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Governor’s first press conference

Photo by Jeremy Waltner/Freeman Courier

Kristi Noem was sworn in as South Dakota’s first female governor on Saturday, January 5 in Pierre. She is shown during a brief press conference she held following the inauguration. She delivered her State of the State address Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Nora’s lost

Timber Lake High School will host the regional one-act play contest on January 16. Eight schools are participating. Pictured at a recent rehearsal for the TLHS play, “Nora’s Lost,” are (L-R) Alex Peterson as the young Nora, Sarah Barnica as older Nora, and Justin Stover as Jack. The play is about a woman, Nora, who goes missing from a nursing home. In this scene she imagines an earlier time in her life. (See more on page 5)

 

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Timber Lake City Council considers broadband issues

The Timber Lake City Council met Monday evening with a substantial agenda. Mayor Tim Gunderson called the meeting to order at 7:00 with all members present.

The council heard from Joel Schweitzer regarding plans to set up a wireless internet connection between the football field and school. Schweitzer informed the council that he would be meeting with a consultant the next morning in order to plan the project. He asked if it would be possible to consider the water tower or airport to bounce the signal. He assured the council that this signal would not interfere with the Timber Lake Broadband signal. The board responded agreeably to this idea.

Schweitzer also asked about the status of the broadband service and the reason that it has been unavailable for so many days recently. The service was off on Monday and Tuesday.

Thu
03
Jan
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Assman replaces Ted Schweitzer as Dewey County Emergency Manager

Dan Assman

The Dewey County Commissioners, at their end-of-year meeting on December 28, appointed Deputy Sheriff Dan Assman as Emergency Manager, replacing Ted Schweitzer, who has held the position since 2008. In doing so, the board discussed staffing of the sheriff’s office, which both Assman and Sheriff Les Mayer said is in need of help.

“We’re strapped,” Mayer told the commissioners. “We don’t have time for time off.” He reminded the board that a year ago he had a secretary to take care of some of the paper work, and he said other counties have office help.

Thu
03
Jan
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CRST Telecommunications Commission sets requirements, fees for providers

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s six-member Telecommunications Commission has announced details of new licensing requirements for all telecommunications providers on the reservation.

Ordinance 73, which was initially proposed in 2007 by J.D. Williams, then manager of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, and presented to Tribal Council. The Telecommunications Commission never became active until 2018 at which time they reviewed and revised the ordinance with the Tribe’s legal counsel.

The revised ordinance was approved by Tribal Council and applies to all providers within the boundaries of the reservation (Dewey and Ziebach counties).

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Thu
20
Dec
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Discussion with LaCompte dominates council meeting

City won’t be leasing TLB

Dale LaCompte posed some questions to the Timber Lake City Council at a special meeting Monday night, the first being: Would the city like to buy Block 5 - something he asked several times.

LaCompte said he now owns all six lots, having completed the purchase of the sixth lot last week.

LaCompte had planned to sell the property to developers to build a Family Dollar Store but plans were stalled by a recent 87-85 vote by citizens not to vacate the alley in Block 5.

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Dec
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Kids tell Christmas story

On Sunday, the kids who attend Kids for Jesus (K4J) on Wednesday afternoons presented the Christmas story to a packed house at the St. Joseph Center. Pictured are some of the younger performers. L-R: Elyse Parker, Ada O’Leary, Finley Boldt, and Stella Nilson.

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On Sunday, the kids who attend Kids for Jesus (K4J) on Wednesday afternoons presented the Christmas story to a packed house at the St. Joseph Center. 

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Ride honors memory of Wounded Knee victims, survivors

Horseback riders and support people and vehicles arrived via the old lake crossing just before sunset on Saturday, December 15 on the way to Wounded Knee. Photo by Robert Slocum

On the evening of Saturday, December 15, 33 riders and one runner entered Timber Lake to join a large support crew and make camp for the night at the community center. They were on the second day of the 32nd annual Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride. On that day 128 years ago, Chief Sitting Bull was killed by Indian police and the U.S. military when they attempted to arrest him at his camp on the Grand River west of Little Eagle, for his role in the Ghost Dance movement. Many of his followers joined Chief Spotted Elk’s band (Chief Big Foot) and together they fled toward the Pine Ridge reservation.

On the morning of December 29, 1890, the U.S. military surrounded their encampment at Wounded Knee Creek with the intent to disarm the group. A shot was fired which precipitated a massacre. By some estimates, over 300 mostly unarmed, men, women and children were killed that day.

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20
Dec
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Panther boys, girls win at Mobridge Rotary Classic

Timber Lake senior Lorenda Long dribbles past the defense of Leola’s Brooklyn Podoll during their game at the Mobridge Rotary Classic Saturday. Photo by Sean Stafford

Senior Trey Bollinger shoots over the outstretched arms of several Strasburg/Zeeland (ND) defenders Saturday at the Mobridghe Rotary Classic. Photo by Sean Stafford

The Lady Panthers played the Leola-Frederick Titans at the Mobridge Rotary Classic Saturday, winning 60-35. The first quarter was low scoring but Timber Lake was able to take the lead 16-8. The Panthers hit the offensive glass in the second quarter, pulling down key rebounds left and right, and those second chance opportunities allowed them to maintain the lead entering the half. Timber Lake played just as well the final two quarters.

TL scoring: Timber Lake: Lexy White 10, Lorenda Long 10, LaShae 6, Macey Bollinger 15, Georgi Mendoza 3, Shay Kraft 7, Gracie Sandquist 2, Halle Kraft 3, Carlie Lawrence 4.

Leola/Frederick scoring: Anna Lapka 4, Brooklyn Podoll 10, Avery Wolff 4, Madallyne Nordine 9, Maria Jenkins 3, Emily Hatlewick 1, Kaylin Achen 4.

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Thu
13
Dec
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Santa Claus came to town

Santa Claus stopped in Timber Lake on Saturday to bounce some kids on his knee, listen to their wish lists — and make some of them cry. ABOVE: Jameson Hollenbeck wants grandma Bobbi Jo Kraft to rescue him. RIGHT: Milay and Mikalya Volschenk are happy to see Santa.

Santa Claus stopped in Timber Lake on Saturday to bounce some kids on his knee, listen to their wish lists — and make some of them cry.

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