GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL
Lake Preston schools

Board approves back-to-school plan

The Lake Preston Board of Education met Monday, Aug. 10 for their regularly scheduled meeting. Much of the discussion revolved around the proposed “Back to School Plan” presented by …

School set to open next week in Lake Preston

Opening days• K-12 starts Wednesday, August 19, 2020• Preschool starts Thursday, August 20, 2020Doors open at 8:00 a.m. If your child will be eating breakfast, please have them go to the …

De Smet schools

Plans finalize as school starts next week

The first day of school is Aug. 20 in De Smet. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the board and administration discussed precautions that will be taken. Superintendent Abi Van Regenmorter …

Oldham-Ramona schools

Oldham-Ramona school gains new staff

The Oldham-Ramona School District has three new hires for the new school year. Katie Wiebe will be joining the staff as the new school counselor, along with Lilianna Mallak as the new music teacher …

Colleges

Tales from the spring break that simply didn’t end

As a sophomore at Northern State University in Aberdeen, it was very hard to find out that sophomore year would come to an end by finishing online. We had our spring break set to start on March 6 when our Friday classes were over, and classes were set to resume on Monday, March 16. None of us students knew that we actually would not be returning back to campus for the rest of the year.

Iroquois schools

A return to school — new staff and changes

At this time of year, the thoughts of children and teachers turn to school. New supplies are purchased, bulletin boards are decorated and schools are cleaned in preparation for school starting. With …

Local news

Plein Air event a ‘virtual’ success

The 12th annual De Smet Plein Air “Paint Out,” and the first virtual plein air event, was a tremendous success. The event was sponsored by the Harvey Dunn Society and held Aug. 7 – …

Riding the waves of housing by Lake Thompson

When Bob and Darlene Hauck purchased their first farm place on the east shores of Lake Thompson in 1958, it seemed the perfect place to base their farming operation and to raise a family.The farm was …
Columnists
Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later. Many years ago, when I was a very wet-behind-the-ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the …
Every day I’m excited to check out my garden, as things are really starting to get going now. I’ve gotten a few bell peppers and a couple salsa peppers, and my onions are ready and …
If you’re a fisherman/woman or a boat enthusiast, you probably relate to the story of Jesus walking on the water. Many times, we are captivated by Jesus’s miraculous act, and we look past …
Tails waving in the air, young calves frolic through the pasture as their mothers stand by, contentedly chewing their cuds. A cow bends to sniff her baby as it lies curled up, hiding in the grasses. …
Photo of the Week

Fire hose fun

The De Smet Firemen let the kids have a chance to spray water from the fire hoses at the Fire Department / Ambulance picnic.

Sports & Outdoors

Dirt bikes take to the air

If you step outside your door when the snow is gone and the ground is starting to dry, you are likely to hear the “Brraaaap!” of dirt bikes coming from the northwest part of town. The …

Juniors and Seniors hit the links

This past Sunday evening was another great one to spend on the golf course. A total of 26 teams across several age groups participated in the 33rd Annual Junior/Senior Tournament. The tournament …

Around the county
Iroquois

Local farmer directs donation to Iroquois school

Iroquois area farmer and school board president, Greg Blue, recently directed a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to the Iroquois School Ag …

Erwin
Descendants of Mary (Hughes) Jones and Benjamin Samuel Jones gathered Aug. 1 at the Erwin Cemetery during a family reunion. Benjamin’s parents, David E. Jones and Jane (Davis) Jones, immigrated …
Carthage

Remembering Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless

Bob and Deb Stroud and their grandchildren, Kalli and J.P. of Redfield, were recent visitors with Donna Stroud. The Daniel Stroud family of Huron were Saturday visitors. Logan Hattervig of Sioux …

Esmond
Curt Wehlander celebrated his birthday recently with a family dinner. Erik Wehlander was home from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion for a week. He will begin his second year of law school …
Ramona
Monday, August 17: BBQ Chicken on Bun, Green Beans, Fruit, MilkTuesday, August 18: Turkey Gravy over Biscuit, Peas, Fruit, Milk  Wednesday, August 19: Hamburger on Bun, Baked …
Oldham

The Oldham Library Board is having an open house retirement appreciation party for Joanne Nelson, who has served since 1976. They will be serving refreshments from 1:00-3:00 on Friday, Aug 7. …

Bancroft
Church service was again held at the Presbyterian Church in Bancroft on Sunday. The officiating minister at the baptism of Melody Noelle Whitten was the Rev. Richert of Brookings. Melody is the …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church is holding drive up services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Drivers should tune into 88.1 F.M on their radios. Services are also streamed live on Facebook. The Rev. Dick Poppen …
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