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07
Nov
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City board accepts Farlee’s $500 bid for TL Broadband

The Timber Lake City Board accepted Ryan Farlee’s bid Monday night: $500 for the Timber Lake Broadband enterprise, which he had managed for the city until his resignation a month ago.

Farlee, who dropped in briefly at the end of the meeting, said he plans to merge TLB with his other business, Advanced Wireless. His bid letter stated, “I plan to keep the system running but as you know it requires some major upgrades and will be losing many subs to the fiber.”

The change of ownership is to take place on November 15, following a special meeting on November 12 to finalize the purchase agreement between the City and Farlee.

City Finance Officer Karla Nordyke will work with Cheryl Bogue, city attorney, to prepare the purchase agreement.

On the way to the vote, board members weighed the pros and cons of accepting Farlee’s bid, which is significantly lower than the $100,000 estimated value of the system.

 

Thu
31
Oct
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Halloween Carnival

Halloween Carnival
Halloween Carnival

A couple unicorns and assorted other characters showed up at the annual Dewey County 4-H Carnival at Timber Lake on Sunday. ABOVE: Cake walk action. RIGHT: Policeman Ryker Bridges made no arrests during the event. 

 

 

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Thu
31
Oct
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Checkpoints

The State Department of Public Safety officials say sobriety checkpoints are planned in 18 counties statewide during November. Checkpoints are done monthly in different counties as a way to discourage drivers from drinking and then driving. November checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Codington, Davison, Day, Hughes, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Stanley, Walworth and Yankton.

 

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Thu
31
Oct
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Permit pending

Dewey County Highway Supt. Lyle Richter reports that A-G-E has been contracted to replace the culvert on County Road 10 near Promise. The permit from the Corps of Engineers is pending. Richter said as soon as the permit is approved, soil compaction testing can be done and the culvert will be shipped from Huron.

 

 

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Thu
31
Oct
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No school on Monday

Timber Lake students will not have classes on Monday, Nov. 4. Teachers will have a professional development day with sessions on safety, mental health, and other subjects.

 

 

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Thu
31
Oct
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New Tri-County Chiropractic building nears completion

New Tri-County Chiropractic building nears completion

Chiropractor Brandon Heck’s new building in Isabel will soon headquarter the Tri-County Chiropractic business, which is approaching 10 years of serving the area.

Day by day, the new Tri-County Chiropractic location in Isabel grows closer to completion. In tandem with the progress, the anticipation of owners Brandon and Misty Heck is growing as well.

“We’re grateful for all the support,” Brandon said. “We get to care for and work with some great people here and we’re excited to be able to provide this to our patients and to the community overall.”

Construction at the site of the former Isabel Dakotan building began during the summer after the old building was razed. When they decided to take action on the need for more space, the Hecks decided to move on from the small house where they had been operating their practice for 9 years.

“It’s exciting to have something new and nice in Isabel,” Misty said.

Thu
24
Oct
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Horizon Health Care awarded $300,000 grant to expand its oral health services

In a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Horizon Health Care has been awarded $300,000 to expand their oral health service capacity.

This funding is designated as a one-time investment to support physical and organizational infrastructure improvements. Horizon Health Care will use the funding to purchase dental and medical integration telemedicine software, upgrade existing and purchase new panoramic machines, and purchase new digital X-ray sensors, among other upgrades.

In 2018, Horizon Health Care served nearly 8,000 dental patients at eight dental clinics across South Dakota. “This grant was highly competitive, so we are fortunate for this opportunity to improve oral health outcomes and enhance our existing services for our health center patients,” said Michelle Scholtz, DDS, Horizon Health Care Chief Dental Officer.

 

Thu
24
Oct
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School board hears Report Card summary

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Large rolls of duct, through which fiberoptic cable will be threaded, stand at the Timber Lake rodeo grounds awaiting installation throughout town. Construction began Tuesday and is expected to be complete, and service activated, by year’s end.

The annual Report Card from the Dept. of Education, the Native American Education coordinatorteacher position, and problems with Pixellot were the main topics at the October 16 meeting of the Timber Lake School Board.

Elementary Principal Danae Paxton, MS/HS Principal Julie Marshall and Special Ed Director Michelle Martin reviewed some highlights from the 2018-2019 Report Card.

Overall (K-12) students scored 20 points above state average in math, and 14 points above state average in English and science.

In comparison with the previous year, 69% of Timber Lake students showed progress in English Language Arts and 72% showed progress in math. State averages were 58% in ELA and 51% in math. (There was no science test the previous year.)

 

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Thu
24
Oct
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Installation of fiber for broadband underway

The construction phase of the Timber Lake Fiber Project began on Tuesday in the northwest corner of town. Ernst Trenching of Fargo, ND is the contractor.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority General Manager Mona Thompson said that applications for service are still being collected but the final deadline is October 31. If people want to be included this year, they must submit a completed application for service by next Thursday. Customers who sign up after that will have to wait until next spring for installation, she said.

 

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Thu
17
Oct
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Commissioners declare road emergency

Commissioners declare road emergency

Dewey County has hired a contractor to replace this culvert on County Road 10 -near the Arlyn and Cheryl Lawrence place, about 7 1/2 miles south of the Highway 20 turnoff to Promise.

Commissioners declare road emergency

The Dewey County Commissioners declared an emergency on October 8 to speed up the process of replacing a culvert on County Road 10.

Timber Lake School Supt. Dan Martin had submitted a letter to Highway Supt. Lyle Richter pointing out the danger to students, parents and bus drivers traveling that route.

Richter had contacted Clark Engineering to assess the damage; they can help apply to the Corps of Engineers for a permit. Richter also presented price quotes for the culvert replacement: $94,000 from A-G-E Corporation Contractors and $187,366 from Jensen Rock and Sand.

 

 

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