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Farmers are optimistic on soybeans going into this crop year.

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Beginning April 24, South Dakotans are encouraged to start using 10-digit dialing (605 area code + phone number) to make all local phone calls. This transition is a necessary first step in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move to establish 988 as a new three-digit dialing code f…

The first week in April was National Library Week. We prepared a scavenger hunt to help our patrons familiarize themselves with different areas of the library. Often, we find ourselves going directly to the area we like best, never looking at all the library has to offer.

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Here We Grow daycare was presented with the North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation’s April Business of the Month award. Pictured are, from left, NSCEDC Executive Director Andrew Nilges and owner Ashley Verdoorn.

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Dakota Valley will hold an in-person graduation May 8 at 11 a.m. They have 93 seniors graduating this year. Seniors will get 10 ticket vouchers to give to family members or friends to attend their graduation ceremonies. This will help keep the gym at an acceptable capacity rate to ensure soc…

Friday was a busy day for the Elk Point Fire Department. Ten volunteers’ vehicles were parked at the station while crew members were out on a call. Each one had to leave their place of employment. Appreciation should go to employee and employer for their community service.

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The South Dakota Department of Transportation said construction on the SD Highway 50 bypass in the city of Vermillion was scheduled to start April 7.

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Effective July 1, the Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following appointments which relieve the following priests from assigned ministry and thus permit them to retire:

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VFW Post 915 and its Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at The Pointe Golf & Event Center in Elk Point. They will be planning for the District Spring Meeting that they are hosting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at The Pointe.

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As of March 31, 63 of 66 sheriffs have endorsed Marty Jackley for Attorney General in 2022. He announced earlier that he has endorsements from State’s Attorneys – 59 of 66 counties.

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The District 16 legislators will give a review of the 2021 South Dakota legislative session April 12 at 4 p.m. at North Sioux City City Hall. Senator Jim Bolin and Representatives David Anderson and Kevin Jensen will be in attendance. It is asked that people wanting to attend, RSVP to Teresa…

Pack 28 held their Pinewood Derby March 28. Then winners were Evan Christiansen fastest overall; Liam Becker, Most Patriotic design; Aden Garza 1st runner up, speed; Blake Campbell Schlottman 2nd runner up, speed.

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In his end of the legislative wrap up, State Senator Art Rusch of Vermillion discussed COVID-19 dollars and how they were to be used.

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U.S. Senator John Thune spoke to students at Dakota Valley High School March 30. His public schedule included a meeting with the North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation board and a visit to Sterling Computers.

Former South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will again seek that position. It is now held by Jason Ravnsborg, who has been indicted on three misdemeanor charges stemming from an automobile accident near Highmore.

This backhoe sits in the parking lot across from Elk Point-Jefferson High School, having been unloaded Monday, March 29. It’s the first piece of equipment to arrive as work is set to begin on reconstructing Douglas Street from Main to Jefferson.

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St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus held its last fish fry of the Lenten season in Jefferson March 26. Serving began a little before 5 p.m. with food ready to go and customers seated at tables waiting patiently.

Horizon Health Care has named Wade Erickson as chief executive officer of Horizon Health Care, effective July 2.

For over 15 years, Elk Point and surrounding communities have been supporting the local blood bank, LifeServe Blood Center, at the community blood drive. At the blood drive Tuesday, March 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point, LifeServe Blood Center collected 30 units of blood. savin…

Jack Rasmussen was presented with the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s Distinguished Service Award at the State A Boys Tournament last weekend.

Winner, SD is a place that our readers have heard and read about the past few weeks, courtesy of a couple of state basketball tournaments.

The local Conservation District Board of Supervisors represents all citizens within the boundaries of the district (most follow county boundaries). The Conservation District Board provides a leadership role in promoting the wise stewardship of our natural resources by coordinating conservati…

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Siouxland CARES and Growing Community Connections will host a town hall meeting on underage drinking and mental health April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom and on Facebook Live. To register, visit, https://unl.zoom.us/j/95938745373.

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A Dakota Valley list serve email was sent out Friday, March 12 asking for winter clothing donations. The elementary school is seeking gently-used snow pants, coats, boots, gloves, etc… that are still in good shape. The school can keep these items on hand for other students to borrow/use when…

WEL-Life at Elk Point and Prairie Estates Care Center, both in Elk Point, have each received Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2021 Customer Experience AwardTM.

Recognizing an increase in opioid overdose deaths during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its 20th Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 24. DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted and unused prescription medications during the last Take…

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The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting nominations for South Dakota’s “Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication” program. South Dakota has dedicated seven bridges honoring nine heroes since dedications started in 2019.

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Dakotans for Health, an emerging group of public officials, caregivers, health care advocates and concerned citizens supporting the expansion of Medicaid, announced that former South Dakota state senator and Democratic Party Executive Director Pam Cole will join their citizen-led effort.

Amanda Beringer of First Dakota National Bank was promoted to Branch Manager of the Elk Point branch effective Feb. 1.

More snow? I don’t know but we have books waiting for anyone who needs an escape from the weather. New books arrive on a regular basis. If you see a great book, let us know. We love patron approved requests.

VFW Post 915 and its Auxiliary will meet Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at The Pointe Golf & Event Center in Elk Point.

With stadiums, arenas, and other sports venues filled with cardboard cutouts of fans and prerecorded crowd noise due to COVID-19, television viewership has never been so important in keeping current fans engaged as well as luring in new fans.

Amanda Chicoine was commissioned as a United States Naval Officer Feb. 5, in Newport, RI.

Bernard Bosse will celebrate his 98th birthday March 1. Help make his day special with a card shower.

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The bitter cold stretch that recently gripped South Dakota required families to use more energy to stay warm. For families struggling to pay winter heating bills, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to help.