News From Laura’s Little Town

Laura researcher Connie Neumann, based in Colorado, reminded me of another fascinating resource: The De Smet News. She (along with several other Laura Ingalls Wilder fans) subscribes to this weekly paper just for the Laura tidbits — and there are plenty!

For example, here’s some of the news from recent issues:

  • The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society received a $4000 grant from the South Dakota State Historical Society toward restoration of the Surveyor’s House.
  • Old Settlers’ Days are this weekend, June 6-8, at Washington Park. (“Remember Laura and Almanzo went back for this in 1938 and 1939,” Connie reminds us.)
  • LIWMS assistant director, Dianne Mollner, was featured in “The Face of DeSmet” on May 7, 2008. The very first sentence read: “You can’t talk to Dianne Mollner without laughing.” (“That’s the truth!” Connie says. “She is always so positive and helpful everytime I visit, and she remembers people, too.”)

The paper is printed on Wednesdays, so it usually arrives in Saturday or Sunday’s mail.

Subscriptions are $42 annually unless you live in one of the counties surrounding De Smet. Here’s who to contact:
The DeSmet News
230 Calumet Avenue
Box 69
DeSmet, SD  57231
Phone:  605.854.3331
Or send them an email.
Thank you, Connie!

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