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Timber Lake man dies in early Monday morning fire

An early Monday morning fire is believed to have caused the death of Leroy Linderman, 62, of Timber Lake. Linderman lived alone in a mobile home, located on E Street. Fireman Ross Kraft, who lives two blocks east of there, noticed the fire about 3:40 a.m. He immediately called dispatch and then went to the scene, where he alerted Linda Kraft, who lives next door to Linderman and was unaware of the blaze.

The first fire crew arrived about 8 minutes after the call came in, Fire Chief Grady Kraft said, and found the house engulfed in flames. Entry was not attempted.

 

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Wed
22
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Nine meth dealers excluded from from reservation

By Robert Slocum

Nine individuals recently sentenced in federal court for crimes related to dealing and distributing methamphetamine are also facing banishment from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation pursuant to an anti-meth tribal resolution.

Resolution No. 9-2016-CR was passed by the CRST Tribal Council in January of last year and updated a similar resolution from July of 2015. The resolution states that any individual who is convicted in any tribal, state or federal court of dealing, distributing, manufacturing or trafficking methamphetamine “shall be immediately excluded” from the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. The order also includes convictions for possession with intent to distribute. It applies to both tribal members and nonmembers for convictions occurring on or off the CRST Reservation.

Wed
22
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‘Hallelujah horses’ being moved off ISPMB ranch

By Robert Slocum

Horses formerly belonging to the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) at Lantry are being moved as the time they may remain on the property will expire this Sunday.

Ownership of 540 horses was transferred to Colorado-based nonprofit Fleet of Angels effective Jan. 26, via a legal agreement reached between ISPMB and the State of South Dakota, Dewey and Ziebach counties.

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Wed
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The colors of dawn reflected off the ice at Timber Lake

The colors of dawn reflected off the ice at Timber Lake the morning of March 18.

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Wed
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CEO explains local impact of health care act

By Kathy Nelson

John Ayoub, the new CEO of Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics, is trying to be optimistic about impending changes in health care as the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans seek to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

He’s hoping that the final legislation will be significantly different from what’s been proposed, which he says will cause as a huge shift of the burden from the federal government to the states.

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Wed
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Dewey County considering reduction in property tax

By Kathy Nelson

 

Sometime in the next few months the Dewey County Commission will decide whether to continue the “opt out” of property taxes that has been in place for the past 10 years.

The commission implemented the $215,000 per year additional tax levy in 2008 and it expires at the end of this year for taxes payable in 2018.

“Some of these taxes are getting too high,” Commissioner John Meginness of Isabel said, noting that some land is taxed at $5.00 an acre ($800 a quarter section).

 

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Wed
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Family Night

LEFT: Elementary Principal Danae Paxton, dressed as Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” talks with Addison Lindskov and her mother, Tennile at Family Math and Literacy Night at Timber Lake School on Monday. ABOVE: Nathan Metcalf and his mother, Krista Herrald, work on centimeter cubes to make a design using fractional parts of the whole.

 

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Wed
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City annual report published

The annual financial report for the City of Timber Lake, published in this issue, shows that the City ended 2016 with $308,733 on hand, up from the 2015 year-end balance of $206,336.

While the sewer, water and broadband funds all show ending balances lower than the balances at the beginning of the year, the general fund shows an increase.

 

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Wed
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Sheriff, Superintendent give details on lockdown

By Kathy Nelson

An incident involving a report of firearms at the Timber Lake School last week was quickly resolved.

The entire school went into lockdown on Tuesday, Feb. 28 after MS/ HS Principal Julie Marshall received a report of a “possible weapon on campus,” Supt. Dan Martin told the Topic.

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Wed
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Dahlgren experiences Africa as part of international service course

By Karen Holzer

Twelve days in Africa as part of college curriculum sounded like a good idea to Courtney Dahlgren of Timber Lake so she registered for an International Service Learning class at Black Hills State University.

The class met three hours a week during the fall semester to study Botswana’s history, geography, and people and gain an understanding of the area they would be visiting. Lesson plans and activities were planned for the student interaction sessions that BHSU would be conducting with the high school students in Africa. Seventeen students and three professors made the trip in November, 2016.

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