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Medical Marijuana facilities still being discussed

Kingsbury County Commissioners met June 21 in the Kingsbury County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. for a regular meeting. SHERIFF REPORT Commissioners asked about the current open deputy position. Sheriff …

A friendly meat competition

The annual BBQ, Beer and Friends was held on Saturday night at the Lake Preston Campground. It was a great day for some friendly competition. While some teams started cooking the night before, the …

Voters pass bond for new elementary

De Smet will be getting a new elementary school. The $9 million Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School bond vote passed on Tuesday with a 378 yes to 125 no vote. The bond passed with 75% of the vote …

Get a closer look at the Hwy 14 Trail Project

Efforts to develop a trail along Highway 14 will take another step this week. An informational gathering will be held along Highway 14 at the Game Fish and Parks kiosk outside De Smet on the …

De Smet

Ward’s Store & Bakery is for sale

After 39 years running Ward’s Store & Bakery, Patti Ward has made the hard decision to put the business up for sale. “I’ve made a very difficult decision with lots of prayers and the …

Fireworks

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display, sponsored by the De Smet Fire Department, will begin at dusk on Monday, July 4, near the city shop at the northwest corner of De Smet. Rain date: July 5.

De Smet rated #5 in U.S.

USA Today has rated De Smet #5 Best Historic Small Towns in the United States! This was based off everyone that voted in the whole country.

Flags on the 4th

Post 138 will be putting up the parade of flags on July 4th at 7 a.m. and taking them down at 5 p.m. Any help is welcome.

Lake Preston

Youth compete in national Charolais event

Just short of 400 youth and approximately 675 cattle from 31 states met in Grand Island, Neb., from June 19 -24 for the Charolais Junior National Show and Leadership Conference. Those in attendance …

The museum is getting a makeover!

At the Lake Preston Museum, considerable progress has been made in restoring the exterior of the building to its former beauty. To accomplish a transformation was not an easy task, but thanks to the …

Avenue of Flags

Lake Preston’s Avenue of Flags will be posted on July 4 at 7:00 a.m. The flags will be retired later the same day at 5:30 p.m. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Indoor Country Club ready for golfers

Everyone loves golfing, and it is even better when it can be done year-round. In Lake Preston, with the opening of the Lake Preston Indoor Country Club, people will now have that opportunity. The …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Prodigious Pike

If this fish doesn't make one think twice about swimming in Lake Thompson, nothing will! Louis Durant of Lake Preston caught this 46 inch, 22 pound pike on light tackle and had to fight the beast for …

How not to get your butt kicked at the boat ramp

I’m a real fisherman, and the boat ramp is my domain. I could care less about your pleasure-boating, pontooning or jet skiing. That isn’t really what we do in South Dakota; we fish. I’m on the …

Fishing with Grandma

Grace and Leah Pietig, Lake Preston, helped Grandma catch some nice fish. (Photo by Brad Pietig)Catch something big? Did you catch a dandy? We want to print it. Send submissions to …

De Smet Bulldogs

Rain shortens play at state golf meet

The 2022 Boys Class B State Golf Tournament was a fitting conclusion to a golf season filled with bad weather and cancelled meets. Clouds cast shadows over the entire event, with rain ending play …

De Smet golfers qualify for State

De Smet golfers headed to Rocky Run Golf Course, an 18-hole, championship-quality course in Dell Rapids, for the Region 2B Golf Tournament on May 24. Rett Osthus, Kalen Garry, Kasen Janssen and Colt …

State Track & Field results

Four individuals and two relay teams representing De Smet High School earned placings at the State B Track & Field Meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., May 26-28, 2022. Boys 100m Dash: …

Lake Preston Divers

Golf, track and field awards

The awards banquet for track and field and golf was held last Wednesday night for student athletes. Track AwardsGirls MVP: Jocelyn SteffensenBoys MVP: Josh McMastersField Event MVP Girls: Hadlee …

Windy day at the Estelline Track

On Tues., April 26, the Bulldogs and Divers attended a track meet in Estelline. The good ol’ South Dakota wind was blowing, which made for a chilly day at the meet. Boys 110m Hurdles: Trace Van …

Holt takes first in discus, second in shot put

Although several track meets have been cancelled because of weather, the Lake Preston Divers traveled April 12 to compete in a meet at Chester. Hadlee Holt (pictured right) placed first in discus …

Features
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Today, the Supreme Court announced something that countless Americans have prayed for over the past 50 years: they reversed the Roe v. Wade decision and allowed states to make their own choices over …
It’s always good to know there are things in life we can count on. Flip a switch and let there be light. Turn a faucet and voila! Water pours forth! Every morning just before dawn, I can count on a …
A common phrase I have heard over the years is "We are all God's children." This statement has been said time and time again with the intention of bringing everyone together. While it is true that we …
Many of my patients will say, “Doctor, I am so inflamed.” The use of the word inflammation is commonplace as we search the market for anti-inflammatory diets or self-help books on inflammation. …
It was an exciting week for us. Our lab had puppies for the first time, and we were able to spend a lot of time with family. Last Wednesday, our dog Storm went into labor around 8:30 p.m., keeping us …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO June 27, 2012 Lake Preston will be hosting the 2012 Kingsbury County Cancer Walk on July 13 at the Lake Preston track. Originally the Kingsbury County cancer walks were part of the …
10 years ago July 4, 2012 Henrietta (Henri) Truh, the “pickle lady” of Carthage, compiled eight decades of home cooking and canning experience into a cookbook, “Tried and Truh.” Truh became …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold worship on July 3 at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are always welcome! The Campbell Straw Bale Museum meeting was held Monday, June 20, at the Prairie Inn with Norbert Moldan …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church worship service on Sunday, 10:30 a.m., on FM 88.1 and live on Facebook. Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on radio station K.W.A.T. on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible …
Esmond
Adaline Reilly was visited by her grandson, Joe DeJong, from Black Hawk, S.D., on Saturday. The Esmond Homecoming on Sunday was attended by more than 70 people representing the families of …
Iroquois

Hands of HOSA mold the health of tomorow

Iroquois HOSA-Future Health Professionals competed at the International HOSA convention held in Nashville, Tenn., June 22-25. Eight members and their two advisors Daphne Moeller and Scott Beehler …

Oldham

Save the date for "25 YEARS - 2nd Time Around" The Oldham Festival Committee meets once a month at the Oldham Saloon, always looking for new volunteers to help with Oldham activities in the …

Ramona
Alivia Spilde, Jensine Matson, Ramey Gearhart and Will Matson are recipients of a $1830 Malone Scholarship presented to them at the Oldham-Ramona Awards Program held on May 17. The Francis T. Malone …
Bancroft
Rev. Richert, Brookings, was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on June 26 and also served communion. Thank you, Rev. Richert, for your service to us. Janice White was a visitor at the home of …
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SD Public Broadcasting features Kingsbury Journal

The story of the Kingsbury Journal and how it became a reality was featured during the September 7th episode of Dakota Life on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting television channel. Broadcasters …

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