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Pitmaster Chris Bollinger tends to pork and beef ribs, brisket and roast during the Timber Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s annual 4th of July festivities. Despite the rain, a large crowd turned out to eat barbecue and youngsters played on the inflatable games. Winners were drawn for the raffle and other giveaways.

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School board considers new positions

The Timber Lake School Board discussed the possibility of two new staff positions at length during their Monday meeting before moving on without committing to either. Whether adding a school resource officer (SRO) was necessary, financially feasible, or even a good idea was the prominent item on last month’s agenda, and some closure on the matter was reached Monday. Also, the SRO talk led to renewed interest in a Lakota language instructor by those who have been advocating for it.

Superintendent Dan Martin said a Native American language instructor was on the agenda in part because of response to last month’s SRO debate. Board chair Marie Gross stated that the Native American Advisory Committee was “very dedicated” to the idea and possibly willing to use JOM funds toward salary. She also said she was open to bringing the position into the district.

Comparison to nearby schools who have added Native American language wasn’t met well by some. Board member Joe Locken said constituents told him they don’t necessarily think Timber Lake School should look to mirror decisions made by other districts.



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