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Voters pass bond for new elementary

De Smet will be getting a new elementary school. The $9 million Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School bond vote passed on Tuesday with a 378 yes to 125 no vote. The bond passed with 75% of the vote …

Get a closer look at the Hwy 14 Trail Project

Efforts to develop a trail along Highway 14 will take another step this week. An informational gathering will be held along Highway 14 at the Game Fish and Parks kiosk outside De Smet on the …

Gutzmer is Legionnaire of the Year

Delegates from more than 240 American Legion Posts from all across our great state gathered in Watertown, June 16-19, to participate in the 103rd Annual Convention of The American Legion Department …

Making memories with family in Nepal

This past month, my wife and I were privileged to visit our daughter, her husband and two of our grandchildren in Nepal. They work with Human Services International to provide relief and services to …

De Smet

Might be a ‘little town’ but there’s a lot going on

On Tues., June 14, the De Smet Development Corporation sponsored De Smet’s semi-annual community meeting at 7 a.m. at the Oxbow Restaurant. The room was full of government officials, business …

Main Street Project awaits funding requests

On Wed., June 15, the De Smet City Council held a special meeting at the Event Center open to the public for discussion of the Main Street Project. Shane Waterman from IMEG, formerly Clark …

School bond election Tuesday

The De Smet School is holding an elementary building project/bond referendum election on Tues., June 21 at the high school community room from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. The district's registered voters are …

Seeking a way to continue free lunch

The De Smet Board of Education met briefly on Mon., June 13 at the De Smet High School. The two main topics discussed were their desire to continue free lunches and the upcoming elementary building …

Another successful car show in the books

The Old Settlers Day Car Show, sponsored by the Kingsbury Klassic Kruisers Car Club, had a total of 60 entries. The area was packed again this year with many beautiful classics that bring back …

Lake Preston

Indoor Country Club ready for golfers

Everyone loves golfing, and it is even better when it can be done year-round. In Lake Preston, with the opening of the Lake Preston Indoor Country Club, people will now have that opportunity. The …

Mogler’s sports dreams come true

Some youth dream of winning a national title in sports, but for Jeramya Mogler, that dream became a reality this past week. Mogler was a member of the South Dakota Special Olympics Basketball Team …

Nuisance properties dominate discussion

The Lake Preston City Council met on Mon., June 6 for a regularly scheduled meeting. The majority of the meeting was discussion with Steve Strande and family regarding a letter and fine that he had …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Fishing with Grandma

Grace and Leah Pietig, Lake Preston, helped Grandma catch some nice fish. (Photo by Brad Pietig)Catch something big? Did you catch a dandy? We want to print it. Send submissions to …

Successful tournament on Thompson

Jake Gonnerman’s family held the fourth annual memorial tournament on June 12, 2022. The Lake Thompson event drew 26 teams to the area, raising money for Jake’s children. Results• 1st-Corey and …

Date night, Dakota style

Kristin Pratt and her husband Jordan spent an evening wader fishing, with great success. The fish are definitely biting on area lakes; walleyes, crappies, white bass and pike are all being caught by …

De Smet Bulldogs

Rain shortens play at state golf meet

The 2022 Boys Class B State Golf Tournament was a fitting conclusion to a golf season filled with bad weather and cancelled meets. Clouds cast shadows over the entire event, with rain ending play …

De Smet golfers qualify for State

De Smet golfers headed to Rocky Run Golf Course, an 18-hole, championship-quality course in Dell Rapids, for the Region 2B Golf Tournament on May 24. Rett Osthus, Kalen Garry, Kasen Janssen and Colt …

State Track & Field results

Four individuals and two relay teams representing De Smet High School earned placings at the State B Track & Field Meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., May 26-28, 2022. Boys 100m Dash: …

Lake Preston Divers

Golf, track and field awards

The awards banquet for track and field and golf was held last Wednesday night for student athletes. Track AwardsGirls MVP: Jocelyn SteffensenBoys MVP: Josh McMastersField Event MVP Girls: Hadlee …

Windy day at the Estelline Track

On Tues., April 26, the Bulldogs and Divers attended a track meet in Estelline. The good ol’ South Dakota wind was blowing, which made for a chilly day at the meet. Boys 110m Hurdles: Trace Van …

Holt takes first in discus, second in shot put

Although several track meets have been cancelled because of weather, the Lake Preston Divers traveled April 12 to compete in a meet at Chester. Hadlee Holt (pictured right) placed first in discus …

Features
Columnists
An afternoon rain shower put an end to field work one warm day in early June. Delmer and the neighbor boys grabbed the opportunity to patrol the shelter belt for deer trails and broods of young …
"And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots …
On June 14th each year, we celebrate the American Flag as an enduring symbol of freedom, equality, justice, and hope. Our flag is more than a symbol of our country’s core values — it also …
One of the most prominent shows from my childhood memory bank is “The Reading Rainbow.” LeVar Burton, who was the face and voice of the show for over 20 years, had a catchphrase that simply …
We live in the information age. One can ask a question by speaking into a phone or entering a few key strokes. Within seconds, a plethora of particulars flashes across the screen. Sometimes, the …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO June 20, 2012 A violent thunderstorm ripped through the area late Monday night and early Tuesday morning leaving mass destruction in its wake. As heavy rains poured, and lightning lit up …
10 years ago June 27, 2012 The sun reflects brightly off the new copper dome on the roof of the Kingsbury County Courthouse, and the off-white roof is back to its original color. Repair and …
Around the county
Carthage
Trinity Lutheran Church will have Worship Sun., June 26, at 8:00 with Pastor Allen Brakke. Trinity Women of the ELCA met Thurs., June 16 with Harriet Hattervig conducting the business meeting and …
Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church worship service, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. FM 88.1 – Live Facebook. Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on KWAT radio, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bible Study. …
Esmond
Vicki Aughenbaugh’s mother from Mesa, Ariz., has been visiting with the Rick and Vicki Aughenbaugh family for the last two weeks. Charemon and Annette Dunham attended the South Dakota State …
Iroquois

High speed internet on its way in Iroquois area

Valley FiberCom is coming to the Iroquois area, including rural addresses. The crew digging the lines are making quick business of it. A handful of satellite internet services currently operating in …

Oldham

Save the date for "25 YEARS - 2nd Time Around" The Oldham Festival Committee meets once a month at the Oldham Saloon, always looking for new volunteers to help with Oldham activities in the …

Ramona
Alivia Spilde, Jensine Matson, Ramey Gearhart and Will Matson are recipients of a $1830 Malone Scholarship presented to them at the Oldham-Ramona Awards Program held on May 17. The Francis T. Malone …
Bancroft
There was no church service at the Presbyterian Church on June 19. It's very disappointing to those who look forward to it, to miss even one. Micah Perry, Lennox, spent a couple of days with his …
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