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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.

Several days before the City of Wessington Springs passed a resolution and ordinance to move all restaurant, bar and local business to curbside, drive-thru or delivery only, Springs Food Market made the tough decision on their own to prohibit shoppers in their store.  

Wessington Springs Schools faculty and staff have risen to the challenge when it comes to keeping students engaged and offering a myriad of resources for parents as we take on the task of remote schooling during the COVID-19 health crisis.  

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Mamie Shields Pyle was walking by a polling place on Election Day in Huron — a place where women were not welcome in the early 1900s — when she overheard a conversation that changed not only her life, but the course of South Dakota history. A man was holding up a ballot and showing a group o…

Sweet Grass Eatery to reopen March 9 The storied history of one of the oldest buildings on Main Street in Wessington Springs begins a new chapter next week, as Sweet Grass Eatery reopens its doors March 9 after being closed for renovations to repair a January water line burst.  

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For former Wessington Springs resident Jeffery Caffee, a photographic journey that began as a creative outlet evolved into a deep desire to shine a light on those who are struggling on our American streets.A body of work aimed at illuminating the large gap between those living in poverty and…

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For Wessington Springs native Jeffery Caffee, a photographic journey that began as a creative outlet evolved into a deep desire to shine a light on those who are struggling on our American streets — and more importantly, to encourage kindness and empathy for the subjects who Caffee photographs. 

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Hailstorms, fires, tornadoes and a dedication to treating folks the way they’d like to be treated, created the framework for three decades of providing insurance coverage at Krohmer Agency.

At the beginning of this year, staff at Weskota Manor Avera  celebrated longtime volunteer Cecile Knight. As the calendar turned over to 2020, the date marked 18 years of Knight’s volunteer service at the nursing home. 

A Christmas special featuring nine Wessington Springs musicians will premier next week on a TV or computer screen near you. “Faith and Music: A Wessington Springs Christmas Special,” will debut Christmas week on YouTube and Venture Cable’s “Video on Demand.” The producer is Rev. John Paulson…