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Oct
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Speaker will tell story of town of LeBeau

The town of LeBeau, which now lies under Lake Oahe, began as Antoine LeBeau’s trading post on the east side of the Missouri River near Swan Creek in 1875 and grew to 500 people. But the shooting of Dode MacKenzie on December 11, 1909 spelled the beginning of the end for the river town.

Bill Markley, a western writer from Pierre, will present “LeBeau: How to Kill a Town,” on Sunday, October 7 at the Timber Lake School Theater. The program will begin at 1 p.m. MT. The public is welcome to attend, and to bring their questions for Markley.

There will be no admission charge. The event is hosted by the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society and made possible by a grant from the S.D. Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Wed
03
Oct
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Cross Country runners compete at Little Moreau Country Club

Runners from Timber Lake, Newell, Lemmon, and Harding County (including Panthers Carlie Lawrence, Shay Kraft and Bobbi Smith) take off at the start of the varsity girls race at the Timber Lake cross country meet held Friday at Little Moreau Country Club. Smith was the overall winner in the varsity girls.

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Petition calls for vote on vacating alley

A petition calling for a vote on the Timber Lake City Council’s decision to vacate the alley in Block 5, the proposed site of a Family Dollar Store) is being circulated (Resolution #1067).

Jean Tehle, who is carrying the petition, said Tuesday she had more than 40 signatures and intends to file the petition by the deadline (20 days after the resolution as published) which is October 3. The law requires a referendum petition to be signed by 5% of the number of registered voters in the municipality as of the second Tuesday of January. According to the Dewey County Auditor, there were 308 people registered on that date (January 9, 2018) so the required number is 16.

 

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Wed
26
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Leaves turning color

Leaves turning color and colder temperatures are indications that fall is here, though pelicans on Timber Lake are holding on for a few more days of summer.

 

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Wed
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Wild horse organization moves from Lantry after benefactor sells ranch and sues for back rent

The International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros has lost its former headquarters after the ranch near Lantry was sold and the land’s former owner sued ISPMB and its president, Karen Sussman.

The non-profit ISPMB and Sussman were the subject of a 2016 intervention from the State Veterinarian and Dewey and Ziebach counties when the herds of horses with wild heritage grew to over 800 in number. The animals were affected by malnourishment and other health problems.

 

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Wed
19
Sep
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Special events

]United Parish Church at Timber Lake hosted a free community block party on Sunday, September 9. More than 80 people enjoyed a noon meal, inflatables, and games.

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Wed
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Sep
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Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota

Tyler Hintz, a 2018 graduate of Timber Lake High School, was crowned Jr. Miss Rodeo South Dakota in Belle Fourche over the weekend. Tyler is a freshman at Northern State University in Aberdeen where she is studying secondary education with a minor in psychology. Tyler received the awards of Photogenic and Horsemanship in the pageant along with making lifelong friends. She plans to run for Miss Rodeo South Dakota after she receives her college diploma, and eventually run for Miss Rodeo America. Tyler is the daughter of Marty Hintz of Glencross.

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12
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School board handles long agenda

By Bob Johnson

The Timber Lake School Board conducted their semi-annual community input meeting for federal programs and regular monthly meeting on September 10.

Five members of the public attended. To facilitate the discussion about federal programs Superintendent Dan Martin distributed a handout showing the federal funding received for the 2018-2019 year, and another showing Native American participation in extracurricular activities.

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Wed
12
Sep
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City council acts on alley, budget, liquor agreement

On a 3-2 roll call vote, the Timber Lake City Council granted approval for vacating the alley in Block 5 as requested by property owners Dale LaCompte and the BIA. That action, taken at the Sept. 5 council meeting, came after a public hearing at which about a dozen people gave their opinions on closing the alley and the related subject of the proposed Family Dollar Store to be located there. The public input session lasted about 30 minutes.

Voting in favor of a motion to grant the petitioners’ request were council members Mike LaCompte and Lilian Turcotte; voting no were Josh Lemburg and Tom Hermes. Mayor Tim Gunderson broke the tie with his yes vote.

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05
Sep
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Timber Lake City Council wrestles with budget issues

By Bob Johnson

Meeting on August 27, the Timber Lake City Council carried on indepth discussions on a budget for 2019. Council members examined a draft budget of expenses and income prepared by Finance Officer Karla Nordyke. By the end of the evening they had made some changes and agreed on a preliminary budget. Nordyke was directed to make copies with updated figures in preparation for the first reading to be held at the September 5 regular meeting. The second reading and final adoption was set for September 17.

One of the first questions raised for discussion was the matter of setting a reasonable reserve. Nordyke distributed a chart showing the dollar amounts for six, three, and one month reserves for the general, broadband, water and sewer funds. Council members decided to set a goal of building a six month reserve to be accumulated over the next year.

 

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