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Local news

Occupancy limits for patrons are loosened in public places

The De Smet City Councilors voted 5 to 1 during their May 13 meeting to loosen the limits on the number of customers to be allowed at one time in the bars, restaurants, health centers, entertainment …

Salaries, renovations on hold with tight budget

The De Smet Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday, May 11, with COVID-19 pandemic social distancing measures in place. Some board members called or video-conferenced into the session. …

American Red Cross requests blood donations amid COVID-19 outbreak

The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up by donating blood or platelets to help patients experiencing health crises. As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, …

An 8th grade commencement

Greetings from Esmond to all new and regular readers of this column. We provide reports from Esmond Township, Belle Prairie and surrounding areas, and wish the people of De Smet and Lake Preston …

Is Your Pantry Bare? Come to This Giveaway

The Feeding SD Food Giveaway will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at two locations. Organizers ask that you stay in your car.• 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Lake …

Lake Preston

Congratulations to Our Class of 2020

Graduations for the class of 2020 across the country have had to go through significant change due to the effect of COVID-19. Here in Kingsbury County, things are no different for the Lake Preston …
De Smet

Congratulations to our Class of 2020

Graduations for the class of 2020 across the country have had significant changes due to COVID-19. Here in Kingsbury County, things are no different. The De Smet School District graduation ceremony …
Obituaries
Ruth Marie Muilenburg
Ruth Marie Muilenburg, 96, De Smet, died Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls, S.D. The visitation was held …
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John E. Miller
Historian and author John E. Miller, 75, a frequent visitor to De Smet, died May 1, 2020, at his home in Brookings.Miller has …
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Joyce E. Jensen
Joyce E. (Lundquist) Jensen, 89, died on April 29, 2020. Funeral arrangements were made by Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet, S.D., and …
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Brenda Darlene Jennings
Brenda Darlene (Bucholz) Jennings, 59, died Saturday, May 9, 2020, at her home in Bancroft, S.D. A private family service was held on …
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Elsa Fetzer
Elsa Fetzer, 93, De Smet, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, De Smet, S.D. A private family funeral service …
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Columnists
I don’t ever remember having to do without toilet paper. Actually, I don’t remember a time when my family did not have indoor plumbing. The youngest of six, I came along at the perfect …
As communities work their way back to normal, one of the tools in our fight against COVID-19 that we will continue to ramp up is mass testing. Earlier this week, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon …
Sports + Outdoors
There is an old saying about the two happiest days of a man’s life: the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it. I would never say that owning a boat isn’t without challenges, but I …
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Here is how the paper was printed

Our paper was printed by the same printer that printed the De Smet News and Lake Preston Times – Leader Printing in Madison. Watching a newspaper get printed was an amazing process to watch. Check out the video!

After 43 years, retirement sounds good

Dale Blegen, longtime publisher and owner of The De Smet News and Lake Preston Times, has retired after 43 years publishing the News and 36 years publishing the Times. Blegen purchased The De Smet …