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Thu
28
Mar
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County, Tribe declare disaster

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The view from just north of the Highway 63 Cheyenne River bridge shows how far out of its banks the Cheyenne is running. From this perspective, the river appears at least four times as wide as normal. Photo by Robert Slocum

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Gov. Kristi Noem (LEFT) speaks with Dist. 28A Rep. Oren Lesmeister and Tater Ward of White Horse about flooding near White Horse and Promise on Monday. Noem visited the area and Eagle Butte after spending the previous day at Pine Ridge assessing flood conditions there.

Dewey County and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have declared an emergency and are requesting that Gov. Kristi Noem request a Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which would pave the way for assistance for local governments.

Spring runoff from the winter’s accumulation of heavy snow and the March snowstorms have created an emergency that has increased in intensity since the declarations were declared.

On Tuesday afternoon, the CRST Command Center, of which Dave Nelson is director, issued a statement asking everyone residing along the Moreau River from On the Tree to Promise to voluntarily evacuate the area.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar
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Saying hello to Spring like ...

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Carrie Beer sent in this photo of the front-door view from the Beer Ranch west of Isabel.

 

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Thu
21
Mar
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Commissioners consider hiring planners, working with Tribe

In February, the Dewey County Commissioners heard a presentation by David Reiss from the Central South Dakota Enhancement District, which assists counties and cities with zoning ordinances, grant writing and other services.

At their March 12 meeting, Reiss had a few more specifics on costs of membership, and alternately, hiring the CSDED on a fee for service basis but the board did not make a decision on whether to proceed.

The City of Timber Lake and the Town of Isabel had expressed interest in the CSDED. No city representatives attended the March meeting although Auditor Kyrie Lemburg had invited them.

Reiss said any of the entities can hire CSDED for individual projects on a fee for service basis but those who are members have priority on the work schedule. Cities cannot be members unless their counties are.

 

 

Thu
21
Mar
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Panther boys take 8th place at State B Tournament

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FRONT (L-R): Brandt Ducheneaux, Isaac Kraft, Brayden PayPay, Jackson Harrison, Kuper Heck, Hank Kraft, Trevor Brangham, Beau DuBray, Matt Jewett, Callie Schaffer and Margaret Bad Warrior; BACK: Jayce Lawrence, Asst. Coach Bryce Schaffer, Daryen Ley, Trey Bollinger, Tucker Kraft, Hunter Schrempp, Taylor Goldade, Sawyer Holzer, Kedrick Martin, Nate Schaffer, Asst. Coach Shaun Maher, and Head Coach Cody Lawrence.

 

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Thu
14
Mar
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‘Here comes the sun’ moments in government

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right

George Harrison’s song of spring is a fitting start to my Sunshine Week salute to everyday heroes bringing light to local government.

“Why do you want to know that?” is a question most reporters have heard when asking for public documents. It generally becomes a Freedom of Information teaching moment from the journalist to the reluctant keeper of records.

Many years ago, I was covering a county commission meeting when a department head stood to speak. Before addressing commissioners, he turned to a radio reporter next to me and gruffly ordered him to turn off his tape recorder.

Thu
14
Mar
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Headed back to State!

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Timber Lake boys basketball head coach Cody Lawrence holds the SoDak 16 qualifier trophy up for the triumphant Panther team after they defeated Wolsey-Wessington 61-48 March 5 in Ft. Pierre. More about that game and the upcoming state tournament inside.

Photo by Robert Slocum

Frank Sinatra sang that love is lovelier the second time around. If that’s the case, Panther basketball fans will be in for a doozy at the Class B boys state tournament this week at Aberdeen. After qualifying last year for the first time since 1996 and rallying to the consolation championship, the Panthers are headed back to Northern State’s Barnett Center after advancing out of the SoDak 16 round last week.

Waiting for the Panther players and Timber Lake students and fans are three exciting days of basketball on the biggest stage.

In round one of the tournament this Thursday, the #2 Timber Lake Panthers take on the #7 Bridgewater-Emery Huskies. The Panthers advanced to the state tournament after beating Wolsey-Wessington in the SoDak 16 qualifier game. Both teams were the leaders in their respective regions. Timber Lake enters postseason play with a record of 18-2 while Bridgewater-Emery enters with a 19-4 record.

 

 

Thu
07
Mar
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No election for Isabel Town Board

Isabel will not have an election April 9 but will have at least one new board member and two pending vacancies.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Timber Lake fiber project may get state GOED funds

A meeting in Pierre on Tuesday focused on the possibility of some state funds being allocated for the CRST Telephone Authority’s fiber optic project to bring high speed internet to Timber Lake.

District 28 Sen. Ryan Maher (R-Isabel) said at the legislative forum in Timber Lake on March 1 that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) was anticipating $5 million from Gov. Noem’s proposed budget for broadband expansion and that the Timber Lake project was “at the top of the list” because the infrastructure (SDN installed) is in place. He mentioned $200,000, to be leveraged against federal funds.

 

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Be prepared when calling for emergency help

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When you have an emergency, every second counts. Responders stand ready to help - if they have the right information.

When we call for fire, ambulance or law enforcement, we should stay on the line long enough to give the information needed, which includes:

• the nature of the emergency

• whether there are any injuries

 

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Mobridge Care Center closing has been difficult for residents, staff

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Nadine Alexander, former employee at the Mobridge care center, and Stuart Murdock, former resident, who is originally from Timber Lake.

“There are no words to describe how hard it was to watch this all unravel. It was heartbreaking.”

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