October 24, 2020

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August 5, 2020



In order to address the continually changing COVID19 response, Union County has made the following changes to the operations at the Union County Courthouse:

Effective immediately, entry to the courthouse will be restricted to the northeast door. Access to this door is through the north parking lot, near the sheriff’s office.  An attendant will be stationed inside the northeast entry of the courthouse to conduct health screenings of employees and members of the public who are entering the courthouse. This screening will consist of a body temperature check and questions regarding recent health. Union County strongly recommends that masks be worn in the public areas of the courthouse at all times. Anyone exhibiting symptoms may be further screened and arrangements made for their courthouse business to be completed by an alternative means. In the event of overcrowding the public areas inside of the courthouse, secondary alternatives (such as appointments) may be established in order to remain responsibly socially distanced.

Union County also continues to ask that all individuals and businesses within Union County familiarize themselves with the published precautions from the South Dakota Department of Health and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the transmission of the COVID19 virus.


Andy Minihan        Emergency Manager                                                            Lisa McInerney, RN   Community Health Nurse                             


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 Union County, created in 1862, organized in 1862, was originally named Cole County for Austin Cole, who was a member of the first Territorial Legislature. Two years later, the boundaries were rearranged and the name changed to Union because of sentiment for the Union side of the civil war. The county seat is located in Elk Point, and it includes the municipalities of Alcester, Beresford, Dakota Dunes (community improvement district), Jefferson,  & North Sioux City and the unorganized community of Richland.   We have a population of just under 15,000 people.  The county is bordered by Iowa and the Big Sioux River on it’s Eastern side & Nebraska and the Missouri River on it’s Southern side.  Interstate 29 runs through the county from North to South.