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Firm to evaluate county structures

The Kingsbury County Board of County Commissioners met Oct. 5 in regular session to tackle a lengthy list of items on their agenda. Commissioner Corey Lundquist was absent, and Commissioner Doug …

Learning the sounds of fire safety

Open any newspaper this past week, and you will find many pictures of students making visits to fire stations, fire crews visiting schools and students wearing a fire helmet or turnout coat. …

Smaller budget approved for coming year

With just days to go before the budget deadline occurs, Kingsbury County Board of Commissioners approved their 2022 final budget. Commissioners also discussed medicinal cannabis dispensaries and …

De Smet

Kruempel signs books on home ground

DeAnn (Wolkow) Kruempel grew up about seven miles north of De Smet on a small family farm not too far from Erwin. Growing up on a farm and in a rural area brought many exciting and challenging …

Lake Preston girls may play with Lady Bulldogs

The De Smet Board of Education met Monday evening. While most of the agenda items were straight forward, one item brought in the public. Item 10 was discussion and motion for Lake Preston girls …

Best historic town in the U.S.?

De Smet was honored by the USA Today Network as one of twenty towns in the running for the Best Historic Town in the United States. Now is the time for everyone to vote online every day for De Smet …

Lake Preston

The telegraph–railroad connection

The history of the railroad would be incomplete without the telegraph. When the U.S. transcontinental railroad was built., a line of telegraph wires was run parallel to it to facilitate instant …

Busy Blue Bells celebrate 4-H Day

Last week was set aside to honor 4-H as an organization and to celebrate all that it has to offer. Head, heart, hands and health are the four pillars of the 4-H emblem, and local 4-H members …

New hotel coming to Lake Preston

Sometime in the very near future, Gevo, Inc. should be signing on the dotted line, and plans for its 240 acres $800 million Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Plant will be put into motion. Construction …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Nice catch!

Six-year-old Boedy Schneider is hooked! He caught this walleye while fishing with his dad and grandpa. (Submitted photo)Catch a dandy? We want to print it. Send submissions to …

Family fishing fun

Atticus Rivera caught a nice stringer of walleyes with his grandpa, Emmett Harty, and uncle, Tim Harty, on Saturday.

Trophy caught, photographed and released

Twelve-year-old Jase Peterson caught this beautiful 29.5” walleye on Indian Springs on Sunday. Peterson released the fish, so he can catch him another day. Fall fishing is kicking off. The perch …

De Smet Bulldogs

Lady Bulldogs defeat Divers, lose to ORR

De Smet vs Lake Preston The Lady Bulldogs defeated Lake Preston on Tues., Oct. 5 at home. The gym was hot and humid, but the Bulldogs fought through it and won 4-1 on the night. De Smet won the first …

Bulldogs go to work vs. Warriors

Bulldog football was back in action Thursday at Wilkinson Field. The 9A and DVC matchup featured the #1 ranked and 6-0 De Smet taking on 5-1 and receiving votes in the polls, Castlewood.  De Smet …

De Smet defeats C/WL in five sets

The week began with a home game against Clark/Willow Lake. The gym was extremely hot, which made for timeouts in front of the fans to give the girls some relief. The Bulldogs started slowly, not …

'Kats are no match for the Dogs

De Smet capped off homecoming week with a football game Friday night against the Kimball-White Lake WiLdKats. The undefeated and #1 ranked Bulldogs won the opening toss and took the first play of the …

Loud and proud for the win!

De Smet started off the homecoming week with a nice win over James Valley Christian on Tuesday. The Bulldogs came to play, and with the help of the awesome crowd support, De Smet took the win in 3-0. …

Lake Preston Divers

Divers hit a slump

The Lake Preston Lady Divers have hit a bit of a slump over the past few weeks, falling to 6-15 on the season with their recent loss to the Lady Elks of Elkton-Lake Benton in Lake Preston on Monday …

Runners go on the road

lake preston cross countryThe Lake Preston Divers had a busy and successful week of cross country. They attended the Invitationals for Sioux Valley, Colman-Egan, Arlington and Howard on Tuesday, …

Bulldogs defeat Badgers 62-0

When a top-ranked team plays a winless team, you can pretty much guess how the game will come out. There were no surprises on that front Friday night in Lake Preston, as the De Smet Bulldogs …

Divers win division at Clark Tournament

The Lake Preston Divers went 2-2 at the Clark Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Divers came out strong, taking the first set against Redfield but were not able to keep the momentum against the …

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The second Monday in October has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1968. In 1990, South Dakota was the first state to do things a little differently than the rest of the nation. In South …
I don’t remember exactly when, but I do remember the first time I ever heard of Amish friendship bread was when I was at one of our big family gatherings on my mom’s side of the family. It was …
In the last couple years, I have developed a renewed awe and appreciation of our scientists around the world who work for their entire careers to advance science and medicine in their laboratories …
In agricultural communities like ours, especially during planting or harvest season, it’s very easy to forget what day it is. It’s not that you forget what day it is, it’s because being behind …
They have the power to tell love stories, fuse friendships and end wars. They can convey profound thanks, apology or heartrending regret. They can alter history. Words written on paper by a human …
Our history
10 years ago October 12, 2011 The Oldham and Lake Preston fire departments responded to a wildfire during the afternoon on Oct. 6, just south of Oldham in a field owned by Ron McGarvie. The fire …
10 YEARS AGO October 12, 2011 Shirley Lenz, home representative and grand librarian, was recently honored at the 123rd Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star session in Pierre. She is a worthy matron. …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have worship Oct. 17 at 8:00 a.m. with the Sunday School singing. Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Trinity Women will meet Thurs., Oct. 21 …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church Service Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 88.1 FM Radio, Live Facebook. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on KWAT radio Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study …
Esmond
Charemon Dunham traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., to attend the American Legion Conference on how to write and judge American Legion history. The Bornitz family held a get-together, tailgate party of …
Iroquois

Iroquois students of the month

6th Grade Student of the Month:Brycen Blue What is your favorite subject and why?Social Studies is my favorite subject because Mr. Beehler is a good teacher and explains things well. Why is school …

Character Counts

Character Counts Iroquois Elementary will be celebrating Character Counts Week Oct. 18-22. Students are encouraged to dress in colors that represent each character trait:Monday, blue for …

Oldham

The Oldham American Legion Auxiliary will host their annual fall blood drive on Thurs., Oct. 14 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Oldham Gym.When it comes to donating blood, every drop counts! Every day …

Bancroft
Charles Borchard from JVCS in Huron was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on Oct. 10. Thank you very much for your service to us. Harvest was in full swing all over Kingsbury County, with the …
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