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11
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Cookin’ up something good ...

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Pitmaster Chris Bollinger tends to pork and beef ribs, brisket and roast during the Timber Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s annual 4th of July festivities. Despite the rain, a large crowd turned out to eat barbecue and youngsters played on the inflatable games. Winners were drawn for the raffle and other giveaways.

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The Timber Lake School Board discussed the possibility of two new staff positions at length during their Monday meeting before moving on without committing to either. Whether adding a school resource officer (SRO) was necessary, financially feasible, or even a good idea was the prominent item on last month’s agenda, and some closure on the matter was reached Monday. Also, the SRO talk led to renewed interest in a Lakota language instructor by those who have been advocating for it.

Superintendent Dan Martin said a Native American language instructor was on the agenda in part because of response to last month’s SRO debate. Board chair Marie Gross stated that the Native American Advisory Committee was “very dedicated” to the idea and possibly willing to use JOM funds toward salary. She also said she was open to bringing the position into the district.

Thu
11
Jul
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Isabel Town Board meets

Several visitors brought business before the Isabel Town Board at their July meeting on Monday night.

A group of about six leaders and parents from the Isabel Shooting Sports 4-H Club came to discuss the new rates being charged to use the Community Center. Chris Long introduced the issue by saying that the new rate schedule would cost the club about $1000 for the year, and that amount is cost prohibitive for them. The club members and board discussed ideas for combining practice sessions and pooling the efforts of different youth activity organizations in order to make the best use of the Community Center and raise the funds needed to cover expenses.

Board member Ryan Maher said that no one is making any money from the Community Center, but they are just trying to keep the lights on. Parent Lisa Martin said that if the charges are going to increase the clubs need time to raise funds for the extra money.

 

 

Thu
04
Jul
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Tribal leaders, Governor discuss meth prevention, enforcement

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Attending a July 1 meeting to discuss the meth problem were FRONT (L-R): Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Boyd Gourneau, Yankton Sioux Tribe Chairman Robert Flying Hawk, Governor Kristi Noem, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Councilwoman Sharon Swift; BACK:Yankton Sioux Tribe Councilman Robert “Pete” Kazena, Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden, Oglala Sioux Tribe 5th Member Rick Gray Grass, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Councilman Francis Crawford, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Councilman Vince Dupris, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Councilman Frank White Bull, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Councilman Steve DeNoyer, Department of Tribal Relations Secretary Dave Flute.

Governor Kristi Noem hosted 10 tribal leaders at the Governor’s Residence on July 1 to discuss State-Tribal partnerships on meth prevention and law enforcement.

“I am incredibly grateful for the seven tribes who sent representatives to Pierre to discuss ways we can work together to combat meth and strengthen economic development on reservations,” said Noem. “Meth destroys families across South Dakota, but tribes are particularly impacted. It is critical that we work together to find ways to strengthen law enforcement, root out distributors, and protect kids – all while respecting tribal sovereignty. We are finding common ground on this issue, and I look forward to continuing these conversations in the coming days and months.”

 

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04
Jul
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Days of 1910 Celebration: Rodeo and more

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Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will play in Timber Lake on July 24, compliments of Western Dakota Bank.

Timber Lake’s annual Days of 1910 Celebration will begin earlier this year. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Western Dakota Bank is sponsoring the kick-off event - a free roast beef supper and music by Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Wednesday, July 24 in the Days of 1910 tent.

The evening will also feature the return of a popular performance from the past - Jack Bickel’s Johnny Cash- June Carter tribute - as the pre-show.

Four more days of events will follow, beginning with the Dewey County Fair on Thursday and ending with the final SDRA rodeo performance on Sunday evening.

 

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Thu
27
Jun
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Disaster Recovery Center opens at Eagle Butte

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The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened a disaster recovery center on the Cheyenne River Reservation to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in Dewey and Ziebach counties who were impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

This follows previous openings in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Representatives from the State of South Dakota, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.

The Cheyenne River center is located at the Cheyenne River Reservation Cultural Preservation Center at 98 S. Willow Street in Eagle Butte. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT.

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27
Jun
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Concentration ...

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Photo by Patty Peacock

Maverick Lemke and Kylund McGill Bennett put their heads together in a balloon contest at Dupree Pioneer Days. 

 

 

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27
Jun
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Petitions for M-G directors due July 22

Individuals who are interested in running for the Moreau-Grand Electric board of directors will have until July 22 to file a nominating petition for the election to be held at the annual meeting.

The four director positions up for election this year, and the incumbent directors are: District 1- Royce Walker from McLaughlin; District 2 - Lois Bartlett from Timber Lake; District 4 - Paul Lawrence from Eagle Butte; and District 5 - Troy Wall from Dupree.

All candidates from a district must have the qualifying petition with 10 or more signatures in a Moreau-Grand office by 4 p.m. on July 22 to be on the ballot for that district.

The annual meeting will be held October 4 at Timber Lake.

 

 

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Thu
20
Jun
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What will make America great?

I was born in 1945, at the end of World War II, in New Hampshire. My dad lay in a Navy hospital bed in Texas until I was a year old – when I finally met him. I grew up steeped in patriotism. I knew that my country heroically helped stop Nazi and Japanese imperialism and successfully spear-headed the Marshall plan to rebuild Europe. I admired both Republican President Dwight Eisenhower and Democratic President John Kennedy. America to me was the greatest country in the world and a model for others to follow. Now I, like so many of us, have to ask the question:

Is a country great if:

Three individuals in that country have as much wealth as half the rest of the population?

Forty million people in that country live at or below the official poverty rate?

The country claims to be a democracy but nobody can run for national public office without raising a fortune from rich people and/or corporations?

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20
Jun
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Father’s Day fishing

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Boats leave the dock and take to the water for the start of the Isabel Lake Father’s Day Fishing Tournament Sunday.

 

 

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20
Jun
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Sea of Grass artists to present Art Camp

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Jay Jones

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Linda Roesch

Linda Roesch, a professional artist from Roscoe, and Jay Jones, a rancher/artist from Trail City, are the instructors for Summer Art Camp at the Timber Lake & Area Museum July 8-10. Both contributed pieces to the permanent Sea of Grass exhibit, which opened at the museum in April, 2015.

The camp is open to everyone from first grade (fall 2019) to adult. Roesch will teach outdoor water color painting for all age levels Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Jones will teach pencil drawing for middle school to adults on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The schedule has been created to accommodate kids attending swimming lessons that week. For more information or to register,see the flyer in this issue or call 605-865-3553, or contact Julie Marshall or Kathy Nelson.

 

 

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