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Delzer is new Deputy State’s Attorney

The Kingsbury County Board of Commissioners met at the Kingsbury County Courthouse on Tues., Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m. to discuss several different topics including hiring a new Deputy State’s Attorney, …

Taking ‘concrete action’ at the Event Center

The City of De Smet and the Event Center Advisory Board have determined that it is time for some ‘concrete action’ for the parking lot at the Community Center Complex, including the Event Center, …

IMPACT group has fun staying active

This year’s IMPACT group of 72 members stays active with at least four events weekly. The week began with a game day for playing Rattle, Mexican Train, Farkle, Carbles and Blackjack. Randy Beck …

Little known facts about ... the Eiffel Tower

Long story short, I recently received a package in the mail from an Etsy order that came from halfway around the world. This little package was wrapped in crispy, waxy-type paper, so different than …

De Smet

Helping students for over 20 years

The De Smet community scholarship has been helping high school seniors continue their educations after graduation thanks to the continuous support of local businesses and organizations along with …

Student performance numbers reported

The De Smet School Board met on Mon., Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss what class De Smet will be in football for the upcoming season, who was hired to coach softball and how De Smet School compares …

Rural youth receive college scholarships

South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation recently awarded $500 scholarships to youth from five rural South Dakota communities. “Youth are our future,” said Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director of …

New hair salon opens in De Smet

Due to high demand in the area, another hair salon has opened in De Smet. Amanda Fields opened Fields Salon this month and is taking appointments and walk-ins four days a week. She offers haircuts …

Lake Preston

Jensens, Vedveis honored at Farm Show

For decades now, when people hear the words Charolais exhibitors and Watertown Winter Farm Show, they think of Al and Deb Vedvei and Scott and Kim Jensen of Lake Preston. This year, the 79th …

Recording of council meetings still undecided

The Lake Preston City Council held its regular monthly meeting at City Hall on Mon., Feb. 5, 2024. Like last month, council member John McMasters could not be present in person, so he joined via …

Join the group and help promote the area

Lake Preston community members, the LP Chamber/4 Lakes Forward is in need of your support. We are at a crucial turning point at this time. An average of six members attend monthly meetings. That is …

Lake Preston hosts local art show

Lake Preston hosted their annual art show, showcasing all the talented artists in Lake Preston, De Smet and Arlington. The Art Show was held in conjunction with the Kingsbury Knights wrestling meet …

Planning ahead for Lake Preston's growth

The Lake Preston Economic Development Board held its annual meeting on Mon., Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. There were seven members present, including a few new ones. No members of the public …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

‘Revealing’ Towering Event to be held on Saturday Night

Saturday night will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first to view and cast a vote for your preferred design for the proposed Highway 14 Trail Tower as the Top 20 international …

Schaeffer’s Slough Crappie

During the mid-winter warmup, ice fishermen were able to find their way onto Schaeffer's Slough. Jason from Minnesota caught this nice crappie on a recent trip. (Submitted photo) Want to become …

Chunky walleye

Cody Magnuson caught this chunky walleye on Indian Springs while on the search for perch. Ice conditions are changing rapidly. Use extreme caution as this weird winter continues to throw curveballs …

Cross Country
De Smet Bulldogs

Dogs come up short vs Flyers, Raiders

de smet vs flandreau De Smet girls basketball team hosted the Flandreau Fliers on Tues., Feb.6 for a doubleheader. The Fliers are an undefeated, top-ranked, Class A team. Flandreau jumped out early …

Bulldogs finishing strong down the stretch

de smet vs flandreau The De Smet boys basketball team put together another solid outing Tuesday night, Feb. 6 by defeating the 10-6 Flandreau Fliers 50-29 in the De Smet Dog Pound with an all-around …

Dogs double up with two Hawk road wins

De SMet vs Colman-Egan The De Smet boys basketball team took to the road this week, traveling on a foggy Friday night to take on Colman-Egan, where they defeated the Hawks 70-30. The Bulldogs jumped …

Bulldogs split with Cavaliers, Warriors

De Smet vs St. Thomas More The De Smet boys basketball team traveled to Mitchell for a Hanson Classic matchup on Saturday, where the Bulldogs defeated the Class A St. Thomas More Cavaliers 57-45. The …

De Smet falls to Hamlin, defeats Lower Brule

The Hamlin Chargers showed up for a doubleheader last Thurs., Jan. 16 to play the Bulldogs at the Dog Pound. Hamlin controlled the entire game with plays in the paint as well as their outside game. …

I/LP Sharks

Lady Sharks notch back-to-back wins

I/LP VS Wolsey-wessington The Iroquois/Lake Preston (I/LP) Sharks girls basketball team got back to their winning ways this week, beating the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds and the Sunshine Bible Academy …

Sharks down Cardinals 69-63

After a hectic week of boys basketball, the Iroquois/Lake Preston (I/LP) Sharks had a much-needed break in the action this past week, facing only one opponent. However, that one opponent would come …

Sharks battle through mid-season stretch

I/LP VS CASTLEWOOD The Sharks girls basketball team was back in action on their home court in Lake Preston for a doubleheader against the Castlewood Warriors after a weeklong break following the 281 …

Sharks drop to Warriors, Vikings

The Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks boys high school basketball team faced challenging matchups over the weekend, encountering fierce competition from top-ranked teams in the state. I/LP VS CASTLEWOOD …

Sharks emerge victorious against Crusaders

I/LP VS HITCHCOCK-TULARE The second round of the 281 Conference Boys Basketball Tournament had the Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks facing a rematch with the Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots. The game unfolded …

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As I travel the state, the biggest challenge that I hear about is a shortage of workers. We’ve been taking action to fill open jobs, but for some folks, their past mistakes stand in the way of the …
I love the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector found in Luke 18:10-14. You couldn’t find two people who were more different than the two guys in this bit of scripture. One was a Pharisee. …
There it was - the loose white thread in the corner. A Rrriiipp resounded through the garage as I tugged the string. Just like that, the 50-pound bag of chicken feed gaped open, ready for scooping. A …
I have to say that Super Bowl Sunday didn’t disappoint. Not only did the Chiefs win, but I was able to come up with some food out of frozen chicken breasts. The only part of the game I missed on …
I confess that occasionally even doctors get squeamish. Perhaps, more honestly, this doctor does. My personal list has gotten pretty short, but one of the things that still makes me squirm is …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO February 12, 2014 Bree, a 1½-year-old German Shepherd, the latest addition to the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Department, and Deputy Michael Jenkins , recently completed a seven-week …
10 YEARS AGO February 12, 2014 The latest addition to the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Department is Bree, a 1½-year-old German shepherd. Bree and her partner, Deputy Michael Jenkins, recently …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have worship on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. with the Sunday School singing. Lenten Services are held each Wednesday night. The service on Wed., Feb. 21 will be at 7 p.m. Visitors …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church worship service is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:30. Confirmation meets on Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m. Teen Bible Study meets at 7 p.m. Jim Hulbert was …
Esmond
Richard and Nancy Bornitz and the Travis Bornitz family attended a benefit for Brad Zobel, a nephew and cousin of the family, held Saturday evening in Artesian. The Bornitz families and Kim Sherman …
Bancroft
The Reverend Richert of Brookings was the speaker at church on Feb. 11, 2024. He spoke on 1 Peter 5, where Peter was speaking about the duties of the elders. They are not only the leaders with the …
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