Lake Preston, SD

New church in Arlington holds first service

Last Sunday, Aug. 7, saw the first official service for a new church in Kingsbury County. Arlington Baptist Church held its inaugural public service in their new building, located at 106 S. Main Street, which used to house a dog grooming business. The church’s pastor, Robbie McClelland, also serves as...
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Dems withdraw from District 7 House race

Some changes in the District 7 State House race. The two Republican candidates were determined at the June 7th primary — they are Melissa Heermann and Roger DeGroot. The two Democratic candidates were Mary Perpich and Lisa Johnsen. Both of them have withdrawn from the race. Candidates had until...
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Local middle school students attend Rushmore Music Camp

From July 31-August 5, middle school students from De Smet and Lake Preston attended the Rushmore Music Camp at Northern State University in Aberdeen. Rushmore Music Camp holds two sessions each year, one for grades 6-8, including incoming 6th graders and outgoing 8th graders, and one for high school students during the following week in Keystone. This was year 47 for the annual camp.

50th class reunion celebrated

The Carthage Class of 1972 celebrated their 50th class reunion on Sat., Aug. 6 at Carthage Strawbale Days. The class rode a float in the morning parade and spent the afternoon with friends and families, touring the area attractions. An evening meal was enjoyed at the Cabaret and then a gathering at the Carthage Community Hall, reminiscing and exchanging information. There were 20 members of the class; two are deceased, and three were unable to attend.

Pochop creates lifelong memories through quilts

Oldham community members are gearing up for a Potato Day weekend Aug. 12–14. Various activities start on Friday including a bean bag tournament and karaoke. On Saturday at 1:30, there will be a parade, along with various activities in the park. The museum will also be open from 1-4 p.m. At 10:30 on Sunday, worship in the Park with Pastor Wanda Biel will be held. Bring a lawn chair.

Here come the I/LP Sharks!

The Lake Preston Divers and the Iroquois Chiefs have together formed the Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks, beginning this upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Jordan Solberg, Lake Preston Principal and Athletic Director, answered some questions on how this new co-op will work. What sports are co-oped?. We have formed a cooperative in all...

Legion recognizes Purple Heart recipients

To commemorate South Dakota’s Purple Heart Recognition Day, De Smet’s American Legion Post 138 hosted a ceremony in the theater of the De Smet Event and Wellness Center on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. A good turnout of local residents came to pay their respects to those from our nation’s military who have earned this medal.
Flying Magazine

Gevo To Start Building South Dakota SAF Plant in September

Boeing and Gevo customer Alaska Airlines have been flight testing SAF. [Courtesy: Boeing/Paul Weatherman]. Colorado-based Gevo (NASDAQ: GEVO) plans to break ground this September on a new facility in Lake Preston, South Dakota, that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low-carbon fuels. “It’s going to show the world...

Sheriff’s Office responds to two-vehicle crash Tuesday

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on US Highway 81 at its intersection with 220th Street on Tuesday morning. The report was at 7:15 Tuesday morning. Sheriff Tim Walburg said that a 15-year-old from Arlington was driving east on 220th Street, stopped for the stop sign, attempted to make a left turn onto the highway, and pulled out in front of another vehicle. That vehicle was driven by 57-year-old Brian Briggs of Watertown, who was traveling south on Highway 81.

1922: Experimenting with winter wheat

A group of around 30 delegates from Argentina visited the Wienk Charolais Farm north of Lake Preston earlier in the week. The group was escorted by members of the SDSU faculty as they toured the family farm, asking questions to familiarize themselves with Charolais cattle and American cattle production. Danielle...
Madison Daily Leader

Good turnout at Madison community blood drive

Madison hosted the Community Blood Bank for South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa on Monday and Tuesday. Community members gathered in line outside the two buses to donate blood that could be the key to a stranger’s survival. The drive had 79 donors on Monday and 56 on Tuesday for...

It was a perfect night for Smoke Out in the Park

Kingsbury Journal hosted the second annual Smoke Out in the Park in Lake Preston Thorsnes Park on Saturday night. What was looking like a rainy day turned out to be a perfect night to enjoy some BBQ ribs with people throughout the whole county and beyond coming to enjoy. A...

Celebrating Erwin’s history at the newly opened museum

Over 80 people, some coming from as far away as Arizona, attended the grand opening of the Erwin Museum last Saturday. This event was two years in the making, made possible by the work of many members of the past and present Erwin community. The building which houses the museum was built in 1908 and is the oldest remaining edifice from the original main street. There are on-going plans to add a gazebo beside the museum. Volunteers who staff the museum plan to rotate display items over time according to themes. The Erwin Museum will be open during the Erwin Junk Fest on Sat., Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Madison Daily Leader

Local P.E.O. chapter hands out scholarships

The P.E.O. was founded in Iowa in 1869 as the Philanthropic Educational Organization with the goal of promoting educational opportunities for women. The organization then spread into South Dakota and into Madison. Today, Madison has three P.E.O. chapters in town. One of those chapters is Chapter CP. While the national...

Working on a Lake Poinsett Improvement Plan

The East Dakota Water Development District based in Brookings is working with residents around Lake Poinsett. East Dakota Manager Jay Gilbertson says they have been working on a plan for a while….. Gilbertson says the lake has had high water for a while…. Gilbertson says finding consensus on...
Madison Daily Leader

Madison's BankWest grows as it approaches two years

The community of Madison boasts seven banks or credit unions within its borders. One of the newest in town is BankWest, located on the south side of Madison on the bypass. BankWest has had customers in the Madison area for well over 10 years, but it didn’t start operations here until 2019, when it established a lending office. On Aug. 24, 2020, the South Dakota Division of Banking director Bret Afdahl signed the Madison branch’s certificate of authority, allowing BankWest to operate as a full branch bank. After a few months of preparation, BankWest opened as a full service branch on Nov. 4, 2020.

CHS Class of '72 reunites

The Carthage Class of 1972 celebrated its 50th class reunion Saturday, Aug. 6, at Carthage’s Strawbale Days. The class rode a float in the morning parade and spent the afternoon with friends and family, then touring the area attractions. An evening meal was enjoyed at the Cabaret and then they gathered at the Carthage Community Hall, reminiscing and exchanging information. There were 20 total members of the class, although two are deceased and three were unable to attend.

AUDIO: Jacks offense returns a wealth of talent

BROOKINGS, S.D. ( – South Dakota State football was picked second overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason coaches poll and will be returning a wealth of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Running back Isaiah Davis, wide receiver Jaxon Janke and tight end Tucker Kraft...

Madison Central students will have free meals first two weeks of school

Students in the Madison Central School District will not have to pay for meals for the first couple of weeks of the new school year. Madison Central School Board members on Monday approved a recommendation from Business Manager Mitchell Brooks to provide free student meals from the first day of classes on August 23rd through September 2nd. Brooks said there are a couple of reasons he recommended the school board approve this.

Madison Central prepares for start of school year amid ongoing city street projects

Madison Central School District staff and teachers are getting ready for students to return for the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Joel Jorgenson said that there is an Inservice for new teachers on Thursday, and Inservice for all teachers next Monday through Wednesday. Open houses for students will be held next Thursday and Friday, the 18th and 19th, before students return for the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 23rd.