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Elk Point-Jefferson held its Senior Awards Night Monday, April 26. Middle School/High School Principal Skyler Eriksen, left, recognized Representative Man Ben Hanson, center, and Representative Woman Abby Kastning, right, and then turned the ceremonies over to them. Watch for more awards cov…

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Spring planting rapidly moved into gear this week. A cloud of dust follows this planter in a field just east of Elk Point. Farmers worked into the night to get ahead of rain that was forecast for Wednesday.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with higher payment rates, new incentives and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Additionally, USDA is announcing investments in partner…

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The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be posting signs at 21 structures located on and directly adjacent to Interstates 90, 29, 229, and 190 due to a federal requirement. SDDOT says that new signage will be placed by April 30, 2021 to indicate the structures are now posted for E…

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Residents of Dakota Dunes will see water and sewer increases soon as the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Supervisors approved two ordinances at their meeting April 19.

These beautiful cherry trees are beginning to lose their leaves. It’s a sure sign spring is ending and summer is coming.

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North Sioux City ranked #11 as the safest city in South Dakota. Below is just a brief report of the full report. To see the full report, visit https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-south-dakota/.

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After last Tuesday’s election, April 13, Patti Teel and Linda Cutsinger tied in the North Sioux City mayoral race with 152 votes each.

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A special meeting was held by the Dakota Valley School Board April 14 to conduct superintendent interviews. This came after the board approved the resignation request from current Superintendent Dr. Jerry Rasmussen, who has been with the district for many years as a teacher, coach, principal…

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On the invitation of North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Andrew Nilges, South Dakota’s First Gentleman Bryon Noem visited North Sioux City April 16.

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An asphalt overlay project began Monday, April 19 on CR1B, from Exit 4 (North Sioux City/McCook Lake) northwest to the City of Jefferson. That portion of CR1B is closed to through traffic while the contractor is milling asphalt off the roadway.

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Residents appeared before the North Sioux City City Council Monday, April 19 to ask about soil testing they have seen in an area they thought could not be built upon.

Medical experts in South Dakota and across the country are concerned that reluctance among some people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 may prolong the pandemic, delay a return to normal life and possibly lead to more deaths.

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Don Lantis of North Sioux City appeared before the Union County Board of County Commissioners April 19 about rezoning some of his property.

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Elk Point Community Ambulance held a barbecue rib and cornbread muffin fundraiser Sunday, April 18. They used a drive-through, minimum contact format to deliver around 500 pounds of ribs.

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Construction on the new Elk Point swimming pool continues with dirt work. Christiansen Construction expects work to be complete this September.

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After last Tuesday's election, April 13, Patti Teel and Linda Cutsinger tied in the North Sioux City mayoral race with 152 votes each.

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The topic of an ordinance to regulate pet ownership in Elk Point came up again during the study session preceding the Elk Point City Council Monday, April 12.

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The Elk Point Community Ambulance has received a check for $24,236.99 from the Marianne Jensen Trust. Executor Bob Geary presented the check during a special meeting April 17.

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The Elk Point-Jefferson School opened its regular meeting Monday, April 12 with a public forum and heard from two parents concerned with continued mask requirements at the school.

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The South Dakota Department of Transportation said that work began April 12, on an asphalt resurfacing project on SD Highway 48 between Interstate 29 and the Iowa border, and SD Highway 11 from Highway 48 north to the city of Alcester.

Pasque flowers are starting to bloom in pastures and road ditches across the county. The state flower of South Dakota is one of the earliest to bloom and doesn’t seem to mind the near-Arctic winds that have come back to remind us that, although the first day of spring was several weeks ago, …

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Streeter Drive realignment and six ordinances were the big topics of discussion at the North Sioux City City Council meeting held April 6. It was moved from April 5 due to City Hall being closed Easter Monday.

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This home was moved to the North Sioux City Fire Department’s training facility Monday, April 12. It was donated by Jesse Minor. North Sioux City Fire Chief Bill Pappas said that the house will be put on a foundation with no power, sewer or water to the facility. It will be used only as a tr…

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dakota Dunes held its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 10. Children were at the starting line in nice weather, ready to grab as many Easter Eggs as possible. They seemed to be as happy as everyone else that activities are getting back to normal.

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At an almost four hour-long meeting April 12, the Dakota Valley School Board looked at hiring additional staff for next year along with discussing and approving a plan to use the monies allotted to them from the state as COVID-funding.

Don Lantis of Dakota Dunes appeared before the Union County Board of County Commissioners April 6 about rezoning some of his property.

A survey of producers in central and eastern South Dakota showed a majority of those who used no-tillage and reduced tillage practices for five years or more have seen increases in profitability through decreased production costs and increases in cash crop yields.

Noreen Jorgensen greeted parents and their children lined up for the Easter Egg Hunt at Blue Tin Ranch west of Elk Point Saturday, April 3. Around 235 people attended.

The remains of the home at 402 E. Washington Street were still smouldering the next day after an early-morning fire destroyed the structure April 2. The family was able to escape, but one pet was lost. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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The Jefferson City Council got updates on city hall repairs and red-tagged properties at its regular meeting Monday, April 5.

empirical foods is building a new ground beef facility in Garden City, KS. It will bring 250 new jobs and more than $250 million in capital investments.

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High winds and drought conditions forced most of South Dakota into extreme and very high on the grassland fire danger index Monday, March 29 through Wednesday, March 31. Multiple fires broke out in the Black Hills March 29, prompting the closure of a portion of I-90 and Mount Rushmore.

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North Sioux City will see two races April 13 – one for mayor and one for a seat on the council. Patti Teal and Linda Cutsinger will vie for the position of mayor while Gary Bogenrief challenges current council member Lesa Cropley. The Dakota Dunes/North Sioux City Times reached out to the ca…

Posters of eggs were scattered throughout North Sioux City in a social-distancing Easter Egg Hunt for the North Sioux City community. The hunt was held through the North Sioux City Parks and Recreation Association (PRA). Residents were to go around North Sioux City, take pictures with the eg…

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Ellie Naasz, daughter of Mike and Cathy Dailey of Jefferson, graduated from Elk Point-Jefferson High School in 2012. She continued her education at the University of South Dakota and later Colorado State University. She made her way back to South Dakota and now works for Dakota Resources as …

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In an ongoing effort to build a new ambulance facility, the Elk Point Community Ambulance is sponsoring a drive-through rib feed Sunday, April 18. The event will take place in the Elk Point City Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fundraiser will move to the Elk Poi…

Two properties in Jefferson were red-tagged by the city and were torn down March 9.

Dust whipped up by high winds Monday, March 29 combined with a late cloud cover to silhouette the bluffs northwest of Elk Point.

The Nutrien office in Elk Point is closed. Customers are referred to the new Nutrien facility on the northeast side of Vermillion. It is located at 1614 317th Street north of the Highway 50 bypass on 466th Ave. The old Vermillion location has been closed. The new site is on 22 acres. It incl…

Two properties in Jefferson were red-tagged by the city and were torn down March 9.

At the present time, the prediction is there will not be flooding on the Big Sioux River. The river is the border line between South Dakota and Iowa from south of Sioux Falls until it enters the Missouri River at Dakota Dunes. Similar forecasts have occurred before, only to have the situatio…

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Public Building and Grounds Superintendent Scott Sexton was in contact with Architecture, Inc. about the conceptual drawings of the courthouse remodel project. He informed the Union County Board of County Commissioners at their March 23 meeting that a lot of things weren’t taken into conside…

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The Jefferson City Council held two meetings Tuesday, March 16 – one to hear from property owners objecting to their tax assessments and a second to appoint workers for the April 13 municipal election.

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The Elk Point City Council met Monday, March 15, paid bills and convened as the local board of equalization.

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Residents of Dakota Dunes will soon see water and sewer increases as the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Supervisors approved the first readings of two ordinances.

St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus hosted its second-to-last fish fry of the 2021 Lenten season in Dakota Dunes at St. Teresa Catholic Church March 19.

With Daylight Saving Time, the sun is now brighter in the morning. This sunlight penetrated through the morning fog, causing moisture to drip from trees and buildings.

More homes are being constructed in the Lakeshore Estates development in North Sioux City.