Success Story
Release No.STELPRD4021721
, May 15, 2013 --

Governor Dennis Daugaard and staff were in De Smet on May 10th to proclaim
De Smet, SD as capital for a day. The honor was bestowed upon De Smet in part because of its development corporation’s efforts in bringing new companies – American Engineered Products and Sheyenne Dakota, Inc. to town.

Activities for the day included a Main Street walk, meetings around town, a coffee hour with Governor Dennis Daugaard, and two ribbon-cutting ceremonies and tours of the two companies mentioned above. It was a great honor for this strongly banded community to showcase some of the projects the city has accomplished.

One of the new businesses will take residence inside a spec building in the industrial park. The spec building was funded through a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant awarded in 2010 in the amount of $99,000 and leveraged with applicant funds of $50,022.

The RBEG program helps to finance and facilitate the development of new and existing businesses in rural America. Funds can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. More information about this program is available at

De Smet is best known for Little House on the Prairie where you can journey into the life and history of Laura Ingalls Wilder has a lot to offer. Other attractions include Manchester Monument, The Garden of Remembrance, Depot Museum/Harvey Dunn School, and pheasant hunting.