When the Dewey County Commission holds its final hearing on the 2015 county budget on September 19, the county jail will be on the agenda. At last week’s commission meeting, States Attorney Steve Aberle suggested to the commissioners that
they examine the question of whether to continue operating the jail. An alternative, he said, is to house prisoners in other jails
The Timber Lake School Board talked about teacher recruitment and retention Monday night after new board member Pat Aberle brought up the issue for discussion. Aberle applauded the district’s efforts to provide housing but he said that was more for recruiting new teachers than keeping those already here.
A surprise for Timber Lake High School science and math teacher LuAnn Lindskov (CENTER) was staged Monday morning at the school theater. She was announced as one of 15 national finalists for the “Thank a Million Teachers Dream Big Challenge.” Five of the 15 will receive $100,000 grants, with the winners to be determined by on-line voting. Over 3000 applications were received
The Sacred Heart Center at Eagle Butte will be hosting a Sex Trafficking First Responders Training Workshop on September 11 and 12. The workshop will be held at the Oglala Lakota College Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The presenters will be Pearl Gulbranson-Miller, Director of Crisis Intervention Shelter Service, Inc., and Polly Dean and Ashley Statema from the New Colossus, an organization established to fight human and sex trafficking in South Dakota
“I’m very pleased to be here,” Fr. Bryan Sorenson said, after a few weeks getting acquainted in Timber Lake, Isabel and Trail City. “I’m very, very comfortable here,” he said. “People have been very welcoming. I’m enjoying it all.” Fr. Bryan replaced Fr. Brian Christensen as pastor of Holy Cross at Timber Lake, St. Mary’s at Isabel and Queen of the Holy Rosary at Trail City as of July 1
As usual, Labor Day was a quiet day in Timber Lake. On Main Street, Melvin Gunderson and Nick Kraft (TOP) inspected Nick’s new purchase, a 1951 Chevy that had belonged to T.J. Keller, from top to bottom. A couple horses strolled around town. Maybe they were looking for a paradeb but that was in Eagle Butte, where the annual CRST Fair, Rodeo & Powwow, the last big summer celebration, was underway
Timber Lake School Supt. Jarod Larson told the school board in his annual state of the schools message on August 11 that the single factor most likely to produce positive student learning is the quality of the teacher in front of the students. Which is why the district emphasizes continual training for staff
The first two or four inches of rain that fell last weekend was welcome but in some areas it didn’t quit. Nine inches fell north of Firesteel, sending Firesteel Creek out of its banks and causing flood damage to roads, homes and crops. At Timber Lake, the official rainfall from Thursday to Saturday was 4.16 inches, pushing the year-to-date precipitation to 21.57 inches, about 7 inches above normal.
The 2014 South Dakota Report Card highlighting school performance was released this week by the Department of Education, showing data for the state, school districts and individual schools. Because South Dakota students participated in a field test of the new Smarter Balanced testing last spring, there are no new student test results included in this year’s Report Card. Test results will be reported again in the summer of 2015