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November 26th Edition

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Candy Wolkow at 2014 chili challenge

New competition

Candy Wolkow of De Smet was a new competitor in this year’s Chamber of Commerce Chili Challenge. Wolkow won for the best-decorated table, placed second in the original chili category and her chili was voted best-of-the-best by a collaboration of the judges. (News photo by Donna Palmlund)

Legislators offer
2015 preview

Donna Palmlund

We asked our District 22 representatives what they feel are the most important issues in South Dakota and what bills they might be introducing, sponsoring or opposing in the upcoming session.

Senator Jim White-R, Huron, was re-elected in November to his second term as Senator for District 22. Senator White said two issues that continue to be discussed as potential subjects of interest for this coming session are education funding to help meet the future challenges that our children will have to face, and transportation funding.

Dick Werner-R, Huron, was re-elected this year to his second term as a District 22 House Representative. Werner said state fiscal responsibility continues to be one of his top priorities. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present his budget address Dec. 2 for the state’s fiscal year 2015, which runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

Peggy Gibson-D, Huron, was re-elected in November to her fourth term in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Gibson said Medicaid expansion is most important issue facing South Dakotans.

RCP&E spokesman
talks rail issues

David Tritle

Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad spokesman Steve Guthrie came to De Smet Nov. 19 for the quarterly meeting of the Kingsbury County Local Emergency Planning Commission.

A former conductor and engineer in Wisconsin, Guthrie now lives in Mitchell and is assistant general manager for RCP&E. He works in the railroad’s Huron office.

Some 15 local emergency responders present at the meeting had many questions for him regarding the new company’s business and safety practices.

“I can only give you a snapshot of what we’ve done in the last five months,” Guthrie said. “We just started as a company back in June.”

RCP&E is a division of Darien, Conn.-based company Genesee & Wyoming Inc. who purchased the 670-mile line from Canadian Pacific and took control in early June 2014.

Mayor Gary Wolkow had approached Guthrie prior to the meeting to discuss the question of rail wait times that has been of recent concern to residents of De Smet. One particular incident was foremost in mind for attendees of the meeting in which cars were stopped at De Smet crossings for more than 45 minutes.

Crafts and chili
usher in holidays

Donna Palmlund

A break in the cold weather Nov. 22 made it a nice day for the annual craft show and chili challenge held at De Smet High School.

Nearly 40 vendors set up booths in the gymnasium for the craft fair sponsored by the De Smet Community Women. The DCW also set up a concession table and served a noon meal.

This is the second year the DCW has organized the craft fair. Judy Poppen started the annual event and managed it for 15 years, but DCW took over last year when Poppen retired from the project.

The De Smet Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Chamber Chili Challenge every year to coincide with the DCW craft fair. Five chili chefs entered the cook off this year. Returning chefs were Tony and Darlene Bollig, and Floyd and Judy Stubbe. Candy Wolkow and Dane Slater were both new to the competition.

Wolkow won for the best decorated table, second place in the original recipe category and the best-of-the-best judges award.