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The Union County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds in Alcester, Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 4-7. Aug. 5 was also declared "Union County Fair Day" by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

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This time of year it’s easy to see the sharp contrast between, seed corn and field corn. The photo shows how seed corn is detasseled to allow for cross-pollination, producing a uniform hybrid. 

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On Saturday, July 24, over 70 individuals participated in the First Annual EPJ XC 5k Road Race and 1k Walk/Run, put on by the Elk Point-Jefferson cross country team.

A new building is taking shape for Green Thumb Commodities at the site of the old Jefferson Elevator. The company provides seed cleaning services and a selection of Cover Crop Seeds.

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Tri-State Cruisers decked out Main Street Elk Point July 21 with their usual assortment of unusual cars.

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Discussions on construction dominated the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Supervisors meeting July 19. CID District Manager Jeff Dooley presented an update to the board stating that the Boulevard construction would be completed by Monday, July 26. Sioux City Engine…

The new Health Sciences building on the campus of the University of South Dakota has begun. It will provide a centralized place for programs now offered in various places on campus. It is immediately west of the Lee Medical Building.

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After the recent completion of the Streeter Drive realignment project, the North Sioux City Fire Department is now on a main thoroughfare. Drivers may have noticed the signs placed on either side of the department, pictured above, reflecting a fire truck. This is to inform drivers to be awar…

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Discussions on sidewalk ordinances continued at the North Sioux City City Council meeting July 19. However, this time it wasn’t in the River Valley development, but meant for the entire city.

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Dakota Valley was well represented in the annual Sioux Falls Argus Leader Sports Awards honoring the state’s best high school athletes, coaches and teams.

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Nichole Herzog was officially hired as the Dakota Valley Upper Elementary/Middle School Principal at the school board meeting July 12.

Development is taking place on North Spanish Bay. Entrance to the street is where East Pinehurst and East Sawgrass meet. There are 16 lots, with four on the lakeside. Four of the 16 have been sold; three of those were lakeside. Prices for the lots range from $100,000 to $225,000.

The railroad bridge on Main Street in North Sioux City was struck Monday, July 19 by a semi. The bridge, which has a clearance of 12’11”, wasn’t tall enough for the 13’6” semi-trailer. In fact, the warning sign stating the bridge restriction can be seen on top of the trailer. The semi was ab…

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The path from arranging flowers for special occasions to growing those flowers herself was not a giant leap for Christy Heckathorn. It was a series of small steps over the course of nearly a year, each one leading to the next.

At their regular meeting Monday, July 12, Elk Point-Jefferson board members said goodbye to president Cherie Noteboom, who was leaving the board.

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Budgeted equipment purchases drew differing opinions at the Elk Point City Council meeting Tuesday, July 6. The council was looking to approve the purchase of a new patrol car and a new skid loader.

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At its regular meeting Tuesday, July 6, the Jefferson City Council took another look at a wet, muddy area near the siren post in the park.

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Two individuals attended the Union County Board of County Commission meeting to discuss driveway entrances onto county roads throughout Union County. The ordinance passed in 2011 states that driveways need to be placed 1,000 feet apart. Jim Wennblom and Noreen Jorgensen both raised issues – …

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Nichole Herzog was hired as the Upper Elementary/Middle School Principal at Dakota Valley’s board meeting July 12. She joined the district from the Flandreau School District where she served as the high school principal. (See next week’s paper for more information).

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An oversight will soon be fixed in the River Valley development as the North Sioux City City Council recommended to add sidewalks along streets that don’t currently have them on July 6. At their meeting June 21, four members of the council were selected to serve as a sidewalk committee and w…

Nelson Industrial Construction and Engineering is once again helping a North Sioux City company expand. Nelson is building a new 100,000 square foot building between I-29 and Military Road. It will include a freezer and warehouse space for Red’s All Natural that is located in another Nelson …

In November 2020, South Dakota voters passed Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26) to legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis. This change in South Dakota’s drug laws requires an adjustment in law enforcement policy, yet protection of the public must remain paramount.

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Just over 50 years ago, Jon Larsen looked at Elk Point and saw both concerns and opportunities. The concerns centered around how many towns the size of Elk Point were aging and losing population. The opportunity was a brand new interstate, with 2 exits into Elk Point.

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The Union County State’s Attorneys Office has two law students doing an externship this summer – Kimora Cross and Tim Cotter. An externship is different from an internship because they are earning college credit and experience for their work.

This blue pot was planted with white alyssum and red geraniums, echoing the colors of the American flag.

Rye planted along both sides of County Club Drive is ripening quickly in the current heat wave. Temperatures were well above 90 nearly every day last week. No real relief is in sight.

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More South Dakota acres are now in an extreme drought condition as lack of moisture and high temperatures continue to impact much of the state. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 13 percent of the state is in Extreme Drought (D3), while another 56 percent follows as Severe …

The South Dakota Department of Health announced a preliminary list of conditions that will be covered by the state’s medical cannabis program, which went into effect July 1 following the voters’ passage of IM-26 last November.

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After the election in April, a one-year position was left open on the Dakota Valley School Board so they opened up the position to letters of interest. At their May 10 meeting, the board reviewed the two letters they received. They appointed Andrew Nilges to the board. He will take office at…

How many baby buffalo can you spy? They are still young enough that they do not frequently get near the fence at Wynstone.

The two following introductions are from the interns at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City.

North Sioux City employees Gary Olson and Justin Watterson put up the 2021 Community of the Year signs awarded by Governor Kristi Noem.

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On June 30 Dakota Valley said farewell to one of their own – Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jerry Rasmussen. A graduate of Jefferson High School, Rasmussen has always been a part of the area. He began his teaching career after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education, History with endor…

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Another high speed chase came near Elk Point Sunday, June 27. The vehicle, a 2003 Ford Explorer, was stopped in North Sioux City around 3 p.m. based on a report of an incident that had occurred in Sioux City.

The skyline along North Derby Lane in North Sioux City changed this last week with the removal of the old water tower.

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In the last couple of months, the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) has been discussing the possibilities of a pedestrian, bike trail from Dakota Dunes Boulevard north down Sioux Point Road to Shay Road. As of Monday, June 21, the CID Board of Supervisors are moving forward w…

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The Elk Point City Council heard a differing viewpoint on medical cannabis during the public forum at its Tuesday, June 22 meeting. The joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission was called to give second reading to Ordinance No. 410, a temporary ordinance regulating med…

County Commissioner Kevin Joffer was concerned over the reports they heard at the last Union County Board of County Commission meeting June 15 about the breakup on County Road 1B (CR1B). He asked Highway Superintendent Jerry Buum to come back to the meeting, June 29, and explain to the commi…

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The biggest party in Jefferson is set to kick off next week. Jefferson Days of ’59 is a five-day event centered on downtown Jefferson July 7-11.

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Besides being the mother of four, Jessica LaFleur has some experience with schools and their boards.

A man begging for gas money at a local gas station in North Sioux City triggered suspicions Sunday morning, June 20. Jikera Mohammed was approached by North Sioux City Police Officer Faustin Mahlke, who upon running the Iowa vehicle’s license plate, found the vehicle had been reported stolen.

In a special meeting Monday, June 21, the Union County Board of County Commissioners held the first reading of an ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries and another for the consumption or smoking of medical marijuana in public places.

At its meeting Monday, June 21, the Elk Point-Jefferson School Board took an important next step in upgrading its facilities by hiring DA Davidson.

The Elk Point-Jefferson Library kicked off its Summer Reading Program with a party Saturday, June 19 in the high school commons.

The 24th annual Fore the Cure was held at The Pointe Golf & Event Center Friday, June 18. The event raises money for scholarships and to fight all forms of cancer, as well as supporting a local resident battling cancer. This year’s recipient is Angie (Skogsberg) Moffatt who is fighting p…

The North Sioux City City Council was presented multiple options for sidewalk placement in River Valley along Delmar Circle’s cul-de-sac and on South and North Churchill Circles at their meeting Monday, June 21. Rick Wegher of Brown & Wegher was present to answer questions and provide in…

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Most children begin playing sports when they’re young, growing into just one or two sports by the time they become freshmen. For recent Dakota Valley graduate and school record holder Paul Bruns, the story is a little bit different – he excelled in three sports.

It's southeast South Dakota, but the vast fields and hills of green gives us a sense of the beautiful color of Ireland.