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16
Jan
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Four Cheyenne River girls compete for Snow Queen

Four Cheyenne River girls compete for Snow Queen

Four young women represented their schools and communities, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, at the annual South Dakota Snow Queen Pageant in Aberdeen last weekend. L-R are Ki’Tu LeBeau,TyRel Thompson, Tiana Kohlus, and Alscessa Elsey.

Submitted by Warren LeBeau

The Annual Snow Queen Festival was held from January 9-11 marking the 74th time this event has been held in Aberdeen. The winner of this year’s pageant was Chesney Olson from Langford.

Four Witansna un can (young Lakota maidens) with ties to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe were among the contestants.

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16
Jan
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Isabel board approves pay increases for employees

The Isabel Town Board voted 2-1 last week to give its employees costof-living wage increases.

The board okayed two percent increases for Maintenance Supervisor Frankie Ducheneaux and Finance Officer Karla Nordyke and a 50-cent per hour increase for Char Boysen, who serves as maintenance assistant and deputy finance officer. The wage hike lifts Ducheneaux's salary from $41,416 per year to $42,840 while Nordyke's hourly wage will rise from $18.25 to $18.62 and Boysen's hourly wage jumps from $12 to $12.50. The board froze the compensation paid to themselves, which is $600 per year for the president and $500 per year for trustees. Ducheneaux and Boysen also receive full benefits and Nordyke gets partial benefits.

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Maher, Mareska place 2nd in Mobridge ice fishing event

Maher, Mareska place 2nd in Mobridge ice fishing event

Brent Mareska (LEFT) and Chuck Maher (MIDDLE) receive the second place prize of $550 cash from Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament Committee member Brent Kemnitz.

The 19th annual Mobridge Chamber of Commerce ice fishing tournament was held Saturday, as fishermen from near and far covered Lake Oahe’s ice.

Chuck Maher and Brent Mareska of Timber Lake placed second out of 550 teams with their six qualifying fish giving them a total weight of 15.52 lbs. First place winners Caleb Martinmass and Mike Hogg, with 18.16 lbs. on six fish, won $500 and a Polaris Ranger.

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Thu
09
Jan
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City ends year with $400,000

The Timber Lake City Board meeting on Monday night was mostly about numbers: year-end fund balances, bills, and pay raises.

Year-end balances

In spite of a $5094 deficit in the Timber Lake Broadband fund, the City ended 2019 with a $349,830 total cash balance plus $57,952 in savings accounts. The general fund ending balance was $192,100; the water fund $94,056; and the sewer fund $68,768.

The board approved $29,146.83 in claims and $15,905 in payroll expenses for January.

 

 

 

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09
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State Veteran Service Officer to speak in Isabel January 15

State Veteran Service Officer to speak in Isabel January 15

David Booze

State Veteran Service Officer to speak in Isabel January 15

Kevin Morello

State Veteran Service Officer to speak in Isabel January 15

Courtney VanZanten

South Dakota American Legion State Veteran Service Officer Courtney VanZanten and other state American Legion officials will be on hand at a veteran’s informational meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. MT in the Isabel Senior Citizens Center. The meeting is open to veterans as well as their families and friends.

VanZanten will discuss the latest changes in veteran benefits, medical care and claims processing, as well as new membership eligibility rules under the LEGION Act. Joining VanZanten for a period of questions and answers and one-on-one discussions will be South Dakota American Legion State Vice Commander Kevin Morello, District 1 Commander David Booze, and Dewey County/ CRST Veteran Service Officer Robert Dunsmore.

Thu
09
Jan
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What’s up for this year?

2020 PREVIEW

A new year means new news.

Nationally, there will be a census taken this year, and voters will elect a President and a new Congress.

Statewide, ag land valuation, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, and funding for education will be front and center — some issues to be decided by the legislature, which opens its annual session January 14, and some by the voters in June and November.

 

 

 

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Thu
02
Jan
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Sparky’s changes hands, stays in family

Sparky’s changes hands, stays in family

Longtime Sparky’s Bar and Grill owner Ryan Maher has sold the Isabel business to his sister-in-law Jolene and his brother Wade Maher.

Nearly 16 years after he first went to work at Sparky’s Bar and Grill, longtime owner Ryan Maher is making an exit from the Isabel eatery. Maher, who started at Sparky’s in 2004 and purchased the business a year later, has sold to his brother and sister-in-law.

Wade and Jolene Maher live in Isabel with children Brelan and Brady. They took ownership of Sparky’s at the end of December.

 

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02
Jan
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Election year 2020: Voters will decide

Election year 2020: Voters will decide

Although the 2020 Presidential election will continue to dominate national headlines, the local and state election cycle is just beginning. South Dakota will have a primary election on June 2, and the general election will be November 3.

This year, all counties in South Dakota will elect states attorneys, treasurers, coroners and commissioners.

Here’s a summary of what will be happening in Dewey, Corson and Ziebach counties this year:

 

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Thu
19
Dec
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Gross elected to lead TLRA

Gross elected to lead TLRA

Officers of the Timber Lake Rodeo Association, who will be in charge of the Days of 1910 Rodeo and Celebration next July are (FRONT) L-R: Richard Gross, president; Robi Miller, secretary; Jace Booth, vicepresident; and Ben Bieber, treasurer.

Richard Gross was elected to replace Archie Hulm as president of the Timber Lake Rodeo Association at the group’s annual meeting on Wednesday, December 11.

Other officers elected were Jace Booth, vice-president; Robi Miller, secretary; and Ben Bieber, treasurer. Other directors are Archie Hulm, Troy Long, and Brent Schweitzer.

Days of 1910 Celebration

(July 23-26, 2020)

 

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School responds to questions on Native American position

The hiring of a Native American Education Coordinator/Teacher, or lack thereof, was a matter of discussion at the Timber Lake School Board meeting last Wednesday when a district patron, Matt Vogel of Timber Lake, questioned the board’s efforts toward filling the newly-created position.

After several months of working with the Native American Education Committee (NAEC), the school board voted in September to create the new position in an effort to bring more Native American culture, cultural understanding and cultural activities to both Native and non-Native students. While that measure was initially celebrated as a step forward for the district, it has since been the target of criticism by NAEC members over the job title, job description, and requirements for the position being set forth by school officials.

 

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