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Weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, inability to find or understand words; these are symptoms of a stroke which are typically sudden in onset. The symptoms can be … more
Serving the area since 2013, the De Smet Community Foundation continues to support efforts that help our community. The Foundation has been the community ‘go-to’ nonprofit organization … more
For years, I’ve been working to advance ethanol to benefit South Dakota farmers. Our state ranks sixth in the nation for ethanol production capacity, and we produce more than 1 billion gallons … more
It is a classic presentation: The middle-aged man who develops a painful, swollen, great toe the morning after indulging in a steak dinner with a few beers. The savvy clinician will immediately … more
I am connected with every public-school district in South Dakota as well as a handful of private schools. I am here to tell you that they are all doing the absolute best they can to keep the students … more
Fourth grade students Kaden Koistinen, left, Dakota Poe and Jacob Harrison pose for a quick picture in their western wear during Homecoming week for the Bulldogs. more
I love making cakes for family birthdays. Sometimes I try new recipes and make cakes from scratch, but in months like September, with birthdays every week, I tend to get lazy and buy cake mix and … more
The Fairlane Galaxie 500 lurched slowly over the low curb as Dad maneuvered it into the grassy lot that served as a parking area. The dust-coated grass lay flat in the wheel tracks and footpaths that … more
If it were up to me, I would have scripted some of my friends’ life stories differently. So many tragedies have struck people close to me, that if I were the writer, they would have been … more
Here’s the truth: The word still — as in “don’t move” — is not in my vocabulary. Stand still? Sit still? Lie still? Nope. I shift from foot to foot or wriggle in … more
This past week started with celebrating America’s workers and ended with the commemoration of 9/11, one of the most tragic days in American history. It’s important to look back at our … more
During the pandemic, many of us are finding time to go through storage areas. If anyone finds scrapbooks, photos or stories about the one-room rural schools in this area that they will part with or … more
Trace Van Regenmorter and Griffin Clubb limited out this past weekend on their duck boat near De Smet. (Photo by Wes Clubb) more
The temperatures have been bouncing all over the place lately, but they may finally be leveling out a little bit. I sure hope so, because my poor thermostat is getting a work out from me switching it … more
Early in the pandemic, I had occasion to page through photo albums my mother assembled during my childhood. Some of those happy images chilled my physician heart. There I was, two months old, … more
“Come on in and sit up to the table. There’s always enough for one more!” The screen door creaked open as Dad ushered in a guest at 11:50 a.m. Mom was accustomed to setting an extra … more
A major accomplishment for a rural community the size of De Smet and unknown to many people passing through the area is the fact that there is a large Industrial Park located on the east side of … more
You’ve heard me say many times that South Dakota never closed. We allowed South Dakotans to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. But … more
I’m a mean, lean, goal-conquering machine. Put a task in front of me, no matter how big, and I’ll hack away at it until it’s done. Can you relate? That’s good, right? Well, … more
Sunshine, gentle breezes and cool temperatures made the perfect day to hang out laundry, but even if the weather was not ideal, the clothes were hung outside. When I grew up in rural South Dakota, … more
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