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The tradition continues on the prairie

The theater on the prairie continues a community tradition since 1971. This year, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society presents “On the Prairie: Laura’s Legacy” directed by Nikki Berg and …

More people catching a ride

The Kingsbury County Area Transit has grown significantly since it first began. Maggie Sprang, who is the head driver and supervises the local service, stays busy giving rides and scheduling rides …

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 …

De Smet

Lucky ticket holder picks a prize

De Smet’s American Legion Post 138 held a drawing last Saturday night for the winning ticket of a fundraising raffle for a pallet of Busch Light beer. The Legion Post sold 150 tickets at $20 each, …

Bond resolution approved following vote

On Mon., June 27, 2022, the De Smet School Board held a meeting to canvas the results of the special bond referendum election held on Tues. June 21, to seek approval of the district voters for a $9 …

Kay Hendricks named Genealogist of the Year

The South Dakota Genealogical Society has named Kay Hendricks of De Smet as the 2022 Genealogist of the Year. Hendricks has been active in the Kingsbury County Genealogical Society (KCGS) for 35 …

Cemetery tours scheduled

As part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant this year, the society will be doing the cemetery tours again. The tours will be at 3 p.m. every Saturday of the pageant where attendees can learn of the …

Lake Preston

A tree fit for a First Lady

With the help of Lake Preston City Mayor Andy Wienk, Al Vedvei and Kingsbury Conservation District Manager Tanya Flegel, the perfect location was found to plant a tree in memory of Jean Rounds. The …

The goings on at old country school house

In the Lake Preston Museum, a special room showcases the early days of a schoolroom similar to one seen in a country school. The school teacher sat at her big desk and watched over her students …

Town and Country Days planned for next weekend

Town and Country Days is July 15-17 and the town has some special events planned throughtout the weekend including a Family Fun Night on Friday night, Craft and Vendor Fair and lots of other …

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 …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Jumbo Perch

Jackson Sauter caught this 14-inch perch on Lake Thompson last week. In addition to this beauty, Sauter also landed an 8.2-pound walleye, and his brother Nash caught a 14-inch crappie. (Photo by Ryan …

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 …

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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The patriotism South Dakotans display on the Fourth of July has deep roots in our state’s history. In fact, we waved the Stars and Stripes before we even became a state! The Dakota Territory in the …
I have to admit that I didn’t know much about rhubarb before now, but I did some research and thought I’d share it for anyone else who would be interested. Rhubarb is a rare vegetable that is a …
July 4thTain't easy, boys, to put in words, but I woke up last night and walked outside beneath a sky where stars were shinin' bright. T'weren't nothing new above my head I guess for years unknown. …
Ivan Pavlov and B. F. Skinner were the fathers of behavioral science. They brought us dogs that salivate on cue, chickens that play the piano, words like “operant conditioning” and gave us much …
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 …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO July 4, 2012 The PCW of Lake Preston recently purchased signs that were hung on light poles along Main Avenue. The city council has been collecting opinions regarding part-time law …
10 years ago July 4, 2012 “The Long Winter” will be presented outdoors July 6-8, 13-15 and 20-21 at the pageant grounds, a mile east of De Smet. This year’s pageant is directed by Jay Vanduch. …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have worship and communion on July 10 at 11:00 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Carthage celebrated the Fourth of July on Sat., July 2, with the firemen's supper at the …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church Worship Service Sunday 10:30 a.m. FM 88.1 live Facebook No Bible Study next two weeks, July 6 and 13. Last Saturday evening, Dick and Linda Poppen hosted a supper …
Esmond
Adaline Reilly’s brother, Donnie Johnson of Chester, picked up Adaline last week, and they visited their sister Connie and brother-in-law Norm Neuharth at Wolsey and their sister-in-law Iris …
Iroquois

Sports Day is July 22-24

Looking for a fun family event that won’t break the piggybank? Travel to Iroquois July 22-24 for the annual Sports Day weekend. The Sports Day committee has been busy planning activities that all …

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
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO EVERYONE. HOPE IT WAS A SAFE ONE. Ted Haug was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on July 3. Thank you, Ted, for a wonderfully uplifting sermon, and you, Kaye, for awesome …
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