days gone by

1995: Some hunters find pheasant season too good


November 17, 2010
Banking in De Smet changes Feb. 15, 2011, when Wells Fargo closes its local branch. In the last few weeks, patrons of Wells Fargo in De Smet have received letters indicating the branch will close at noon on Feb. 15. Staci Schiller, Wells Fargo banking media communicator, said that when they look at store locations, they weigh different factors. Closing the De Smet branch came down to not having enough patronage to make it cost effective. Schiller said that there are no jobs lost with the branch closing. Current team members have been offered positions at nearby stores.

A book about the history of De Smet’s hospital started as a simple enough idea, and then it took on a life of its own. Current hospital administrator, Janice Schardin, who edited the recently completed history, said the book started only as a way to celebrate the 50 years the current hospital has been around. When hospital staff began discussing ways of celebrating this milestone, someone suggested writing a history book. As Schardin worked with the material, she noticed a pattern. About every 20 years, the community was faced with identical issues – physician recruitment, expansion and renovation. “History repeats itself,” Schardin noted.

November 15, 1995
Whenever hunting is good, some folks seem to be unable to resist temptation. Fortunately, there are some sportsmen willing to pick up the phone and call the Turn in Poachers hotline when they know a law has been violated. In the first two weeks of pheasant season, three significant cases were solved, thanks to TIPs calls. In the Mitchell area, a report of a significant overbag by a group of 10 hunters from Tennessee prompted an investigation that resulted in each of them being cited for four counts of overbag. Conservation officer Jeff McEntee of Mitchell said the 10 hunters involved had 150 birds, which would have been a legal possession limit for five days of hunting. However, thanks to the TIPs call, officers had been observing the party and knew they did not hunt at all on Oct. 25. Through interviews, it was learned that the party did very little hunting on Oct. 23 because of the weather. According to McEntee, the hunters thought they could evade the daily bag limits by staying in South Dakota long enough to make it appear that they had legally taken 15 roosters apiece.

November 19, 1970

A grant for $8,618.52 is being made by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation to development of the 23-acre Washington Park at De Smet, so The News was advised Thursday by telegram from Washington. The telegram stated that Senator Karl Mundt and Representative Ben Reifel were notified of the grant. The funding is from the Land and Water Conservation Program, which provides money to assist states and local government in acquiring and developing non-federal recreation lands and waters as part of South Dakota’s statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation planning, so the telegram stated. The funds are to be matched by De Smet and will be used in the development of three acres in Washington Park in camper pads, a picnic area, playground, shower facilities, irrigation system and lights, in the program of improvement started this summer by De Smet City.

November 15, 1945

Miss Joyce Lee of this city has joined the staff of The De Smet News, starting in full time this week after a few hours a day the past week. She will spend a few weeks in the office, assisting Miss Hazelle Larsen, before decision is made as to her department. Miss Lee is a graduate of the local high school in 1944 and has been employed lately at Gordon’s Cafe. Additional help in the office will relieve others of the staff, and it may lead to training another composing machine operator, a position left vacant when Miss Phyllis Sherwood left for college.

Mr. and Mrs. Garmon Magnuson report from recent letters received from their three boys in service. Milton, recently promoted to sergeant, is in a hospital in Manila with yellow jaundice and expects to be there several more weeks. Their second son, Gerhard, stationed in Guam, is promoted from private first class to corporal, and Sidney, a sergeant, is in Japan with 28 months of overseas duty so far. He had expected to be on his way home but has been assigned to the army of occupation.

November 15, 1915
The opening of the new Floto Auditorium was a great success. There were about 150 couples of dancers and nearly as many more spectators who wanted to see the new hall. The size of the floor, 50 feet x 105 feet, enabled all to dance without crowding, and the new hardwood floor proved ideal. Mr. and Mrs. Irons provided the music. The ladies of the Royal Neighbors furnished supper in the little hall. (The auditorium is now Klinkel Hall, the “little” hall, the second floor of the Klinkel Building.) The new Floto Auditorium was opened for skating Monday night and has been open each night this week.


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