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Court asked to transfer ownership of ISPMB horses

By Kathy Nelson

The S.D. Animal Industry Board, at the request of Dewey and Ziebach counties, is asking the Fourth Circuit Court to transfer ownership of horses from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) at Lantry to Fleet of Angels of Evans, CO and Habitat for Horses of Hitchcock, TX.

At a Dec. 12 public meeting conducted via teleconference, the Animal Industry Board (AIB) voted unanimously to file a motion in court, seeking the transfer of ownership.

A hearing on the motion is set for Friday, Jan. 27 in Fourth Circuit Court in Dupree, before Judge Michael Day.

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Wed
21
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School board sets goals

The Timber Lake School Board set some priorities during a goal-setting session at their December 14 meeting. Supt. Dan Martin, who initiated the goal-setting process, recommended the board set simple, achievable goals in two or three areas. He said it would be the role of the board to set goals and the administration to develop strategies for how to achieve them and report regularly to the board.

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Wed
21
Dec
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Christmas story

Holy Cross third graders in a scene from the K4J Christmas program presented on Sunday are (L-R) Holden Gill as Jacob, Cullen Biegler as Joseph, Gavin White, Arianna Bieber (BEHIND) and Maria Scherer.

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Wed
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White Horse teen joins in Future Generations Ride

Every year on December 15, regardless of the weather, people gather at Sitting Bull’s Camp, near Bullhead on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to begin a nearly- 300-mile horseback ride to the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Future Generations Ride (Oomaka Tokatakiya) is a continuation of the Big Foot Memorial Ride that ran from 1986 to 1990.

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Thu
15
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TC&G dealing with water emergency

By Kathy Nelson

After several days of trying to locate a break in the water line that left cattle and people on the TC&G water system dry, it was determined that there was a different cause. The problem was simply that demand had increased and supply could not keep up, said Bill Hahne, a TC&G board member. A build-up of rust and calcification inside the lines had caused the flow to turn to a trickle and then stop. The wells weren’t able to recharge and the storage tanks ran dry.

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Thu
15
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The house that Gracen built

Gracen Gill built a gingerbread house — and then ate it — at the Christmas party hosted by Robi Miller and her band of elves on Friday at the Timber Lake Community Center.

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Thu
15
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Sussman rejects proposal to stop sale of wild horses

By Kathy Nelson

The public auction of nearly 600 horses impounded by Dewey and Ziebach counties is still scheduled for Dec. 20 but will be held at Faith Livestock instead of Philip, as earlier announced. Dewey County States Attorney Steve Aberle said Monday at the Dewey County Commissioners meeting that Karen Sussman, president of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB), had rejected a last-minute proposal to save the horses from being sold at auction.

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Wed
07
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Maher part of group challenging new law

Ryan Maher of Isabel, who will be returning to Pierre next month after being elected to the District 28 State Senate seat, is one of the legislators challenging Initiated Measure 22 which was passed by South Dakota voters on Nov. 8. The lawmakers filed a suit in Circuit Court in Hughes County on Nov. 23. “We believe it’s unconstitutional,” Maher told the Topic.

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Wed
07
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Remaining horses headed to auction December 20 at Philip

By Robert Slocum
 
Horses from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) wild horse sanctuary near Lantry will be sold at a public auction in Philip on December 20. ISPMB president Karen Sussman was found last week to be in default of court-ordered stipulations, so Dewey and Ziebach counties will now sell the horses to recoup monies spent caring for the animals for the past two months and up to the date of the sale. The herds have been impounded since Oct. 11, when Circuit Judge Jerry Eckrich approved terms the counties and Sussman agreed to. An Animal Industry Board veterinarian visited the ISPMB ranch in September and reported evidence of neglect following complaints to local and state officials. Up to 30 horses reportedly perished from June through September of this year and many of the 800-plus herd appeared to be malnourished. Numerous medical problems were also documented.
 

Wed
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Weather

More than 10 inches of snow and strong winds off and on during the past week have made for difficult, or impossible, driving conditions in north central South Dakota. Locally, schools were closed and most events either postponed or cancelled as no travel was advised. Yes, winter has arrived.
 
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