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July 30 Edition

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de Smet summer baseball all-stars

De Smet all stars

Members of the De Smet summer baseball league all-star team are coach Wes Clubb, rear left, minor-leaguers Kalen Garry and Tory Holland and coach Jared Tolzin; major-leaguers Cody Cavanaugh, front left, and Ethan McCune. They are standing in front of the newly minted Washington Park Field constructed for the city by the Young Guns organization. (News photo by David Tritle)

Minors win
in Volga

David Tritle

De Smet’s summer league baseball program sent two teams to the championship tournament July 23-26 in Volga. The minors division team (ages 9-10) won it all, standing at the top of a 13-team division after toppling an undefeated Hamlin squad in the final game.

The win is made all the sweeter by the fact that coaches Wes Clubb and Jared Tolzin literally rebuilt the program from the ground up this summer.

For awhile, it looked as if there might not even be any baseball in De Smet this summer. The field had been torn up by construction and as of the beginning of May, a new location had not been found.

That was when Tolzin and Clubb, backed by the De Smet Young Guns, stepped up and made it happen. They convinced the city council to let them build Washington Park Field.

Iroquois business
changes hands

Donna Palmlund

Colleen and Eben Venter have been making changes to their new business, The Farmer’s Daughter, on Highway 14 in Iroquois.

The couple bought the former Blue’s Country Foods from Bob and Sheryl Blue and took over the store on March 26.

“The Blues did a heck of a good job keeping it going for five years,” Eben said.

Several people have owned the business through the years, including the Tschetter, Walter, Rowcliffe, Harstad and Blue families, The building has housed a gas station, grocery store, café, beauty shop and tanning parlor. The store may be best known as Walter’s Country Store. The Walter family owned and operated it for 36 years.

“If these walls could only talk,” Colleen said.

Days continue

Donna Palmlund

With the South Dakota State Fair only a month away, counties across the state have been hosting local 4-H competitions.

Kingsbury County Achievement Days are in full swing this week at the 4-H grounds in De Smet.

Tuesday evening, indoor and open class exhibits were entered, Judges interviewed contestants in these classes and awarded ribbons.

Achievement Days events include:

Wednesday: Indoor exhibits opened for public viewing at noon today, and will remain open until 9 p.m. tonight. They will be open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

Livestock began arriving at the fair grounds this morning, with a dog show this morning and a domestic rabbit show this afternoon. The cat show begins at 5:30 this evening.