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The True Dakotan is the official newspaper for the towns of Lane, Alpena, and Wessington Springs South Dakota. It is also the official paper for Jerauld County and the Wessington Springs School District.

The True Dakotan began publication in the fall of 1975 with the Wenzel family owning and operating the business since its inception. After publishing weekly papers for nearly 40 years, the Wenzels wanted to retire and began to search for the next publisher to continue the True Dakotan legacy in the Wessington Springs community and surrounding areas.

In March 2015, Kristi Hine purchased the True Dakotan and continues to publish the weekly newspaper in the 100-year old, former print shop on Main Street in Wessington Springs. Although the first issues of the paper were produced in-house with a hot-lead linotype machine, today the paper is produced in-house digitally and is now printed on a state-of-the art press by Forum Communications in Sioux Falls.