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April 15th Edition

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Mia Gehm at the recent fundraiser dogdgeball tournament

Dodgeball

About $4,000 was raised April 11 when eight teams, five sponsored by local businesses and three made up of students, participated in dodgeball tournament to raise money for the De Smet High School academic decathlon team’s trip to the national competition in California. Mia Gehm, a member of the Good Samaritans team, reacts to being hit.

Hubbard named event center director

De Smet native Kristy (Hansen) Hubbard began a new position March 16 as director for the De Smet Events and Wellness Center.

Hubbard is a 1985 graduate of De Smet High School and attended Northern State University in Aberdeen.

She and her husband, Dan, have four grown children, Jesse, Abby, Haley and Kallie.

“No grandkids yet, but we have a lot of ‘grandpets,’” she said.

Along with scheduling and overseeing events at the new center, Hubbard is in charge of the city swimming pool and the summer baseball program. “Hopefully, we will eventually add more summer programs,” she said.

The center is expected to open by the first week in June. Hubbard said they already have events scheduled for the first three weekends in June and the first two weekends in July.

Avian flu confirmed in county flock

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Kingsbury County.

“All of the affected poultry, 46,000 laying hens and 34,000 turkeys, have been destroyed,” said state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Class A foam, similar to fire-suppressing foam, was used for mass emergency depopulation of the birds.

The dead birds have been buried and the farms have been cleaned and disinfected.

“Those barns will sit empty for at least three weeks,” Oedekoven said.

He said they sampled other poultry in the immediate vicinity and the results have all been negative.