Ryan Maher of Isabel, who will be returning to Pierre next month after being elected to the District 28 State Senate seat, is one of the legislators challenging Initiated Measure 22 which was passed by South Dakota voters on Nov. 8. The lawmakers filed a suit in Circuit Court in Hughes County on Nov. 23. “We believe it’s unconstitutional,” Maher told the Topic.
Horses from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) wild horse sanctuary near Lantry will be sold at a public auction in Philip on December 20. ISPMB president Karen Sussman was found last week to be in default of court-ordered stipulations, so Dewey and Ziebach counties will now sell the horses to recoup monies spent caring for the animals for the past two months and up to the date of the sale. The herds have been impounded since Oct. 11, when Circuit Judge Jerry Eckrich approved terms the counties and Sussman agreed to. An Animal Industry Board veterinarian visited the ISPMB ranch in September and reported evidence of neglect following complaints to local and state officials. Up to 30 horses reportedly perished from June through September of this year and many of the 800-plus herd appeared to be malnourished. Numerous medical problems were also documented.
More than 10 inches of snow and strong winds off and on during the past week have made for difficult, or impossible, driving conditions in north central South Dakota. Locally, schools were closed and most events either postponed or cancelled as no travel was advised. Yes, winter has arrived.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and CRST Tribal Ventures are moving forward with plans to launch a new, local radio station sometime next year. A studio is under construction in Eagle Butte, and preparations are being made to erect a tower north of Eagle Butte. Tom Eagle Staff is working on the project with Tribal Ventures. Eagle Staff asked the Dewey County Commissioners on Nov. 10 to approve road improvements prior to tower construction. Eighteen months into the project, Eagle Staff says it is close to getting authorization to erect the tower.
Kris and Roger Lawien’s three granddaughters came all the way from Volga to decorate the Christmas trees at the Timber Lake and Area Museum (and to spend Thanksgiving weekend with their grandparents). L-R are Haylee, Macy and Madison Bohnet. Their parents are Ashley and Clint Bohnet.
The icy conditions on Highway 20 resulted in the total loss of a semi tractor-trailer loaded with grain Sunday night. The accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. as the North Dakota driver was westbound on the curve south of Firesteel. The driver was not injured. Dewey County Deputy Sheriff Dan Assman investigated
The first State Declamation Contest was held in 1910 as part of that year’s State High School Track and Field Meet. In 1911, the contest was held independent of the state track meet. From those modest beginnings over 100 years ago the contest has evolved into the State Oral Interpretation Festival of today. This year students from 89 South Dakota high schools will compete in the 107th Annual SDHSAA State Oral Interpretation Festival on December 2 and 3 at Harrisburg High School
On Sunday, November 13 awards were given to Dewey County 4-H members at the Annual Recognition Event. 4-H members received Member Certificates, Premium Money and T-Shirts. Clover Bud Members received T-Shirts. Kuntry Kuzzins 4-H Club members and years of participation are: Miranda Vines, 6; Rae Lynn Vines, 3; Caleb Berndt, 5; Carl Petersen, 10; Curtis Petersen, 8; Jessica Berndt, 8; Maxson Dupris, Clover Bud Independent 4-H members are: Brelan Maher, 1; Tristen Goldade, 2; Tessa Goldade, 2; Kashlin Bettelyoun, 3; Brady Maher, Clover Bud
Marina Barcellos is the foreign exchange student this year in Timber Lake. She came from Lavras, Brazil and she is currently attending Timber Lake High School as a junior and is living with Bo and Christa Biegler. She was very excited to travel and all her family and friends were so excited for her, and that she was going to be able to get out and discover a whole new world. When Marina found out that she was going to be coming to Timber Lake she started to do some research. She used Google Earth to look at and virtually walk the streets of Timber Lake to see what the town was like.
An auction sale could happen soon after Dec. 1 at which time horses from the ranch of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) may be sold to the highest bidder. Dewey and Ziebach County officials are hoping to recoup expenses of more than $80,000 related to the impoundment of 800-some horses since mid-October.