Construction of the Northern Natural Gas pipeline has moved closer to town in the past weeks. The line will run just under 80 miles from Harrisburg south into Nebraska near Ponca. After the new line is complete, a third party will remove the current pipeline.

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A series of vandalisms have damaged restrooms at the Elk Point-Jefferson School. School officials are asking for students and the public to help them identify the responsible parties.

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At its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 4, the Jefferson City Council voted to put a fence around the old high school because of repeated vandalism.

The Elk Point-Jefferson Marching band stepped out for two competitions last week. At Menno Oct. 8, the band took first place overall, as did the drum line.

Three-time all-state goalie Ivey Winckler made the key stop during penalty kicks against Tea Area in the state semi-finals. Then, Winkler made her penalty kick to give Dakota Valley a 7-6 victory. The win sends the Panther soccer team to their first-ever state championship game.

Two additional committees were discussed and approved at the Dakota Valley School Board meeting Oct. 11. The School Improvement Committee would focus on school improvement data and cycles.

Heading south on County Road 1B, the shelter belt at Mike and Mary Schmitz’s farm gives you the feeling that fall is here.

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Union County Highway Superintendent Jerry Buum presented the Union County Board of County Commissioners, Oct. 5, with five joint powers financial and maintenance agreements on six bridge structures in five townships – Big Springs, Virginia, Emmet, Spink and Alcester. Buum explained that if t…

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Rebecca Ann Bentley and Kristin Sue Ann Bentley, both 31, of Elk Point, pled guilty and have been sentenced in circuit court for cruelty to animals and contribute to abuse, neglect or delinquency of a child.

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Three public hearings awaited the North Sioux City City Council at the beginning of their meeting Monday, Oct. 4. The first was to rezone eight parcels located near the old water tower site on North Derby Lane from Industrial to General Business. The council opened the hearing at 7:02 p.m. a…

The doe may be thinking, "This is my yard, too," Behind her are her two fawns that have started to lose their spots. For the most part, watching deer is a joy for those living in Dakota Dunes and Wynstone.

A resolution to send the South Dakota Department of Transportation Alternative Grant for the Sioux Point Road Pedestrian/Bike Trail application was approved at the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, Sept. 20. The resolution states that the …

Recreation Development Association, along with the City of Elk Point, held a ground breaking for a new golf cart shed at The Pointe Golf & Event Center Sept. 23.

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Dispatchers in Lincoln and Union County called out the storm warning after Beresford Fire Chief Tarz Mullinix requested sending out weather spotters for possible impending weather Sept. 2. At least, that’s what they were instructed to do.

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Elk Point Community Ambulance has cleared the ground to build a new facility on the same site on the corner of Main and Grant streets. They are currently raising money for the building, including a Chase the 9 of Hearts fundraiser. For now, the ambulance is housed in the Elk Point Fire Hall.

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The public defenders contract proposed by the Union County Board of County Commissioners was signed by only one of the current contracted law firms – Jeff Myers of Goosman Law Firm. Kasen Lambeth of Lambeth Law proposed a counter-offer for taking all appointments for $120,000. However, after…

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At coronation Monday, Sept. 20, Ella LaFerrier was crowned Elk Point-Jefferson Homecoming Queen and Quinn Connors King. Other candidates were Madison Hammitt, Claire LaFerrier, Nicole Wriedt, Landon Geary, Noah Larson and Jacob Lichtenberg. Attendants included juniors Alyssa Chytka, Alicen C…

Being out in the country, it won’t take you long to find a grasshopper. Whether it comes through your window while driving or splats against your windshield, they’re everywhere, especially in the weeds. This weed growing along the side of a garage west of Jefferson had dozens of grasshoppers…

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Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls man convicted of wire fraud was sentenced Sept 13 U.S. by District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Voters in the Akron-Westfield School District approved an $8.99 million bond issue Sept. 14 64.81 to 35.19 percent.

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The North Sioux City Fire Department will again be Lighting the Night during the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 3 to Honor Fallen Firefighters.

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In December 2020, North Sioux City administration was made aware of the opportunity for land acquisition that would allow for expansion of industrial and residential development of the city. This sizeable acquisition was presented at the North Sioux City City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 20.

While some social media challenges have pushed users to donate to various causes or better themselves, a new one has schools across the nation concerned. Dakota Valley, along with many other schools, sent out press releases about a challenge that was featured on Tik-Tok of students vandalizi…

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Dakota Valley held its 2021 Homecoming Parade on Military Road Friday, Sept. 17 where grandparents, parents, children, community and family members lined the street to watch the 35-minute parade. This year’s theme was “We Got the Beat” and all the floats revolved around song titles or genres.

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The Elk Point-Jefferson School Board has again tabled a proposal from ISG, Inc. for facilities upgrades.

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The Jefferson City Council got a lesson in water filtration at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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Union County, Beresford, Elk Point and North Sioux City were all declared Purple Heart County and Cities by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. In South Dakota, there are seven cities and five counties that are Purple Heart communities.

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At its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 13 (delayed from Sept. 6 due to the Labor Day holiday), the Elk Point City Council heard from several angry residents.

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The Clay-Union Foundation held a vendor fair with beer garden Saturday, Sept. 11 at Elk Point City Park. The event raised funds for scholarships for seniors from Elk Point-Jefferson, Dakota Valley and Vermillion.

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The Dakota Valley Business Council will meet for its annual membership and monthly coffee meeting Thursday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place at Liberty National Bank, located at 324 Dakota Dunes Blvd., Dakota Dunes.

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The rescheduled North Sioux City City Council meeting (moved from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7 because of Labor Day) had a long agenda and lasted just over three hours. Many items were discussed, including the medical marijuana ordinance and application fee, requests for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget re…

The Dakota Valley 2021 Homecoming King and Queen were announced during the Coronation ceremony Monday, Sept. 13. Tori Schulz was crowned Queen and Andrew (Drew) Clay was crowned King.

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Union County, Beresford, Elk Point and North Sioux City were all declared Purple Heart County and Cities by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. In South Dakota, there are seven cities and five counties that are Purple Heart communities.

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The Elk Point-Jefferson School Board held a special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 1 to hear the final report on a facilities upgrade assessment.

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Almost half of the Union County Board of County Commission’s five-hour meeting Sept. 7 was held in executive session for legal or personnel matters. One portion of the meeting, the public defenders contract, lasted 40 minutes. Katie Johnson spoke on the terms of the contract, stating the fiv…

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Voters in the Vermillion and the Akron-Westfield school districts are going to the polls to seek bond approvals.

An eerie sun was ready to set northwest of Elk Point Wednesday, Sept. 1, colored by smoke from wildfires in Canada.

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The Elk Point City Council held a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday, Sept. 1. They held first reading to an ordinance that amends city zoning ordinances and sets rules for medical cannabis dispensaries.

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Trucks from Cloverleaf Farms, above, are lined up Monday, ready to dump seed corn at their facility in Elk Point.

The Dakota Valley Homecoming Royalty has been selected. Coronation will be Monday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Pictured are, front from left, junior attendant Lauren Frisch, queen candidates Grace Bass, Tori Schulz, Brooke Carlson, Sophia Atchison and Ella Graham and…

This doe and her twin fawns were seen in Dakota Dunes Monday, Aug. 30. The deer were hanging out right next to the road with no concerns for traffic. Make sure to watch for them, in case they’re crossing the road. Even if you can’t see them at the time, they’re around.

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In the late hours of Aug. 23, the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve’s archery range was vandalized.

The pink house next to the President’s house at USD on Main Street in Vermillion was removed last year. The University of South Dakota Foundation who owns the property is developing an open green space. The area can be used for University functions. It also expands the opportunities for the …