Welcome to De Smet
Come to experience our heritage as the Little Town on the Prairie. You’ll witness wide open spaces and enjoy an outdoor paradise. What you’ll find is a vibrant, modern LITTLE town, with friendly people and the same spirit of family, hospitality, integrity, and opportunism always found on the frontier.
August 07, 2015
Plein Air is an expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. That is exactly what happens the second weekend of August here in De Smet. Artists of all levels gather to enjoy fellowship and paint outside on the prairie as renowned artist Harvey Dunn had done. Click here for event details and locations>> ...
'Pioneer Girl' illustrator, editor visit De Smet
July 22, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. De Smet was filled with even more Laura Ingalls Wilder fans than usual July 18, as attendees and presenters from the July 16-17 LauraPalooza educational and fan conference in Brookings along with others, spent a day in the little town on the prairie. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society hosted “From Paintbrush to...
Authors, illustrator to visit De Smet Homestead and LauraPalooza in Brookings
July 15, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Two authors, William Anderson and John E. Miller, and an illustrator, Renée Graef, will attend the LauraPalooza conference this week at South Dakota State University in Brookings. They also plan to spend time this weekend at the Ingalls Homestead near De Smet. The conference in Brookings takes place Thursday and Friday with an optional...
'Beehive' opens to enthusiastic crowds
July 08, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Quarter-Ton Production’s presentation of the musical “Beehive” drew standing ovations July 2-5 at all four performances in the new theater at the De Smet Event and Wellness Center. Several opening-night audience members were heard to say they will return to see it again. Director Trey Karlen said they had small, but enthusiastic, crowds the first...
Granddaughter visits Harvey Dunn's prairie
July 01, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Cynthia (Rutherford) Watson, a granddaughter of Manchester native and artist Harvey Dunn, and her companion, John Crompton, made a visit to “Harvey Dunn country” last week from their homes in Oxford, England. Watson and Compton visited the Harvey Dunn Art Center in Brookings and were guests of honor June 23 at a dinner hosted...
County approves NAPA expansion
June 24, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The Kingsbury County Commission acting as the board of adjustment Tuesday unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for Michael Waliezer, owner of NAPA Auto Parts, to construct a new larger building to expand his business. “It is already zoned for commercial use,” zoning commissioner Joe Jensen said. The NAPA store is located in a Quonset...
All school reunion joins Old Settlers Day festivities
June 17, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The De Smet alumni all-school reunion, which is held every five years, brought a larger than usual crowd to De Smet to celebrate this year’s Old Settlers Day weekend. Many individual class reunions were also held throughout the weekend. Festivities began the morning of June 12 with the all-school reunion golf tournament at the Kingsbury...
De Smet Airshow fun for all
June 10, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. True to form, De Smet stayed in its little clear weather corridor last week. Just south of us in Carthage, barns were being destroyed by weather, but here we enjoyed a little light rain. Not that we’re complaining, because it turned out to be perfect airshow weather June 6. For those of you who...
Railroad Depot Museum now open for the summer
June 03, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The Railroad Depot Museum, located behind the Hazel L. Meyer Library in De Smet, opened Monday for the season. The museum, staffed entirely by volunteers, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through August. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering is appreciated. The main museum building was once the...
Poppen retires after 30 years as clerk of courts
May 27, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. After 30 years as Kingsbury County clerk of courts, Linda Poppen has announced her retirement. Twenty-nine year veteran deputy clerk Wendy Sands will take over as clerk in June. “I was surprised to get the job. The courtroom was full of people who wanted it. I told my husband I’ll give it 30 years...
Avera De Smet breaks ground despite chilly weather
May 13, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. A sharp, cold wind cut through the tent and threatened to blow it away as Avera officials broke ground Monday for the hospital expansion and renovation in De Smet. The $3.2 million project is expected to take up to two years to complete. A local capital campaign raised more than $1.7 million, more than twice...
DHS class of 2015 graduates Saturday
May 06, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Graduation begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the high school armory for the De Smet High School class of 2015. The class chose the Gerber daisy as their class flower and turquoise and orange as their class colors. A quote by Walt Disney, “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long — we keep...
Karlen brings 'Beehive' back to De Smet summer theater
April 29, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. “Beehive” returns to the De Smet stage this summer. The musical revue, first performed locally in 2001, illustrates the influence of female singers on the rock-and-roll music scene throughout the 1960’s. Directed by Trey Karlen, with Jenni Karlen as musical director, “Beehive” will be the first De Smet Community Theater performance in the new...
Development centers want to do more
April 22, 2015
South Dakota business-advisory network celebrates 30 productive years An experienced network of business advisers across South Dakota is celebrating its 30th anniversary by encouraging business people and entrepreneurs to check with one of the organization’s regional offices for free help. South Dakota Small Business Development Centers have an impressive record of assisting new and growing businesses throughout the state, and they can provide even more help, says...
Celebrate! De Smet 2015
April 19, 2015
"Celebrate! De Smet" is an annual event to celebrate all the good things happening in De Smet. One goal of the De Smet Young Guns is to hold events that cater to all generations. It is important for both younger people and ‘wiser’ people to connect. That’s how our community will continue thriving while staying true to our roots. The committee invited the De Smet...
3 Reasons to Choose Your Community
July 28, 2014
Participating in Your Community = Better Community Most of us know that participating in your community makes your community better. When you start a business, do your best work at your job, join an organization or start an event in your community, you are creating the community you want to live in. ...