Impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are being felt throughout the world, including by the senior class of 2020. Instead of celebrating their final high school accomplishments, their lives suddenly changed when classes transitioned to online and extracurricular activities were postponed or cancelled. Here, we visit with Austyn Rafteseth, a senior in the Elgin/New Leipzig School District.
As local schools restarted classes this week, the school hallways remained empty, devoid of voices, sneakers squeaking on the floor or lockers slamming. Only silence. Instead, students connected with teachers through the wonders of fiber optics, as society shifts on its axis during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Across the state, people have been putting unprecedented shopping pressure on their local retail and grocery stores during this national crisis.
Dakota Community Bank & Trust of New Leipzig recently donated funds to three community organizations. In the top photo, Branch President Ryan Roth is pictured with the Grant County High School Ag Department. Int he middle photo, Roth is pictured with Chief of the New Leipzig Fire Department Brad Stern, and in the bottom photo, Roth presented a check to Carrie Roth of the New Leipzig-Elgin Ambulance Service.
(Editor’s note: We have contacted various businesses, schools and other entities for this story, but it is not a comprehensive list of business responses to the coronavirus pandemic.