Because of Coronavirus caution, schools in South Dakota are closed until May 4. That’s not preventing the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) from making plans for state tournaments once school is back in session.

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The rise of the Coronavirus brought on social distancing recommendations at state, national and international levels. It has many in the community staying home and having limited contact with others. Households are figuring out ways to accommodate adults needing to work remotely, while also …

Last week – March 17 – the Union County Board of County Commissioners limited public access into the courthouse to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect employees and customers. The board reviewed that order at their meeting Tuesday, March 24 and decided the measures were sufficient a…

Patty and Roger Skinner, who live on E. Main Street in Elk Point, are used to visiting with their three young neighbors, the children of Mara and Skyler Eriksen. But since the Skinners are “in the last quarter” of their lives, according to Patty, they realized that they and the Eriksen young…

The first mention of Spanish flu in the Leader-Courier was the obituary of James F. Connolly, who died in a Great Lakes, IL hospital, published Sept. 26, 1918. Connolly’s parents and brother took the train to be with him, but found the camp under quarantine and they could not see him. Connol…

With the uncertainty of the near future because of COVID-19, there’s one thing people don’t need to worry about. Sunrises and sunsets will still display wonderful colors and light up the skies. Take a minute and watch as it changes.

A presentation on business retention and expansion was given to the North Sioux City City Council by NSC Economic Development Corporation (NSCEDC) Executive Director Andrew Nilges. He stated that of the 11 businesses surveyed and interviewed, 10 had plans for expansion within the next three years.

Brayden Link, a third-grader in Mrs. Walling’s room at Dakota Valley, is a typical nine-year-old kid in many ways. He likes to be the class clown and make his peers smile. P.E. is his favorite school subject as he enjoys playing games like sharks and minnows. A cheeseburger Happy Meal® with …

It was determined, at a special meeting, Tuesday, March 17, that the Union County Courthouse would only conduct essential business and limit public access to the building until further notice. The Union County Board of County Commissioners took these actions in response to the Coronavirus or…

The Elk Point City Council met as the board of equalization Monday, March 16, but spent more time discussing the coronavirus than property valuations. Elk Point-Jefferson School Board member Sabrina Sayler was present, as the district’s representative for equalization.

Members of the Elk Point-Jefferson Educational Foundation chose to close attendance at the Chili Cup, their annual fundraiser, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t raise a lot of money. Melissa Curry said they brought in over $19,000 by holding their auction online, avoiding the crowds, but sti…

Although the Leader-Courier will remain staffed and ready to report on any events that can be covered, our office will be closed to outside contact beginning Thursday, March 19.

Due to the coronavirus concerns, there has been a shortage of toilet paper on store shelves. This may cause users to look for alternative products.

The South Dakota Department of Education’s Office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow for school food services to continue during this time of unexpected school closures.

LifeServe Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, is urging healthy, eligible blood donors to continue donating blood to maintain an adequate blood supply in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Jefferson City Council discussed placing load limits on W. Dakota Street during its regular meeting March 2.

The newest member of the Elk Point City Council is not from southern Union County and he’s younger than the rest of the council.

The sun set last week behind a deserted Lake Burbank west of Elk Point. While a few geese honked in nearby fields, most of the flocks have moved on north.

The earliest archives of the Union County Courier at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877, although the paper began March 17, 1870. The Elk Point Leader debuted in 1890. The Leader bought out the Courier in 1913 and became the Leader-Courier. In 1947, the Leade…

The Dakota Valley School board looked at inital capacity and building requirement numbers at their meeting March 9. As of right now, all the buildings are sufficient in terms of current to total capacity. Before Dakota Valley would outgrow its current facilities, there would have to be an in…

As of press time, only one candidate had filed for the two positions open on the Dakota Valley School Board.

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The McCook Lake Izaak Walton League has worked toward responsible natural resource management for the benefit of wildlife habitat since its inception in 1936. Because of this dedication, the Izaak Walton League received the 2019 Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) Habitat Award.

Snow and Canada geese have been a frequent sight this past week. They can fly up to 50 mph with the right wind. They migrate from Mexico to Canada each spring. These geese were in a corn field west of Elk Point.

A verbal threat made by a Dakota Valley middle school student Wednesday, Feb. 26 wasn’t taken lightly, according to an email sent out by Superintendent Jerry Rassmussen.

Only one North Sioux City City Council election will be on the ballot Tuesday, April 14 – in Ward 4, Dave Norby is challenging incumbent Nate Blaeser. Incumbents in the other three wards – Tena Carpenter, Ward 1; Kodi Benson, Ward 2; and Dan Parks, Ward 3, all turned in their petitions and a…

St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus member Jeff Poss serves up the first piece of fish to Ralph Webb at the KOC’s fish fry Feb. 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point. The frys will continue every Friday through the Lenten season, with the next one at St. Teresa in Dakota Dunes from 5-7 p…

The staff of the Spink Family Restaurant held a practice run Saturday, Feb. 29 for friends and family, doing a test run of their new facility on Main Street Elk Point.

Jeremy Poulsen owns a house along McCook Lake and informed the North Sioux City City Council that from actions taken at their last meeting, Feb. 18, he has been deemed a public nuisance because of his “bubbler” (aerator).

The earliest archives of the Union County Courier at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877, although the paper began March 17, 1870. The Elk Point Leader debuted in 1890. The Leader bought out the Courier in 1913 and became the Leader-Courier. In 1947, the Leade…

Only one election will be on the ballot Tuesday, April 14 – the bond issue for Elk Point’s swimming pool. Races for Jefferson and Elk Point city council and the Elk Point-Jefferson School board will be filled by the only candidates to file for them.

The Friends of the Library is sponsoring a performance of the Crevier Family’s Spin-tacular Basketball Show Friday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the high school. The show is free and open to the public.

It’s a sure sign of spring – Daylight Saving Time returns to most of the United States Sunday, March 8.

The North Sioux City Community Library’s sign was installed last week and is up and running, displaying different messages for drivers along River Drive to see. The process for the sign began in 2018 and everything was approved Oct. 7, 2019. The council approved the project to not exceed $49,999.

Certain parts of McCook Lake haven’t froze yet this year, creating hazardous conditions on the lake for recreational users. North Sioux City Police Chief Rich Headid brought the issue before the North Sioux City City Council at their first meeting of the month Feb. 3 and gave them more infor…

North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation named Beyoutiful Esthetics & Permanent Makeup the February Business of the Month. Pictured, from left, are NSCEDC Directors Kathy Gunderson and Shane Tritz, Owner Marisa Snyder, NSCEDC President Mike Huber and NSCEDC Directors Jamie Wanku…

The Elk Point City Council worked quickly through a short agenda at a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18.

A bid from Knife River was the only one received for the mill and overlay project from Jefferson to the McCook Lake (Exit 4) on County Road 1B and was denied by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The bid came in around $700,000 higher than the engineer’s estimate and what was budgeted.

Union County Electric Cooperative has announced a new power source – the sun.

Josiah Mullins performs at St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Gospel Music Fest Feb. 23 as part of a fundraiser for repairs to the church’s spires.

The earliest archives of the Union County Courier at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877, although the paper began March 17, 1870. The Elk Point Leader debuted in 1890. The Leader bought out the Courier in 1913 and became the Leader-Courier. In 1947, the Leade…

Neighbors jumped into action after watching a North Sioux City man fall through the ice on McCook Lake. He was driving his four-wheeler on the ice Saturday, Feb. 15 around 4 p.m. when the ATV fell through.

A new equipment purchase and a contract for pumps were approved at the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) meeting Monday night, Feb. 17 as part of preemptive flood measures. Dakota Dunes CID District Manager Jeff Dooley presented the information to the Board of Supervisors for…

Another Governor’s House was moved into Elk Point last week, going down Main Street to its final destination on N. Walnut Street. The house was moved onto its foundation and work will begin soon on a garage.

A fundraising event for the Elk Point-Jefferson Music Boosters was held at The Pointe Golf & Event Center Saturday, Feb. 15. Residents of Elk Point and Jefferson filled the event center for the night’s entertainment.