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COVID-19: the latest

With the country, the state and the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations officially under a state of emergency due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, people are advised to heed warnings and abide by recommendations from public health officials and government agencies.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier ordered all bars on the reservation to close by 5 p.m. MT Tuesday. He also ordered all restaurants, cafes, and delis to transition to carry out, delivery or curb-side service only. He ordered all businesses to follow business guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Anyone who has questions is asked to contact him at haroldcfrazier@yahoo.com.

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Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia

Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia

Jace Booth of Timber Lake recently returned home from a two-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. He says the impression the journey left on him will remain with him permanently.

Traveling with the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership (SDARL) program, Booth was able to experience firsthand the significant disparities (agricultural, cultural and otherwise) compared to life in the USA. Jace has been one of 28 participating in the SDARL class for the past 18 months .

“We have had 10 seminars all across the state where we got to see a variety of different ag related things going on in South Dakota,” he said. The experiences culminated in the international expedition.

“This has been really eye opening and gives me a greater realization of how lucky I am to live in the USA,” Booth said upon his return. “This trip is something that I will be grateful for the rest of my life.”

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Beef producers reeling during COVID epidemic

Beef producers reeling during COVID epidemic

South Dakota ranchers are seeing current and future prices fall rapidly for cattle they are feeding now. With calving season here, that means even more input cost for ranchers. Photo by Brenda Jones

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned a bad situation for South Dakota beef producers into a crisis in which low market prices and corresponding revenue losses may force some ranchers into bankruptcy.

Beef producers are seeing what in January was an $80 profit on each animal sold fall to a $75 loss per head in March. For a farmer with 400 head, that could mean a shift from a profit of $32,000 to a loss of $30,000 on the cattle they sell once or twice a year. For a rancher with 1,000 head, that differential would result in a $155,000 shift down to a $75,000 loss.

The spread of the virus and a subsequent need for people to isolate and hunker down in order to be safe have led to a run on beef at grocery stores and a short-term spike in demand. But livestock industry officials say that will provide only a temporary buoy to the market.

Thu
19
Mar
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No school

Gov. Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that South Dakota schools will be closed a second week (through March 27) due to the coronavirus. A statement and letter from Timber Lake School Supt. Dan Martin on page 8 explains plans for school lunch, breakfast and homework.

 

 

 

 

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Candidates filing as deadline nears

March 31 is the deadline for candidates to file petitions for the June 2 primary elections when Democrats and Republicans will nominate their candidates to face off (or run unopposed) in the November 2 general election.

DEWEY COUNTY

In Dewey County, incumbent commissioners Bob Berndt (Dist. 4) and Bob Keckler (Dist. 5) have filed. Both are Democrats from Eagle Butte.

 

 

 

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Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency

Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency

Timber Lake high school student Trenton Hansen receives and grab-and-go lunch from Carol Ducheneaux and Diane Goldade on Monday. Photo by Robert Slocum

Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency
Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency

Country Market grocery store owner John Linderman stocks shelves with toilet paper amid a national shortage. Photo by Kathy Nelson

(Editor’s Note: With information rapidly changing on an hourly and daily basis, the Timber Lake Topic encourages readers to follow our Facebook page as well as the websites and Facebook pages of individual schools, businesses and governmental agencies for up-to-date details regarding closures, postponements and cancellations related to the coronavirus threat.)

Like the rest of the country and world, residents and businesses in Dewey, Corson and Ziebach counties are dealing with the threat of the coronavirus (Covid-19). And although no cases have been detected locally, the effects of federal, state and tribalmandated steps aimed at curbing the outbreak and spread of the potentially deadly virus are being felt across the region.

Thu
12
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Dakota Daughters to perform March 19

Dakota Daughters to perform March 19

The Dakota Daughters will portray three fictional characters in “Wounded Knee - Three Women, Three Stories, Three Cultures” at Timber Lake on Thursday, March 19. Two performances are scheduled - one at the school theater at 2 p.m. and one at the Museum at 6 p.m. Geraldine Goes In Center (MIDDLE) portrays Sitting Bull’s daughter; Lillian Witt (RIGHT) portrays Sadie Babcock (a rancher’s wife) and Joyce Jefferson (LEFT) portrays Mattie Elmira Richardson, who is engaged to a Buffalo Soldier. The free public program is sponsored by the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society with a grant from the SD Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Lester Janise

Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Victoria Bigcrow Clown

Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Jerah Jean Santos-Ramirez

Two sisters originally from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation were sentenced to prison last Thursday, March 5, in Salt Lake City, UT for the 2009 strangling death of a former Isabel resident and Purple Heart veteran.

The convictions of Jerah Jean Santos-Ramirez and Victoria Bigcrow Clown were the result of an investigation into a cold case file involving the murder of 62-year-old Lester Janise in Midvale, UT more than a decade ago.

According to a report in the Deseret News, Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court Judge Linda Jones sentenced Santos-Ramirez, 31, to concurrent terms of five years and up to life in the Utah State Prison for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and a second-degree felony. Clown, 30, was ordered to serve concurrent sentences of at least one year and up to 15 years for manslaughter and robbery, both second-degree felonies.

 

 

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Federal judge says jury should decide Corson-Walworth prisoner’s civil case

A federal judge has ruled that a jury should decide whether a former Corson County prisoner held in the Walworth County jail in Selby was deliberately denied medical treatment, opening up law enforcement officials from both counties to a trial.

Judge Karen Schreier made the ruling last Monday, March 2, in a civil suit filed in 2016 by Robert Blazer against Walworth County Sheriff Josh Boll, Corson County Sheriff Keith Gall, and members or former members of their staffs, including Alan Dale, Justin Tvedt, Mike Varilek, Kylee Franklin, Kimberly Longbrake, Justin Jungwirth, Marissa Mickelson, Heather Kroonje, Patty Dunwoody, Jeremy Johnson, Lance Schnaible, Travis Bentz, Ronnie Ducheneaux, Glenn Bissett, Tammy Richards and Cindy Strongheart.

Blazer is represented by the law firm of Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith in Sioux Falls and the defendants named in the suit are represented by the May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson law firm of Pierre.

 

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12
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Road closed

Road closed

The Dewey County road north of the Highway 20/63 junction west of Timber Lake is closed until the culvert south of Robert and Jeanette Reinbold’s place can be replaced.

Photo by Robert Slocum

 

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