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.
October 30, 2015
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to local area businesses from 3:30 - 5:00 PM for trick-or-treating. Sponsored by the De Smet Chamber of Commerce. ...
For the Albrechts, harvest is a family affair
September 30, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Harvest season is underway across much of the region. On Sept. 26 in a soybean field near Carthage, members of Jack Albrecht’s family farming business were running four large John Deere combines and averaging 50 bushels of soybeans per acre. “That’s a good yield,” Greg Albrecht, a third-generation Albrecht family farmer, said. Greg’s grandfather Emil...
Good Sam changing to private rooms
September 23, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The Good Samaritan Center in De Smet is in the process of adding more private rooms to its skilled care center to give residents privacy and to make them feel more comfortable and at home. “Transition to a nursing home is already difficult without being told that you are going to have to share...
Little town backs up its lofty dreams with action
September 23, 2015
For the past half-century in the small towns of South Dakota, the field stretching between present and future has been filled with land mines. Steps have had to be taken to cross that field and ensure a town’s prosperity, growth or relevance, but one misstep and ... Take, for example, decisions about a town’s schools. Should we join a football co-op with the neighboring town, or...
PAP merger with Badger Co-op overwhelmingly approved in recent vote
September 16, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. Prairie Ag Partners (PAP) and Badger Farmers Cooperative patrons Tuesday approved a merger between the two companies that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. A management agreement will be in place to get the Badger facility through this year’s harvest. According to Prairie Ag Partners’ website, 98 percent of Badger patrons voted in...
De Smet Event & Wellness Center receives donations
September 09, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. The De Smet Event and Wellness Center received two significant donations Tuesday at a luncheon attended by about 35 people. Jack Crowl of Ashton, Iowa, and Becky Connor of Winfred, cattle buyers for Tyson Foods, Inc., presented community foundation members with a Tyson Foods, Inc., Charitable Giving Grant in the form of a $50,000 check. Tyson...
De Smet High School 2015 homecoming candidates
September 02, 2015
For the full story, visit www.desmetnews.com and open the link to our eEdition. De Smet High School homecoming king candidates are Broderick Poppinga, rear left, Matt Larson, Dane Coughlin and Adam Aughenbaugh. Queen candidates are Annie Schipper, front left, Trinity Miller, Hanna Gehm and Madison Birkel. Coronation begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the high school gym. The Bulldogs will play their homecoming game at...
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...
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...