COVID-19 has been hitting close to home lately, as hospitals in the Sioux City metro see more patients testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Dr. Mark Abraham, of Dakota Dunes, is a front line healthcare worker witnessing the surge and helping with the medical response.


Eric Christensen has been selected as the new City Administrator for North Sioux City. He was chosen from a field of several strong, competitive candidates who participated in interviews the week of May 11. Christensen currently serves as the Kittson County, MN Administrator.

Rosenbauer America of Lyons, SD brought a demo aerial truck to the North Sioux City Fire Department Wednesday, May 20. The Dakota Valley Emergency Services District is looking to replace the current 75-foot aerial truck with a 100-foot aerial truck. They want to increase the length of the la…

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 17 South Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas, including Clay, Turner, Lincoln and Union. Producers who suffered losses due to excessive moisture and flooding that occurred since March 13, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of…

A single celebration was held this year in Elk Point for Memorial Day. Members of Bert L. Smith American Legion Post 134, VFW Post 915 and their Auxiliariies met at the Elk Point Cemetery to honor their fallen comrades.

Noelle Jacobs just returned from a deployment in the Middle East, something she does once or twice a year as an Instructor Pilot with the 185th Air Refueling Wing, part of the Iowa Air National Guard based in Sioux City.

The South Dakota primary election will be held next Tuesday, June 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To vote you must have been registered by May 18. Polling places were published in legal notices in the past two issues of this publication.

The photographer who submitted this photo naturally deferred on giving the location where this photo was taken; like most morel mushroom hunters, they preferred to keep their sources secret.

After a 20-minute executive session the North Sioux City City Council reconvened and approved the hiring of Eric Christensen as City Administrator and a contract with CFO Next to help with accounting work. (See next week’s paper for more information on Christensen).

Readers of the Times have come to know Beth Sherard-Fennel as she covers local government and school events. They rely on her thoughtful, accurate reporting, attention to detail and ability to tell a compelling story.

The best and brightest from the Class of 2020 are being recognized for their academic achievements during their high school career.

American Legion Post 319 will not hold any Memorial Day services due to Covid-19.

The foundation is being poured for an 80,000 square foot building along Military Road in North Sioux City. The planning and zoning commission approved the foundation work for Nelson Construction of South Sioux City. It is just north of one of their existing buildings in North Sioux City. Add…

In addition to Outstanding Young Journalist, Beth Sherard-Fennel also took second place in Spot News Photo for turtles lined up on a log in McCook Lake.

Elk Point-Jefferson Superintendent Derek Barrios has formed two committees to develop plans for start of the 2020-21 school year.

Bert L. Smith American Legion Post 134 and VFW Post 915 will host a Memorial Day service Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Elk Point Cemetery.

Members of the senior class of 2020 became official graduates at 10 a.m. May 16, but no one was there to see it.

The Elk Point City Council held a special meeting Monday, May 18, as the Board of Adjustment to approve a survey plat for Greg Stroschein. The replat of Lots 1 through 5 of Stro Addition is a replat of Lots in Weston 7 Hoffman’s Addition Block 45 and Lots 1 through 6 in Miller’s Addition Block 1.

The South Dakota Newspaper Association had to cancel its annual convention, but last week announced winners in its annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Jim and Cynthia Appley Hayes have added blue lights to the former gas station on Elk Point’s Main Street. The lights honor front-line workers who are giving so much during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps other businesses and even residences would want to follow suit.

Due to the resignation of North Sioux City Mayor Randy Fredericksen, submitted Tuesday, May 5, a special meeting was held Thursday, May 7. The council accepted Fredericksen’s resignation.

Although these clouds appear to threaten the quonset huts just north of Elk Point, only a few drops of rain fell before the sun broke through May 8.

The Jefferson City Council passed Ordinance Chapter #1.12 to provide penalties for violations of city ordinances. The action came at the council’s regular meeting Monday, April 6 at the Jefferson Community Center.

Jones’ Food Center manager Joe Hall, Elk Point Food Pantry manager Carla Bambas and Ace Hardware manager Dustin Wolforth are ready to unload a pallet-full of food at the pantry May 6. Both Ace and Jones’ set up donation cans at their check-outs and money from there plus a donation from First…

Due to lack of petitions filed for Kevin Hoffman’s open board position, the Dakota Valley School Board looked at three interested parties for a one-year position on the board at their meeting May 11. Andrew Nilges, Jessica Hamm and Hoffman were considered for the position. The board appointe…

Graduation for Elk Point-Jefferson High School will take a different route this year. A video of the graduation ceremonies will be available at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at the school’s website, The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. with line-up in the football field parking l…

The North Sioux City City Council moved to allow closed businesses to open while following certain guidelines effective May 5 at 8 a.m. Resolution 2020-03 was presented during Monday night’s meeting, May 4, to modify the mandatory orders relating to public gatherings in Ordinance 2020-06.

Erin Cornelsen, of Dakota Dunes, loves being a “boy mom.” Her ideal Mother’s Day (or really any day) would be to do something fun and active with her husband, John, and their sons, Tyler-7th grade, Tate-5th grade and Tanner-3rd grade. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornelsen could often be …

North Sioux City Mayor Randy Fredericksen has announced his resignation. Fredericksen has been mayor since April 2015; his term doesn’t end until 2021.

Even though the evening became overcast and rainy, a rainbow appeared over Jefferson Saturday, April 25 adding a hint of beauty to the sky.

The South Dakota House of Representatives’ failure to pass Senate Bill 191 March 30 tied the Union County Commissioners in dealing with last weekend’s racetrack events.

Yes, people still fly kites in the spring. There were five kite-flyers between Military Road and the railyard.

Farmers are working long hours trying to make up for a late spring. Dry conditions make fieldwork easier, but create dust clouds that look more like ground fog, like this field west of Jefferson Monday night.

Like plums, cherries and apples, Bradford pear trees look their best this time of year. This tree is on Lexington Street in Elk Point.

As a way to celebrate graduating seniors while practicing the CDC’s guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dakota Valley school board moved to follow the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jerry Rasmussen and High School Principal Erik Sommervold. A virtual graduation cere…

Pasque flowers, the state flower of South Dakota, are beginning to appear in the area. They are one of the first wildflowers to bloom every spring and a generally a good indicator that warmer temperatures are here to stay.

Hearing that a large gathering is to take place at two racetracks (Raceway Park and Park Jefferson Speedway) this weekend, the Union County Board of County Commissioners looked for legal ways to stop the event. However, according to Union County State’s Attorney Jerry Miller, there is no aut…

As of Wednesday, April 15 the Union County Jail had 11 inmates. Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said the numbers are lower than usual because of new safety procedures being followed. Everyone that is arrested and goes into the jail undergoes a health screening.

One major question on everyone’s mind, especially those with seniors, is what about graduation? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota closed all schools and cancelled all sporting events. The Dakota Valley School Board began initial discussions Tuesday, April 15 on how best to approach …

Businesses in North Sioux City are ready to reopen, even if it’s following CDC, federal and state guidelines regarding COVID-19. According to North Sioux City Economic Development Executive Director Andrew Nilges he’s heard from many of the businesses in the community wondering when the city…

Like every other school in the state, Elk Point-Jefferson will have no classes for the rest of this school year, due to concerns with COVID-19. But that doesn’t stop teachers from working with their students, using a wide variety of tools.