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Dec
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Timber Lake Board hires new custodian

Meeting on Monday night, with two members absent, the Timber Lake City Board hired Rhonda Takes The Knife as custodian for the Community Center. Chairman Tom Hermes and members Jess Schlosser and Josh Lemburg were present. John Linderman and Mike LaCompte were absent.

The board reviewed applications in open session before having a brief executive session. Takes The Knife will start the 20 hour per week position this week at $11.50 per hour. She replaces Katie Schlosser.

Other applicants were Norman Hieb (who works part-time in the city maintenance department), Stephanie Flying By, Carla Goldade, and Tom Keller.

Maintenance Manager Brad Kocmich reported he had inspected a dump truck for sale in Watertown but determined it was overpriced.

 

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Senftner shares suicide message

Senftner shares suicide message

Lynn Senftner (RIGHT) with Timber Lake students who have received the Tate Senftner Memorial Scholarship awarded to a Timber Lake Middle School student each year: FRONT (L-R): Carlie Lawrence, Natalie Lawrence, Hayes Burress; BACK: Lexy White, Isaac Kraft, Hank Kraft.

When Lynn Senftner walked through the front doors of Timber Lake High School last Tuesday, she carried a different message from the ones she regularly shared with her students when she taught music here several years ago.

Speaking to students and staff from Grades 8-12, Senftner, who now teaches in Onida, delivered a cautionary tale about depression and suicide and how both affected her family on New Year’s Day in 2013 and every single day since. She was invited to speak as part of a section about mental health awareness in a new 8th Grade Lifeskills class.

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05
Dec
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Big snowfall over Thanksgiving weekend

Big snowfall over Thanksgiving weekend
Big snowfall over Thanksgiving weekend

Nearly a foot of snow across Dewey County over the weekend disrupted Thanksgiving weekend travel and left everyone with plenty of snow to move while digging out Sunday and Monday. It also served as an indicator that winter is here for good. TOP: Three Bobcats and a pay loader cleaned up the yard at Biegler Equipment in Timber Lake Monday morning. BELOW: Fields of hay bales were covered by the blizzard.

 

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Thu
28
Nov
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Annual Cantata marks 15th year of ushering in Christmas season

What started out as an idea to bring residents of area communities together for friendship and fellowship has grown into a much-anticipated Christmas tradition that will be celebrated next weekend in Isabel and Timber Lake.

The 15th annual Christmas Cantata will be performed Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Isabel Baptist Church, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake. Admission to the performances is free, however, freewill offerings will be accepted.

Jane Stradinger of Isabel is credited with helping get the Christmas Cantata off the ground. At the time, the communities of Isabel, Timber Lake and Dupree had received grant funding through the South Dakota Horizons Project to be used for economic development and community improvement. A brunt of those funds were used to develop daycare facilities in each community and the remainder could be used for other projects.

Thu
28
Nov
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Changes coming to Farlee’s Advanced Wireless, Timber Lake Broadband

The owner of Advanced Wireless LLC and recently-acquired Timber Lake Broadband says plans are to merge the two entities into one company and adjust the business model by changing its packages and prices.

Ryan Farlee served as manager and administrator of Timber Lake Broadband for its entire nearly 11 year existence, but resigned his position earlier this year when city officials announced their intentions to cut ties with the system by either selling it to the highest bidder or discontinuing operations. After no bids were received in an initial offering, a second round of bids was advertised. Farlee offered to buy the system for $500 and - despite its estimated value of $100,000 - the Timber Lake City Board agreed to terms with Farlee and he assumed ownership of Timber Lake Broadband on November 15. He’s owned and operated Advanced Wireless since October 2017.

Thu
28
Nov
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Park equipment to be ordered by end of year for spring installation

Park equipment to be ordered by end of year for spring installation

This new playground equipment will be installed at the Timber Lake City Park in May, 2020. Fund raising is underway for additional pieces including tables and trash cans.

The plans are coming together for the new playground area at the Timber Lake City Park. Play equipment that meets the grant requirements and budget has been selected thanks to input from Timber Lake Elementary students. The play equipment will be ordered before the end of 2019. The layout of the play area has been decided and a color palette of maroon, denim, yellow, and gray has been chosen.

The play area will have a swing set with four swings for older youth and two toddler swings, a curva spinner that one to three youth can play on, a saddle spinner to sit on and spin, and the large play structure that has many climbing options and two slides. The play area will have the required safety surfacing and border which will make it safe and accessible for all.

Thu
21
Nov
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Holiday vacations, closings set

Holiday vacations, closings set

Thursday, November 28 is Thanksgiving, a state and federal holiday. Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 29.

Federal government offices, banks, and post offices will be closed Thursday and open on Friday. Timber Lake City will close at noon Wednesday and be closed Friday. Most local businesses will be closed Thursday and open Friday.

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Thu
21
Nov
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Dewey County considering new motor grader

Dewey County Highway Supt. Lyle Richter asked the county commissioners, at their November 5 meeting, to approve the purchase of a new motor grader in 2020. Richter and Dana Brentlinger of RDO Equipment presented details on a grader for sale for $325,676 with a seven year/7000 hour warranty. The commissioners requested a trade in price.

The commissioners agreed to transfer ownership of some property in Eagle Butte to the Dakota Club Library. They took the action at their after Suzie Payne and Rob Ganje of the library board met with them.

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Thu
21
Nov
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Natalie wins crown

Natalie wins crown

Timber Lake’s Natalie Biegler (LEFT) was crowned Miss Jacks Outstanding Teen in Brookings on Nov. 10. Natalie also earned Miss Congeniality and People’s Choice for talent. She is now qualified for a state competition with other regional winners in May for the Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen title.

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Thu
21
Nov
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Reduction in ag land valuation expected to shift tax burden

“I feel it would be pretty extreme for Dewey County,” is how Dewey County Equalization Director Brandy Meier described the proposed changes in ag land valuation. Meier told the county commissioners at their November 5 meeting that she hopes the legislature will “shoot it down.”

The proposal would reduce the valuation, and therefore the taxes, on ag land. Meier said Dewey County does not have enough valuation in non-ag (business and residential) properties to make up the difference to maintain revenue to the county.

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