Wiese and Hupke Place Third at Circle of Courage Tourney
The Milbank High School Oral Interp team competed in The Circle of Courage tournament hosted virtually by Washington High School in Sioux Falls. MHS team members submitted recordings of their performances, which were judged in four rounds of competition. They were ranked in each round and given scores from one to 100.  According to Natasha Karels, coach for the... Read more
MHS Students Audition for 2020 All State Orchestra
Five MHS students auditioned virtually for the 2020 South Dakota All State Orchestra. The orchestra and choir concert planned for last spring was rescheduled due to COVID for April 20, 2021 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Applicants include: Violin 2 – Nicholas Fonder (freshman), Trumpet-DeAndre French (senior), General Percussion, Mallets and Timpani – Merik Junker (sophomore), Violin 1 – Joe Schulte... Read more
High School to Resume All Classes in Person
MHS Principal Dan Snaza announced today that all students will attend classes in person beginning Monday, October 19. Snaza says all students will resume a normal class schedule at the school except for those who have opted for the dedicated distance learning program. Snaza reminds parents to closely monitor... Read more
Covid Situation at Forefront of Milbank School Board Meeting
The Milbank School Board of Education met for its regular meeting Monday, October 12. Covid-19 was the main topic of their discussions.  Twenty-three students or staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 and 219 have been quarantined since the start of the school year. Superintendent Justin Downes said the majority of the... Read more
October City Council Meeting Held
The Milbank City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, October 12, in the Millbank Community Room. Voting results for five items on the consent agenda include:Authorized Mayor Raffety to sign documents regarding AIP Grant #3-46-0034-017-2020 CARES Act, $20,000. Appointed Jason Sackreiter to the planning and zoning commission.... Read more
14,350 Pounds of Food Distributed During Last Food Giveaway of 2020
The last food giveaway of 2020 was held on October 7 at the Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds. According to Brenda Maass, co-coordinator of the drive, 23 volunteers served 350 families 14,350 pounds of food. Maass says everything went like clockwork. “We were able to distribute the food to the first... Read more
USDA  Announces up to Additional $14 Billion for Agricultural Producers
The USDA announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began September 21 and runs through December 11, 2020.Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s... Read more
National Farmer’s Day: The Valley Express Salutes Richard Will
Today, October 12, is National Farmer’s Day. A day we honor all the dedicated, hardworking, and usually under-appreciated men and women who fill our grocery stores and stomachs. Although the Milbank area certainly has no shortage of outstanding examples, Richard Will epitomizes the Midwestern farmer.  Richard has been farming his... Read more
Halli Essington is The Valley Express’s 2020 MVP of the Week
Halli Essington, MHS senior and standout tennis player, is this week’s The Valley Express 2020 MVP. She is the daughter of Cindy and Kevin Essington.Halli concluded her high school tennis career last weekend by claiming the runner-up title at No. 1 singles at the South Dakota State Class A Tennis Tournament... Read more
Milbank School District Holds Parent-Teacher Conferences Using Zoom
Parent-teacher conferences for the Milbank School District will be held on Monday, October 19, and Wednesday, October 21. Conferences will be held virtually through Zoom meetings. Conferences run from 2:30 – 7 p.m. on October 19, and 2:30 – 6 p.m. on the October 21. School will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m.... Read more