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Have medications you need to dispose?

On Sat., April 24, 2021, the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be conducting a Take Back collection at the Sheriff’s office next to the County …

Lundquist named as new commissioner

Kingsbury County Commissioners met Tuesday for a regular meeting. It also happened to be Commissioner Jensen’s last day on the board. He has served on the board for the last 10 years. He will …

De Smet

De Smet FFA members discover their superpowers

The South Dakota FFA Association conducted its annual Leadership Retreat July 6-9, at Storm Mountain, Rapid City. A total of 85 FFA members in grades 7 – 12 from across South Dakota attended the …

1946: Rev. Brown’s granddaughters visit De Smet

10 YEARS AGO August 3, 2011 Firefighters were called to an early morning blaze on Prairie Avenue at 5:23 a.m. Sunday. The fire destroyed a garage and damaged a shed belonging to Nick Bjorkman. The …

Meet the new teachers and administrator

Students returning to De Smet Schools in August will likely see a few new faces around the campus. We have asked the new staff some questions to help you with an introduction. What is your name and …

School district announces free lunches

The De Smet School District announces the sponsorship of school feeding opportunities. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all children at no charge for the 2021-2022 school year.

Next weekend: A busy one!

Next weekend in De Smet, there are lots of activities happening around town.Thurs. - Sat., Aug. 12-14: Harvey Dunn Society hosts Painting on the Prairie 2021, the 13th Annual Plein Air Paint Out! The …

Lake Preston

Another crazy week, and chocolate chip cheesecake

This past week has been crazier than usual. I’ve been working more hours than usual, trying to keep up with my suddenly growing garden and a wedding to top things off. For those of you who don’t …

New teachers: What is your word for the year?

Words have power. Words can encourage or discourage. Words can wound or heal. Words can create, or words can destroy. Words can gather, or words can disperse. Words can define who we are and what we …

Helping establish an early love of reading

Establishing a love of reading in the early years helps children develop reading and language skills they will use throughout their educational journeys. That is the vision Iroquois preschool …

Sports & Outdoors
Outdoors

Missouri River Walleyes

Fields Fish & Game owner, Dave Fields, and Mike Beyer took some time away to catch some walleyes over the weekend. Fields got to do some product testing on the tackle he sells. Locally, walleye …

Dwight Kinney DVC Award goes to Deubrook

Deubrook has again won the 2020-2021 Dwight Kinney Award. In the last ten school years, they have dominated this award with one exception. In 2019-2020, Colman/Egan was the winner. The Dwight Kinney …

Clear skies for golfers at Dick Halverson Invite

The smoke and haze from Canadian wildfires dropped visibility such that golfers struggled to see their ball land Thursday evening. Thankfully, the haze gave way to beautiful, clear blue skies by …

Tree cores tell stories of our past

In the early 1990s, a series of tree cores was collected from across the Northern Great Plains. These cores, each up to eighteen inches long and less than one quarter inch in diameter, were extracted …

De Smet Bulldogs

Garry named USA Today Honoree

(Photo by Mike Siefker)Garry named USAToday Honoree USA Today High School Sports Awards – South Dakota has named De Smet boys basketball player Kalen Garry as an honoree. Tune in to the awards …

Trap team finishes second in conference

Chasing a clay target 4.3” wide and 1.1” tall traveling away at 42 mph is not for everyone, but the De Smet High School Clay Target Team seems to have fun and is good at busting clays. SEASON …

Bulldog golfers finish fourth at state

The De Smet High School Golf Team took fourth place in the 2021 State B Golf Tournament held in Brookings June 7-8. Three Bulldogs, Kalen Gary, Cody Cavanaugh and Rett Osthus, along with Coach Cory …

Athletes compete at State Track Meet

Track and field athletes, along with their coaches, headed to Rapid City Thursday morning for the State B Track Meet. De Smet On Friday, Kalen Garry competed in the 100m dash and placed 15th. Kennadi …

A dozen local athletes qualify for State Track Meet

Several local athletes are headed to Rapid City for the State Track Meet after qualifying from the Region Meet in Estelline on Thurs., May 20. Stella DeKnikker and Rhett McMasters from Lake Preston …

Lake Preston Divers

Running down the Sioux Valley Invite results

The Lake Preston Divers and the De Smet Bulldogs travelled east to Volga on Tues., May 4 to the Sioux Valley Invite where they joined Flandreau, Oldham-Ramona-Rutland and Sioux Valley Schools. While …

Chilly day for track meet in Estelline

On a chilly Tuesday afternoon, the Lake Preston Divers joined 20 other area teams in Estelline for the Pat Gilligan-Alumni Invite. Girls’ Results100 Meter Dash: Madison Perkins 13th, Amelia Holland …

Features
Columnists
When patients and their families are asked to meet with palliative care specialists, it commonly triggers a wide range of emotions. Some may feel uncertainty about having an additional care team …
“We have to look at your garden before we go, Mabel.” Summer guests at our home loved to see Mom’s garden. It was beautiful. With a little help from the kids and Dad, Mom raised potatoes, …
I have a request for you today. Don't read your Bible. If I could put the big eye surprised emoji here, I would. Surprised? Relieved? Angry at worst? Curious at best? There have been many days in my …
America is the land of opportunity. We’re a nation where anyone can make anything of themselves if they work hard and play by the rules. But when those rules are abandoned – when we lose respect …
Does anyone else ever go searching for a specific recipe, only to find themselves sidetracked by all the other recipes they find along the way? I follow a bunch of different recipe sites online, and …
Our history
10 YEARS AGO August 3, 2011 After 1 ½ years as librarian at the Dorothee Pike Memorial Library, Syrena Maranell resigned her position. She will be moving to Aberdeen where she will work in the …
10 YEARS AGO July 27, 2011 The line of people waiting for a wagon ride last Friday at the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant stretched down the hill to the first row of bleachers. Total weekend attendance …
Around the county
Carthage
There will be no services at Trinity Lutheran Church on Aug. 8. The next museum meeting is on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Inn. Robin and Mirinda Hattervig and Mark and Lisa Hinkley were Sunday …
Spirit Lake
Looking ahead, Sun., Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. is Spirit Lake’s 2nd Annual “Sundae Drive and Prayer Run.” Thankful for the rain that was received in the area with various amounts last week. Cork and I …
Esmond
Annette and Charemon Dunham attended the homecoming of South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary President, Mary Jo Stier, at Oneida, S.D. on Sat., July 31. Her theme while president will be S.M.I.L.E., …
Iroquois

1931: Farmers selling young stock at a sacrifice

August 3, 1911A bundle of fine oats in the Chief window has attracted considerable attention this week. The straw is heavy and the heads fairly well filled. They were raised by Harley Stroupe on …

1931: The war on bootleggers

July 27, 1911Iroquois tennis players went to Yale last Friday and engaged in a friendly contest with the racquet-manipulators of the Beadle County town. It was an even break between the contestants. …

Ramona
Clint Misar and Madeline Eich are the recipients of a $3,600 Malone Scholarship presented to them at the Oldham-Ramona Awards Program held on May 11. The Francis T. Malone Scholarship Fund was …
Bancroft
Ted Haug presented the sermon at the Presbyterian Church on Aug. 1. His wife, Dorothy, led the music and also furnished special music. The Ladies Aid of the Presbyterian Church held a dessert …
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SD Public Broadcasting features Kingsbury Journal

The story of the Kingsbury Journal and how it became a reality was featured during the September 7th episode of Dakota Life on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting television channel. Broadcasters …

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