The Timber Lake and Area Historical Society is awarding $1500 “bonus” scholarships to 22 students who previously received Urban Scholarships and are still in college. All 48 Urban Scholars from the TLHS graduating classes of 2012 to 2015 were invited to apply. All who applied will receive the scholarships. The only requirement was that they be currently enrolled in college full-time.
The Timber Lake Volunteer Fire Department has some new equipment that we'd like to introduce to the public. Let's go back a few years, in 2003 the department received a complete set of Jaws of Life, extrication equipment, free of charge from Ft. Riley, Kansas. We didn't have a vehicle to put it in, so luckily the ambulance crew had purchased a new rig and surplused their old one to us. Great, we had a "Rescue Rig" to house our equipment and get it to the scene of the accident if need be. That was great, it served its purpose for many years, but was aging and reaching the end of its duty cycle.
There are more horses than estimated at a wild horse ranch near Lantry, where costs are beginning to mount and additional strain on public employees and departments remain since Dewey and Ziebach counties have started ensuring the animals get fed. The horses are under care of employees hired by the sheriffs of the two counties which now have court-ordered custody of the animals. Owner Karen Sussman actively cares for them as well in hopes of regaining control of her horses that were recently declared to be more than 800 in number. A count and assessment of the horses was conducted by a South Dakota Animal Industry Board veterinarian on Oct. 13. Dewey Co. Sheriff Les Mayer says the 810 horses and foals in the four separate herds found on the ranch are “more than any of us thought.”
Tony Anderson, who began employment as a billing clerk at Moreau- Grand Electric Cooperative in 1983 and has been manager of three different electric co-ops since then, told local members they have a great co-op. “You are solid financially and well-managed,” Anderson said at the co- op’s annual meeting last Friday. Moreau-Grand statistically is one of the best in the country, he said, and that’s a result of having good people making good choices.
The Timber Lake City Council voted October 4 to renew the law enforcement contract with Dewey County for three years at $60,000 per year. That is what the city is paying now. The current three-year contract is due to expire December 31. The city council had made the same offer two months ago but the Dewey County Commission made a counter-proposal of either $65,000 for each of the next three years, or increments from $62,000 to $64,000 to $66,000.
Pheasant season in South Dakota opens this Saturday, Oct. 15 and while pheasant brood survey results indicate a drop in numbers statewide, people hunting the local area should have no trouble finding success. The Mobridge area 2016 pheasant outlook released by S.D. Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP), which includes Dewey and Corson counties, shows basically no change from the previous year.
For the first time in years, both gates at the Isabel dump grounds are locked. Isabel Maintenance Supervisor Larry Simpson told the Town Board Monday at the regular meeting for October that he locked the gates in response to a warning from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). A surprise inspection in July by the DENR resulted in a warning that further permit violations would result in an unacceptable grade. The gates at the dump ground will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. regularly from now on, Simpson said. Those who wish to access the site on other days may get a key from the city office. When they get the key, they must now fill out a short form with their name and information about what they are dumping. Any fees for white goods (appliances, etc.) will be paid at that time.
Two paleontology experts will give a presentation on the paleontology of the region at the annual meeting of the Timber Lake and Area Historical Society on Sunday, October 16. Clint Boyd, senior paleontologist for the North Dakota Geological Survey, and Mindy Householder, a fossil preparator and educator are the guest speakers.
Local and state officials are stepping in to save hundreds of wild horses at a sanctuary near Lantry before more of them die. Karen Sussman, president of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB), has operated the sanctuary for the past 16 years.
When Matt Vogel goes to work he never knows what’s going to be happening that day. But he likes it. As a Legislative Technician for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the 2006 graduate of Timber Lake High School just knows it’s going to be something important and challenging.