Lake Preston

It was a beautiful day for a ride

It was a hot day on Saturday, but that didn’t turn people away from celebrating a poker run in remembrance of Tony DeKnikker. Motorcycles, ATVs, cars and a bus made their way around to several …

De Smet

Social distancing the new normal at area nursing home

The Good Samaritan Society in De Smet is currently doing outdoor 6-foot social distance visiting. This is only being offered to families that live in Kingsbury County. Hand sanitation and masks are …

Education

Should your kids attend school this year?

With school quickly approaching, the debate of in-class school versus virtual learning has been the topic of discussion more recently. Both extremes of the argument, in-person classes with no masks …
The economy

De Smet sees decrease in tourism this year

Tourist season in the little town on the prairie looks quite a bit different than usual this year in the midst of a pandemic.
The live performances of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant were cancelled this year. The pageant typically brings a large cast and crew in close contact with each other for most of the summer with auditions and rehearsals in the spring.
Sports & Outdoors

Game on! High school sports are a go

The South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) voted unanimously July 22 to proceed with high school sports on time. However, schools and localities will have the final say regarding …

Thursday night golf at KCCC always fun!

Twenty to 30 couples gather every Thursday to see what kind of golf variation they will play that night. Two couples are assigned to organize the game, and every week the format is different. Last …

Area youth compete in our state sport – rodeo

The word “rodeo” is steeped in tradition, a tradition defined as “an exhibition or contest in which cowboys show their skills in riding broncs, roping calves, wrestling steers and …

David Shepherd of Estelline, S.D., was recently hired as the new park manager at Lake Thompson Recreation Area. Shepherd replaces John Christensen, who had been at the park since its inception. …
Monster crappie! Rafael Plaza of Huron caught this 13” crappie on the Oldham Grade last week while fishing after work. The fish was caught casting a white Lindy Live Bait Jig, tipped with a …

Looking back on a decade on the track

A decade ago, drag racing was much different for the Lake Preston and De Smet communities. The track looked the same, but the number of cars that showed up was drastically different, as the number of …

Columnists
Is there any aroma more tantalizing than that of homemade bread, fresh from the oven? The cinnamon-spice scent of warm apple pie could take a close second. During this stay-at-home time, people have …
“Doctor, I need an x-ray.” As a rheumatologist, I hear this statement many times from patients who believe imaging will help determine the cause of symptoms, such as back pain or knee …
My favorite doll growing up was my Cabbage Patch Kid named Sandy. She had long brown hair, freckles, a bright red dress with white polka dots and cute little ruffled bloomers, but my favorite part …
We are living in very challenging days. Discernment of God’s will is even more challenging than before. Voices all around us declare that we must do this while others, full of the same …
Photo of the Week

Landmark gone with the wind

LeRoy Roth cuts up what remains of a huge ash tree July 25 on Dollie Purintun’s property in De Smet. Strong winds in the night toppled the more than 100-year old shade tree, which family …

Around the county
Iroquois

A little TLC for medical professionals

Larica Hofhenke of Iroquois said she was touched deeply by reports of doctors and nurses struggling to care for patients in hospitals — especially in New York — during the COVID-19 …

UMW to hold virtual concert this summer

The Iroquois United Methodist Women have hosted a summer entertainment event annually to support the Abbott House in Mitchell, and this year is no exception. Only, this year, the event will be on …

Esmond
Rick and Vicki Aughenbaugh and the Cory Aughenbaugh family of Sioux Falls were in the Black Hills last week and stayed a few days at the Silver City camp site. Vicki Aughenbaugh hosted a coffee …
Erwin
Spending Sunday through Wednesday at the Don and Roberta Neu home were Tony, Peggy, Emma and Gavin Neu, Kannon and Akayden Williams and Cass Motley of Canton. Tim, Tyson and Katelyn Neu of Lewiston, …
Carthage
David and Tina Miller flew in from Oregon last Thursday and visited with Pete and Myrna Miller until Tuesday. Donovan Sandven attended a wrestling/bible camp at Lake Byron, near Huron, last Friday …
Ramona
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to live and good works, Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day …
Oldham

In the community of Oldham, you can find a bridge. Not your typical bridge covering a waterway or creek, but the Sharing Bridge. This is the name of the food pantry in Oldham. The mission of the food …

Bancroft
Prairie Ag Partners is gearing up for the harvest season with a new grain bin at their Bancroft location.
Spirit Lake
Pastor Dick Poppen will speak Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on KWAT radio.Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church drive-up service Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., 88.1FM and live on Facebook.Duane and Doris Poppen, Aberdeen, …
About the relaunch of our paper

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Our local newspaper is back and with a new name, a new look, a volunteer staff and a modern web site! Click on this headline to learn more about how it all happened.

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