Further discussion of a proposed policy on student drug testing was tabled when the Timber Lake School Board met November 11. Supt. Jarod Larson had submitted a request to the S.D. Attorney General’s office regarding the legality of the proposed policy but no response had been received by the date of the meeting. The board plans to hold a special study session on the issue after they hear from the Attorney General’s office.
Fallon Murphy of Firesteel, the newly-appointed Deputy Register of Deeds for Dewey County, says she loves her job. The 2010 Timber Lake High School graduate assists Register of Deeds Deborah Goldade. Fallon says it is going very well but she has a lot to learn.
Katie Weisbeck’s 3rd grade class at Timber Lake Elementary continues to work on enhancing our writing skills each week. The students recently wrote friendly letters to their Pen-Pals in Huron, South Dakota, and each Friday they write a letter home describing what we learned that week. For Veterans’ Day we sent letters to the 155 Engineer Company National Guard Unit from South Dakota currently serving in Iraq to say “Thank You.”
The “Six Mile Strip” has been gone for more than a hundred years but it played an important role in the history of the West River area in the early 20th century. The strip was a fenced corridor through which cattle were trailed from the open range leased from the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes to Evarts, the railroad shipping point on the east side of the Missouri River, south of Mobridge. The six-mile-wide strip ran 87 miles along the northern boundary of Dewey and Ziebach counties from the western edge of the reservation to the Missouri River.
The Timber Lake City Council is exploring the idea of selling the airport. The discussion at the Monday night council meeting was prompted by a letter from a Department of Transportation official stating that corn was planted too close to the runway. Airport manager Jake Kraft told the council he had cut the corn and had apologized to the official. He said the rules are different for city-owned and public-private airports.
Richard T. Thornton, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI, announced Monday that the FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of East Lee.
Here in West River SoDak, where there is an abundance of both wildlife and habitat, it’s no surprise and certainly no new phenomenon that we get so many hunters here each year. It’s hard to say how many of them are what you would call “unique” visitors, meaning they came to hunt up here this year, but last year they tried Gregory. Next year, they may headquarter out of Pierre or Huron.
The publishers of the Timber Lake Topic and Isabel Dakotan plan to merge the two newspapers as of January 1, 2016. Robert Slocum, owner of the Dakotan, and Kathy Nelson, owner of the Topic, will become partners and work together to publish a single weekly newspaper serving readers and advertisers in Dewey, Corson and Ziebach counties.