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When about 1,200 feet of North Sioux City’s Fire Department hoses failed testing in September, firefighter Joe Pham put an idea into action. He took 13 hose ends, all nine feet long and painted them into a red-line American flag to represent firefighters. It’s a symbol used by fire departmen…

This house at 399 Bluestem Trail in Dakota Dunes has spiders creeping down from the house to the yard, gravestones and lanterns being held up by hands.

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Rural Office of Community Services (ROCS) has been a part of the North Sioux City community for many years, providing seniors with nutritious meals through the senior center. Now they’re looking to expand their services to include transportation to the public. ROCS Executive Director Peter S…

With the first signs of fall and a light frost covering decks, vehicles and farm equipment, the morning sky Friday, Oct. 16 was a wonder of pink, orange and yellow. A rain cloud almost looks like a cloud of smoke rising from the ground, making this sunrise unique.

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Rural Office of Community Services, Inc. (ROCS) has hired a driver and purchased two vehicles to provide rides in Elk Point, Jefferson and North Sioux City.

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Architecture, Inc. was once again present to show various options of courthouse expansion to the Union County Commissioners, Oct. 20. At the last meeting, the commissioners scrapped one idea and asked for a drawing separating the administrative offices from the court offices. Upon seeing tho…

Dry weather has given farmers a great window to get their crops out of the field. This soybean field is on the grounds of the Graham Air Field in North Sioux City.

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After a half-hour executive session, the Dakota Valley School Board decided, utilizing Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), to give all school employees a one-time stipend for their efforts to keep students in school during this pandemic. Administrators will receive $1,000, teachers (certified st…

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In some ways, nothing Chris Wingen learned from his father, Pat, could have prepared him for the COVID-19 pandemic. Running a business these days, especially one as large as AaLadin Industries, Inc., means dealing with a situation unlike any other in our lifetimes.

This home on Country Club Drive all prepared for the Halloween holiday, trick or treating notwithstanding. Check out a list of holiday happenings in next week’s Leader-Courier.

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The Elk Point-Jefferson School Board approved a revised Close Contact Protocol at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 12.

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The City of Jefferson took the first step in attracting new industry and construction when it passed an ordinance providing tax reductions to new construction. At its Oct. 5 meeting, the city council adopted Ordinance Chapter #4.40, An Ordinance to Provide a Real Estate Incentive.

A home that has stood kitty-corner from the courthouse on Main Street Elk Point since 1892 has been restored by Jeff Crull of Sioux City. For many years, this was the home of the Jerry and Audrey Zeller family. Crull spent weeks refinishing floors, replacing stained glass windows and remodel…

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All the local fire departments have been busy battling various field fires. Some of these fires have been started by the farm equipment.

The Elk Point City Council focused much of its discussion on developing Country Club Estates, both in the regular meeting Monday, Oct. 5 and in the study session preceding the meeting.

A tractor and tiller sit in an empty field west of Elk Point as the sun goes down last week.

Architecture, Inc., hired on July 28 to provide conceptual drawings of the courthouse where expansion or renovations could be done, presented the first three conceptual drawings to the Union County Board of County Commissioners, Oct. 6.

Concerns with the proximity of the new proposed North Sioux City water tower to Graham Airfield has put the project on hold, according to Jon Brown of Stockwell Engineers. Brown informed the North Sioux City City Council of the issue at the Oct. 5 meeting. He stated the Federal Aviation Admi…

Abby Wheatley was named queen and Paul Bruns king at coronation for Dakota Valley's homecoming Monday, Sept. 28.

A chance of a residential replat in the Dakota Dunes Country Club area along hole 6 was brought to the attention of the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District Board of Supervisors Monday, Sept. 21 at its monthly meeting.

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Frustrating. That’s the word Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jerry Rasmussen used to describe the communication process between the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) and school districts Thursday night, Sept. 24 at a special school board meeting. An update from legal counsel was provided…

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The 2020 Homecoming court included, front from left, queen candidates Addison Stabe, Zariah Zevenbergn and Emma Scarmon, junior royalty Cody Hanson, Levi Johnson, Ryker Zach, Brystal Girard, Paileigh Johnson and Leah Hanson, juniors Claire LaFerrier and Nicole Wriedt, sophomore Sophia Giorgi…

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Elk Point-Jefferson held its annual Homecoming Parade Sept. 24 down Main Street. Children may have been disappointed by the lack of candy, but they still got to dance to music by both the High School and Middle School marching bands.

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A color guard with members of American Legion Post 134 and VFW Post 915 led the parade.

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K-12 Principal/District SPED Director Laura Throener kept a close eye on the “littles” as they marched in the parade.

The Elk Point Ambulance is reaching out to the community to help build a new ambulance facility and to purchase a new Stryker Power-XT Cot and Power-Load powered fastener for the ambulance.

The front of the Leader-Courier office on Main Street Elk Point got a fresh coat of paint last week. Joey Sabaliauskas of Sabal Painting did a meticulous job of scraping and priming the old surface and barely squashed the petunia border.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced an $8.7 million investment for an innovative conservation project in South Dakota through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA).

King Tyler Goehring and Queen Sydney Kellen will reign over Paradise, aka Elk Point-Jefferson Homecoming, this week. They were crowned Monday night. In addition to home volleyball games, the Union County Quad cross country meet and a football game, the school will host a parade Friday at 1 p…

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The annual public auction for leasing fairground buildings, farmland and a vacant lot in Elk Point was held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Union County Board of County Commission meeting. The Beef Barn ($450), Meeting Room ($1,000) and Hoop Building ($500) all received no bids and are still availa…

This home on Third Street in Jefferson has a beautiful floral fall display.

Two events have been planned and two others postponed or cancelled in North Sioux City for October and December. North Sioux City Police Chief Rich Headid recommended postponing National Night Out 2020 until 2021 due to COVID-19. The North Sioux City City Council listened to the recommendati…

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Liam Keenan began his adventure in Boy Scouts when he was seven or eight years old. In February 2020, Keenan was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

Every administrator discussed COVID-19 related topics at the Dakota Valley School Board meeting Sept. 14. Elementary Principal Kristi Maloney talked about how the students are doing with the mask requirements.

The Expo Center is now completed. It is an impressive sight from I-29. This is the view coming from the south. The project involved significant cooperation between many public and private entities. Dirk Lohry is the board president.

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An experienced traffic-accident reconstruction expert is casting doubt on the claim made by South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg that he thought he hit a deer with his car the night of Sept. 12 when in fact he had struck and killed a man.

The Elk Point City Council was scheduled to hold second and final reading to Ordinance No. 407, Sidewalks, at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 14.

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Noah Larson of Elk Point has been named the South Dakota VFW Eagle Scout of the Year. He received his award Thursday, Sept. 11 in a ceremony at The Pointe Golf & Event Center. VFW Post 915 Commander Matt Dosdall made the presentation, assisted by Bert L. Smith American Legion Post 134 Ac…