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October 15 Edition

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Amanda Gehm crosses the finish line

Region 1B cross country

De Smet senior Amanda Gehm qualified Oct. 15 at the Region 1 Class B cross-country meet in De Smet for the state meet Oct. 25 in Huron. This is the fourth year Gehm has qualified for the state meet. (News photo by Donna Palmlund)

UltiMed acquired,
plans expansion

Donna Palmlund

The Indianapolis, Ind., based investment company, LDI, Ltd. has recently acquired UltiMed Inc., a rapidly growing manufacturer and distributor of pen needles, insulin syringes and other injection related products for both humans and pets. UltiMed is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and operates manufacturing facilities in De Smet and South Korea.

The same local management team will remain in place.

According to Bob Christianson, manager of the De Smet plant, the acquisition will enable the company to expand, employ more people, improve product flow, reduce costs and better serve their customers.

UltiMed is known for its UltiGuard system, which combines needle storage and safe disposal in one package. It is also the largest manufacturer of syringes used to treat small animals with diabetes.

County reviews
zoning laws

Donna Palmlund

Todd Kays, executive director of the First District Association of Local Governments, spoke Tuesday to Kingsbury County commissioners in the first of a series of four or five monthly meetings in which Kays will help the commission review changes in the law that might have an impact on zoning. “The first thing I would like to look at is development along lakes,” Commissioner Joe Jensen said.

Among the many subjects Kays and the commissioners will review in the next few months are planning and zoning along lakes, and changes in agriculture development, including a study on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO.)

“Its not rocket science. Its just time to revisit things and see why we think the way we do.” Kays said.

Kays said when many of the zoning and setback laws were first made, not many people had 1,000 head of livestock. “Now nobody is building a dairy with less than 3,000 head,” he said.

Five Bulldogs
to run at state

David Tritle

De Smet hosted the Region 1B cross-country tournament Oct. 15. One-hundred and twenty-eight runners from 14 schools ran in the event.

The Bulldogs finished strong, with five runners qualifying for state by finishing in the top 20 from the boys and girls races combined.

Emily Martens, Reyna Beck and Amanda Gehm made it from the girls squad, enough to compete as a team in Huron this year. The boys squad sent brothers Caleb and Noah Clair. As a team, both squads finished in fourth place on the day.

Northwestern was first in team points for the girls and James Valley won the boys meet. Makayla Zirbel from Waubay-Summit was the top finisher for the girls in a time of 15:58. Jayden Waldner from James Valley finished first for the boys in 17:24.