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Thu
31
Jan
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One-act play

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Photo by Kathy Nelson

Timber Lake High School presented the one-act play, “Nora’s Lost,” at the school theater on January 24. Pictured in a dramatic moment from the play are (L-R): Ethan Johnston as Gene, Alex Thompson as Young Nora, Sarah Barnica as Nora, Nate Schaffer as the Chaplain and Caleb Quinn as an Army Officer.

(More on back page)

 

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Thu
24
Jan
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Stockgrowers meet in Isabel

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District 28 legislators Oren Lesmeister of Parade (LEFT) and Ryan Maher of Isabel spoke to a gathering of the S.D. Stockgrowers at Isabel on Jan. 19.

A crowd of more than 30 local livestock producers gathered at Sparky’s on Saturday for an area meeting of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

Opening remarks from James Halverson, Executive Director for the SD Stockgrowers, started things off.

Suzanne Geppert, SD Beef Industry Council Executive Director, spoke about how checkoff dollars have worked to promote beef recently. She stated her main goal was to build demand for beef by continuing education about nutritional benefits, among other avenues.

Geppert related the story of the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) banners placed in the Rapid City Regional Airport and how the response ad campaign from the Beef Council sought to effectively counter it. She said that the news of PETA advertising in South Dakota began to spread quickly on social media as ranchers shared their outrage, but that was counterproductive.

Thu
17
Jan
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Drew Peterson new owner of Hands on Health business

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Drew Peterson (LEFT) has purchased Hands on Health Physical Therapy and Wellness Center from Colleen Oliver (RIGHT).

Physical Therapist Drew Peterson is the new owner of Hands on Health, which has been headquartered in Lemmon since Colleen Oliver started the business 23 years ago.

Peterson began employment with Oliver in April, 2018 and has been seeing patients at Timber Lake for the past nine months. He and Oliver have now reversed roles as she is staying with the company as a full-time employee.

 

 

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Thu
17
Jan
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Bollinger has new home for heating and cooling business

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Jeremy Bollinger in his new location, the former Joe’s Hardware store on Timber Lake’s Main Street.

Jeremy Bollinger, owner of Anytime Heating and Cooling, is almost finished with the remodeling at his new location, the former hardware store on the west side of Timber Lake’s Main Street.

The 24 x 66 ft. building houses a workshop where duct work is fabricated, plenty of storage space in the back half of the building and the basement, and an office and front reception area.

Richard Gross’ crew at OctaFlex is finishing up the sheet rock and painting this week.

The remodel included re-insulation of the walls, installation of sub flooring, and a new heating and air conditioning system.

 

 

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Thu
17
Jan
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Shut down slows, halts government services

Federal government employees and the public they provide services to have been shut down for 25 days (as of Tuesday) as the result of a disagreement between the President and Congress about border security.

Locally, the agencies affected by the partial shutdown include the Bureau of Indian Affairs and some Department of Agriculture agencies.

Timber Lake School Supt. Dan Martin said the shutdown was not affecting day to day operations at the school but some work-arounds had been implemented, such as having CRST tribal officials rather than BIA officials sign impact aid documents. He said the food service (Child Nutrition Program) has funding available to continue operations into February. Federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay are eligible to apply for free and reduced price school meals for their children.

 

 

Thu
10
Jan
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Governor’s first press conference

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Photo by Jeremy Waltner/Freeman Courier

Kristi Noem was sworn in as South Dakota’s first female governor on Saturday, January 5 in Pierre. She is shown during a brief press conference she held following the inauguration. She delivered her State of the State address Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Thu
10
Jan
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Nora’s lost

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Timber Lake High School will host the regional one-act play contest on January 16. Eight schools are participating. Pictured at a recent rehearsal for the TLHS play, “Nora’s Lost,” are (L-R) Alex Peterson as the young Nora, Sarah Barnica as older Nora, and Justin Stover as Jack. The play is about a woman, Nora, who goes missing from a nursing home. In this scene she imagines an earlier time in her life. (See more on page 5)

 

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Thu
10
Jan
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Timber Lake City Council considers broadband issues

The Timber Lake City Council met Monday evening with a substantial agenda. Mayor Tim Gunderson called the meeting to order at 7:00 with all members present.

The council heard from Joel Schweitzer regarding plans to set up a wireless internet connection between the football field and school. Schweitzer informed the council that he would be meeting with a consultant the next morning in order to plan the project. He asked if it would be possible to consider the water tower or airport to bounce the signal. He assured the council that this signal would not interfere with the Timber Lake Broadband signal. The board responded agreeably to this idea.

Schweitzer also asked about the status of the broadband service and the reason that it has been unavailable for so many days recently. The service was off on Monday and Tuesday.

Thu
03
Jan
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Assman replaces Ted Schweitzer as Dewey County Emergency Manager

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Dan Assman

The Dewey County Commissioners, at their end-of-year meeting on December 28, appointed Deputy Sheriff Dan Assman as Emergency Manager, replacing Ted Schweitzer, who has held the position since 2008. In doing so, the board discussed staffing of the sheriff’s office, which both Assman and Sheriff Les Mayer said is in need of help.

“We’re strapped,” Mayer told the commissioners. “We don’t have time for time off.” He reminded the board that a year ago he had a secretary to take care of some of the paper work, and he said other counties have office help.

Thu
03
Jan
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CRST Telecommunications Commission sets requirements, fees for providers

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The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s six-member Telecommunications Commission has announced details of new licensing requirements for all telecommunications providers on the reservation.

Ordinance 73, which was initially proposed in 2007 by J.D. Williams, then manager of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, and presented to Tribal Council. The Telecommunications Commission never became active until 2018 at which time they reviewed and revised the ordinance with the Tribe’s legal counsel.

The revised ordinance was approved by Tribal Council and applies to all providers within the boundaries of the reservation (Dewey and Ziebach counties).

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