days gone by

1996: Coffee bar put in at Ward’s Store


April 20, 2011

Sen. John Thune Monday pledged that his office will help get whatever federal aid is available to assist with flood damage around Lake Thompson and in Kingsbury County. Thune met with county officials and homeowner representatives and others in the beach parking lot at the Lake Thompson Recreation Area. A light drizzle mixed with an occasional snowflake fell as he talked. Thune said his office staff has made several visits to the flooded area. “But you need to see it to appreciate it,” he said, thanking local officials for inviting him.

April 17, 1996

Ward’s Store in De Smet has taken on an upscale look with the addition of a coffee bar. About a month ago, owner Patti Ward put in a coffee bar and began serving flavored coffees, espresso drinks and cold sodas. She also has added a consignment of crafts and has rented space to the Prairie Antiquers so they can display some of their merchandise downtown. Ward said she got the idea for the coffee bar during a visit to Seattle, Wash., last August. She saw a number of stores with them out there and decided it would make a good addition to De Smet’s main street. She said once warmer weather sets in, they will place some tables outside for a sidewalk café. They also plan to be open some evenings. Ward has managed the family-owned business the past 15 years. The Wards have owned the store 39 years.

April 22, 1971

With National Library Week to be observed April 18-24, De Smet Kiwanis Club went visiting Monday for the weekly noon luncheon meeting. The members gathered at City Library, served plate lunches by Cottage Inn, where the club meets regularly. The visit was arranged by Robert Bell, project chairman for the day. Mrs. Oscar Bjordahl, librarian, was present to greet the Kiwanians and speak on Library Week and the interest being shown in the library since it acquired a new building three years ago. Seated at the reading tables following the customary prayer and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, the club members ate their lunch of salad, ham sandwiches, apple pie and coffee. Mrs. Bjordahl spoke of the history and purpose of library week, the purpose to promote greater reading by Americans. She told of the patronage the library has received from over a wide area and the number of visitors from distances and the appreciation shown for the library.

April 18, 1946

K & K, Co. of De Smet advertised quality savings during their Easter Value Days. All of the luscious foods you need for your Easter dinner at lowest prices. Don’t forget our Nylon Hose Drawing every Saturday night at ten o’clock. Sliced Ham, ready-to-eat, .36 a pound; Butternut Coffee, .36 a pound; Strawberries, .45 a box; Apples, .15 a pound; Oranges, .25 a dozen; Large Head of Crisp Lettuce, .13; Radishes, .5 a bunch; New Potatoes, .10 a pound; Swansdown Cake Flour, .33 a box; and Sliced Bacon, .41 a pound.

April 17, 1936

Work has begun on the new service station which Mrs. F.L. Brewer is having built on the corner of Calumet Avenue and Highway 14.

W.E. Domonoske was re-elected chief of De Smet Volunteer Fire Company at the meeting held at City Hall Monday evening. Some 300 feet of new hose has been ordered. The department voted to cooperate with the annual Clean-Up, Paint-Up Week and will make a tour of inspection of buildings along Main Street some time during the week.


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