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April 23 Edition

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Bella Wolkow inspects a plastic egg

Easter fun

Bella Wolkow, 3, checked out a plastic egg she found April 19 at the De Smet Community Women’s annual Easter egg hunt. Bella is a daughter of Nolan and Leah Wolkow of Alexandria, Minn., and a granddaughter of Evelyn and Donovan Twite and Eileen and Delmer Wolkow of De Smet. (News photo by Donna Palmlund)

Taylin Albrecht
elected FFA president

David Tritle

Thirty-one members of the De Smet FFA chapter competed in the State FFA Convention in Brookings April 6-8.

Among the highlights, De Smet FFA alumnus Taylin Albrecht was selected as state FFA president for 2014-15. Albrecht is currently attending South Dakota State University majoring in animal Science.

“Jesse Geib was the last president from De Smet in 2003-4,” said De Smet FFA adviser Dave Vanderwal. “Taylin is the 12th officer we’ve had.”

He said that students can run for offices as high school seniors and up to two years after they graduate. Most commonly, they are seniors in high school or college freshmen.

Andrea Schubloom took first place in the goat production proficiency area and will advance to the National FFA convention next fall.

Schubloom was also part of the De Smet livestock-judging team, which placed second. Her teammates were Martina Albrecht, Matt Larson and Julianna Albrecht. Albrecht placed first in the individual judging competition, but Vanderwal said only teams advance to the national competition in this event.

County employees
learn CPR

Donna Palmlund

Kingsbury County Director of Equalization Tammy Anderson spoke Tuesday to the Kingsbury County Commissioners about a recent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course that was held at the courthouse.

Anderson had approached the Kingsbury County commissioners earlier in the year and said Wade Hoefert, a local volunteer emergency medical technician, was willing to volunteer his time to teach a CRP class to interested county personnel.

Eleven county employees and one county commissioner attended the course April 9 and 16.

As part of the training, Hoefert also demonstrated an automated external defibrillator called the Lifeline AED, a device that is available in many public places in case of a cardiac emergency.

An AED checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. The machine is able to determine whether or not a person actually needs a shock to their heart.

Focus on
Manchester school

Donna Palmlund

Looking at what is left of the ghost town of Manchester in western Kingsbury County, it might be hard for some to imagine there was once a high school in the community.

Named for the first postmaster, Chester H. Manchester, the town was established in 1881 to serve as a stop on the Chicago and North Western Railway.

At one time there were several country schools in the Manchester School District. They included the Peterson, Nobel, Harvey, Leckey, Strickler and Lincoln schools.

The first school in town, a one-room frame building, was built when the town was first established. W.B. McCray was the instructor and 16 students were enrolled.

The town quickly grew to include two churches, a grocery store, a couple of livery barns, a lumberyard, two grain elevators, a depot, a restaurant, a cream station, a bank, a couple of blacksmith shops, two churches and, for a short time, a newspaper. Later, there would be a town hall, a pool hall, a gas station and an auto repair shop.