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.
September 01, 2015
The Lifeserve Blood Center will accept blood donations from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the De Smet High School armory. Schedule a blood donation appointment lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903. Donors must be 16 years old and weigh at least 120 pounds. ...
November 21, 2015
High School Gymnasium Start your Christmas shopping off at the Fall Craft Fair & Chili Cookoff. With over 40 vendors, there is something for everyone. Also, make sure you vote for your favorite chili in the chili cookoff s...
September 08, 2015
W.O.W. (Women of Worship) is starting Sept. 8 at 6:45 p.m. in De Smet. This interdenominational community Bible study meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Women in all seasons of life are encouraged to attend. Cost is $20 for the book. Contact Angie Baszler for more information, (605) 929-4533. ...
De Smet hires 2 new teachers
August 19, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The De Smet school district has hired two new teachers. Laura Shumaker is the new De Smet High School science teacher. Shumaker is a graduate of Clark High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and her master’s degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen. She has been a...
GF&P surveys Lake Thompson
August 12, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Several South Dakota Game Fish & Parks survey teams work across the state every summer conducting lake surveys to gather and document information about the fish population in South Dakota lakes. Bruce Johnson, a research biologist with the South Dakota Department of Game Fish & Parks, and three GF&P interns conducted a survey last...
4-H Premium Auction raises $20,000
August 05, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The Kingsbury County Livestock Premium Board held its fifth annual Kingsbury County 4-H Premium Auction July 31 during 4-H Achievement Days in De Smet. The auction raised $20,000, which was given to the 68 4-H members who participated in the auction. On average each member received $300. The money goes toward project expenses and...
De Smet Depot Museum has many interesting artifacts on display
July 29, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The De Smet Depot museum is located in the former railroad depot behind the Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until mid-August. The depot is not the same building that is mentioned in one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. A fire destroyed the original depot in 1905....
'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...
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. ...