Going from prey to predator – Pheasant to Panther – Bill Leberman, the newest addition to the Dakota Valley Administration, joins the district from his previous position in Parker, SD. Leberman was hired as the Upper Elementary/Middle School Principal.

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Jon Brown and David Locke with Stockwell Engineering presented the Northshore Master Plan to the North Sioux City Council July 20. This plan is a drawing concept of the land development north of the high school once the land is removed from the floodway, based on FEMA’s new floodplain maps d…

Friday morning, July 17 this cloud formation was all by itself over Union County. Any hints on the formation from our readers who took meteorology? Gradually, it just disappeared.

A Dakota Dunes resident has been arrested after driving through three yards on E. Pinehurst Trail, taking out mailboxes, electrical boxes and a tree. The call came into the Union County Sheriff's office at 7 p.m. Monday, July 27.

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The Dakota Valley administration and teachers requested pushing back the start date for students by two days to ensure proper teacher training and implementing new protocols due to COVID-19. The Dakota Valley School Board approved pushing the start date back, after much discussion, at their …

Clouds move off south after threatening, but not bringing, any rain Thursday, July 23. However, Friday brought up to an inch of rain to the area.

Sergeant Marshall Freideman of Woonsocket and First Lieutenant Ashley Flood of DeSmet guided Leader-Courier editor Susan Odson on a July 23 tour of Guard activities at Austin Training Area. The site is on the Missouri River five miles south of Elk Point or six miles west of Jefferson. The 15…

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The Elk Point-Jefferson School Board met for nearly two and a half hours Thursday, July 23, looking at back-to-school scenarios.

The North Sioux City Fire Department conducted a controlled burn Sunday, July 19. The house and barn previously belonging to Bridget Flynn, located at 3130 State Hwy 105, were burned to prepare for future development of the property.

Amy Lilly was appointed as North Sioux City’s City Finance Officer Monday night, July 20 at the North Sioux City City council meeting with a starting salary of $86,000 and a benefits package which includes 40 hours vacation, 40 hours sick leave, the same holidays as non-union employees, the …

The newest member to the Dakota Valley School Board, Matt Thompson, took his oath of office Monday, July 13. Thompson and his wife, Amy, have lived in the Dakota Valley School District since 2006. They have two children who are students at DV – one in seventh grade, the other in ninth grade.

Marisa Ginkins got her exercise in Friday, July 17 on West Pinehurst while she pushed a stroller with two children and walked her two dogs.

Members of the South Dakota National Guard recovery team discuss the best way to right a Dry Support Bridge (DSB) launcher vehicle, far left, using two recovery vehicles, center and right. The accident occurred Sunday, July 19 on 330th Street west of 476th Avenue, south of Elk Point. Guard t…

With a new school year fast approaching in South Dakota, the usual feelings of excitement, anticipation and opportunity have been replaced with angst, anxiety and worry.

Before they could lay down a parking lot, Jones’ Food Center had to remove the building next door at 115 E. Main St. in Elk Point. Crews from Gregoire Excavating demolished the building and hauled away the debris.

The Dakota Valley Emergency Services District is going through an opt out for $500,000 for fire equipment and replacing the current ladder truck.

This home on Windflower Bend makes the most of beautiful landscaping. It’s a nice scene for everyone to enjoy.

Dakota Valley’s 2020 seniors will have their chance to walk across the field and receive their high school diplomas Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. The Dakota Valley School Board set the graduation date a couple months back, but uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic had them discussing graduat…

Elk Point City Hall has a new awning, installed last month. It provides both more light and overhead protection than the old awning.

Union County Planning and Zoning Director Dennis Henze appeared before the Union County Board of County Commissioners and discussed the Independence Waste property outside of Elk Point and the current nuisance recorded against it. Thirty days have lapsed since declaring the property a nuisan…

Republican activists supporting presidential candidate Joe Biden announce the opening of a campaign office in Madison in support of the former vice president’s current campaign for the U.S. presidency. Biden, a Democrat, is backed by many GOP voters and will now have an active campaign prese…

The Elk Point-Jefferson School Board tried to anticipate what the school year will look like, as it met Monday, July 13.

The Jefferson City Council met Monday, July 6 at the Jefferson Community Center and looked at progress, and lack thereof, on cleaning up properties in the city.

Two storms ripped through southern Union County Monday night and Tuesday morning bringing driving rain and heavy winds, but surprisingly little lightning or thunder. Rain gauges in Elk Point showed just over an inch of rain. Some branches came down, nearly covering a pickup on Jefferson Street.

Brian Oedekoven appeared before the Elk Point City Council at its regular meeting Monday, July 6 to continue a complaint on how his parking lot has been affected by the Rose Street reconstruction.

During their first meeting in July, the North Sioux City City Council had a jam-packed agenda in which they approved reopening the Senior Citizens Center and drew a Ward 4 council member.

Incredible things have been achieved by Cody Juffer, of North Sioux City, in the math and theatre department at Dakota Valley. This past school term was his sixth year of teaching in the district and his 10th overall year as an educator. An equal passion for mathematics and the fine arts hel…

The warm weather of spring and summer increases the chances of human-wildlife interactions, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks wildlife biologist Silka Kempema said.

The United Sports Academy parking lot was packed Saturday, June 27 for the Zorts fireworks display. The crowd also filled many of the small lots in North Sioux City.

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When Micki Hutchinson and her husband left West River South Dakota to move to Dakota Dunes, they knew they were making the right decision. Saying goodbye to the ranch life was an adjustment, but the chance to relocate closer to their sons and grandchildren was an opportunity the couple embra…

The current opt-out for Richland Township is set to expire and was set for $10,000 a year. The Union County Commissioners deliberated on how much is spent every year to maintain the township and decided to increase the new opt-out at their meeting Tuesday, June 30. They set it at $20,000 a y…

Editor’s note: This article is the second of three parts of a special report by South Dakota News Watch called “Small Towns, Big Challenges.” See the entire series at sdnewswatch.org.

The Union County Fairboard has decided to host modified events as part of a 2020 County Fair at the fairgrounds in Alcester. Events that will take place this year include County Youth Livestock Shows and the Annual Tractor Pull. The Tractor Pull is set for Friday, Aug. 7 with a start time be…

Approximately 30 headstones were damaged Wednesday, June 17 when a semi driver lost control and drove into the St. Mary’s (Garryowen) Cemetery five miles west of Spink.

The Union County Museum is selling bricks to replace those on the barn at the Museum on W. Main Street in Elk Point. The bricks can be engraved to commemorate a family member or friend at a cost of $50, or a business for $80. They will be similar to the brick at right.

Effective Friday, June 26 the City of North Sioux City will allow Resolution 2020-06 to expire. The resolution had placed restrictions on gyms, restaurants and other businesses serving customers on-site to implement certain practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes as hosp…

JoAnn Fowler, a resident at StoneyBrook Suites in Dakota Dunes, enjoys a visit from Marley, Coco and Bella Thursday, June 18. The dogs are rescue dogs owned by Joyce Rasmussen, a volunteer for the Siouxland Humane Society.

Checking out a book isn’t going to be like before when you walked in, roamed the aisles while running your fingers over the titles trying to find just the right book. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new standards of conduct are in place at the North Sioux City Community Library for when they r…

With the goslings growing larger, there are now geese family outings to the various ponds in the Two Rivers Business Center. Here, an adult leads the way and another follows as they take time to cross the roads at their own pace. Drivers have yielded the right of way.

Hearing no public input on the raising of sewer rates in Dakota Dunes, the Board of Supervisors approved the second reading of Ordinance 2020-01 sewer rate adjustment at their meeting Monday, June 15.

The Dakota Valley Emergency Services District has applied for an opt out of $500,000 because they are unable to operate under the tax limitation measure currently in place. The opt out would begin with calendar year 2020 taxes payable in the calendar year 2021 for 10 years through taxes paya…

Voters in Elk Point will head to the polls for a special election Tuesday, June 23 to decide whether to fund a new swimming pool.

There’s more to treating a patient than blood tests and prescriptions.

Twenty-four people have been named 2020 Bush Fellows, including Dr. Meghan Curry O’Connell of Elk Point.

North Sioux City businesses can now operate at full capacity after the North Sioux City City Council struck the line in their resolution requiring businesses to limit to 50 percent capacity. Interim Mayor Rodd Slater stated the change came about after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds lifted Iowa’s…

After a meeting with 4-H team leaders, the Leaders Association voted to not hold any 4-H events at the Union County Fair this year. 4-H Program Assistant and Union County Fair Manager Janet Lingle informed the Union County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, June 16 of this update.