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Bird flu downs migrating geese

Chances are you have seen groups of dead waterfowl on frozen lakes around Kingsbury County and the surrounding area. Many people have reported these findings to South Dakota’s Game, Fish & …

Lining up Christmas traditions

The busy Christmas season has begun! You can see more pictures from the events inside this edition of the Kingsbury Journal.

Everyone deserves a present

“Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. The Inter-Lakes Community Action (ICAP) Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for children in our community each year …

Don’t let the Grinch steal Christmas

When most people think about the holidays, they imagine quality time with family, Christmas work parties, visiting old friends, good food, and lots of retail sales. Unfortunately, very few people …

Celebrating the season with Julie Waldner’s art

Julie Waldner is celebrating the Christmas Season by opening her Dakota Reflection Art Studio and her home for a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 10, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Julie is well-known …

De Smet

Home of the Week

Each week during the holiday season, the De Smet Community Women pick a decorated home to honor. DCW has chosen Karley and Brian Fischer on Andrews Ave. for this season’s second Home of the …

‘Trimming the Tree’ at American Bank & Trust

American Bank & Trust in De Smet has held a “Trim the Tree” contest for nearly 40 years, according to Suzanne Roeder who began the annual event. WHAT IS THE “TRIM THE TREE” CONTEST? Each …

More Christmas cheer

The De Smet Chamber of Commerce held their annual Festival of Trees Dec. 4 in the back room of Klinkel's III. This year's theme was "The Grinch who Stole Christmas," with many of the trees reflecting …

Bi-Annual Community Meeting Set

The popular Bi-Annual Community Breakfast Meeting will be held on Tuesday morning, Dec. 13 at 7 a.m. at the Oxbow Restaurant. It is a chance for the community to come together and hear about projects …

Lake Preston

Parade looks to Light the Night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Lake Preston Progressive Community Women (PCW) are excited to hold the inaugural Light the Night Parade on Main Street, Lake Preston on Dec. 11 at …

Local students attend workshop

A group of theater students attended a workshop at SDSU last week. They learned from SDSU professors about acting/performance, technical theater and dance. They ended the day watching SDSU’s …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

A rare find

Wes Clubb, De Smet, shows off a black pheasant that his dog Ellie helped him hunt up. If you've had some ice-fishing success, please send your photo to jim@kingsburyjournal.comShoot something big? …

A nice pile of ducks

Brandon Tekrony, Brookings, had a good day grouse hunting with the boys this past month. (Submitted photo)Shoot something big? Did you catch a dandy? We want to print it. Send submissions to …

A nice pile of ducks

Brothers Jamison Ries and Wyatt Anderson enjoyed a good morning out duck hunting. (Submitted photo)Shoot something big? Did you catch a dandy? We want to print it. Send submissions to …

Cross Country
De Smet Bulldogs

Bulldogs look to defend state title

boys basketballThe De Smet boys' basketball team is preparing to open their 2022-2023 season Friday night Dec. 9 against Deubrook in De Smet as part of a doubleheader. The Bulldogs are the defending …

Bulldog season ends in semifinals

De Smet was in Tulare on Fri., Nov. 4, taking on the Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots, with a trip to the 9B State Championship on the line. The Bulldogs entered the game as the #6 seed with a 7-3 record, …

Bulldogs upset #3 Kougars, on to semifinal

De Smet continued their playoff run on Thurs., Oct. 27, this time traveling to Kadoka to take on the #3 seed Kadoka Area Kougars. The Kougars and the Bulldogs each entered the game with a 6-3 record. …

Bulldogs advance with win over Cowboys

De Smet opened the first round of playoffs on Thurs., Oct. 20, at home as the #6 seed in Class 9B taking on the #11 Colome Cowboys. The Bulldogs entered the game with a 5-3 record, while the Cowboys …

Dogs fall to Hamlin and St.Mary

De Smet vs HamlinDe Smet hosted the Chargers from Hamlin on Tues., Oct. 11. The Chargers won 3-0. Leading the Bulldogs on statistics for the night were Jada Burke with six kills, 13 digs, two blocks, …

I/LP Sharks

Lady Sharks ready for their season

The Lady Sharks have been busy at practice for their first season as the Sharks. Back row left, Assistant Coach Drew Casper, Amelia Holland, Ava Malone, Chenoa Harris, Stella DeKnikker, Faith …

Sharks first season ends in first round of playoffs

When the Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks found out that they would match up against the Gregory Gorillas in the first round of playoffs, they knew they would have their hands full. The Gorillas were a …

Sharks compete in busy week on the road

i/lp vs elkton/lake benton The Sharks Volleyball team had a busy week on the road. The week started facing a very good Class A team, Elkton/Lake Benton, in Elkton. The Sharks were led in kills by …

Sharks secure playoff spot with win

It was a cold and crisp autumn evening when the Iroquois/Lake Preston (I/LP) Sharks football team suited up to take on the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland (ORR) Raiders in the Dakota Valley Conference …

Features
Columnists
The holiday season is well on us. At my age I've learned some things about holiday eating that I'd like to share with you … no extra charge. Let's start with: 1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh …
The holidays are stressful for many people, so this week I’m sharing my thoughts and some ideas on how to alleviate some of that stress when it comes to gatherings with family and friends. If you …
The older I get, the faster time goes, or so it seems. Once Thanksgiving leftovers are polished off, it is Christmas. This was not so when I was a kid. I remember counting down the days, beginning in …
We have entered the season of Advent. Many of us perhaps feel that we have actually entered the Christmas season, but we are not going to get into the secular vs. church seasons. If you have an …
For most of us, we hope to never need help from emergency responders. But when our darkest moments come, we depend on them to be there for us. And they answer the call. They put their lives on the …
Photo of the Week

100-year-old hunter shoots another deer

On Sun., Nov. 24, Delmar Tobey, age 100 plus six months, a resident of Parkview Assisted Living in Bryant, shot a deer near his farm, north of Willow Lake. Delmar is an avid bow hunter and has bagged …

Our history
10 YEARS AGO December 5, 2012 Some of the LPHS FFA chapter members went to Brookings last Wednesday to present their contests to the SDSU meat advisors. The teams that went were the Sr. Parliamentary …
25 years agoDecember 3, 1997Volleyball coach Shelly Osthus says she’s ready to go this year and several team members say the team is going to be strong.There are 40 girls out for volleyball and …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have Worship on Saturday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. Sunday School classes on Wednesday at 4:30 at Lorelee’s. Trinity Women of the E.L.C.A. is Thursday, December 15 at …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church Worship Service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. F.M. 88.1 Live Facebook Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on K.W.A.T. radio on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday is …
Esmond
Adaline, Dale and Barb Reilly attended Faith Mennonite Youth Program and Supper last week Tuesday evening. Several members of the Community attended the Iroquois School Vocal Christmas Concert held …
Iroquois

Santa visits Iroquois

On December 4 the Iroquois Community Club hosted its well-attended annual Christmas Soup Supper. The children made Christmas ornaments and decorated trees. Santa made a visit to the event to the …

Gingerbread houses

The Iroquois preschool class made gingerbread houses this past week. The children used Royal Icing to attach graham crackers and candies to small milk cartons. Four parent volunteers helped with the …

Oldham

On Sun., Nov. 27, the Oldham Legion Auxiliary and the Oldham Area Improvement hosted their well-attended annual Christmas celebration in the gym. The celebration involved Santa, singing, games and a …

Bancroft
Ted Haug was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on December 4. He and his wife Kay presented a Christmas Program in solos and readings throughout the service. There was a wonderful sermon on the …
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