De Smet Flower and Gift online ad Prairietown online ad DSFM online ad Ward's online ad Dakotaland online ad Countryview online ad

December 17th Edition

Check out our eEdition for full-length stories

De Smet volunteer firemen deliver candy on Christmas morning 2013

Christmas candy

De Smet volunteer firemen on Christmas morning in 2013 delivered bags of candy to local children and retired firemen. It’s a tradition that the firemen have carried out for more years than anyone can remember. (News photo by Donna Palmlund)

Christmas candy
a De Smet tradition

Donna Palmlund

A Christmas morning memory for many people who either grew up in De Smet or spent the holidays visiting relatives here, is the excitement of hearing a fire truck siren and knowing there would soon be a knock on the door.

For more years than any living resident can remember, De Smet volunteer firemen have given up a few hours with their families on Christmas morning, no matter the weather, to drive around town in fire trucks and go door-to-door handing out brown paper sacks filled with candy to every household with children, and some without children.

Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Wolkow has been on the De Smet Volunteer Fire Department since 1998. He recalled one time as a youngster thinking their neighbor’s house was on fire because he saw the fire truck next door. And then a fireman came to his door with candy. Now, Wolkow is one of the firemen bringing candy to people’s front doors.

“It’s just neat to get up to the houses and see the smiles and excitement on kids’ faces,” he said. “And people visiting often don’t get to see fire trucks unless something bad is happening.”

Lembke, Albrecht
resign from county

Donna Palmlund

Two familiar faces will be leaving the Kingsbury County Courthouse at the end of the year.

Commissioner Audrey Lembke’s seat in District 3 was up this year and she did not seek re-election in November. No one ran for her seat in November, so the commission will appoint someone.

“Legally we can’t appoint someone until Audrey’s vacancy is up,” Commission Chair Shelley Nelson said. Commissioners have interviewed candidates for the seat and will hold a special meeting Jan. 5, the day before the regular meeting, to appoint the new commissioner.

Lembke has served Kingsbury County for 20 years. She was a county commissioner for four years. Prior to that, she served as Kingsbury County Deputy Treasurer and later as Kingsbury County Treasurer.

Kingsbury County Auditor Jennifer Albrecht will also be leaving her position at the end of the year. Albrecht was Kingsbury County deputy auditor from October, 2002-April, 2004, when she took over duties of county auditor.

Albrecht thanked the commissioners for the recent work done in the auditor’s office, including new paint and ceiling tiles.

Council discusses
new infrastructure

David Tritle

City finance officer Eileen Wolkow updated the De Smet city council at their Dec. 10 meeting regarding plans to expand city infrastructure into some unimproved lots north of town. The hope is to lure housing developers or new business into De Smet.

She said a prior assessment had indicated that a lift station would need to be put in to pump outflow into any new sanitary sewers that were installed. The city could theoretically expand service all the way out to CMI Architectural because the effluent would gravity flow.

The council granted Wolkow permission to contact Clark Engineering for an estimate, which she said would be in the vicinity of $140,000.

“We’ll have the debt from the country club project paid off in 2016 and we can just start this new project when the money opens up,” she said.

The council brought Sheriff Kevin Scotting in to talk with him about enforcing proper use of defined truck routes. Councilman Butch Hansen said that sometimes if a train is coming through, semis and grain trucks will come right down Calumet Avenue instead of using approved truck routes like Front Street.