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FDS developers may change building plans

Changes are being made to the design plans for a proposed Family Dollar Store in Block 5 of the City of Timber Lake. The matter was tabled at the Dec. 3 city council meeting because Dale LaCompte, owner of the property in Block 5, was not present, but copies of correspondence were made available.

By a narrow 87-85 margin in a Nov. 6 special election, city voters overturned the city council’s decision to vacate the alley in Block 5 to accommodate the proposed store.

Ryan Morrissey of Burkhardt Engineering has submitted a revised preliminary site plan to the Timber Lake City Council which avoids the need to vacate the alley.

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Prize winners

Here are the winners of open house drawings held in Timber Lake last week:

Biegler Equipment: Larry Jung and Robert Schumacher (booster cables), Roger Lawien (emergency kit), Karma Nash (extension cord), Wade Bollinger ($50 gift certificate), Owen Schweitzer (NAPA toy truck), Jim Hulm, Ross Kraft, Bob Reinbold, Chuck Maher, and Lawrence Goldade (NAPA T-shirts).

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City plans to lease broadband business while sale is pending

The Timber Lake City Council is taking steps to sell the city-owned broadband business, as directed by the voters in a special election held Nov. 6.

The council is awaiting approval from the USDA, which provided grant funding for the initial project.

At the council’s Dec. 3 meeting, a letter to USDA Field Rep. Patrick Hemen was reviewed and approved. In the letter, Finance Officer Karla Nordyke answered questions submitted by Hemen on August 13.

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Christmas Cantata this weekend

The regional community choir invites the public to their 14th annual Christmas Cantata this weekend. They will perform “Mary, Did You Know?” Saturday, Dec. 8 at Medicine Wheel Village in Eagle Butte at 12:15 p.m. and at Isabel Baptist Church at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. they will perform at Holy Cross Church at Timber Lake. Pictured are three choir members who have sung in all 13 previous Cantatas (L-R) Cindy Biegler, Ken Quinn and Jane Stradinger.

 

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Thu
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Pancake supper

If these young volunteers want to be firemen someday they have to learn to make pancakes. Practicing that skill at the Timber Lake Fire Department’s annual pre-Thanksgiving pancake supper are (L-R) Kyler Bollinger, Dawson Kraft, Fire Chief Grady Kraft, Jaiden Ducheneaux and (RIGHT) Gracen Hansen. The winner of the raffle for the Creedmore Ruger American rifle was Tom Hermes.

 

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Looking like Christmas

With Thanksgiving come and gone, it is time to ramp up Christmas preparations. Pictured, the Boldt Power, Inc. crew of Jim Boldt and Corrie, Marie and Treyton Du Preez, strung lights and hung ornaments on the two large trees at the Isabel community building and senior meals site.

 

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Survey results indicate confidence in school

In a survey given at the fall parentteacher conferences, 63% of parents rated the overall quality of education in the Timber Lake School as “very good.”

That was very good news for Supt. Dan Martin and his staff, especially when coupled with the 37% who rated it “good.”

Student morale, according to the 97 parents answering the survey, is very good (54.6%) or good (44.3%). One percent said student morale was poor.

Asked to respond to: “Staff are professional and provide positive educational experiences for my child,” 57.7% said they “highly agree, all staff go above and beyond.” Forty-two percent said they “agree, some staff go above and beyond.”

 

 

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Thu
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School board hears report on student performance

The Timber Lake School Board got a sneak preview of the school district’s annual Report Card from the Dept. of Education at its November 14 regular meeting. The board also accepted the resignation of Middle School English teacher Jami Kesling, effective at the end of the school year.

The Dept. of Education will publish the Report Cards for all districts on the DOE website next week but Supt. Dan Martin and Principals Julie Marshall and Danae Paxton showed some preliminary figures.

Scores for the testing done in the spring of 2018 for grades 3-8 and 11 showed Timber Lake School District above average in most grades for both math and English Language Arts.

“All Timber Lake staff are instrumental with the positive results on the soon-to-be released report card,” Martin said. “What separates Timber Lake from other schools is we continue to strive on correcting weaknesses while seeking continued growth in all areas.”

Thu
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Homecoming

Randy Tompkins’ visit to Timber Lake last weekend was part homecoming to the place where he grew up, part reunion with people he had not seen in nearly 50 years, and part opportunity to share Vietnam War experiences with other veterans and friends. Tompkins wrote a ninepart series about his time in Vietnam, which was published in the Topic from Sept. 13 to Nov. 8. He encouraged other veterans to write their stories, even if they are not published. 

 

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Community Thanksgiving

Three local pastors held a community Thanksgiving service at United Parish Church in Timber Lake on Monday evening and at the UCC Church in Isabel on Sunday evening. L-R are Pastor Bryce Schaffer of New Hope Church, Vicar Teri Gayer of the Prairie Parish, and Fr. Brian Lane of Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

 

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