“One for the record books,” may be a term synonymous to 2020 as a whole, and certainly applies to last weekend’s Easter celebration in Jerauld County. 

During a typical year, Easter marks a celebratory time of hope when families gather together, dressed in their best to worship at church and perhaps share a meal together. Pancakes with the Easter Bunny at the fire hall and participation in the Community Easter Egg Hunt make it onto most families’ schedules as well. But as we are discovering together as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, typical is the last word we can use to describe this year so far. 

But still, the human spirit persists. And with can-do attitudes and a sense of resiliency, the people of Jerauld County pressed on, creating unique opportunities to participate in many of the much-loved events previously listed —  they just looked very different. As shown in this week's print and e-issue, there was no shortage of smiles, as area families participated in a window Easter Egg Hunt-Parade, led by the Alpena and Wessington Springs Fire Departments and special guest, the Easter Bunny.  The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt photo tradition carried on, with dozens of vehicles and fire trucks safely distancing families from one another while still experiencing that community connection. 

Area church leaders made certain that social distancing didn’t get in the way of celebrating Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, read more about that in this week's print and e-issue on PAGE FOUR  

As we navigate our “new normal,” it’s clear from looking at last weekend’s events, that no matter the physical distance we must maintain to remain healthy, the people of Jerauld County haven’t — and won’t — become distant from their collective sense of community. 

Many more photos of the weekend's events can be found in the print and e-issue. Need a subscription? Visit https://www.truedakotan.com/site/forms/subscription_services/