“Exemplary” is the level of excellence once again attained by the Wessington Springs Elementary School preschool program through the School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) “Preschool Levels of Excellence.” 

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Efficiency, predictability, and above all, simplicity have proven to be the keys to longevity  for John Christensen’s Simmental herd — validated this week as Friday, March 19 marks the 50th Annual 3C Christensen Ranch Production Sale. “There’s a lot of trial and error over the last 50 years …

The Wessington Springs Area Chamber & Development recently received an economic development grant to assist with a marketing campaign. The city’s wholesale power supplier, Heartland Consumers Power District, awarded WSADC $4,500 to help develop new marketing material to show off local am…

A lifelong love of history paired with a desire to continue a local legacy steered Wessington Springs native Michelle Tong to purchase one of the oldest businesses in town, Jerauld County Title Company, formerly known as Jerauld County Abstract. 

Wessington Springs High School senior Spencer Titze invites the community to an event he’s hosting as part of his senior project to benefit the Blue Bag Program. Slated for February 19 during the double header basketball game, the event will feature a bake sale, silent auction items donated …

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Although Jay Kannenberg’s cancer journey is far from over, a benefit event in Wessington Springs gave the Wessington Springs man and Jerauld County highway department employee a big boost for what comes next in his battle with esophageal cancer. 

WS Area Chamber & Development Local Business SpotlightHeather Larson has a simple answer when asked why she puts so much time and dedication into Sweet Grass, her bakery/eatery located on Main Street in Wessington Springs: “Because I love it.”

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Long before Shayla Polanchek received the gift of a lifesaving heart transplant, she was fully aware of the bittersweet reality of organ donation — and continuously prayed for her donor and her donor’s family.  “I pray for my donor’s family and for my donor,” Shayla explained to the True Dak…

With traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating an uncertainty in the era of COVID-19, Wessington Springs Area Chamber and Development and local business owners served up a fun event last Friday  to help give kids a Halloween they won’t soon forget. 

AP interview with Dr. Dean catapults Jerauld Co. onto national stage 

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Wessington Springs rancher  Elton Kaus is featured in a powerful, moving collection of 170 portraits of Americans and their handwritten statements about what the American dream means to them. Shot by Canadian photographer Ian Brown over twelve years, fifty states, and eighty thousand miles, …

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Soft clouds of dust dance in the sunlight as quiet hoof beats hit deep sand in perfect rhythm.  The smell of sweat-lathered horses and buttery, soft leather fill the air of Amy Schimke and Brett Borkowski's training facility.  In this Jerauld County barn, quiet hours of constant preparation …

Wagons pulled by a twenty-mule hitch traversing across rugged terrain flanked by horse-mounted cowboys doesn’t immediately conjure up images of America in the late 1960s — but was in fact the reality of Wessington Springs resident Kenneth (Tiny) Gohring during a fantastic adventure documente…

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The clickety-clack of horse teams pulling wagons met folks in town aiming to greet riders on the 2020 Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train. After a two-day ride celebrating the western way of life and the memory of Kyle Evans, riders and teams made their way from camp at Crow Lake toward their fi…

Elda Gray is shown at above left as she is presented with an Executive Proclamation  from the City of Wessington Springs by Mayor Brian Bergeleen. The Proclamation recognizes the 103rd birthday of Gray, declaring August 31, 2020 “Elda Gray Day” on behalf of the city council and citizens of W…

Elda Gray is shown at above left as she is presented with an Executive Proclamation  from the City of Wessington Springs by Mayor Brian Bergeleen. The Proclamation recognizes the 103rd birthday of Gray, declaring August 31, 2020 “Elda Gray Day” on behalf of the city council and citizens of W…

Thousands of would-be auction items collected over the course of more than six decades perched expectantly on various trailers positioned throughout Kraft Repair, awaiting a new owner who would take them home for the highest bid. Lloyd Kraft’s fingers graced the neatly organized collector’s …

Communication and teamwork prove to be important pieces of the puzzle for Alpena Co-Op’s success 

The Legion Riders held their seventh annual Poker Run last Saturday, which over the past seven years, has raised more than $80,000 for youth baseball and local organizations. Wessington Springs Volunteer Fire Department led the Legion Riders through town before heading to their next stop in …

After moving to curbside service and delivery for the past several months due to the coronavirus, Wessington Springs Carnegie Library announced that starting this week, patrons are welcomed inside with CDC and state library precautionary guidelines in place. 

Although Mike Huether may be well known to many South Dakotans for serving eight years as former mayor of Sioux Falls and current television host on KELOLAND, Jerauld Conservation District Manager Lisa Sall describes Huether as her “longtime, most enthusiastic conservation customer.” 

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The True Dakotan brought home 11 news/editorial and advertising awards from South Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual contest. The contest spotlights some of the best work done by newspapers across the state.

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On March 27, 2020 President Trump and Congress enacted legislation that created a $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses thrown into a tailspin by the coronavirus. The premise of the program relied on banks to get the money flowing quickly to their customers. Ope…

Starting last week, a new sign alerted visitors to stop before entering Spring Valley Colony in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus into the colony community.