Celebrate! De Smet brings community together

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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The De Smet Young Guns transformed the Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School armory into an elegant venue Feb. 20 for the first annual Celebrate! De Smet.


The formal evening consisted of a banquet served by Countryview Catering, several community awards and musical entertainment by the De Smet High School Swing Choir and the band Eclipse.


The Spirit of Dr. Bell Award, in honor of the late Dr. G. Robert Bell, is given to a person who, like Bell, has given their time and energy to benefit the De Smet community. This award was presented to De Smet Development Corporation Director Rita Anderson. Anderson has been instrumental in bringing several new businesses to De Smet, as well as spearheading the community center project.


“This means so much. I’m thrilled and humbled to have my name associated with Dr. Bell’s,” Anderson said. “He’s my hero.”


Glen and Janet Davis accepted the Business of the Year Award for Legend Seeds. This award recognizes accomplishments of a local business and its contribution to De Smet. Legend Seeds employs about 85 people and is the largest independently owned seed company in the Midwest.


The Project of the Year Award went to a group of volunteers who installed the fence around the new athletic complex. By putting up the fence as a community project, the volunteers saved the De Smet school district about $20,000. Project coordinators Jason Baszler, Terry Holland and Dan Wilkinson accepted the award on behalf of more than 30 volunteers.


Alexis Kranz, a senior at De Smet High School, won the Youth Engagement Award for a project she initiated last year named “Study Buddies” which pairs high school student mentors with elementary students. Along with the award, the Young Guns presented Kranz with a $250 scholarship.


The Young Guns plan to make Celebrate De Smet! a yearly event,


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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