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Thu
14
May
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Deputization suggested but no action taken

When the Dewey County Commission met on Wednesday, May 6, Chairman Bob Berndt reported he had received a call about deputizing county law enforcement officers to assist the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the reservation border checkpoints.

Commissioner Dee Ann Lawrence said cross-deputization had recently been brought up to CRST Chairman Harold Frazier and he was opposed to it. She said she recommended trying it on a temporary basis but the chairman had said no.

Lawrence said the chairman was asking for help enforcing the curfew but she said, “You can’t just do it as a courtesy. There has to be an agreement.”

“They want us to enforce tribal law at the checkpoints,” Sheriff Les Mayer said.

Lawrence said in order for it to work, there would have to be an agreement, but there is “resistance, reluctance and refusal” to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
07
May
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Topic awards cash prizes to essay contest winners

The Topic received 54 entries in its Write and Win Essay Contest and will award $200 in cash prizes to the winners.

“We were pleased to have so many entries,” said Kathy Nelson of the Topic. “Some essays were assignments from teachers; others were initiated by students working on their own or encouraged by parents. There is some thoughtful and entertaining reading here.”

The winning essays and some of the others will be published in the Topic beginning next week.

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Thu
07
May
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Frazier stands ground on checkpoints

Just days after the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ordered the deactivation of health safety checkpoints put in place on U.S. Highway 212 through the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier is crediting the efforts of checkpoint personnel with helping identify and detain an individual who later became the first confirmed case of the coronavirus for Dewey County and the reservation.

Frazier announced late last Wednesday night, April 29, that based on information relayed from the CRST COVID-19 Command Center, an individual had been detained at a Highway 63 checkpoint south of Eagle Butte on suspicion she was showing symptoms of the coronavirus. That person later tested positive for the virus and was immediately placed in quarantine, as were members of the individual’s immediate family. The person had reportedly made numerous trips between Pierre and Eagle Butte in the days prior to being detained.

Thu
07
May
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NEW BUSINESS BLOSSOMS

New business blossoms

Megan and Ed Bickel, with sons Baylor (L) and Mason, have opened a new business at the former city hall property in Isabel.

New business blossoms

Mason Bickel sorts tree saplings at the Tree Garden in Isabel.

Ed Bickel likes to think of himself as an idea man. One of those guys always searching for a product or business that could become the next “big thing.”

“He has ideas all the time and when he runs them past me I always say ‘No’ to them,” said his wife, Megan. “But this one sounded alright and I said ‘Yes’ and the next thing I know, we’re in business.”

The Bickels, along with their sons, Mason and Baylor, are the owners of The Tree Garden, which opened Tuesday in the former Isabel City Hall building. The business sells trees and shrubs as well as bedding and potted plants and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Thu
07
May
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First COVID-19 case confirmed in Dewey Co.

Precautions aimed at preventing the introduction and spread of the novel coronavirus in Dewey County and the surrounding area were stepped up last week after the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe announced its first confirmed case of the potentially deadly disease on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

CRST Chairman Harold Frazier confirmed the case late last Wednesday, April 29, saying an individual who had been traveling between Eagle Butte and Pierre on a regular basis was identified through the tribe’s COVID-19 Command Center and later stopped at a health safety checkpoint along Highway 63 south of Eagle Butte. A subsequent coronavirus test confirmed the individual was infected with the virus and she was immediately placed in quarantine, as were several members of her immediate family with whom she had close contact.

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Thu
30
Apr
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Tax deadline

Tax deadline

A new drop box was installed in front of the Dewey County Courthouse for customers to deposit tax payments and other correspondence while the building is closed to inperson business.

April 30 is the deadline for paying the first half of this year’s property taxes without penalty. County treasurers are encouraging property owners to pay by mail or credit card as their offices are closed for inperson business.

 

 

 

 

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Thu
30
Apr
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Blood drive is Thursday

A blood drive will be held at Timber Lake on Thursday, April 30 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. MT at the Timber Lake Community Center. The last blood drive in Timber Lake collected 19 units of blood, which provided blood to save 57 lives.

To sign up as a donor, contact Jerimiah Garon at 605-484-8144 or go to vitalant.org and use sponsor code: timber lake.

Thu
30
Apr
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TLHS Class of 2020

 TLHS Class of 2020

The Timber Lake High School Class of 2020 will receive diplomas at Doug Kraft Field on Sunday, May 10. (See story on page 3). Class members pictured at Little Moreau Park last fall are FRONT (L-R): Olivia Linderman, Danielle Reynolds, McKenzie Beyer, Jimi Lynn Hulm, Margaret Bad Warrior, Gracie Sandquist, Allison Gross, Macey Bollinger, Kayden Hansen, Miranda Hulm, Carissa Iron Wing, Jayden Taylor, Maria Rousseau; BACK: Beau DuBray, Samual Four Bear, Isaac Kraft, Matt Jewett, Taylor Goldade, Bergen Marshall, Jasper Hill.

Photo by Robert Slocum

 

 

 

 

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Thu
30
Apr
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BIA, Tribe square off over legality of checkpoints

BIA, Tribe square off over legality of checkpoints

Two 12-hour shifts of four officers man each of the CRST checkpoints at the reservation border. Here the night crew replaces the daytime crew at 8 p.m. north of Timber Lake on April 22. FRONT: Tommy Shaving, daytime crew leader; BACK (L-R): September Waloke, Gina Bruguier, and Max Lawrence of the day shift; and Brandon LeBeau, Seth Picotte, Daren Traversie (crew leader), and Ethan Nordvold of the night shift.

The top officials for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) have exchanged strongly-worded correspondence over the legality of the public health safety checkpoints put in place by the tribe at entry points to the Cheyenne River reservation on U.S. Highway 212 in an attempt to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

BIA Director Darryl LaCounte sent a letter Friday to Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier saying the state of South Dakota owns U.S. Highway 212 and the tribe cannot legally close or restrict travel on the roadway without first consulting with the state. He referred to a memorandum he issued on April 8 regarding temporary guidance for road closures or restrictions on tribal lands which states tribes must consult and obtain agreement with other road owners.

Thu
23
Apr
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Coronavirus information

CRST Medical Hotline

605-964-0563

CRST Command Center

605-964-3637

 

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