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Holiday vacations, closings set

Holiday vacations, closings set

Thursday, November 28 is Thanksgiving, a state and federal holiday. Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 29.

Federal government offices, banks, and post offices will be closed Thursday and open on Friday. Timber Lake City will close at noon Wednesday and be closed Friday. Most local businesses will be closed Thursday and open Friday.

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Dewey County considering new motor grader

Dewey County Highway Supt. Lyle Richter asked the county commissioners, at their November 5 meeting, to approve the purchase of a new motor grader in 2020. Richter and Dana Brentlinger of RDO Equipment presented details on a grader for sale for $325,676 with a seven year/7000 hour warranty. The commissioners requested a trade in price.

The commissioners agreed to transfer ownership of some property in Eagle Butte to the Dakota Club Library. They took the action at their after Suzie Payne and Rob Ganje of the library board met with them.

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Natalie wins crown

Natalie wins crown

Timber Lake’s Natalie Biegler (LEFT) was crowned Miss Jacks Outstanding Teen in Brookings on Nov. 10. Natalie also earned Miss Congeniality and People’s Choice for talent. She is now qualified for a state competition with other regional winners in May for the Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen title.

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Reduction in ag land valuation expected to shift tax burden

“I feel it would be pretty extreme for Dewey County,” is how Dewey County Equalization Director Brandy Meier described the proposed changes in ag land valuation. Meier told the county commissioners at their November 5 meeting that she hopes the legislature will “shoot it down.”

The proposal would reduce the valuation, and therefore the taxes, on ag land. Meier said Dewey County does not have enough valuation in non-ag (business and residential) properties to make up the difference to maintain revenue to the county.

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Thu
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Nov
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Save these dates

The Christmas Cantata will be presented the first weekend of December but the times and locations have not been announced. Practices are set for November 21 at the Isabel Baptist Church and November 24 at Holy Cross Church in Timber Lake, both at 6 p.m.

 

 

 

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Mission man killed in 212 accident Nov. 9

Roger Allen, 61, of Mission died Saturday, November 9 in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 a quarter of a mile west of Ridgeview. The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m.

A Peterbilt semi-truck pulling an empty grain trailer was westbound on U.S Highway 12 and preparing to turn left when it was struck by a westbound 1994 Ford F350 pickup driven by Allen. The pickup slid into the north ditch and rolled.

Allen, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. His 16-year-old passenger, Thaddeus Allen, also of Mission, who was wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries. He was transported to a clinic in Eagle Butte.

 

 

 

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Veterans Day program

Veterans Day program

Dressed in military attire borrowed from family and friends, Timber Lake fifth graders performed a skit at the Elementary School Veterans Day program on Monday. 

 

 

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Timber Lake Broadband deal signed Tuesday

At a special board meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Timber Lake signed a purchase agreement with Ryan Farlee for the sale of Timber Lake Broadband. The internet service company that the city owned for ten years will become part of Farlee’s Advanced Wireless business effective November 15.

For $500, Farlee purchased all assets of the business including equipment, licenses, leases, and contracts, but excluding the 2016 Chevy pickup and some smaller items.

The change of business will take place on Friday, November 15, and final closing will be no later than November 30.

The purchase agreement was prepared by City Attorney Cheryl Bogue, who was present to make a few edits in the document before it was signed by Farlee and board chair Tom Hermes.

 

 

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Weather taking toll on harvest

Weather taking toll on harvest

A field of sunflowers east of Timber Lake stands ready for harvest, which has been long delayed.

The fall of 2019 will be one that farmers remember — and not in a good way.

Bill Knowlton at Northern Plains CHS in Isabel says it’s the worst he’s seen in at least ten years.

This is a disaster for the farmers,” he said. “Normally we are two-thirds done with harvest now or close to done. This year has been different.”

“Conditions are very wet and muddy making it very difficult to harvest fall crops,” said Mike Huber, agronomist at Agtegra in McLaughlin. “Normally we are 80 to 90 percent done with harvest by mid-November. We are lucky if we are at 30% complete this year.”

Huber said about 15% of the spring wheat crop was never harvested because of ergot, scab and low falling numbers, all caused by the wet summer and fall.

A few dry days may not be enough to remedy the situation.

 

 

Thu
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Nov
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Ag land tax proposals

A task force is examining the method by which ag land is taxed in the state and possible changes, which may lower taxes on ag property and increase taxes on residential and commercial property. 

 

 

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