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Area singers will perform annual Christmas Cantata three times

In a long-standing Christmas tradition, the Regional Community Choir will present “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” the 2017 Christmas Cantata, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10.


An additional performance has been added this year. On Saturday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. the group will sing at the Medicine Wheel Village in Eagle Butte. Community members are invited to join the Medicine Wheel Village residents to enjoy this presentation.

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Timber Lake City Council considering selling broadband business

The Timber Lake City Council announced Monday night that they are considering selling the city-owned internet service, Timber Lake Broadband.


“We want to know what the citizens think about it,” Mayor Clyde Pfeifle said after a short executive session where the council members talked with their attorney, Eric Bogue, via telephone.

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Bieglers celebrate 30 years in business in Timber Lake

In November, 1987 Bart Biegler purchased the former Timber Lake Motors buildings on the north end of Timber Lake’s Main Street. That was the beginning of Biegler Equipment, which opened in December, 1987 as a NAPA store and repair shop.

During the past 30 years Bart and Marlene Biegler have expanded the business, providing a variety of products and services including parts and repairs for autos and agricultural equipment; tires and tire repair both in the shop and in the field; towing; welding; tools, used cars, and hardware, including paint, and household supplies.

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A little snow, a lot of wind

Winter arrived Monday with a blast of wet snow and lots of wind, cancelling school and making driving hazardous or impossible.

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Timber Lake ranks high in teacher pay

Timber Lake School Supt. Dan Martin has been tracking teacher pay. Among the first 76 school districts to report, Timber Lake ranked #1 in base (first year) salary and 8th in average salary. Martin said, “The school board really stepped up. They deserve all the credit for putting us in the top echelon.” He said good salaries are good for recruiting and keeping veteran teachers

 

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Night sky

Stars light up the sky over Lake Isabel and reflect in the half frozen water last week.

With a tripod and a 30 second exposure time, the camera let in enough light to illuminate a scene that was pitch dark to the naked eye. A bit of the Milky Way can be seen at the left edge of the frame.

 

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Candidate Dusty Johnson makes stop at Timber Lake

By Kathy Nelson

Dusty Johnson, Republican candidate for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, stopped in Timber Lake last week and spent a few minutes talking with the Topic reporter about issues. What he’s most concerned about, Johnson said, is that it’s getting harder for people to work their way into the upper and middle class.

Some people think more and bigger federal government is the answer, the former Public Utilities Commissioner said, “but those programs build dependence.” While there are dozens of programs to help people, he asks why an able bodied 26-year-old should “get a better deal.”

 

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Businesses gearing up for holiday shopping with sales, special events

Timber Lake businesses are encouraging shoppers to “think local” during the holiday shopping season by rolling out special sales, open house and appreciation events, and the Holiday Giveaway.

Timber Lake and Area Development and the Timber Lake Topic are sponsoring the Holiday Giveaway. Jars have been placed in local businesses where shoppers can sign up for the prizes, which will include turkeys, boxes of apples and two large baskets filled with gifts purchased locally. Those and other prizes donated by individual businesses will be given away on Saturday, Dec. 9 during the Timber Lake and Area Museum’s open house.

Lilian Turcotte is kicking things off with a Black Friday sale at My Place Vintage and Etc. this week.

 

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Let the voting begin

The first entry in the Topic’s Christmas Tree Decorating Contest is the tree pictured above. It can be found in a Timber Lake or Isabel business. (We aren’t telling where because we want people to seek out and discover the trees in local businesses themselves.) People’s Choice ballot boxes will be in place at Western Dakota Bank in Timber Lake and Isabel and the Timber Lake Topic by Monday, November 27. Businesses are encouraged to have their trees decorated soon. Voting will end on Dec. 13, and the winners will be announced in the Topic’s Dec. 20 issue. One winner in Timber Lake and one in Isabel will receive a delivery of apple cider and Christmas treats for their office crew, compliments of the Topic.

 

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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.”

 

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