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December 2019 began with over a foot of snow across the region, with local weather recorder Kathy Voorhees reporting 2.5” of snow on Saturday, November 30, followed by 13” on Sunday, December 1, bringing a two-day total of 15.5” of snow and 1.47” of moisture. Much of Sunday was spent scoopin…

Holiday pie baking action was in full swing at Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) with more than 200 pies sold through the annual Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) pie sale. The yearly pie sale is the group's biggest fundraiser and helps fund student FCCLA projects …

Cecil White’s love of thatched roofs emerged early and from simple beginnings: admiration of a picture hanging on the wall in his childhood home, a farm house with a thatched roof. His curiosity about the ancient craft blossomed and eventually led him to pursue training in Bedfordshire Engla…

A school-led salute honored local service men and women on Veterans Day with a program held at Wessington Springs Elementary School Monday morning. Organized by students in the Wessington Springs High School Family and Consumer Sciences Event Management class, the program featured music by t…

Among three nominated EMS services across the state, Jerauld County Ambulance was honored last weekend with the South Dakota EMS Service of the Year award.  This award is presented annually and is selected by a committee made up of state and district vice presidents amongst nominations received. 

Last year, Dave Gaulke of Buffalo County invited True Dakotan readers to compare sizes and answer the question: whose rock is bigger? Throughout the year, the True Dakotan published big rock submissions from all over the region. Earlier this year, we published all seven of the big rock submi…

The Sing-Sew Extension Club was organized at June Larson’s home in September 1949. They had 24 members and a waiting list! Jerauld County had 21 Extension Clubs in the 1950s and 60s.  In the 1950-60s the club had a style show and presented a play “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” and served the Jaycee Ba…

Since the beginning of time, the human race has enjoyed the protein source provided by beef. Some of the earliest known cave paintings show early evolved cattle in hunting scenes. Around 8000 BC, cattle were discovered to not only provide meat for consumption but that their milk was also ano…

New memories were made and old traditions honored as hundreds of horse-drawn wagons and riders on horseback united in Jerauld County again this year to make their way along an approximate  25-mile route during the annual Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train. 

In celebration of the unique partnership Wessington Springs area enjoys at its health care campus, Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital, Horizon Heath Care, Weskota Manor Avera, Jerauld County Health Nurse and Jerauld County Ambulance joined together for a summer block party last Thursday. Over 2…

Country music legend Lacy J. Dalton came through on a promise when it came to her performance last Friday at the Prairie Lounge/American Legion in Wessington Springs: to make people laugh, to make people cry, to make people feel.  And she did precisely that during a more-than-two-hour concer…

Last Sunday, August 11 marked the first-ever “Best of the West” county showcase held in Wessington Springs, SD. Thirty-three counties were invited to take part in the event which was patterned off the Sweet 16 in Aberdeen and the Showdown of Champions in Salem. “We wanted to give everyone th…

A stunning host to a wide variety of summer events including Music in the Garden (shown above), Shakespeare Garden will provide a beautiful backdrop for the inaugural Arts in the Garden event this weekend.

Although country singer and songwriter Lacy J. Dalton enjoys a career that has spanned many decades, was inducted into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame in 2017 and was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, the woman PEOPLE Magazine called …

When Wessington Springs resident Joyce Krueger spotted Ted and Elke Zepter alongside two-well-equipped, packed-to-the-brim bicycles at a restaurant in Mitchell, SD last month, she couldn’t resist the urge to ask them what they were up to.

Since the announcement that six local students earned a place at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, they have been working diligently, hosting a wide variety of fundraisers to help pay for the trip to southern California. 

In the early morning light fresh horses are caught.  Worn leather creaks as the chosen steeds are saddled and loaded into stock trailers.  Coffee is sipped on the move while a caravan of vehicles bounce over rough pasture trails with tools, trailers and equipment in tow.   Looked forward to …

As with many other weather-related postponements this wet spring, Shakespeare Garden Society members and volunteers made the best of the situation and put their garden tools and hands to work albeit a day later than originally planned.

The graduating class of 2019 tipped and tossed their caps last weekend, celebrating the end of their high school careers with the age-old symbolic gesture during the 108th Wessington Springs High School Annual Commencement. 

"Get tough or go home..." is a deliberation many ranchers have muttered aloud this calving season.  Despite weather forecasts offering the cold hard facts – that it's not going to warm up for awhile and even more snow is on the horizon – agriculturists try their best to plow on the side of o…

Friday, February 22 was the last day to file for candidates seeking to serve on the City of Wessington Springs council. A total of seven petitions were filed for the city election. Voters will go to the polls and decide which individuals will serve the city on election day, April 9, 2019.  

Excitement built last week as kids witnessed city crews and the Wessington Springs Fire Department spray the final layers of water into the old swimming pool dugout in city park, making dreams of re-introducing the ice skating pond a reality for opening day last Saturday. 

Guest presenters at the January 15 noon meeting of the Springs Area Community Club (SACC) held at the Springs Inn were Wessington Springs music educator, Julie Fastnacht and twenty-one 6th grade music students who performed on their ukuleles. Each student had a ukulele , and the group sang a…

More than two decades ago, as Nikki VonEye arrived for her first day of work as secretary at the nursing home in Wessington Springs, she never imagined that 22 years later, she’d set foot onto the same property at Weskota Manor Avera in the role of administrator.     

Every winter for the last decade, childhood memories of toting hot chocolate in a thermos, skates in hand, to the ice rink in the Wessington Springs City Park evoked a sense of nostalgia for a local woman — along with a longing to recreate that experience for a new generation. 

A small act of kindness at a children’s hospital in North Dakota sparked a big legacy that continues today: Jessy’s Toy Box. The love-inspired movement gives communities the opportunity to bring joy to hospitalized kids and now spans across seven states, recently arriving in Wessington Sprin…

Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, Mother Nature gifted the South Dakota plains a fresh and heavy blanket of snow this Christmas.  The blizzard cut short many gatherings and cancelled several plans.  Roads were impassable, visibility was fleeting and temperatures dropped to below zero wit…

As cattle pot after cattle pot lined up against the dark night sky outside of Kimball Livestock Exchange I couldn’t help but think… it is both the end and the beginning for these cattle. It is the end of their story with the person who determined and developed their genetics. It may be the f…