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30
Jan
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CRSTTA says Timber Lake fiber project completed by deadline

CRST Telephone Authority reported this week that it had met the deadline for completion of the Timber Lake Fiber Project and had 85 customers connected to its new fiber optic service.

“We have submitted our documentation to the SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development and I believe that we met the December 31, 2019 deadline for the SD Broadband Grant,” said Mona Thompson, general manager of CRST TA.

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Thu
23
Jan
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Let the Census begin!

For most of us, the 2020 Census will start next month, but U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham was in Alaska this week to kick off the official count in Toksook Bay, one of approximately 220 Alaska Native villages in remote Alaska. Following a four-day awareness stop in Anchorage and Bethel, Alaska, Dillingham was to be in Toksook Bay on Tuesday to meet with local census takers, village leaders, and residents. A $500 million public education and outreach campaign featuring more than 1,000 advertisements designed to inform the public about the 2020 Census and Census jobs was launched this week.

(See local ads about recruitment and a Job Fair to be held at Eagle Butte on pages 9 and 16 of this issue.)

Thu
23
Jan
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New business: Gill Land Co.

New business: Gill Land Co.

Kristen Gill brings 20 years of experience to her new business, Gill Land Company, which specializes in bringing ag real estate buyers and sellers together.

Licensed in South Dakota and anticipating her North Dakota license, she will headquarter at the Gill Red Angus Ranch northeast of Timber Lake, where she and husband Bryan and their sons Holden, Hudson and Gracen live.

“All I need is a phone, computer and vehicle,” Gill said. “These days you don’t need brick and mortar. Geography is not going to hold you back.”

After six years with Pifer’s Auction and Realty she was ready to launch her own company.

 

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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School board hires Sandquist as Native American ed coordinator

The Timber Lake School Board, meeting on Jan. 15, approved a contract with Amy Sandquist of McLaughlin for the Native American Education Coordinator/Teacher position. Sandquist, who previously taught kindergarten at TLS and has contracted to do early childhood evaluations for the district the past two years, lives near McLaughlin. She began her duties on Jan. 21.

With a bachelor’s degree plus 40 credit hours, she will be on Step 14 of the salary schedule, which puts her salary at 1/5 of $51,050, pro-rated for the remainder of the year.

The board accepted the resignation of Luann Lindskov from her science and math position. Under state retirement rules, she will be eligible to reapply for the position later.

Thu
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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Thu
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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Thu
16
Jan
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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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Thu
09
Jan
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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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