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Thu
23
Nov
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School board will appeal taxation of rental housing

With the school board’s support and advice from the school attorney, Timber Lake Superintendent Dan Martin is appealing the taxation of school-owned teacher housing.

Martin told the board at the November 15 regular board meeting that he and Business Manager Amanda Hermes had filled out the PT-17 appeal forms which are due in March.

The action came in response to the Dewey County Commission’s decision to withdraw the tax-exempt status of rental housing owned by the school district following a ruling by the Office of Hearing Examiners in a case involving the Highmore-Harrold School District and Hyde County. The ruling cited state law, which says that property owned by a school district qualifies for exemption from property tax IF it is “directly used in carrying out the primary object of the educational institution.”

 

Wed
15
Nov
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Teacher housing will be assessed for property taxes due in 2019

Before Dewey County Equalization Director Brandy Meier can put any school-owned property on the tax rolls, it will have to be assessed to ensure that it is taxed like similar properties.

The Dewey County Commission voted on November 7 to comply with a ruling by the State Office of Hearing Examiners and begin taxing property that schools rent to teachers. Such property had been previously been considered tax-exempt but the examiner ruled that rentals did not meet the tax exemption requirements outlined in state law.

Meier said the decision came too late in the tax cycle to make the change from non-taxable to taxable for the taxes payable in 2018. November 1 was the deadline to have property valuations calculated. 

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Veterans Day observed

Students and community members gathered just outside Timber Lake School Monday afternoon at the culmination of the school’s high school Veterans Day program to take part in a balloon release. 

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Home lost in fire

Volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire in Isabel around 12:00 Wednesday morning at the Larry Simpson residence. Simpson, his wife Mitzi and their pets were able to evacuate safely, but the home and their possessions inside are a total loss.

 

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Wed
08
Nov
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Mats Mattson

Mats Mattson

The story of Mats Mattson, a Civil War veteran buried in the Timber Lake Cemetery, only recently came to light thanks to research by local historians.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Veterans of Civil War, World War II, Vietnam

Oscar Stradinger

Oscar Stradinger, who grew up at Isabel and Dupree, was drafted into the Army shortly after he graduated from Yankton College in 1941.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Veterans of Civil War, World War II, Vietnam

Art Heinrich awarded Quilt of Valor

Arthur Heinrich of Box Elder and formerly of Isabel (LEFT) served in the US Army from February1969 to September 1970. He was in Vietnam from July 13, 1969 to September 17, 1970 during the height of the war.

In May, 2017 his sister, E. June Busse of Westminster, CO (RIGHT) presented Art with a Quilt of Valor, which she pieced and quilted using 1200 pieces cut from 27 different fabrics.

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Wed
08
Nov
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County will seek non-tax status for school-owned housing

Recent decision changes rules for tax exemption

After Dewey County Equalization Director Brandy Meier explained a recent state-level ruling on taxexempt property, the Dewey County Commission voted Tuesday to direct her to put rental property owned by school districts on the tax rolls.

“They can appeal it if they want to,” Commissioner Dee Ann Lawrence of Eagle Butte said.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Full Beaver Moon

The full moon for November lit up the sky starting Saturday night. This moon, known as the full Beaver Moon, was larger and brighter than average as it was closer to earth than normal. If you missed it, never fear: December’s full moon will appear even closer.

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Wed
01
Nov
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Ag Secretary Perdue visits SoDak, stops in Timber Lake

By Robert Slocum

United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time in Dewey County last week, including an Oct. 26 meeting at the USDA offices in Timber Lake.

Earlier in the day, Perdue had toured the Prairie Pothole Region land in the Brown County area and visited with farmers at the Matt Ochsner property near Aberdeen.

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