Buffalo County, SD

Central Electric Cooperative awards Operation Round-Up grants

Central Electric Cooperative is awarding close to 13-thousand dollars in Operation Round-Up grants to support projects in its service area. Through Operation Round-Up, participating cooperative members round up their monthly electric bill to the next whole dollar. Several Central Electric employees contribute to the cause through payroll as well. Member and employee contributions are pooled together to support local causes through the grant program.
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Voters flock to area polls

Voting remained steady throughout Jerauld and Buffalo Counties Tuesday, April 12 as registered voters in the Wessington Springs School District, Town of Alpena and City of Wessington Springs determined who will represent constituents within the municipalities and on the board of education. The 2022 school board election was combined with...
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Central Electrician Operation Round-Up ® Grant Applications Due

Grant applications for Central Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up® program are due May 2, 2022. Through Operation Round-Up, funds are awarded to organizations that benefit area communities. Applicants do not need to be members of Central Electric Cooperative, but eligible projects should have a positive impact in Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Davison, Hanson, Jerauld, Miner or Sanborn County.

Deadline to apply for federal disaster loans for nonfarm businesses in Brule, Buffalo, Hand, Hyde, Jerauld and Lyman counties is March 7, 2022

South Dakota small nonfarm businesses in Brule, Buffalo, Hand, Hyde, Jerauld and Lyman counties are reminded of the March 7, 2022, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in Buffalo County that began June 29, 2021.

2nd East River Chronic Wasting Disease case confirmed

SIOUX FALLS, SD ( – The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department says Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has spread to a new county in central South Dakota. It was recently confirmed after a hunter in Buffalo County shot an adult female white-tailed deer. South Dakota has now confirmed...

Chronic Wasting Disease detected for the first time in Buffalo County; Sully only other east river county with a confirmed case of CWD

Chronic wasting disease was recently confirmed in a new area in central South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks says confirmation of the disease was obtained from a hunter-harvested adult female white-tailed deer in Buffalo County. South Dakota has now confirmed CWD in 19 counties, and...

GFP confirms chronic wasting disease in a new county

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department announced a new case of chronic wasting disease in a new county in central South Dakota. The disease was found by a hunter-harvested adult female white-tailed deer in Buffalo County. This is the second case involving free-ranging deer or elk east of the Missouri River.

Wessington Springs man pleads insanity to 29 charges in alleged Chamberlain jail escape, knife threats

CHAMBERLAIN — A Wessington Springs man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 29 charges across two cases, prompting two judges to order a psychiatric evaluation. Jesse Knight, 31, of Wessington Springs, is facing charges for an incident on Sept. 30 in Buffalo County where he allegedly threatened to cut two people he was in a vehicle with, and for an incident on Oct. 4 where he allegedly beat an inmate and a jailer with an iron during an escape from the Brule County Jail.

Authorities release names in Buffalo County fatal crash

FORT THOMPSON, S.D. (KELO) — Officials have released the name of the 17-year-old girl who was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Fort Thompson on Sunday, August 1. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, 17-year-old Randa Haak of Gann Valley was heading north in an Equinox on 349th Avenue when it collided with a Dodge pickup at the top of a hill crest.

17-year-old killed, three injured in Buffalo County crash

FORT THOMPSON — One person was killed and three more injured in a two-vehicle crash in Buffalo County on Sunday evening. The Department of Public Safety said a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox was driving northbound and a 2018 Dodge Ram was driving southbound on 349th Avenue approximately 14 miles northeast of Fort Thompson when they collided at a hill crest just after 7:30 p.m.

One Dead in Buffalo County Crash

One person died and three other people were injured Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash that occurred northeast of Fort Thompson. Names of the four people involved are not being released pending notification of family members. Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox was northbound on 349th Avenue...

Clearing the fence

Abigail Kolousek of Buffalo County clears one of the standards during the senior hunter equitation over fences event on Tuesday during the State 4-H Horse Show in the North Arena on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Gann Valley driest it’s been in nearly 50 years

BUFFALO COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — As KELOLAND News continues team coverage of the drought, we take you to perhaps one of the driest parts of South Dakota where some long time ranchers say they haven’t seen it this bad in nearly 50 years. “We have two big problems,” rancher Randy...

Leonard E. Harres

GANN VALLEY – Leonard E. Harres was born on March 5, 1943, to Emuel and Emma (Czapskie) Harres in Buffalo County, South Dakota. He attended country school in Buffalo County. Leonard graduated high school at the Gann Valley High School in May of 1961. Leonard went to the Rapid City School of Business, Rapid City, South Dakota and graduated in 1963. He also attended the National Guard Noncommissioned Officers School in 1968.