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Town & Country Days this weekend

The annual Town & Country Days will be held this weekend in Lake Preston; there is something for everyone at this year’s event. THURSDAY, JULY 18 To kick off the weekend, Maynard’s will be …

Mother and daughter take in Olympic trials

When you have a love for gymnastics and the Olympic Gymnastic Trials are in Minneapolis, Minn., there is only one thing to do. Attend the trials. For Jana Gutzmer and her daughter Erica Quam, …

County needs child care

Childcare is a need and a growing problem throughout the state of South Dakota and the rest of the nation. While there are many people working on solutions, trying to find a way forward that best …

Iroquois Sports Day this weekend

This year’s Sports Day Parade Grand Marshal Jim Lynch has deep roots in the Iroquois community. Jim’s family established their farm and home near Iroquois 135 years ago. Members of the Lynch …

De Smet

Old elementary prepared for demolition

The De Smet School Board met at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., July 10, to discuss building and facilities, new school board and junior high football. BUILDING AND FACILITIES Abi Van Regenmorter informed the …

Second Street construction begins

The De Smet City Council met on Wed., July 10 at 5 p.m. to discuss several topics including project updates and issues with children riding golf carts around town. PROJECT UPDATES Shane Waterman from …

Millman family to say good-bye to De Smet

The Millmans will be missed as they move on to their next adventure. In the seven years the Millmans have lived in De Smet, they have become an integral part of the community. Jim Millman has been an …

Donations being collected in honor of Tammy Foster

The De Smet Class of 1990 is spearheading a donation drive in memory of our classmate Tammy Nicholson Foster. She was a long-time lifeguard, pool manager and swim lesson instructor. Our goal is to …

Warne takes reins as new fire chief

The De Smet Fire Department has a maximum of 30 volunteer members, and it typically only takes a month or two to find replacements when a member leaves the department. This says a lot about the …

Lake Preston

Schnell joins city council, selected as president

The Lake Preston City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Mon., July 8 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. This was the first meeting presided over by new mayor Donna Bumann and kicked off with newly …

Junior high to play football with De Smet this year

The Lake Preston Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wed., July 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the superintendent’s conference room. The meeting kicked off with a budget hearing, wrapping up …

BBQ contests are a family affair for Pauls

All it took was one cooking contest for Chrissy and Jason Paul to become hooked. The Pauls took first place at the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by the South Dakota Pork Producers and Jack’s Campers …

Lake Preston School receives CTE grant

In a historic move, the South Dakota Department of Education has awarded 36 grants, totaling $6.4 million, to school districts to purchase innovative, industry-grade equipment for career and …

Rates jump for insuring school property

The Lake Preston Board of Education held a special end-of-year meeting on Thurs., June 27 at 8 a.m. in the superintendent’s conference room. Only four board members were able to attend, but it was …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Tournament-quality walleye

Carter Erickson caught this 26-inch walleye, the first fish of the tournament, while fishing the Lake Area Walleye Club event on Bitter Lake. Nice Catch! (Submitted photo) Want to become Kingsbury …

Limit!

Gunnar Christianson found a nice limit of walleyes at Indian Springs. (Photo by Allen Bassett) Want to become Kingsbury famous? Hunters and fishermen can send fish or game news to …

Sunset walleyes

Allen Basset holds a nice pair of walleyes he caught on a recent fishing trip to Indian Springs. (Photo by Gunnar Christianson) Want to become Kingsbury famous? Hunters and fishermen can send fish or …

Cross Country
De Smet Bulldogs

Bulldog golfers compete at state

The usual ups and downs of spring weather tried to take their toll, but as we approach summer the De Smet Bulldog golf team sent six of their finest to Brookings to compete in the Class B State Golf …

Bulldogs send twenty-one to state meet

On May 23-25, the De Smet Bulldogs traveled to Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls to compete at the Class B State Track & Field Meet. The boys placed 11th out of 45 teams, and the girls placed 30th …

Bulldogs compete in DVC conference meet

On Thurs., May 16, the Bulldogs traveled to Estelline to compete against nine other teams at the Dakota Valley Conference Track Meet. The boys placed fifth, and the girls placed eighth. BOYS 100m …

I/LP Sharks

Moore, Holt medal and break records

The Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks competed at the South Dakota State Track & Field meet in Sioux Falls on May 23-25 and had two girls come away with medals. As a team, the girls tied for eighth …

Holt breaks aunt’s 23-year-old school records

The Sharks competed at the Hamlin Last Change Invite in Hayti on May 13. Of the 14 class A and class B schools at the meet, the girls finished eighth as a team, and the boys finished 13th. Girls Shot …

Moore, Holt pace Sharks at 281 meet

The Sharks competed at the 281 Conference Meet on May 7 in Huron. The girls finished fourth as a team, and the boys finished eighth. Girls Shot Put 2nd: Hadlee Holt 37’ 5.25” Discus 1st: H Holt: …

Athletes set new personal records

The Sharks, along with 41 other class AA, Class A and Class B schools, competed at the O’Gorman Invitational last week. Girls Discus 2nd: Hadlee Holt 117’ 8” 4X100 Meter Dash 6th: Fini Kamps, …

Holt, Moore win events for Sharks

The Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks competed at the Estelline Alumni Track Meet last week. The girls finished 10th as a team, and the boys finished 11th. Girls Shot Put 1st: Hadlee Holt 38’ 5.5” …

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I love fishing. There’s almost no better way to relax, get away from the hubbub of daily life and connect with the natural beauty all around us. They taste pretty good, too! South Dakota is home to …
We survived our trip out west to Sturgis, and I didn’t forget anything or anyone important. For those who didn’t read my column last week, I was in a bit of a panic over packing and forgetting …
Do you ever feel physically, emotionally or spiritually drained? Maybe a particular affliction or tragedy has seemingly left you without your old resources. Maybe it is just an accumulation of the …
It was summertime, and the livin’ was anything but easy. The farmers needed to cultivate, make hay and harvest. Cattle had to be moved to greener pastures. Plentiful water was crucial, especially …
The Fourth of July has always been a special day to me. It’s our nation’s birthday, of course, but it’s also the day that my husband Bryon proposed. On July 4th, 1991, I told a group of youth …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO July 16, 2014 A supermoon, a full or new moon that is on the closest approach the moon makes to Earth, rose July 12 over Lake Thompson. The moon travels in an elliptical orbit that …
10 YEARS AGO July 16, 2014 At its July 9 meeting, the De Smet City Council briefly discussed what should be done with all the city’s stray cats. Mayor Gary Wolkow said there are a lot of stray …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church worship: Sun., July 21, 8 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Play practice is underway for the annual community play to be held Aug. 2-3 during Straw Bale Days. The play, …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church worship service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. FM 88.1 Live Facebook Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on KWAT radio: Sunday, 9:35 a.m. Women’s Bible Study: Monday, 7 p.m. A …
Esmond
Michele Bornitz and children were in Sioux Falls, visiting her mother Sharon Story last Saturday. The Bornitz family is busy going to little league baseball games. Marlin and Jeanette Clendening, …
Iroquois

1941: Ringling Circus is announced

July 18,1884 Four trains at the depot at one time Tuesday presented quite a metropolitan appearance. Farmers are warned against cloth peddlers. They are abroad in the land, seeking whom they may …

Traveling exhibit in Iroquois

“Drawn to the Land: Homesteading Dakota,” a traveling exhibit from the South Dakota Historical Society, will be at the Iroquois Heritage Museum during Sports Day weekend, July 20-21. From 1860 to …

Oldham

The Francis T. Malone Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to encourage academic excellence within the Oldham-Ramona School District. Francis Malone understood that community involvement is a way …

Ramona
The Oldham-Ramona-Rutland National Honor Society held their induction ceremony on Mon., April 29. The four current NHS members, Clay Misar, Emily Matson, Julia Trygstad and Caden Hojer, inducted 11 …
Bancroft
I didn’t get to church again today, so I don’t know who spoke or about what. I turned on TV to watch a service or two. My son had told me last night that an assassination attempt was made on …
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