Days gone by

1997: Blizzard brings 12-ft snowdrifts in places


January 18, 2012

South Dakotans this past week have reflected on the life of former Gov. Bill Janklow. Some in Kingsbury County remember his personal touch with fondness. Janklow, who was South Dakota’s governor for 16 years, died Jan. 12 of brain cancer. His body lay in state Tuesday at the state Capitol in Pierre. Funeral services were scheduled Wednesday in Sioux Falls. Janklow cut a wide, colorful swath across the state. He had an impact on Kingsbury County by taking a personal interest in the 1986 Lake Preston class, by becoming a member of the Kingsbury County Cattleman’s Association and by personal visits here to deal with flooding and other issues.

January 15, 1997

The Blizzard of 1997 howled through this area last week and left roads plugged and county, state and local crews faced with the gigantic task of getting traffic moving. The storm came on the heels of another that hit only a few days earlier. Nearly an inch of rain fell on Jan. 3 and left most roads icy, followed by an estimated six to eight inches of new snow on Jan. 4. Road crews barely got things cleared when the blizzard, with winds of 40-50 miles per hour and temperatures that fell to nearly -20 degrees, set in on Jan. 9. Little new snow fell, but high winds whipped snow already on the ground into a blinding blanket and pushed it into drifts about 12 feet deep in places. Kingsbury County residents awoke on Friday to temperatures of -18 degrees with wind chills estimated at -70 to -80 degrees. Temperatures remained that cold throughout the weekend. Gov. Bill Janklow ordered no travel throughout the state. Interstates were barricaded and closed to travel from Jan. 9 until late on Jan. 11.

January 20, 1972

An attendance of 46 and an evening of report and discussion came at the monthly session of De Smet Chamber of Commerce Monday at Cottage Inn, following the dinner. Burdette Van Meter, the new president, conducted the meeting with Mrs. David Harris as secretary and Jack Colwell as treasurer. Welcomed as new members of the board of directors were Curtis Bratland, NW Bell Co. manager and Clarence Mutschler, the owner of the Coast-to-Coast Store, elected for two-year terms, and James Doyle, Erwin vicinity, for a one-year term as a rural area representative. The meeting brought election of another director, for a vacancy not filled at the annual meeting, Miss Yvonne Huber, County Home Agent, was elected. Continuing members of the board are Mrs. Harvey Hildebrandt and Wilbur Cecil, past president.

January 16, 1947

A new business opened in De Smet this week, Dahl’s Radio Service, located in the small structure for many years as the De Smet Music Store. The proprietor is Idore M. Dahl of Lake Preston, who has had a radio shop in his home city for some time, under the same name. He will continue that place of business. Mr. Dahl has rented the building from N.E. Tackaberry, who bought it some weeks ago.

Butterfat prices on the local market have dropped 11 cents in the past week – now being quoted at 67 cents. From last week’s high of 78 cents, prices have declined almost daily – the same decline being noted over the entire country.

January 17, 1902

Horace Perry is airing a new driving team.

If present calculations mature, De Smet will have at least three new store buildings and seven new residences by fall.


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