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation named the High Ground Café and Espresso Bar as September Business of the Month. Pictured are, from left, NSCEDC Executive Director Andrew Nilges and owner Corey Larkin.

The expansion at FIMCO is now having concrete added. The company, per a legal notice in this issue of the Times is seeking additional bonding authority from the state of South Dakota.

Dakota Valley held their homecoming Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Due to COVID-19 a lot of events, including the parade and homecoming dance, were cancelled.

The Dakota Valley Business Council held its annual membership meeting Sept. 24 via Zoom. At the meeting, they elected the board for the next year.

The North Sioux City Fire Department was dispatched to FIMCO Industries, 508 Centennial Drive, at 8:05 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 in response to a fire alarm being activated. Upon arriving on scene, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Christenson said smoke was rolling out of the distribution area. Sergeant…

VFW Post 915 and its Auxiliary will meet Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at The Pointe Golf & Event Center.