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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…

Holiday cheer in Jerauld County kicked up a notch last Friday evening as Wessington Springs School District K-12 students took the stage to perform “A Holiday Extravaganza” at the elementary school gymnasium. 

 A dream that began seven years ago has finally come to fruition for Wessington Springs resident Elton Kaus: to bring old-fashioned holiday fun to the families of Jerauld County by way of a Christmas tree farm. 

As area families sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal together this Thursday, chances are they'll be savoring a pie made by Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) students, as part of a long-standing local tradition. 

Although we haven’t made the official announcement about an increase to the True Dakotan staff, if you’ve been by the newspaper office lately, you may have had a run in with the newest member of the team. 

Hints of fall foliage framed  Main Street sidewalks that were jam-packed with eager parade spectators waiting on candy and a glimpse of the long-line of homecoming floats. 

Exotic visitors from the Great Plains Zoo delighted preschool through  sixth grade elementary students last Thursday, as the ZooMobile made a stop in Wessington Springs to deliver an exciting, hands-on educational experience right in the classroom.

A cowboy mounted shoot drew contestants and attendees from across the region for a good cause last weekend, entertaining crowds and raising money to help feed those  in need.  

While the South Dakota State Fair in Huron was  filled with live music, games, lights and laughter, the “five days of fun” is so much more to area youth than carnival rides and cotton candy.  

Local artist Peg Olson displays her latest oil painting in her home last week. The ninety-six year old regularly creates her artwork in the same Wessington Springs home she has lived in since the 1940s. 

From clothes to crafts on Friday and cattle to cats on Saturday, Ierauld/Buffalo County 4-H members brought their best to town with an impressive collection of projects. 

A many decades-awaited reunion between two students and their first grade teacher began with a chance meeting at an ice cream shop in Mitchell. 

Mitchell Technical Institute grad Collin Anson, of Wessington Springs, was recently honored with the “Spirit of MTI” award. He was among 29 members of the MTI Class of 2018 who were honored at commencement ceremonies held Friday, May 4, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. Anson took home the…

There was no shortage of musical talent at the Historic 1905 Opera House last Sunday in Wessington Springs, as musicians of all ages came together for an entertaining variety show hosted by the Eastern Star and Masons.