New minister in town

‘What we learn on Sunday can be with us all week’

The De Smet and Iroquois United Methodist Churches will be welcoming a new pastor this month. Willow Lake native Tia Felberg will be taking over the reins from longtime pastor Kris Larson, who has …

Two decades of ministry come to a close

Kris Larson, pastor of the West Kingsbury Parish that includes the Methodist churches in Iroquois and De Smet, retired from his full-time ministry at the end of June.Larson received his license to be …
July 4th

Family tradition turns into celebration for many

For the past several years, Mike Strande has hosted a July 4 celebration on his property on the west side of Lake Preston. “I basically just started doing it for my nieces and nephews,” …

Just how much rain did we get?

A thunderstorm that rumbled and lit up the sky throughout the night and early morning of June 25 and 26 dumped a lot of rain in Kingsbury County, but just how much rain depends on whom you ask.One …

Coronavirus

At Monday’s meeting of the Lake Preston Board of Education, school board members and administrators discussed possible Covid-19 concerns going into the 2020-21 school year. Superintendent Dana …

The South Dakota Department of Health data shows the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kingsbury County as of June 30 has risen to six, an increase of one from the previous five reported last …
Bugs getting you?
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile Virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced on …
Business

Meat soars while producer prices sink

During the past few months, the price that producers receive for their beef has plunged, while the price of beef, for the consumer, has skyrocketed to a 20-year high, according to reports from …

Around the county
Iroquois
This lending library was donated to the Iroquois School by Deb and Stu Magsam who moved recently to Iroquois from Minnesota. The structure holds books for all ages. People can take a book to read and …
Oldham
Oldham Legion Auxiliary held a blood drive from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on June 10 at the Oldham Fire Hall. The numbers were down this year due lack of available community support as most community …
Bancroft
A service was held at the Le Seuer Cemetery in Bancroft Sunday morning for Joyce Ondris, a Bancroft resident, with Doug Fox officiating. She had passed away at a nursing home in Custer on April 18. …
Carthage
Gary Stroud, Sioux Falls, Bob and Deb Stroud, Redfield, and Kevin and Lorie Stroud, Phoenix, Ariz., spent a week with Donna Stroud helping with work projects. Harriet Hattervig and Mark and Lisa …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church drive-up services 10:30 a.m. — FM 88.1 — SPRT radio.Dick Poppen will have a short service on KWAT 9.36AM.Thursday, June 18, Lynn and Valarie Hawkins joined …
Esmond
Greetings from Esmond. After 13 Sundays of no church, Esmond Methodist Church is now having church again with fellowship. As Rita Anderson was quoted recently, the ringing of the church bell in …
Erwin
Beginning July 1, 2020, the city of Erwin is implementing a new municipal tax rate from 0 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent.South Dakota municipalities can implement new tax rates …
Ramona
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to live and good works, Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day …
Sports & Outdoors

Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. – Senior LeagueTuesdays 5:00 p.m. – Ladies NightWednesdays 5:00 p.m. – Men’s NightThursdays 5:00 p.m. – Couples NightFriday, July 3rd @ 11:00 …

Shallow water walleye! Casting a Rapala X-Rap into the shallow water shoreline caught Mike Beyer this 22” walleye on Lake Thompson. Even with warming water temperatures, shallow water has …
Do you know how lucky we are to live only 10 minutes from two of the most beautiful lakes around? It is extra nice for me because I get to share these lakes with my husband Jay and my brothers Tom …
De Smet area youth practice social distancing June 25 as they cool off in the De Smet swimming pool.
Columnists
Independence Day is right around the corner, and for me that means fireworks, family, bonfires and s’mores!Ever since I was little kid, I remember the excitement of going to the large fireworks …
One summer during my college years, another premed student and I got a job at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis as nurses’ aides. At that time, the guys were called orderlies, but we were …
My name is Jerod Jordan. I am the minister serving the people of Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church in rural De Smet, S.D. Soon, I will be another year older, and I am thankful to God for every day that …
For weeks now, we have been witnessing a troubling turning point in our nation’s history. We moved from calls for reform to violent riots and looting. Now, we’re witnessing a radical …
New health column
One summer during my college years, another premed student and I got a job at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis as nurses’ aides. At that time, the guys were called orderlies, but we were …
Photo of the Week

Flash bang

This lightning bolt struck close June 25 somewhere on the southeast side of De Smet. The thunderclap followed almost instantaneously. The thunderstorm overnight dumped varying amounts of rain on the …

About the relaunch of our paper

THIS IS IT!

Our local newspaper is back and with a new name, a new look, a volunteer staff and a modern web site! Click on this headline to learn more about how it all happened.

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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!

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We've managed to restart our local paper. But that's just the beginning. We need help keeping our local paper – and our communities – alive, active and connected.  Everyone can …