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A love for bowling and the small community they call home served as key factors in Eric and Betsy Schroeder’s decision to purchase the bowling alley located on Main Street in Wessington Springs. 

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Expecting couples often dream and look forward to a blurred vision of bringing their sweet bundle home from the hospital excited to begin the journey with a new family member. But for local family Rodney and Erin Yost, their reverie of the future was clouded with the devastating news their s…

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South Dakota’s First Gentleman Bryon Noem visited Wessington Springs Friday afternoon as part of his initiative to help celebrate small towns across South Dakota. From right, Noem is shown with Sweet Grass owner Heather Larson and two of her employees Reina Ford and Willow Hayes. While a myr…

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Tammy Wetzel, Wessington Springs Schools Head Cook is shown above in the elementary school kitchen preparing menus for the upcoming school year. Wetzel was named the school district’s 2021 Employee of the Year. 

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The “City at the Foothills” is continuing its city-wide celebration of food, fun and the classics with exciting events during the third annual “Foothills Days” on August 6 and 7, all held in Wessington Springs. 

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Local favorite Dustin Evans kicked off this season’s Music in the Garden last Thursday,  drawing a big crowd to his  acoustic show featuring  country classics. 

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Jerauld County Conservation District board members Dennis Scheel and Dick Kolousek are shown receiving a check for $7500 from representatives of the local Pheasants Forever Chapter: Jason Weber, Cristin Weber and Dan Kruse.  

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The local chapter of Pheasants Forever held a seed distribution event earlier this month. Pheasants Forever members distributed seed corn, milo, sorghum and a mixed food plot mix. In addition to seed, they  also distributed over 50 live traps. The  annual event helps offset costs for habitat…

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ABOVE: Dedicated WS Church Concession Group volunteers pictured at the 2019 Foothills Rodeo during a break from serving concessions: Eileen Schooler, Karen Messmer, Fran Peterson and Sheila Christensen.  

“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…