Tradition is #1 at Timber Lake’s Days of 1910 Celebration: fast-paced SDRA rodeos, gatherings of old friends, Indian tacos in the tent, and the roar of engines at the demolition derby. And, each year there is a bit of something new. Last year, the new event was the Sea of Grass/Days of 1910 Art Show, which is back for a second year. http://etypeservices.com/Timber%20Lake%20TopicID443/
With Dan Martin in the superintendent’s chair for the first time, the Timber Lake School Board handled a full agenda at the annual reorganization meeting on July 13. It was also the first official meeting for two new board members, Jake Kraft and Rae O’Leary, who replaced Mitch Schoelerman and Willard Nash. Other board members are Heidi Ducheneaux, A.J. Lindskov, and Marie Gross. O’Leary was present via telephone.
The Dewey County USDA offices moved into their new temporary home in the former Kesling building last week. FSA employees Lynn Maher, Jill Keller, Deane Hunter and Mandy Smith. They will be in this location while OctaFlex builds a new building at the corner of Main Street and Highway 20.
Sydney Maher of Timber Lake had a busy rodeo weekend, winning first place in barrel racing at the Dupree and Wall rodeos and placing fourth at Lemmon for $2,735.94 in total winnings from the three events.
There were 44 registered bidders at the Isabel city surplus auction on June 29. Joe Locken of Locken Oil bought the Old Hall on Main Street, the lots north of it, and one city lot north of the old Municipal Building. He paid $28,000 for the properties, which adjoin his business. Ed Bickel of Firesteel bought the former Municipal Building for $3500.
As of July 1, the gas and convenience store on Timber Lake’s Main Street has a new name: Biegler’s Timber Lake Service, and new owners. After 40 years in business, Faye Kraft turned over the keys to the new owners — David and Jackie Biegler, their daughter Jessica and her husband Jace Parker, and son Josh Biegler and his girlfriend, Stacie Littler. Customers shouldn’t look for any big changes, at least for a while.
The new Veterans Memorial on Timber Lake’s Main Street was dedicated in a brief ceremony on July 4. Jack Bickel, Commander of the Gene Gelino American Legion Post 83 (CENTER), explained how the memorial came to be, giving credit to Lyla Jacobs for initiating the project, and Ron Pederson for designing the soldier sculpture. He told a little about the three deceased veterans for whom benches have been placed — Dorothy Lawien, Dave Rickels and Leo Pearman. Veterans who were present were recognized.
A benefit dinner and auction for Darren Nehl is planned for August 28. Nehl was diagnosed recently with ALS and frontal lobe dementia. The event will be held at the Isabel Community Center with supper starting at 4 p.m. and the auction at 5 p.m.
The Timber Lake and Dupree school districts and Northwest Area Schools are publishing their proposed 2016-2017 budgets this week. Public hearings on the budgets will be held July 6 at the NWAS board meeting at Isabel, July 11 at the Dupree School Board meeting and July 13 at the Timber Lake School Board meeting. Dupree’s budget totals $6,701,700 while Timber Lake’s adds up to $5,227,257.