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Farrowing operation permit approved

Kingsbury County Commissioners met Wed. Jan. 12 to address two major items. The meeting started at 10 a.m. with the morning session spent in executive session for personnel reasons. The commissioners …

After redistricting, county still in District 22

Redistricting in South Dakota is complete; however, to answer the question some may have, Kingsbury County is still in Legislative District 22. All of Kingsbury and all of Beadle counties will remain …

The buzz about bees

On Mon., Jan. 10, local beekeeper Beth Poppen brought in the items she used to start her own beehives. She calls herself an amateur, just getting into beekeeping three years ago. Right now, the …

Lake Area Technical College President’s List

WATERTOWN, SD — Lake Area Technical College President Michael Cartney announces the current President’s List. Local and area students so honored include: The President’s List is a list of …

De Smet

AED to improve readiness at city pool

The De Smet Common Council met in regular session Wednesday. City lifeguard Noah Roth requested an AED for the city pool. Roth told the council that if a guest drowns or became unresponsive, CPR …

Audit report consistent with previous years

De Smet Board of Education held a regular meeting Jan. 10. While the meeting lasted less than 30 minutes, that was no indication to the matters the board acted on. The Board conducted their annual …

Eighteen units of blood donated

The LifeServe Blood Center blood drive held in De Smet on Tues., Jan. 4, 2022, had a great turn-out. Eighteen donors registered, and 18 units of life-saving blood were donated. The units donated at …

Lake Preston

Fundraiser meal planned

The Lake Preston Music Boosters will host a Subway sandwich meal beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 27 during the doubleheader basketball game against Castlewood. Funds raised will go toward the music trip, …

City vacancies

The following Lake Preston city offices will become vacant this year because of term expirations of the current office holders. Mayor, 2-year term, office presently held by Andy Wienk; council member …

Planning for anticipated growth

Monday’s annual meeting of the Lake Preston Development Board was short, the public portion lasting less than 15 minutes. Gevo, a sustainable jet fuel plant that plans to build a facility near Lake …

Let’s listen to some music

People have always enjoyed music, either by attending concerts or listening to recordings at home. The way recorded music is presented has changed over, from records, such as 78’s, 33 1/3’s or …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Trophy Crappie from Lake Thompson

Richard Umstead caught this crappie at Thompson last weekend. It weighed 3.2 pounds and was 15 1/4 inches long, barely fitting through the 6 inch hole! (Submitted photo)Catch a dandy? We want to …

Lake Thompson Tiger!

Jadan Houg of Renner, S.D., caught this jumbo perch while fishing with her dad Dan Houg on Lake Thompson. The fish measured 13 1/2 inches. The pair caught many perch in the 10- to 13-inch range, …

De Smet Bulldogs

De Smet girls and boys get wins at Howard

The De Smet girls basketball team had another exciting night of good basketball when they headed south to Howard Tues., Jan. 11 to match up against the Tigers. The Tigers jumped to an early lead of …

Bulldog defense tames Tigers

The De Smet Bulldogs Boys Basketball team headed south to Howard Tues., Jan. 11 to take on the 5-1 Howard Tigers in a Lake Central Conference game. The Bulldogs, who have a reputation for their …

De Smet girls vs Lake Preston

The De Smet girls basketball team hosted the Lake Preston Divers Thurs., Jan. 13. The Bulldogs controlled the game, which gave them opportunities to work their offenses for the right shots. The …

Bulldogs take Diver doubleheader

The De Smet Boys Basketball team hosted the Lake Preston Divers Thursday night at the Dog Pound and came away with a lopsided 88-25 victory to run their season record to 9-1. The Bulldogs put the …

De Smet girls win nail-biter with Arlington

The De Smet girls basketball team hosted their second home game of the season Thursday night, Jan. 6 against the Arlington Cardinals. It was a low-scoring game that consisted of good defense and both …

Lake Preston Divers

Divers busy across five-day stretch

Lake Preston vs Mitchell Christian Mon., Jan. 3 saw the Lake Preston Divers travelling to Mitchell to face the Eagles of Mitchell Christian in a busy week of basketball with three games in five days. …

Lady Divers split wins over stretch

Lake Preston vs Estelline/HendricksThe Lake Preston Lady Divers fought hard but lost 26-48 on Dec. 20 against the Estelline/Hendricks Redhawks . Hadlee Holt, the young 8th grader, was the leading …

Divers hit tough stretch

Lake Preston vs Elkton-Lake Benton On Dec. 17, the Lake Preston Divers headed east on Highway 14 to visit the Elks of Elkton-Lake Benton for the first road game of the season, where they met a quick, …

Lady Divers post win at Entringer

Lake Preston vs ORR Turnovers were the Divers’ downfall in the first game of the season at home. Faith Steffensen put up eight points and 15 rebounds while Hadlee Holt came in off the bench, …

Divers open season with a win

Lake Preston vs Iroquois/Doland Mother Nature delayed the season opener for the Lake Preston Diver basketball team with the Oldham/Ramona-Rutland Raiders, but the Divers were ready when they met the …

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Everyone needs a good story for coffee meetings with friends. Here are a couple of my favorites. Have a good time telling them! A seaman meets a pirate in a bar, and talk turns to their adventures on …
Fairness in girls’ sports matters This week, the 2022 legislative session kicked off, and I presented my State of the State address to the people of South Dakota. I described how South Dakota is …
I nibbled the last bits of meat off the chicken wing and laid the bones on the edge of my plate. The skin and the crispy coating were my favorite, fried and seasoned to perfection. I used my spoon to …
On January 5th, I joined several state and local officials for a deployment ceremony honoring the 235th Military Policy Company. The unit from the South Dakota National Guard is heading to Guantanamo …
In last week’s column, I spoke about the joyful events around the birth of Christ. This week I want to speak about how Christ is revealed to us as the light of the world. How did Jesus bring light …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO January 18, 2012 Winter finally arrived earlier this week as Lake Preston and the surrounding area received over two inches of snow while temperatures dropped into the teens and winds …
10 YEARS AGO January 18, 2012 South Dakotans this past week have reflected on the life of former Gov. Bill Janklow. Some in Kingsbury County remember his personal touch with fondness. Janklow, who …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have Worship Sun., Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. with the Sunday School singing. Sunday School will be at 10 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. The Campbell Straw Bale Museum meeting …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church Sunday worship services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. They are also broadcast on FM Radio 88.1 and livestreamed on Facebook. Adult and children’s Sunday school takes …
Esmond
Rick and Vicki Aughenbaugh attended their grandchildren’s sporting events last week in De Smet. Adaline Reilly was visited Saturday by Jana (Hornig) Rose and Ashton from Wolsey and Josie Peskey and …
Ramona
Members of the Oldham-Ramona School Board earned an award for their dedication to enhancing their knowledge of school board work during the 2020-21 school year. The Oldham-Ramona School Board earned …
Bancroft
Billie Sergant was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on Jan. 16. It was also Mrs. Sergant's birthday, so an impromptu party was held after church. The last storm did not dump a whole lot on us, …
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