2013 the year in review

Thursday, December 26, 2013


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Jan. 16: A De Smet family is safe after smoke alarms alerted them to an early morning house fire Jan. 12. The fire heavily damaged the home of Blaine and Holly Beck on Root Avenue. The family escaped injury but the house is thought to be a total loss.


Jan. 23: The tension was apparent Jan. 18 during a special meeting of the Mathew Township Board at the township hall. Township clerk Mary Lee filed an open meeting complaint Dec. 28 against township supervisors William Driscoll, Greg Albrecht, Gale Larson and township treasurer William Albrecht.


Feb. 27: The buzz Feb 22-23 at the State B Wrestling Tournament in Aberdeen was that Eugene Martin is a “machine.” It’s a high compliment in sports referring to those who seem unbeatable. And Martin earned that description, mowing down competitors at 195 pounds on his way to his second title after winning at 182 pounds last year.


March 13: The De Smet Lady Bulldogs received a warm welcome back to town Sunday afternoon. The team brought home the runner-up trophy from the State B High School Girls Basketball Tournament in Huron.


April 17: De Smet Tuesday was named Small Community of the Year at the governors economic development meeting in Sioux Falls. De Smet won the award because in the past year it has attracted three new companies to the community and helped six others expand.


May 1: A private donor has offered a $200,000 matching grant toward fund-raising efforts for the addition of a theater to the community center project.


June 19: There was no decision made Tuesday about granting Rex Geyer a conditional-use permit to construct a commercial storage facility on property he owns in Manchester. Manchester was destroyed 10 years ago, June 24, 2003, by an F-4 tornado.


June 26: Tornado sirens went off in De Smet shortly after 3 p.m. June 21. “We hadn’t seen a funnel, but it was so black,” Kingsbury County Emergency Management Director Cindy Bau said. … Residents are still cleaning up after the violent storm left trees and branches down all over town and damaged several buildings and vehicles.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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