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Jun
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Board debates adding School Resource Officer

The Timber Lake School Board discussed the positives and negatives of adding a school resource officer Thursday, June 14 at their regular meeting. Without making a decision, the board went back and forth among themselves and with Supt. Dan Martin and Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer also taking part in the discussion.

Mayer said the topic came up when his department was doing ALICE training (active shooter response training). After broaching the subject with the county commission, he reasoned the next step was to gauge the interest of the school board.

“Our problem is finding the funding to make it happen,” Mayer said.

Board member Bryce Lindskov said he supported the idea and asked if there was any state or federal funding available. Mayer said he was aware of things regarding equipment and training but nothing that would contribute to the salary of an SRO.

Thu
13
Jun
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Isabel Board has second reading of new garbage ordinance

At the Isabel Town Board meeting on Monday evening, Gary Mound of the CRST Telephone Authority presented two invoices for cut cable repairs. They dated from April of 2014 and November of 2015, and the total charge is $1204.09.

Board members tried to determine the exact location where the lines were cut and who did the digging. Maintenance Supt. Frankie Ducheneaux reasoned that since Isabel does not own a backhoe or digging equipment, the work must have been done by some other entity.

She assured Mound, “We want to get to the bottom of this as much as you do.” The board agreed to work with the Telephone Authority to find out who is responsible for the repair bills.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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CRSTTA says fiber project moving ahead

Even though some state legislators are challenging Gov. Kristi Noem’s rural broadband grants, the Timber Lake fiber project is moving ahead.

Mona Thompson, general manager of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, said Tuesday, “We are proceeding with the project as if the state broadband grant issue will be resolved with a favorable outcome. And it is still our plan to complete the project by the end of 2019 as required by the state broadband grant.”

Thompson and Jonathon Ivers of Vantage Point, the engineering firm involved in the project, spoke to the Timber Lake City Council via telephone at Monday night’s council meeting. Thompson told the council that the federal funding that had been pending was “not going to work for us.”

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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Dewey is Purple Heart County

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Signs honoring service people wounded or killed in America’s wars were presented to the Dewey County Commissioners on June 4 by representatives of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The commissioners had earlier passed a resolution making Dewey County a Purple Heart County. Pictured are FRONT (L-R): Rod Enright, commissioner; Dee Ann Lawrence, commissioner; Don Loudner, National Commander American Indian Veterans; Robert Dunsmore, Dewey County/CRST Veterans Service Officer; Buck Underwood, Chapter Commander of the MOPH; BACK: John Meginness, commissioner; Ken Teunissen, MOPH; and Bob Berndt, commissioner.

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Rollason to retire after 38 years

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David Rollason, PA-C, received recognition for 35 years of health care in November, 2016. Presenting him with a certificate is Bev Stradinger.

An era will soon be coming to an end for patients at Horizon Health Care’s Isabel Community Clinic, with the retirement of David Rollason, PA-C.

Rollason joined the Isabel Community Clinic (later Prairie Community Health) as a primary care clinician in 1981. He served as Clinical Director and was integral in developing many processes for the organization over the years.

A graduate of Yale University, David has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions to rural health care. He has received the Clinical Recognition Award for Health Policy from the National Association of Community Health Centers, as well as an Outstanding Medical Director Award and Meritorious Service Award.

David’s official retirement date will be July 12, 2019. He will continue to see patients in Isabel on Thursdays until then.

 

 

Thu
06
Jun
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Small town takeoff!

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Ryan Maher waves to a departing plane during the Isabel airport’s fly-in day on Sunday.

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Barrett and Preston Macijewski sit in Ryan Maher’s 1960s aircraft during the Isabel fly-in day.

Most of the time, one plane landing at or taking off from Isabel’s rustic airport counts as a busy day for the grass strip runway. That made Sunday, when a fly-in organized by two local pilots saw aircraft from all over the state arrive for a breakfast social, an extraordinary affair.

Ryan Maher and Cody Jewett put on the event, serving pancakes and sausage to those who flew in and to locals who came to observe. Maher said they put the word out locally and through the South Dakota Pilots Association. Fly- in days are a common event for the SDPA membership and many keep a list of airports to “check off their list.”

Planes of various makes and models (and one helicopter) arrived throughout the morning from points of origin including Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Onida, De Smet and Redfield. Several carloads of locals arrived as well.

 

 

Thu
30
May
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Flood emergency

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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier declared areas affected by flooding of the Cheyenne River as emergency areas. As of May 23, the Cheyenne River was 3 feet above flood stage. Flood stage is considered 17 feet and the river was at 20 feet. “The US Army Corps of Engineers has increased the flow from the dam to help decrease the back flow of water in the Cheyenne River,” Frazier said in a statement. “We are anticipating the river to continue to rise due to melting snows upriver and continued local rainfall all along the Cheyenne River watershed.” The CRST Emergency Command Center is in operation and can be reached at 964-6559 or 964-6558 with any questions or calls for assistance. If there is a life-threatening emergency call 911.

 

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Thu
30
May
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CRSTTA receives $474,000 grant for Timber Lake fiber

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority has been awarded a Connect South Dakota grant of $474,500 for its Timber Lake Fiber Project.

CRSTTA is also seeking federal funding for the rest of the cost of the project, which will bring high speed internet via fiber optic to the community.

Connect South Dakota, the state program designed to fund broadband projects in unserved and under served areas across the state, has awarded a total of $5 million to its first grant recipients.

The money was approved by the S.D. Legislature in March. The initial $5 million will leverage more than $11.4 million in project costs.

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Weather, tariffs impacting farmers’ plans for spring

Although spring has been cool and wet, about 75% of the small grain in the area has been seeded, according to Mike Huber, sales agronomist with Agtegra in McLaughlin. Corn is at about 50%, he said, with sunflowers and soybeans just getting started this week.

Some producers have changed plans as the season has gone on and switched to more row crops and forage feed crops because of commodity prices and being unable to get into some fields with the original planned crop.

“The real good news,” Huber said, “is the fields that have been planted will be able to take advantage of the moisture once the sun starts to shine and the soils warm up.”

When will that be?

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Memorial Day ceremonies

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Sandy and Michael Frank and their dad, Mick, participated in the Memorial Day service at Isabel.

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Guest speakers for Memorial Day services were (LEFT) Jack Bickel at Timber Lake and (ABOVE) Mary Harris at Isabel.

Sandy and Michael Frank and their dad, Mick, participated in the Memorial Day service at Isabel.

Guest speakers for Memorial Day services were (LEFT) Jack Bickel at Timber Lake and (ABOVE) Mary Harris at Isabel.

 

 

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