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Manufacturing

Looking at 50 years of making windows

DeSCo Architectural, Inc. recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. DeSCo was founded in De Smet in 1970 by Duncan Flann, Gordon Holland, Thad O’Keefe, Wendell Schubloom and Robert Haberstad. The …
Agriculture

A day in the life of a calving operation

Here they come! One baby, two babies, three babies, four. Calving season has started for many farmers in Kingsbury County, including us at the Vedvei Charolais Ranch.Each day we start off by checking …

Campaign helps prevent tragic grain accidents

For the eighth year in a row, Steele Financial Services has partnered with Nationwide and local fire departments to help prevent grain accidents. Because tragic accidents have become all too common, …

Sports & Outdoors
Basketball

Bulldogs dominate in final week of regular season

DE SMET VS LAKE PRESTON The De Smet Bulldogs boys basketball team started their final week of the regular season when they traveled to Lake Preston Tuesday night, Feb. 16, to take on the DVC rival …

Regular season goes into overtime

DE SMET VS CANISTOTA The Lady Bulldogs, led by lone senior Mackenzie Zell, hosted their last regular-season home game Friday night after being rescheduled due to weather earlier. The Hawks came out …
Sports

Wrestlers qualify for State Tournament

Seven Kingsbury County Knights are headed to the State B Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City this weekend, as four Knights placed second and three placed third at the Region 1B tournament in Groton …

Divers finishing up regular season

LAKE PRESTON VS WAVERLY/SOUTH SHORE On Tues., Feb. 9, the Divers traveled to Waverly to take on the Waverly/South Shore Coyotes. The Divers kept the Coyotes in sight but came up short at the end. The …

Young team ‘welcomes every challenge’

LAKE PRESTON VS DE SMET The Lady Divers faced De Smet on Feb. 2 in Lake Preston. It was an intense game defensively, and both teams came out playing hard. In the 1st quarter, both teams traded …

Features
Columnists
In the mid-fifties Dad and Don lugged our round oak kitchen table out to the barn and replaced it with a shiny new Art Deco model. The decade was the era of post-war abundance. As with hemlines and …
As week six wraps up, twenty-four legislative days are behind us with thirteen days left. The big issues still being worked on are the details of getting the medical marijuana IM26 initiated as soon …
This week is crossover week. This means that all bills that originated in the house of origin must either be voted in favor, or killed for this legislative session. Crossover week is the busiest week …
“So spoke the disciples to Jesus. In making this request, they confessed that they were not able to pray on their own, that they had to learn to pray. The phrase ‘learning to pray’ sounds …
Good education starts in the home. It starts with strong parents and strong families. We know that parents are responsible for a child’s upbringing and their protection. And COVID-19 underscored …
Our history
looking back10 YEARS AGO February 16, 2011 Boys and girls basketball kept fans busy this week including the 8th grade girls who have won two tournaments in a row. The team members are Molly Brown, …
days gone by10 YEARS AGO February 16, 2011 De Smet High School actors, under the direction of Jennifer Dobson, came away with a multitude of awards at the state one-act play contest held Feb. 3-5 at …
Around the county
Carthage
From last week, Shirley Stroud went to Huron Thursday with Russ Stroud for a medical appointment. Mark and Lisa Hinkley, De Smet, visited Harriet Hattervig Wednesday. The Trinity Lutheran Church …
Spirit Lake
Wow! The temperatures really got down to 25 degrees below the past week with wind chills much, much lower, I didn’t poke my head outdoors for a couple days. Sure feel for those who had to go out in this cold weather with their jobs. I know being a onetime farmer’s wife, chores were quite a burden in such cold weather and hard on the livestock.
Esmond
Lee and Selma Dunham from Viborg and Sioux Falls respectively, were home this past weekend. Annette and Charemon Dunham took part in a “by phone” Iroquois American Legion Auxiliary meeting …
Iroquois

Regular season ends

For the final game of the regular season, the Lady Chiefs travelled to Estelline. The Redhawks’ offense proved tough to defend as they defeated Iroquois/Doland. Katie Dubro had 10 points and 10 …

Erwin

Turning lemons into lemonade

The annual Erwin Legion and Auxiliary fall turkey dinner was not held due to COVID. Cathy Kazmerzak Nelson and Ron Nelson turned lemons into lemonade and hosted a small family “turkey …

Oldham

There will not be the Ramona/Oldham-Ramona All School Reunion this year due to COVID-19. The plan is to have it in 2022.

Ramona
The Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders celebrated the National Girls & Women in Sports Day this year by honoring three senior student athletes: Rylie Aschmeller from Rutland Madeline Eich from …
Bancroft
The following students have been named to the dean's list for academic excellence after the fall 2020 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn dean's list distinctions in SDSU's colleges, …
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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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