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Small towns in Siouxland, Elk Point

18 Jul

This is a probably a theme I return to often when writing on my blog. The Siouxland area is vastly populated with small towns, hamlets and unincorporated areas that were thriving communities in another era. But today, some are more thriving than others. And some are thriving, but maybe not to the extent at their founding fathers and current leaders would like. But the crystal ball never really gives up its secrets where the future is concerned.

Elk Point, South Dakota, is a small community across the state line from Iowa and across the Big Sioux River. It is in small communities that many people like to raise their families. Low crime, you know your neighbor and kids can be kids without the harsh realities of larger cities. And it harkens to that rose colored glass look at what life was like in those “simpler” times. Although simpler today was probably not simpler then.

jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland historic remembrances, Jefferson, SD

19 Jun

Driving around and into smaller communities in the Siouxland area you sometimes come across small historic mementos that gives a traveler a little look into that community’s history. That is true of Jefferson, South Dakota, and a cross that stands next to a church in the community. The Grasshopper cross refers to a harvest plague the community suffered a century or so ago and their faith in being delivered from the pesky pests that destroyed crops. Small towns sometimes also give visual contrasts to a visitor, like the church that is in plain sight of the bar on Main Street. Whether one is escaping going in, or feeling guilty coming out, depends on a person’s point of view.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Summer marches into Siouxland

15 May

This weekend in Sioux City, Iowa, is Morningside Days. Morningside is one section of the community that local residents still associate with. It has a small “downtown” area near a satellite public library. Peters Park, which is really a car park, used to be a real park with landscaping and trees, grass and benches for residents around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Before all the progress. But somewhere in the 50’s local business leaders got together and started Morningside Days. A carnival shows up with rides, there is a parade, and that is about it. But residents in the immediate area show up and so one gets a sense of pride of people living in this section of Sioux City. Of course, if it’s a parade, there is bound to be candy tossed to the kids.

But with the arrival of Morningside Days, one knows the school year is winding down and summer is nearby. Ready to share its warmth and continue that process of seasons.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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