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1997: Demolishing the old De Smet High School building


10 years ago
May 30, 2012

Several livestock producers voiced their concerns to the Kingsbury County Commission May 22 about a zoning ordinance regarding the application of manure generated from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs.) The wording of the ordinance led producers to believe the county was placing more restrictions on all livestock producers. “Basically, the intent of the ordinance was that out-of-county operators would have to comply with the same rules operators in Kingsbury County do,” State’s Attorney Gregg Gass said. The amended ordinance states that facilities applying manure generated from a CAFO located outside of Kingsbury County shall be required to obtain a conditional-use permit for land application of the manure in Kingsbury County.

25 years ago
June 4, 1997

Demolition on the old De Smet High School building was in full swing Wednesday. Contractor Bob Bode was waiting for a large backhoe-like machine to be moved in so serious demolition could begin. He said the machine was stuck in the mud near Aberdeen and should be in De Smet by Wednesday. It arrived late that day. Meanwhile, Bode and others had removed some wood and other items from the building while waiting for the machine. People were picking through and hauling some items away that had been thrown outside. Plans are to knock the old building down and haul it away. The structure will be cut away from the portion that is to remain standing.

50 years ago
June 1, 1972

A De Smet independent softball team is participating in the Huron Softball League this summer and won its opener Tuesday evening, defeating Yale Merchants, 3-1. The De Smet nine played a fine defensive game, including a great game-ending catch by Tom Hein at second base.

Bernie Stoel pitched the game, allowing Yale only three hits. In hitting, De Smet was led by Jerry Hein and Bernie Stoel, each with two hits. Rick Tibbetts added a triple. Team members are Robert Sprang, Ken Poppe, Gene Skyberg, Jim Johnson, Dave Steffensen, Jerry Smith, Darryl Johnson, Tom Hein, Jerry Hein, Rick Tibbetts and Bernie Stoel.

75 years ago
May 29, 1947

The threat of frost hung over the middle west this week, and with fruit trees in full bloom, it has been an anxious time for all having fruit and flowers. The local report shows frost as likely, but probably not serious.

The Rev. N.C. Renslo of Hartford, Conn., has accepted the call from the American Lutheran Church and will come here after visiting relatives in Minnesota. The parsonage is being redecorated and repaired before his arrival. The Rev. A.J. Tolo of Sioux Falls will be in charge of services here this Sunday.


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