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‘Derecho’ storm hits Kingsbury County

Derecho (duh-RAY-choh), as defined by Wikipedia, is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms known as a mesoscale …

Business Expo this weekend — free to attend!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Looking for a job? Are you interested in discovering the many different businesses there are in Kingsbury County? Do you have a business in Kingsbury County …

Four hundred pounds of beef donated to schools

To kick off and celebrate May as Beef Month, the Kingsbury County Cattlemen’s Association (KCCA) has made a purchase of beef to donate a lunch to each school in Kingsbury County. In addition, KCCA …

Pa’s grave marker back home

Since October of last year, if one drove out to the De Smet Cemetery to see Charles Ingalls’ grave marker, all that could be seen was a stone base. The marble pillar had been removed and taken to …

De Smet

Stoddard retires after 7 years

The De Smet Common Council met at the De Smet Event Center Wednesday, and while the list of agenda items was long, the council made short work of it. The council heard public comments, set pool rates …

Awards presented at De Smet Athletic Banquet

Boosters of the Year Mollner Scholarship

Seniors bid farewell at commencement

After thirteen years of hard work, study, countless hours of reading and cramming for the “big” exam, 19 De Smet seniors walked the stage in De Smet School’s Armory to accept their high school …

Celebrating new businesses

Two businesses in De Smet held Chamber ribbon cuttings on Wednesday. Pictured left: Eric Fairchild, left, Amy Kruse, Patti Slater, Jake and Jesselyn Seaton, owners, and Chad Kruse cut the ribbon at …

Bond election set for new elementary

The De Smet Board of Education met Monday and tackled numerous agenda items, but the most newsworthy was the approval of a bond resolution. The $9 million bond must be approved by voters, and the …

Lake Preston

Fun with animals

Lake Preston High School FFA members brought baby animals to the school May 11 and hosted a petting zoo/animal nursery. The students brought domestic pets such as puppies and rabbits, as well as farm …

And so it begins... the construction, that is

A dozen concerned citizens attended a question/answer session with officials from Banner Associates and Halme Construction on Mon., May 9 at the Community Room. Many yards on the north side of town …

Lake Preston Community Health Center opens

In celebration of their new clinic location, Horizon Health Care will be hosting a grand opening of the Lake Preston Community Health Center on Tues., May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tours of the …

And the winners are…(drumroll)

Lake Preston Elementary School hosted a Science Fair last Wednesday. The event had third, fourth and fifth graders pitching their experiments, hypotheses and conclusions to visitors. The third-grade, …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Native plants in the home landscape

Historically, tallgrass and mixed grass prairie occupied approximately 150 million acres of the Midwest and Northern Great Plains and was considered one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the …

Oldham Grade selfie

Jim Girard of De Smet caught this 22-inch walleye near the Oldham Grade. The walleyes look to be done spawning, and when the weather cooperates, they have been biting. There is nothing more fun than …

Windy weather walleye

Leighton Robb caught this 27 3/4 inch, 9.6 pound walleye while jigging on Dry Lake No. 2. Robb and his family had an epic day, catching several fish over 20 inches. If you can brave the wind and …

De Smet Bulldogs

Conference meet held in De Smet

The Bulldogs had a beautiful sunny and warm day for a conference meet on Tuesday in Volga.Boys100m Dash: Kalen Garry 2nd at 11.21 seconds 800m: Gannon Gilligan 10th at 2:34.97, Chase Temme 11th at …

Bulldogs hit the greens

The De Smet Golf teams headed to Lake Regions Golf Club the last two weeks for different Conference competition. Lake Region Golf Club is an 18-hole course with views of Lake Poinsett and Lake …

Teams compete in Sioux Valley meet

The Divers and Bulldogs headed east last Tues., May 3 to a small track meet at Sioux Valley with the sun shining, making for a very nice track day. De Smet Boys 100m Dash: Kalen Garry 2nd at 11.4 …

Kalen Garry named Mr. Basketball

The honors for De Smet’s Kalen Garry continue to accumulate. Garry has recently been named the Player of the Year by KELOLAND, and Hansen Anderson has selected him as Mr. Basketball. Gatorade has …

Lake Preston Divers

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 …

Spring sports season is here

Spring weather is here, and track and field season has begun for the Lake Preston Divers. Practice began March 7, and frigid temperatures kept practices indoors until last week, when they were able …

The end of an era — Divers play their last game

The Lake Preston Divers played their last basketball in Waverly on Feb. 28 in round 1 of Region 3 play. The Coyotes of Waverly-South Shore came out with a 52-19 win. The Divers kept the Coyotes …

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Nature has a way of humbling us, of stepping into our lives with previously unthought power and reminding us what truly matters. That's how I felt these past two days while surveying storm damage …
“The preacher’s coming!” Dad announced to Mom as he placed the old black phone back on its cradle. Mom quickly took in the “lived-in” look of our farmhouse and rushed to remove the pile of …
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Psalm 25: 4-5 Mid-May is graduation …
We were lucky to have survived the big storm last week without any damage, but living without electricity for a day was more of a challenge than I would ever have imagined. When the power first went …
As Christians we pray to be good examples in front of the world. Sometimes, we should be more careful. A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO May 16, 2012 Hugs were given, tears were shed and memories were shared as the LPHS graduating class of 2012 took center stage at the ceremony held on May 12. With their futures in sight, …
10 years ago May 16, 2012 Geoffrey Langland, Jason Madison and Seth Wallen, all of De Smet, were among the 184 soldiers in the National Guard’s 200th Engineer Company who were reunited with family, …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have Worship Service May 22 at 9:30 a.m. with the Sunday School leading the service using the theme, “A, B, Cs of Sunday School.” Everyone is welcome. Sunday School …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. No Sunday School. FM 88.1 – Live Facebook. Wednesday Bible Study 7 – 8 p.m. A large group gathered last week for ground clean up around …
Esmond
The Bornitz family enjoyed a birthday party for Jonny Bornitz, son of Travis and Michelle Bornitz. Charemon and Annette Dunham attended the Iroquois Community Club meeting on May 3. On May 4, they …
Iroquois

HIS accelerated readers

Many sites and statistics back the 15/20 minutes-a-day rule of thumb; 15/20 minutes of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year. In addition, reading …

Oldham

St. John Lutheran Church of rural Ramona held a brunch for six seniors who will be graduating from Oldham-Ramona School on May 21. The Women’s Group prepared the brunch of egg bakes, muffins, juice …

Ramona
The Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders celebrated the National Girls and Women in Sports Day recently by honoring seven senior student athletes recently. Honored were Breanna Coomes, Alivia Spilde, Sabina …
Bancroft
Billie Sargent was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on May 15. Thank you, Billie, for a very inspiring service. Thank you, all, who helped me celebrate my birthday this last week. Boy! It sure …
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