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This corn at the Doug and Shelly Henley farm about four miles north of Britton definitely surpassed the old “knee high by the Fourth of July” standard. Henley said crops that were planted are doing well but he was only able to plant about 35 percent of his corn acres and 20 percent of his soybeans.

Lack Of Acres Biggest Issue

Most corn will be well over the old “knee-high by the Fourth of July” standard this year, but the problem is that large numbers of acres were not planted this spring due to wet conditions.

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South Dakota rural communities face some big challenges, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Britton’s Main Street continues to be a busy place most weekdays with a number of businesses filling the historic buildings.

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Brothers Trevor Everson, 11, and Paul Everson, 13, of Castlewood spent a recent afternoon fishing in Lake Arlington. Located in Kingsbury County, the small town of Arlington has many amenities but faces growth challenges due in part to a lack of available housing. David Bordewyk Photo, SD Dakota News Watch

Towns Face Big Challenges

(Editor’s note: This article is the first of three parts of a special report by South Dakota News Watch. The “Small Towns — Big Challenges” series was supported in part by a grant from the COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program sponsored by Facebook. Parts two and three will appear over the next two weeks and include profiles of small towns on the cusp of change and a look at issues surrounding access to rural health care.)

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Marshall County Journal

PO Box 69, Britton, SD 57430
Phone: (605) 448-2281
Fax: (605) 448-2282