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As Mayor of the City of De Smet, I would like to welcome you to the ‘Wilder’ life. Our ‘Little Town on the Prairie’ prides itself on our progressive and “can do” spirit and friendly people. We love living here – and we want everyone to know it!
Things are always happening in De Smet. We have several exciting projects that we have recently completed, including a large hospital expansion & renovation, new baseball/softball field to complete ourathletic complex, new town homes & housing developments and new businesses opening.
Our Event & Wellness Center has been in full operation for over three years with events taking place constantly as we host many concerts, conferences, community theater presentations, regional meetings, and cultural events. The walking path and wellness center stay busy constantly. There have been many weddings, health fairs, art shows, birthday parties, wellness programs, benefits, community events, a circus, and many recreational activities keeping our De Smet residents happy and healthy. The usage for the Center has been tremendous. We hope all visitors as well as the residents of De Smet feel comfortable stopping in at the Center - adjacent to Washington Park - to relax for a while in the comfortable reception area, take a quick tour or to get some exercise.
Every year we welcome thousands of visitors to our town. De Smet is the
“Little Town on the Prairie” made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder, and is near the birthplace of famous prairie artist Harvey Dunn. We’re also one of South Dakota’s popular hunting and fishing destinations year round. De Smet provides a wide variety of services and activities for its citizens. A stroll down the streets of our neat, clean town will reveal a full array of retail and service related businesses, a library, our museum, three beautiful city parks, a public swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course and an airport. De Smet is especially proud of its health care facilities that include a hospital, two medical clinics, a chiropractic clinic, dental service, a nursing home, and an assisted living center that will be opening in 2019.
Our excellent K-12 education system is constantly working to provide our students with the cutting edge of technology. De Smet has it all – a small town atmosphere with many of the amenities of a larger community. We invite you to come and visit our modern frontier community and discover for yourself why De Smet is a great place to live and work – a place you can call home and create your new opportunities.
- Gary Wolkow, Mayor of De Smet