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Dakota Daughters to perform March 19

Dakota Daughters to perform March 19

The Dakota Daughters will portray three fictional characters in “Wounded Knee - Three Women, Three Stories, Three Cultures” at Timber Lake on Thursday, March 19. Two performances are scheduled - one at the school theater at 2 p.m. and one at the Museum at 6 p.m. Geraldine Goes In Center (MIDDLE) portrays Sitting Bull’s daughter; Lillian Witt (RIGHT) portrays Sadie Babcock (a rancher’s wife) and Joyce Jefferson (LEFT) portrays Mattie Elmira Richardson, who is engaged to a Buffalo Soldier. The free public program is sponsored by the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society with a grant from the SD Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Lester Janise

Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Victoria Bigcrow Clown

Cold case: Sisters sentenced for 2009 slaying of former Isabel man

Jerah Jean Santos-Ramirez

Two sisters originally from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation were sentenced to prison last Thursday, March 5, in Salt Lake City, UT for the 2009 strangling death of a former Isabel resident and Purple Heart veteran.

The convictions of Jerah Jean Santos-Ramirez and Victoria Bigcrow Clown were the result of an investigation into a cold case file involving the murder of 62-year-old Lester Janise in Midvale, UT more than a decade ago.

According to a report in the Deseret News, Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court Judge Linda Jones sentenced Santos-Ramirez, 31, to concurrent terms of five years and up to life in the Utah State Prison for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and a second-degree felony. Clown, 30, was ordered to serve concurrent sentences of at least one year and up to 15 years for manslaughter and robbery, both second-degree felonies.

 

 

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Federal judge says jury should decide Corson-Walworth prisoner’s civil case

A federal judge has ruled that a jury should decide whether a former Corson County prisoner held in the Walworth County jail in Selby was deliberately denied medical treatment, opening up law enforcement officials from both counties to a trial.

Judge Karen Schreier made the ruling last Monday, March 2, in a civil suit filed in 2016 by Robert Blazer against Walworth County Sheriff Josh Boll, Corson County Sheriff Keith Gall, and members or former members of their staffs, including Alan Dale, Justin Tvedt, Mike Varilek, Kylee Franklin, Kimberly Longbrake, Justin Jungwirth, Marissa Mickelson, Heather Kroonje, Patty Dunwoody, Jeremy Johnson, Lance Schnaible, Travis Bentz, Ronnie Ducheneaux, Glenn Bissett, Tammy Richards and Cindy Strongheart.

Blazer is represented by the law firm of Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith in Sioux Falls and the defendants named in the suit are represented by the May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson law firm of Pierre.

 

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Road closed

Road closed

The Dewey County road north of the Highway 20/63 junction west of Timber Lake is closed until the culvert south of Robert and Jeanette Reinbold’s place can be replaced.

Photo by Robert Slocum

 

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Petitions filed

Candidates who have filed petitions for Dewey County elective offices are Bob Berndt for Dist. 4 Commissioner, Bob Keckler for Dist. 5 Commissioner, and Mary Ducheneaux for Auditor.

Petitions taken out but not filed as of Tuesday were Mikki Veit for Treasurer, Steve Aberle for State’s Attorney, and Chuck LeCompte for Coroner.

 

 

 

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Timber Lake, Isabel board seats filled

The “No Vacancy” signs are out in Timber Lake and Isabel after the Feb. 28 filing deadline for seats on the town boards.

At Isabel, Peggy Ley and Judy Gifford filed for the two-year terms and Ryan Maher and Daniel Gifford filed for the three-year terms. The other board member is Daryl Pfaff, whose term has not expired.

 

 

 

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CRSTTA to conduct survey

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority plans to conduct a survey in the Timber Lake community to determine interest in phone service via its fiber optic system. CRSTTA has already been approved by the Public Utilities Commission as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) for the Timber Lake (865) exchange, which means it can offer service in competition with the current carrier, CenturyLink.

CRSTTA General Manager Mona Thompson said this week a survey will be distributed in the community sometime in the next couple weeks. The CRSTTA board is still evaluating the options for delivering phone service and calculating costs of adding that to the current service.

 

 

 

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County board fills positions

The Dewey County Commission did some hiring on Tuesday. They hired Will Wiedmer as Highway Superintendent, replacing Lyle Richter, and Mary Bruner as courthouse custodian, replacing Cassie Ducheneaux. They also approved Sheriff Les Mayer’s recommendation to hire Amber Cooper as parttime temporary deputy to fill in while Deputy Ashley Arpan is on medical leave.

 

 

 

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Phone outage created problems for CenturyLink customers

Phone outage created problems for CenturyLink customers

Country Market posted a notice telling customers they could not accept EBT cards until phone service was restored.

Two days without telephone service in the 865 (Timber Lake) exchange last week caused inconvenience and frustration for customers of CenturyLink, the company that owns the exchange.

It took some time for people to figure out that there was no service. Those trying to make calls had no dial tone and those calling from other exchanges or cell phones to 865 numbers got a busy signal. That “fast busy signal” is a sign that something is wrong but not everyone recognizes the difference between that and the normal busy signal.

At Country Market, John and Patty Linderman posted a sign on their door notifying customers that they were unable to accept EBT (Food Stamps) payments, because the state EBT processing system relies on phone service. The Lindermans did find a work-around for credit cards using an app on their cell phones but that didn’t work for EBT.

 

 

 

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Legislators talk issues at forum

Legislators talk issues at forum

Sen. Ryan Maher (LEFT) and Rep. Oren Lesmeister (RIGHT) answer a question about help for counties from Dewey County Commissioner Rod Enright during the legislative forum last week. Photo by Robert Slocum

Dist. 28 Sen. Ryan Maher (R-Isabel) and Dist. 28A Rep. Oren Lesmeister (D-Parade) gave updates on the current legislative session and fielded questions at a legislative forum in Timber Lake on Friday.

The Timber Lake High School government class and members of the public attended the event, which was held at the Timber Lake & Area Museum and hosted by the Timber Lake Topic. Subjects ranged from education to industrial hemp and aquatic invasive species.

Maher serves as vice-chair of the Joint Appropriations Committee and is in his 12th legislative session. Lesmeister, in his fourth legislative session, sits on the House Agriculture and Transportation committees.

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