The Elk Point Chamber met at The Pointe Golf & Event Center April 29, both in-person and via Zoom.

Kelsey Stainbook with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) told the group about a new partnership between the state and Elk Point-Jefferson High School. This fall, up to 12 EPJ juniors will take part in job-shadowing and internships with local businesses. DLR pays the students for up to 20 hours per week. Students get experience in a career that might interest them and businesses get a free worker. Any business interested in the program can contact Stainbrook at 605-677-6900.

Elk Point City Administrator Derek Tuttle updated the chamber on construction projects around town, including the Douglas Street reconstruction and Midco installing fiber in parts of the city beginning May 4. He said the city is selling bricks as a fundraiser for the new swimming pool.

Elk Point Community Ambulance Director Renee Irwin told the group about EMT training in Jefferson this fall. It will be a joint effort between Elk Point and Jefferson. Irwin said the Elk Point ambulance’s recent drive-through rib feed served 450 meals and raised over $10,000.

Irwin also said the Summer Jam committee decided to cancel this year’s event, but expects it to be back in 2022 better than ever.

Members discussed a number of possible events, including a repeat of the wine and beer tasting business expo and restarting chamber breakfasts.