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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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Thu
23
May
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Kesling building being razed

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Demolition started Tuesday, May 21 on the Kesling/Gross building on Timber Lake’s Main Street. The two-story brick building burned to a total loss on February 7. Richard Gross has hired Schlosser Ditching to demolish the building and remove the debris.

Demolition started Tuesday, May 21 on the Kesling/Gross building on Timber Lake’s Main Street. The two-story brick building burned to a total loss on February 7.

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Thu
23
May
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School board approves staff changes, hiring

The Timber Lake School Board approved several staff changes at their May 15 meeting, leaving only one vacancy on the teacher roster.

Middle School science teacher Merretta Anderson resigned, and Cara Biegler, who has been teaching middle school English, will transfer back to the science classroom.

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Thu
23
May
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Marvin Bertsch thrilled about Honor Flight

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Marvin Bertsch, Korean War veteran, is thanked for his service by South Dakota’s US Senators, John Thune and Mike Rounds, while on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC on May 7.

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Marvin Bertsch, a veteran of the Korean War, and his daughter, Edith Grefsrud of Fargo, ND, at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. They traveled on May 7 as part of the Midwest Honor Flight.

Korean War veteran

May 7, 2019 was a dream come true for Korean War Veteran Marvin Bertsch, a retired barber from Isabel and McIntosh. It was on that day he, along with his daughter, Edith Grefsrud, joined 82 veterans to fly to Washington, DC on a Midwest Honor Flight.

He was able to experience the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, the Korean Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, along with memorials for the Air Force, Navy, Army and the Army Air Force, the predecessor of the Air Force.

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Thu
16
May
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Isabel Town Board holds hearing on Tax Increment Financing District

Several citizens joined the Isabel Town Board on Tuesday, May 7 at a public hearing to discuss implementation of a Tax Increment Financing District(s) on Main Street.

Up for discussion was whether to make the former Isabel Dakotan property, now owned by Tri-County Chiropractic, a TIF area and possibly the Locken Oil property. A tax increment is the difference between the amount of property tax revenue generated before a TIF district is created and the amount of property tax revenue generated after.

Thu
16
May
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TLHS graduation

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LEFT: Georgi Mendoza gets a hug from her mom, Jami Kesling, at the graduation ceremony on Sunday.

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BELOW: Alex Peterson receives her diploma from school board president Marie Gross.

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Thu
09
May
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County commissioners vote to join enhancement district

The Dewey County Commissioners voted Tuesday to join the Central South Dakota Enhancement District. They had met with David Reiss, executive director of the CSDED, earlier and were nudged by the town boards of Timber Lake and Isabel, who pledged to pay their own annual membership dues and part of the county’s.

Present for the discussion were commissioners Bob Berndt, John Meginness, Rod Enright, and Bob Keckler; Timber Lake Town Board Chairman Tom Hermes, Timber Lake Finance Officer Karla Nordyke, Timber Lake Maintenance Manager Brad Kocmich and Isabel Utilities Superintendent Frankie Ducheneaux,

The CSDED assists local governments with grant writing, project management, and ordinances.

 

 

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Thu
09
May
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Isabel Town Board reorganizes with one vacant seat

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Members of the Isabel Board of Trustees are (L-R) Larry Simpson, Daryl Pfaff, Ryan Maher and Peg Ley.

The Isabel Town Board reorganized at the May meeting held Monday evening, adding a new board member and losing one.

Old business was handled first. Bids for haying the airport land were opened. The winning bid was from Robert Martin for $1280.

A motion was passed for the town to contribute to employee IRAs one time at year end, while employees may contribute monthly.

A first reading of the garbage container ordinance was held.

When the board adjourned and reconvened, chair trustee Bridget Russell tendered her resignation. She has served as chair for several terms and has been on the board for more than a decade. Her fellow trustees thanked her.

 

 

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Thu
09
May
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New Timber Lake Town Board seated

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Members of the new Timber Lake Town Board (L-R) Mike LaCompte, John Linderman, Josh Lemburg, Jess Schlosser, and Tom Hermes were seated at the annual reorganization meeting on Monday night.

The Timber Lake City Council, with Mayor Tim Gunderson presiding for a final time, concluded their governance and the new board of trustees took office on Monday night. The change in format of municipal government was mandated by a vote in the city election last November.

After adjourning as the council, the four elected town board members, Josh Lemburg, Jess Schlosser, Mike LaCompte and Tom Hermes, each took the oath of office.

Outgoing council member Lilian Turcotte was not present, and Gunderson, who lost to Schlosser in an election for a seat on the board, did not stay for the remainder of the meeting.

Hermes nominated John Linderman for the fifth trustee position, a one-year term. Lemburg seconded the motion, which passed.

The board elected Hermes as president, and Lemburg as vice-president.

 

 

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