This is our second week of school closures in South Dakota. As I’ve been reading what schools are implementing to help with learning during this time, I read this: “Schools will not be the same when they reopen.” That’s certainly true. Our teachers, in their efforts to provide at-home learni…

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These are unique times, but approaching it with a positive attitude will help. It will create opportunities for family time. As in the past, you can seek things to do in your house or yard. Read the newspaper to stay in touch.

South Dakota is lucky compared to some of our neighbors. Our legislature will soon be done for the year.

It was exciting watching Sports Center’s top 10 plays the other day. Number one was USD’s Chris Nilsen setting an NCAA indoor pole vault record of 19-5.5. The achievement came at a meet at the University of Nebraska.

As the country continues to debate immigration, I would like to give a little history lesson based on personal experience.

There has been some talk going around town about building a dog park in Elk Point. It seems like the right idea at the right time.

While the focus is on the Democratic party in Iowa, we need to remember the Republicans missed the mark in 2008. Mitt Romney, the eventual nominee, was announced the winner in Iowa, only to have it changed later to Rick Santorum.

While most conversation is on major league signings at obscene salaries, a new development is taking place in the Twin Cities.

Both the Times and the Leader-Courier ran front page stories Jan. 23 on House Bill 1057. Running a front page story on a specific bill has been a rare occurance in my 25 years publishing newspapers.

It’s time again. Cities and counties address it with a variety of approaches. Some just let it come and go. Others prioritze it and that’s the way it should be.

Economic activity and school enrollment growth can take many forms. One source is an economic engine unfamiliar to many South Dakotans – the Hutterite Colonies in South Dakota, neighboring states and Canada. South Dakota has 55 colonies, Montana 50, Minnesota nine and North Dakota seven. Can…

It is nice to get the last two weeks past us. Regardless of special meanings, holidays in the middle of the week are hard on us all.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was excellent, as the Tigers made a statement against Oklahoma.

The goal of every golfer is to try new courses. It is easy to get onto public courses but private ones are more of a challenge, especially if they do not have reciprocity.

The Iowa Nebraska football game had to be the best of rivalary games.

As you read this, the Class A football championships are taking place on the SDSU campus.

The town of Dell Rapids has to be enjoying the football season. Dell Rapids St. Mary’s is ranked second in Class 9B. Over the years, a number of DV fans have gone to the St. Mary’s field since it is the first one you see when you come into town. Big Sioux River flooding took care of it for t…

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a controversial decision to require those seeking asylum in this country to first seek it in any country they are passing through on the way to the United States. It has been condemned both within the United States and out. Within the United States, it has …

South Dakota State University will receive a $425,000 guarantee when they open the football season at Minnesota.

With our location it is easy to see South Dakotans involved in Iowa politics. Many local residents work or own businesses in Iowa, although that number continues to decrease.

Panther athletes will see new facilities as they travel next year. Elk Point-Jefferson is building a new asphalt track. Vermillion is spending just under $200,000 for a new infield at Prentis Park.

There will be a new golf course in the Sand Hills of Nebraska southwest of Valentine. Some of the land was purchased from the Prairie Club.

Nebraska football fans can be excited the Huskers are ranked in pre-season. One poll has them 24th behind Army and Iowa State. Iowa is unranked. Other polls may be more favorable to the Hawkeyes.

For the older generation, Bart Starr was a special hero. He was a class act to go along with all his achievements at the University of Alabama and the Green Bay Packers. Think of what it was like playing for Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant in college and Vince Lombardi in the pros.

Congratulations to all the graduates this month at all levels. Graduation is special, not only to the graduates but to their families.

As the calendar turns to May, it is time to start thinking about Summer Reading at the library. We are hosting a month filled with many learning opportunities. Early sign-up starts Monday, May 20 and will continue until the start of the program June 3. If you don’t get signed up, don’t worry…

U.S. Senator John Thune returned to southern Union County on Thursday, April 25 to participate in an economic roundtable at City Hall in North Sioux City and tour the Royal Canin facility that is being built.

Both Iowa Hawkeye basketball teams have provided their fans with a lot of excitement lately. The women’s team, ranked 10th, defeated number 11 Maryland. The men had a couple of cliff hangers, one a win by a last-minute shot and one a loss. The nice part about the men’s team is at the close o…

College football fans had one of their big days Wednesday when recruits returned their national letters of intent. There will be national rankings for recruiting classes.

Whether or not those exact words were ever spoken by our Commander in Chief may or may not be the critical issue. Maybe the more important question is what do we individually believe about Haiti (or any other person or group of people that are less fortunate than we are). Perhaps our actions…

A disturbing video made its way around Elk Point last week. It showed an opposum being killed by repeated hammer blows to its head. While such cruelty in itself was hard to stomach, the laughter in the background pushed it over the top.

Monday I became editor of the Leader-Courier.  “Became” isn’t entirely accurate, because it’s a job I’ve been doing since last October. That’s when former editor Kelly Kruithoff had surgery for a brain tumor and started his long road to recovery.