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2011: Sisters’ chili wins people’s choice award


November 23, 2011

The first snowfall of the season did not deter the nearly 60 vendors from the area who brought their wares to the annual craft show at the National Guard Armory Saturday. “There are a lot of new vendors,” said event organizer Judy Poppen, who has organized the event 14 of the past 15 years. The De Smet Chamber of Commerce sponsored a chili challenge in conjunction with the craft show. People could buy a spoon and a bowl for $5 and sample as much chili as they wanted. The chamber provided breadsticks, cornbread and crackers. The people’s choice trophy went to the Aughenbaugh sisters – Rita Anderson, Marilyn Skyberg and Joanne Schlueter. The best overall award went to Tony Bollig.

November 27, 1996

Adam Halverson, a student at South Dakota State University, was selected the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band’s Outstanding Freshman for 1996. This award is voted on by peers, and a member is chosen from each class. Halverson is a percussionist in the SDSU drum line and is also a member of the symphonic band, jazz band and Brookings Symphony. He is a son of Bill and Connie Halverson of De Smet.

Meredith Geyer read last week to 3rd graders at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School as part of the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) story project. The project intends to read a million stories to kids throughout the nation. Readers from the high school make daily trips to the elementary school to read to students and to have students read to them. RIF is sponsored locally by the De Smet Kiwanis Club. One of RIF’s main functions is to provide every elementary child with free books of their own to encourage reading.

November 25, 1971

Airman Norman E. Whitaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Whitaker of Willow Lake, S.D., has completed his U.S. Air Force basic training at the Air Training Command’s Lackland AFB, Texas. He has been assigned to Lowry AFB, Colo., for training in the munitions and weapons maintenance field. Airman Whitaker is a 1971 graduate of Willow Lake High School.

Elizabeth Poppen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Poppen and a senior at De Smet High School, has been chosen a University of South Dakota Presidential Scholar for 1972. She and her parents have been invited to attend Presidential Scholar Day Dec. 4 at the university campus at Vermillion. The certificates will be awarded then, and orientation of the university will be conducted. Elizabeth plans to attend the University of South Dakota next year.

November 21, 1946

The board of directors of the local Memorial Health Center, Inc., has set the date of Fri., Nov. 29 for a public meeting at which the proposal to purchase the Waters residence and convert it into a hospital will be presented, and the approval of the contributor-members of the association asked. In the announcement made in an advertisement in this issue and by letter this week to the contributors, the board states that conditions have brought it to recommend that the construction of a new building as planned, with federal aid, be indefinitely postponed. The alternate plan, to convert the Waters residence into a hospital, has sufficient merit and has received enough encouragement from various sources that the board proposes it be adopted. With the announcement of Mrs. A.N. Waters some weeks ago that she would sell her home, several local persons interested in the hospital suggested that it be considered. In response to these suggestions, the board inspected the building, asked the advice of hospital and construction authorities and received from them unanimous approval of the building for hospital use. The Waters residence is unusually well suited to conversion into a hospital. It is well built, well preserved and well located. The arrangement of its rooms is particularly suited, the first floor having a central hall from which several doors open, making it ideal for a waiting room and business office; the second floor having a wide hallway needed in a hospital. Rooms are of a good size, as well as conveniently arranged. There is a bath on each of the two main floors, a full basement for laundry and storage and a large attic suited to making into an operating room or a nurse’s apartment. The residence is located on two full lots, with a driveway past the west entrance to a double garage at the rear.

November 27, 1931

Eggs have been scarce lately. The amount the stores and produce houses have been able to buy locally hardly supplying the restaurants. Some stores pay as high as 30 cents in trade to get the eggs for their customers when the market price has been 20 cents.


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