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Throughout this week's special, two-section issue, our readers will find stories about the many ways folks in this part of the world look beyond themselves, toward helping their neighbor and the community as a whole. You’ll read about time-honored traditions that stir up holiday magic throug…

Holiday cheer in Jerauld County kicked up a notch last Thursday and Friday evenings as Wessington Springs School District K-12 students took the stage to perform holiday concerts at the elementary school gymnasium. Above, fifth and sixth graders delighted the large crowd with “Be a Santa” ar…

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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) and middle school students, as part of a long-standing local tradition. The service-oriented effort kicks off a series of pro…

In an  effort to recognize and thank local veterans for their service to our country and protecting the freedoms enjoyed by Americans every day, the community came together last week to organize several Veterans Day tributes. A school salute honored local service men and women on Veterans Da…

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The crisp smell of freshly painted walls and new carpet added to the excitement in the True Dakotan office Tuesday, November 9 as newspaper staff readied the publication for press from the “new/old” office on Main Street after being displaced for a year and five months  following a building …

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The pool renovation in Wessington Springs is coming along swimmingly, according to city water superintendent Jim Vavra. With the cutting of the pool wall perimeter complete, project contractor MC&R Pools is currently installing the forms for the new gutter system. 

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Court documents filed in Jerauld County Tuesday revealed additional information about a murder that took the life of Wessington Springs woman Lorraine Redmann early Sunday morning. 

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Jerauld County State's Attorney Deach Koch confirmed a single victim homicide in Wessington Springs early Sunday morning, October 24. He stated that the suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the community. The Jerauld County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating an active cri…

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Harvest in a drought year coupled with the nagging fear of winter soon settling in across the Jerauld County area has encouraged crop producers to extend the day- length of harvest when field conditions allow. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of an increase of slow-moving, large equipment…

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South Dakotans and our visitors have built a rich and deeply rooted tradition around pheasants and pheasant hunting for over a century. Opening weekend in October continues to carry on as an event anticipated not only by hunters, but also loved ones and  friends who are reunited during this …

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What Wessington Springs resident Robin Berens expected to be a relaxing afternoon sewing at home on September 18 quickly became a frightening turn of events that resulted in a call to 911 and the Wessington Springs Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD) responding to a fire in her home.  

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New memories were made and old traditions honored as 18 horse-drawn wagons and 102 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.

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Firemen from the Wessington Springs Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD)  displayed a moving tribute to victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks Saturday, with “343” marking special significance in front of the fire hall. Of the 2,977 victims killed, 412 were emergency workers in New York City…

Hundreds of horse-drawn wagons and riders on horseback will unite together again to make their way along this year’s route for the much-loved Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train.

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After Ryan Jensen and his wife, Jen, had children, they had an opportunity to move from Mitchell to Wessington Springs. This put them within minutes of Ryan’s parents.When asked why it was important that their children grow up close to their grandparents, Ryan becomes a bit emotional. “I was…

From operating machinery to providing animal care, handling the books and educating her children about how to be good stewards of crops and livestock, Audra Scheel not only stays busy on her third-generation family farm but also serves as the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Jera…

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Since taking the helm in July, Wessington Springs Schools superintendent Dr. Michael Ormsmith has been busy learning district logistics, meeting with faculty, staff and school board members and getting to know the small community at the foothills he and his family now call home.  

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Savory smells, slick deals and sleek cars filled the community over the weekend during Wessington Springs Third Annual Foothills Days. The fun started Friday with the Mayor’s Classic Golf Tournament rolling right into a Foothills Day Parade and the Firemen’s Funfest hosted by the Wessington …

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Despite temperatures in the triple digits, community members, visitors, friends and family donned in red, white and blue filled the streets on Saturday July 3 over Independence Weekend to take part in the annual Wessington Springs Fourth of July parade. Sticking to the “Wessington Springs Sa…

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WSHS FCCLA students are headed to Nashville after qualifying for the FCCLA National Leadership Conference (l to r) Haeleigh Mulder, Advisor Charlotte Mohling, Harlee Heim, Branden Flowers and Riley Roduner. 

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Sweltering summer heat didn’t deter rodeo fans from gathering at the fairgrounds in Wessington Springs for the 18th Annual Foothills Rodeo last weekend, celebrating the return of rodeo after last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.

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"Make sure you leave today heavier than you came — the weight of the ultimate sacrifice given by so many should leave you burdened; take that burden and go into this country proud of our history, ready to defend our freedoms and rights today, and prepared to honorably bury those that will no…

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Encouraging students to move away from their desks and get moving isn’t typically associated with English class, but this year’s Wessington Springs School District Teacher of the Year, Devena Jackson, makes it a habit in the seven classes she teaches daily.

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The True Dakotan brought home seven news/editorial and advertising awards from South Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual contest, announced on April 29 during an online meeting with SDNA members. The contest spotlights some of the best work done by newspapers across the state.

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New council leadership in all three City of Wessington Springs wards took their oaths of office Monday, officially beginning their two-year terms after being elected by voters on  April 13, 2021.

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Smoldering student talent drew capacity crowds to the 1905 Opera House in Wessington Springs last weekend for the foot-tapping, hilarious, fifties musical “Ducktails and Bobbysox.” A large, skilled cast of students and community members dazzled theatergoers Friday night and for two shows Saturday. 

“Good eats and sweet treats” drew a crowd to the corner of Dakota Avenue and 3rd Street SE in Wessington Springs as the L&C Cone Zone reopened its doors under new ownership Tuesday. 

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Voting remained steady throughout the day Tuesday, April 13  as residents in Wessington Springs determined who will represent constituents in Wards 1 and 3. In Ward 1, Aaron Roesler and Kari Fagerhaug both filed petitions and in Ward 3, Joe Hettinger and Tim Schooler filed petitions. Vickie …

A hearty breakfast paired with an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny sets the stage for family-friendly fun at the fire hall in Wessington Springs the morning of April 3.