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Disaster strikes, communities pull together

The Tri-Valley School District took a big hit during the storm on Thursday night with roof damage, shattered windows and more. School was closed until Tuesday with staff assisting with clean up and repairs. (Photo/Submitted) Sara Stadem | Editor It doesn’t seem like...

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Motivation leads to future success

Admiral Bien came to West Central to present Stark with a certificate for getting accepted into both academies. (Photo/Submitted) Sara Stadem | Editor When most students in the 8th grade are playing sports or scheduling time to hang out with their friends, one West...

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Backdoor Garden says hello to new owner

Rickie Kunzweiler (left) opened Backdoor Garden over 23 years ago. As of June 1, the doors will be opened by the new owner, Nikkie Steffensen. (Photo/Kami Leih) Sara Stadem | Editor Over the course of more than 23 years, Backdoor Garden has helped with the celebration...

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Tour of communities brings education to others

Tri-Valley Superintedent, Dr. Mike Lodmel, explained the changes taking place with the Tri-Valley School District during the Minnehaha County Bus Tour. (Photo/Sara Stadem) Sara Stadem | Editor The Sioux Metro Growth Alliance (SMGA) welcomed board members of their...

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From caterpillars to butterflies

Sara Stadem | Editor The second graders at Tri-Valley in Mrs. Ruth-Ann Curriel’s class started a project for science in April that resulted in them getting to watch as they released their painted lady butterflies, a project she has done for her class for over 10...

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Generation to generation faith continues to grow in Crooks

Pastor Tom Stadem is currently teaching the confirmation class that has four students who are 6th and 7th generations to be confirmed at the Benton Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Photo/Submitted) Sara Stadem | Editor The Benton Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC) of...

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Baptism brings family home

Joe and Rebecca Schartz, formally from Hartford, came back from Camp Pendleton, Calif., in order to have their daughter, Magdalene, baptized at the same church that Joe’s grandparents were married in and the same church that Joe proposed to Rebecca. (Photo/Submitted)...

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Baseball season is upon us

Sara Stadem | Editor As spring arrives and rolls into the summer, that means the end of another season of spring sports and the end of another school year. What is also means is the beginning of “America’s Favorite Pastime.”The two local amateur Class B Cornbelt...

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Baseball, prizes and fun brings crowd on Mother’s Day

The Sioux Falls Canarias mascot, Cagey, was even in attendance at the game in Humboldt on Mother’s Day. (Photo/Submitted) Sara Stadem | Editor The community of Humboldt welcomed the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday, May 8, for a special event on Mother’s Day. The...

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Tri-Valley music performs their way to high ratings

The Mustang high school band performed at the Region II Large Group Contest, receiving an overall Superior rating, which is the highest rating an ensemble can achieve at the contest. (Photo/Submitted) Sara Stadem | Editor Recently, the Tri-Valley Mustangs displayed...

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Despite rain, NHS 5k brings success

The National Honor Society members from West Central put on the Murphy for Miles 5K to help raise money for the Kier Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund. They were able to raise about $1,000. (Photo/Submitted) Adie Stadem | Staff Intern The West Central National Honor...

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West Central pops concert a hit

Samantha Meirose, director of the Middle School Jazz Band, talks during the Pops Concert. The Pops Concert is the final band concert of each school year at West Central. (Photo/Abby Mitchell) Abby Mitchell | Staff Intern On Saturday April 30, West Central hosted its...

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Veterans’ Memorial coming to Crooks?

Community works to honor veterans The community of Crooks is looking to create a veterans' memorial. Community member, Todd Myhre, takes photos of different veterans’ memorials that he comes across while traveling for work. He hopes that community members will be...

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Another year, another award

Sara Stadem | Editor And the 2022 Best Communities for Music Education goes to….The West Central School District gets to claim that title for another year, making it four out of five years receiving it, according to the press release from the National Association of...

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Meile inducted into SDIAAA Hall of Fame

Mark Meile, originally from Hartford, was inducted into the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame. (Photo/Submitted) Marylou Nagel | Writer Hartford’s Mark Meile is the newest inductee into the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic...

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Improvements and changings coming to West Central

The soccer field at West Central is seeing some improvements with a new concession stand and storage area. It will also include an enclosed area attached to the north side of the concessions for port-a-potties. In addition, the concession stand will include a counter,...

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Working together to give back

The Crooks Fire Department is made up of volunteers with several of them being employed by Rosenbauer. Rosenbauer works with their employees that volunteer by offering them paid time off when they get sent out on a call. (Photo/Submitted) Sara Stadem | Editor...

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With growth comes more rooftops

There are currently seven active developments in the Hartford community. Turtle Creek Highland Addition is one addition that is currently adding more homes to help with the community growth. (Photo/Sara Stadem) Sara Stadem | Editor As more and more businesses move...

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