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1921: Heavy rain brings hope for improved crops


July 13, 2011

A tree branch that was on fire Sunday fell onto power lines, causing a short circuit in the Willow Lake Locker building touching off an early morning fire that destroyed three businesses Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the fire at around 1 a.m., and they were still trying to extinguish hot spots late Tuesday afternoon. A tree started on fire; the firefighters extinguished the blaze, but a smoldering branch ignited. A statement released by the State Department of Public Safety said local officials requested that the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office send an investigator to the scene. “It appears that sometime later, a portion of the tree re-ignited. A branch burned away and fell into contact with electrical power lines, creating a short that set fire to the meat locker building,” said Wayne Tellinghuisen, who owns four of the five businesses including a meat locker that was damaged by the blaze. The fire was investigated by the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s office, the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Willow Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

July 17, 1996

The Maras Sisters and Jacob recently released their second recording: The Maras Sisters and Jacob – across the prairie. The group, from De Smet, features five sisters – Angela, sings lead and harmony and plays piano solos and backup; Lindsay, 16, is featured on the guitar and accordion, plays piano backup and also sings; Krystal, 14, has three state fiddle titles and is featured in all of the 21 selections on the release. She also plays many of her own arrangements or adds harmony and also does some singing; Katie, 12, is featured on lead vocal and harmony, plays harmonica and piano; Alison, 4, when the recording was made, sings a solo and a couple of duets; and Jacob, the only brother, 7, has a solo and some other singing parts. The group has played to more than 200 audiences in the past six years, and in the last year, has had 20 standing ovations. They are the children of Steve and Joyce Maras of De Smet.

July 15, 1971

Members and leaders are working together to prepare for the 4-H carnival Saturday evening at the 4-H Building in De Smet. This is only one of the numerous activities where 4-H members, leaders and parents cooperate to work and play together. It’s an important one though. The carnival promises to be an evening of fun activities for the entire family. Besides providing wholesome entertainment and recreation for the county, the carnival should provide funds needed to send about 50 young people to Camp Lakodia during the last week in July. These are children who don’t usually have an opportunity to go to a summer camp. The two sessions of Youth Development Camp will be run by the same staff that counsels 4-H camps during the rest of the summer.

July 11, 1946

Butterfat rose to 66 cents a pound Tuesday, bringing the retail butter price to 72 cents.

The City Bakery re-opened Tuesday of this week, following a four-week forced closing for lack of shortening and flour.

The southern and eastern parts of Kingsbury County received heavy rains Friday evening, with hail doing damage in some areas.

July 8, 1921

Rainstorms Saturday and Monday nights brought this section a heavy fall, and improved crop prospects a great deal. Over four inches and a quarter fell in two twenty-four-hour periods.

De Smet’s racers were strong place winners at Raskin Park July 4th, with four firsts and three seconds to their credit…Frank Miller, driving his No. 5, won one first, Ed Miller with No. 6, won three firsts and Art Endersby took three seconds with his racer, No. 4.


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