Attorney Steve Aberle announced at the Dewey County Commission meeting on January 10 that he will close his private law practice at Timber Lake effective March 1 but will stay on as Dewey County State’s Attorney. Aberle said the work load has increased to the point where he cannot do both. His father and partner, Andy Aberle, retired last year and Steve said the number of drug cases and the time spent on the impoundment of the ISPMB horses influenced his decision. Aberle, a Democrat, was unopposed when he was reelected to another four-year term in November, 2016. As State’s Attorney, he is the prosecutor for criminal cases and is legal counsel for the county. He said he plans to move his office to the courthouse.
A mix of about 20 parents, staff members, students and community people offered opinions and questions about a possible track and football field improvement project at a special meeting of the Timber Lake School Board on Jan. 11. The purpose of updating the existing football field and track, Supt. Dan Martin said, would be to provide: a safe and healthy environment for school events and classes, a place for community members to exercise, a venue for church and community group events, and a place to host football jamborees, track and field events.
The crew at Gill Red Angus of Timber Lake trailed these cows through five and a half miles of deep snow last week leading them with a bale of hay on a tractor traveling in reverse. The Gills started their May/June calving program 15 years ago and have only had to feed this group of cows one previous winter as they always had enough grazing. They started feeding these cows about a month ago due to the snow depth and it got to the point where they could hardly get to the location. Last week they made the decision to bring them home. This is the first time any of these cows have ever been brought home in over 15 years.
An ambulance call on Christmas Day — in the middle of a raging blizzard — provided many opportunities for something to go wrong, terribly wrong.
But thanks to cool heads, good training, experience, and prayers, a nearly eight-hour ordeal had a mostly happy ending.
Chris Hermes, one of Timber Lake’s longest serving EMTs, said later that although there was eight inches of snow on Highway 20, “You could see a little bit” when she and driver Austin Stover, new to the ambulance crew, took off for the Bickel Ranch, 16 miles away.
Plans to pick up EMTs Jackie Biegler and Ellen Hulm on the way were scrapped because they both were snowed in, so Steve Karbowski, a newly-certified EMT, was called and caught up to the ambulance at Mike and Corrine Huber’s driveway three miles west of town (where Stan Schlosser and Sheriff ’s Deputy Ashley Arpan were both stuck).
The organizations that are working to find homes for the impounded horses at the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) at Lantry say that the effort is one of the largest known equine rescue and adoption efforts in US history.
A hearing on a motion to transfer ownership of the remaining ISPMB horses to “suitable caretakers” is set for 9 a.m. on January 27 before Judge Randall Macy in Fourth Circuit Court in Dupree (not Judge Michael Day, as stated in the Topic last week.)
Dewey and Ziebach counties have signed an agreement with two national non-profit agencies, Fleet of Angels in Colorado and Habitat for Horses in Texas, to reimburse the counties for the cost of caring for the horses and seek homes for the animals.
The S.D. Animal Industry Board, at the request of Dewey and Ziebach counties, is asking the Fourth Circuit Court to transfer ownership of horses from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) at Lantry to Fleet of Angels of Evans, CO and Habitat for Horses of Hitchcock, TX.
At a Dec. 12 public meeting conducted via teleconference, the Animal Industry Board (AIB) voted unanimously to file a motion in court, seeking the transfer of ownership.
A hearing on the motion is set for Friday, Jan. 27 in Fourth Circuit Court in Dupree, before Judge Michael Day.
The Timber Lake School Board set some priorities during a goal-setting session at their December 14 meeting. Supt. Dan Martin, who initiated the goal-setting process, recommended the board set simple, achievable goals in two or three areas. He said it would be the role of the board to set goals and the administration to develop strategies for how to achieve them and report regularly to the board.
Every year on December 15, regardless of the weather, people gather at Sitting Bull’s Camp, near Bullhead on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to begin a nearly- 300-mile horseback ride to the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Future Generations Ride (Oomaka Tokatakiya) is a continuation of the Big Foot Memorial Ride that ran from 1986 to 1990.