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Memorial Day services around the county

Memorial Day is officially observed on the last Monday of May, which is Mon., May 27 this year. Americans often note the holiday by visiting cemeteries and decorating the graves of veterans and …

Boys State leads to career of public service

After announcing his resignation from the Kingsbury County Commissioners on Tues., May 7, the Kingsbury Journal interviewed Doug Kazmerzak regarding his resignation, his long-time history in public …

The Kingsbury Journal turns four!

Four years ago, a group of volunteers published the inaugural issue of the Kingsbury Journal, saving our community newspapers from closure. How time flies. Despite a pandemic and a new way of …

Helping clean up

For the second year in a row, instead of taking traditional semester tests, Lake Preston Middle School students completed a service project within the community. This year, the middle school …

De Smet

What’s your vision for your new Main Street?

We need you! It will only take a few minutes. We need your opinion on the Main Street beautification elements. After several years of behind-the-scenes work by many dedicated local folks, it is time …

Track in good condition, but needs attention

The De Smet School Board met on Mon., May 13 to discuss several different topics including work that needs to be done on the track and changes in picking up and dropping off children at the new …

FCCLA garners awards

Members of the De Smet High School Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA) gathered with fellow members from across the state at the State Leadership Conference in Sioux Falls April 21-23. …

Blood drive results

Blood drive results LifeServe Blood Center had a good turnout at a blood drive in De Smet on Mon., May 13. Seventeen individuals registered; 16 were able to donate, and 19 units of life-saving blood …

Lake Preston

Donation funds new choral risers

“There always seems to be money for sports, but you don’t see as much money for the arts; that is something we wanted to change,” said Mark Norgaard, Executor of the Adrienne R. Buel and …

Rolling out the red carpet for teachers

As the school year comes to a close, how fitting to observe Teacher Appreciation Week. The Lake Preston School District celebrated all week long with fun activities for students and teachers. Prior …

Bumann and Hope to lead new council

The Lake Preston City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Mon., May 6 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. This meeting was the last one for the prior council and the first one for the newly elected …

Banquet caps this year in FFA

The Lake Preston FFA Chapter recently held their annual awards banquet to honor FFA members and their accomplishments throughout the school year. Since its foundations were laid in September 1937, …

Bertoldo becomes an Italian part of the family during stay

What started as seeing a list of foreign exchange students on Facebook who still needed homes for the upcoming school year turned into making a bedroom and welcoming a new daughter into our home. …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Spring turkey

Nash Sauter was not to be outdone by his brother Jackson. He also filled his tag with a nice tom. (Submitted photo) Want to become Kingsbury famous? Hunters and fishermen can send fish or game news …

Nice pike!

Nash Clubb of De Smet caught this big northern pike with the help of his net man and cousin Oliver Sand from Brookings. The pair were fishing from their grandparents' dock at Lake Poinsett. …

First turkey

Trace Van Regenmorter harvested this tom while archery hunting West River. (Submitted photo) Please share your hunting and fishing photos with the Kingsbury Journal. Email them to …

Cross Country
De Smet Bulldogs

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 …

Bulldogs host LCC conference meet

On Tues., May 7, the Bulldogs hosted the Lake Central Conference meet in De Smet against six other teams. The boys placed fifth, and the girls placed fourth. BOYS 100m Dash 4th: Ganon Henrich 11.44 …

Bulldogs hit the track at O’Gorman Invite

On Fri., May 3, 2024, the Bulldogs traveled to Sioux Falls to compete at the O’Gorman Invite. Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams placed fifth. BOYS 100m Dash 2nd: Ganon Henrich 11.47 21st: …

I/LP Sharks

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” …

Sharks compete at De Smet Invitational

The Sharks competed at the De Smet Invitational track meet on Thurs., April 11. The girls finished eighth as a team, and the boys finished 11th. Girls Shot put 1st: Hadlee Holt 37’ 6.5” Discus …

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Columnists
“The State of South Dakota lacks criminal jurisdiction over Indian Country crimes; thus, in reality, the sole provider of law enforcement services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe is the federal …
“Wind in the west, fish bite best.” The old wives’ tale touts wind direction as providing the best times to fish. Famous outdoorsman Patrick McManus limited the best fishing times to two: …
I feel like we’re always planting our garden late, but this year it’s late and at a new location, which is making me even more nervous. We always try to plant before the end of May, but it seems …
Do you ever find yourself in a place where you know you need something but can’t really put your finger on what it is? It may be a time of great distress when so much comes at you that your heart, …
What do we do when one day we can smile, laugh and look back at memories with fondness and thankfulness for the life we shared with our loved one when the next day we feel paralyzed by our pain and …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO May 21, 2014 Thirteen students graduated from Lake Preston High School on May 17 to begin their new adventures in life. Their class motto explains that “Each of us has different …
10 YEARS AGO May 21, 2014 Contractor Dale Jans addressed the De Smet City Council Monday to update them as final arrangements are made to begin construction on the De Smet community and events …
Around the county
Carthage
Memorial Day Program in Carthage will be May 27 at 10 a.m. at the auditorium. Scott Morrison, De Smet, will be the speaker along with special music and patriotic readings by area youth. The banner of …
Spirit Lake
Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday outdoor worship. Monday: Women's Bible Study at 7 p.m. June 4-6: Twists and Turns Vacation Bible School at Lake Gospel Willow Lake. June 9: Church in Willow Lake, …
Esmond
Dale, Barb and Adaline Reilly attended the morning breakfast graduation reception for Deion Harris Saturday in Iroquois and Rosalie Wehlander’s donut and coffee graduation party Saturday afternoon …
Iroquois

Hats off to a volunteering powerhouse

At just 17 years old, Iroquois High School junior Kali Burma’s commitment to community service is remarkable. Over the past year, Burma has dedicated countless hours to a variety of volunteer …

Outstanding HOSA Chapter

The Iroquois HOSA Chapter competed at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Sioux Falls on April 11-12, where they received recognition for Outstanding HOSA Chapter, for their contribution to the …

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
Mark Knight was the speaker at church on May 19, 2024, speaking on Joshua 5:13 – 6:5. Thank you, Mark, for showing us once again how God’s power was greater than all the preparations that man can …
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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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