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January 21st Edition

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Soon to be published history of De Smet

New De Smet history

A new pictorial history of De Smet authored by Cheryl Palmlund and Sharon Peterson will be published Feb. 9

New pictorial history of De Smet available soon

David Tritle

A new pictorial history of De Smet will be available for purchase at businesses around town in a few weeks. Arcadia Publishing’s first printing of “Images of America: De Smet” is a 128-page compendium of vintage and modern images chronicling the growth and change of the town.A new pictorial history of De Smet will be available for purchase at businesses around town in a few weeks. Arcadia Publishing’s first printing of “Images of America: De Smet” is a 128-page compendium of vintage and modern images chronicling the growth and change of the town.

“It was really a fun project,” author Cheryl Palmlund said. “It was a little more work than we thought it would be and Arcadia really kept us on schedule.”

Palmlund said she and co-author Sharon Peterson worked for about a year under the auspices of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet to collect images for the volume and dig up material for captions to explain them.

Courtroom renovations in full swing

Donna Palmlund

Major renovations are being made to the courtroom at the Kingsbury County Courthouse.

Almost two years ago, at a March 19, 2013, Kingsbury County Commissioner meeting, Circuit Court Judge Tim Tucker told commissioners that various renovations would have to be done to the courtroom in order to make it handicap accessible. At the time, Tucker said it did not have to be done right away, but that changes would be necessary soon. He said if the required changes were not made, future court proceedings would eventually be moved out of the county at the county’s expense.

Courthouse janitor Steve Siver and his brother, Jim Siver, have been doing most of the construction work. They took out risers to make most of the courtroom floor one level and will also remove sections of railings to better accommodate a potential juror in a wheelchair.