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SHERIFF’S REPORT

August 2

Animal, handled by officer/deputy, Hwy 63/20 Junction west, Timber Lake

August 3

Vandalism/destruction of property, handled by dispatcher, Hwy 20/12

 

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13
Aug
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Walworth Co. committee proposes jail in Mobridge

Walworth Co. committee proposes jail in Mobridge

The former Shopko building on the west side of Mobridge is being considered as a site for a regional jail to replace the Walworth County Jail at Selby.

The latest proposal for a regional jail is for seven counties, including Dewey and Corson, to buy and repurpose the former Shopko building on the west side of Mobridge.

Kevin Holgard, a Walworth County Commissioner, told the Topic on Monday that on August 21, he will present the proposal for the North Central Regional Jail to commissioner representatives of the seven counties that currently house prisoners at the Walworth County Jail in Selby.

 

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13
Aug
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Tribe drops travel permits, relaxes more restrictions

With active coronavirus cases at what tribal health officials consider manageable, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is continuing to loosen restrictions put in place over the past five months in an effort to fend off the potentially-deadly illness.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier reported a total of 81 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the reservation, including 48 in Dewey County and 33 in Ziebach County. Of those, 15 cases remain

 

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Timber Lake City Park has new playground

Timber Lake City Park has new playground

A crew of volunteers assembled the KABOOM! playground at the Timber Lake City Park in a blitz build last Friday and Saturday.

 

 

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Thu
06
Aug
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Kindness is the best medicine

My name is Joanie Holm. I am a certified nurse practitioner in Brookings and I am the person fortunate to have been the life partner of the original Prairie Doc®, Richard P. Holm, M.D. Rick and I were married for 40 years before his passing in March of 2020.

During those wonderful decades together, if I could point to one powerful action that strengthened our relationship with each other, with our family, our community and with our patients, it would be the act of kindness.

Thankfully, Rick was alive to see the recognition and formalization of kindness as an essential element of medical education. Medical schools across the country have started to offer courses on compassion and caring. One of the first to do so was the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
06
Aug
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County budget process begins

The Dewey County Commissioners pored over about 50 pages of figures on Tuesday as they began the process of determining the county budget for 2021. Auditor Mary Ducheneaux had prepared a packet last month detailing budgets and actual expenditures from each department for the past three years.

The commissioners met with Highway Supt. Will Wiedmer and Sheriff Dan Assman, both new in their jobs and making their first budgets.

The commissioners discussed highway department wages at some length. Wiedmer has requested a 60 cent per hour increase for his crew, from $19.40 to $20 per hour.

 

 

 

 

 

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Restaurant owners welcome return of dine-in service

Restaurant owners welcome return of dine-in service

Jolene Maher, owner of Sparky’s Bar & Grill in Isabel, discusses the daily lunch special with breakfast cook Rex Flanagan after opening for business Monday morning. On Friday, July 31, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe loosened its COVID-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to offer dine-in service for the first time since March 24. Restaurants must still adhere to strict safety and cleaning procedures and maintain social distancing standards. Photo by Jon Flatland

When Jolene Maher purchased Sparky’s Bar & Grill in Isabel from her husband Wade’s brother, Ryan, just days after Christmas, she did so knowing full well that owning and operating a small town restaurant and bar can be challenging. Little did Maher know, however, that just four months into a great start, challenges beyond her control would have her questioning not just her decision, but her future.

Maher hit the ground running, hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration two days after taking over and catering several holiday parties in January. The business was doing just fine... then came March.

Thu
06
Aug
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Flippin’ Out

Flippin’ Out

Faith cowboy Joseph Alamiz found himself in a precarious position on the very first attempt of the evening during the bareback riding event at the Perkins County Fair & Rodeo in Bison on Saturday night, Aug. 1. See more rodeo photos and read how area competitors fared on page 8. Photo by Jon Flatland

 

 

 

 

 

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CRST loosens restrictions, sets new guidelines

Confident they have a grip on the sudden surge in confirmed coronavirus cases on the reservation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s business council approved several measures last week that establish new criteria for setting the public risk level and redefine the guidelines implemented in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic

The move allows daycares, Head Start and schools to open, restaurants to return to dine-in service, and public events such as rodeos, pow wows, sports and funerals to be held - as long as safety guidelines and certain restrictions are followed.

Thu
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Jul
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First COVID death confirmed

A 62-year-old Dupree man has become the first coronavirus-related fatality on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

During his daily radio report on Tuesday, CRST Chairman Harold Frazier confirmed the individual died Monday evening, July 27, after being hospitalized and put on a ventilator. The individual is a member of a large family currently under quarantine with multiple cases of the COVID-19.

“We’ve had other members of the tribe who have passed away from the coronavirus but this is the first time we’ve had a resident of the reservation pass away because of COVID-19,” said Frazier.

 

 

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