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CRSTTA to apply for GOED grant for Timber Lake fiber

Mona Thompson, manager of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, said Monday that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has released the application for broadband expansion funds. CRSTTA intends to apply for funds for their Timber Lake fiber project. They will also seek federal funds when that application process opens.

Part of the GOED application is a pre-subscription form which asks some questions of potential customers. It is specifically for business, home employment and critical facilities. 

 

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Isabel Town Board to hold public hearing on TIF district

The Isabel Town Board met in special session Monday, April 22 to address a short agenda.

Business owners Brandon Heck and Joe Locken were present to participate in discussion about the town establishing a tax increment financing (TIF) district.

Trustee Ryan Maher said he had been in contact with the town’s attorney Shane Penfield, and that he advised that the Central SD Enhancement District would help Isabel with the project if Dewey County becomes a member of the CSDED. The town board voted at the regular April meeting to pay their portion of the membership fee plus some additional if the county joins.

The board passed a motion to hold a public hearing about the TIF district, the next step in the process, for Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

 

 

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Worked to the bone

This past winter (Is it over yet?) calls for a sense of humor. Pat Aberle of Trail City shared this photo.

 

 

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Fancy fingers

Bryndle Riemer is pleased with the pretty nails she got at the Spring Fling at Timber Lake on Saturday.

 

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Isabel board sets special meeting

The Isabel Town Board met on topics old and new at the regular monthly meeting on April 15. In addition to handling the agenda, they set a special meeting for the purpose of looking into establishing a Tax Increment Financing district.

Brandon Heck, owner of Tri-County Chiropractic, told the board of his plans to build a new commercial building on the former Isabel Dakotan lots. He asked if there were markers on the Main Street lots, which there are not. In order to be sure he is within one foot of the lot line for building, the board advised Heck to have it professionally surveyed.

Heck also asked about the possibly of establishing a TIF district. This was discussed in the past with Joe Locken of Locken Oil.

Trustee Ryan Maher said he looked up the ordinances the town would have to change in order to create the district and suggested a special meeting for Monday, April 22 to follow up.

 

 

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City continues to wrestle with broadband issues

In its next-to-last meeting before the new Town Board is seated, the Timber Lake City Council heard updates on familiar topics, including Timber Lake Broadband, on April 10.

TLB CEO Ryan Farlee presented an update as requested by the council. Regarding the sale of the city-owned enterprise, he said he has the inventory list the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service has requested before approving the sale. City voters mandated the sale of TLB in a November 2018 special election but the council has yet to get the green light from RUS.

“I have the same list they have,” Farlee said. “I made it for them.”

He quoted values of the devices, some of which are obsolete, and said he would be sending the information in a letter to the RUS.

“I’m struggling to word it ethically and professionally,” he said.

 

 

 

Thu
11
Apr
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County commissioners act on assessments, purchases

The Dewey County Commission met in two sessions on Tuesday, first to handle equalization of property assessments and then to conduct regular April business.

Sitting as the consolidated county board of equalization, the commissioners considered appeals presented by Director of Equalization Brandy Meier.

Attorney Eric Bogue represented Francis Zacher in his appeal of the valuation of 1.4 acres of property located along Highway 212 near the Eagle Butte city lagoons. Meier had assessed the property at $39,025. The property has not been developed but does have access to city utilities. It has been leased for grazing for about $500 a year, nearly the same amount as the annual taxes.

 

 

 

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Medicine Wheel Village now taking nursing home patients

Medicine Wheel Village in Eagle Butte is nearly at capacity in its 28-suite assisted living wings, and is now opening the 50-bed nursing home. Pictured in the fireplace room are (SEATED L-R) residents Pauline Eagle Chasing, Louie Horn and Raymond Cadotte, and (STANDING L-R) Kim Clown, director of assisted living; June Lamb, director of nursing; and Nicole Eagle Chasing, restorative aide.

Kim Clown and Deb Arbogast, administrators at Medicine Wheel Village assisted living and nursing home at Eagle Butte, are happy to be accepting nursing care patients now.

The facility has been licensed for 28 assisted living beds and 50 nursing home beds since 2013. While the assisted living apartments have been at or near capacity, until recently a shortage of nurses made it impossible to provide nursing home care.

As of last week the first two residents were transitioned from assisted living to nursing care and more applications are being processed.

An opening ceremony is being planned.

Clown said the facility was designed as a place where residents could “age in place,” meaning they could enjoy the support they needed for assisted living and, if their health declined, they could receive nursing care by just moving down the hall with little disruption.

 

 

Thu
04
Apr
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Little Moreau

Photo by Robert Slocum

The normally lazy dam at the Little Moreau Park recreation area south of Timber Lake was rushing and gushing last week as the Moreau River crested at near record levels and caused evacuations, rescue efforts, road and property damage and threatened livestock. The White Horse/Promise area saw some of the worst of it.

 

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Gunderson, Schlosser seek seat on new town board

Election isTuesday

Two candidates — Jess Schlosser and Tim Gunderson — are running for a one-year term on the new Timber Lake Town Board in the election to be held next Tuesday, April 9.

The five-member town board replaces the mayor and six-member council after city voters approved the change in the form of municipal government in a special election last fall.

The polls will be open at the Timber Lake Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The official election notice and sample ballot are on page 13 of this issue.

Unopposed for three of the four other seats are Tom Hermes, Josh Lemburg and Mike LaCompte.

Editor’s note: The two candidates for Timber Lake Town Board were given identical questions. Tim Gunderson responded in a telephone interview. Jess Schlosser submitted written answers via email.

 

 

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