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CRSTTA to host customer event Aug. 6

CRST Telephone Authority has is proceeding with the deployment of the Timber Lake Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) project.

CRSTTA General Manager Mona Thompson said this week that Vantage Point Solutions (VPS) has been engaged to complete the field data collection and design mapping for the fiber outside plant construction. VPS is currently finalizing the design maps and contract documents, which are targeted to be sent to construction contractors by July 29.

CRSTTA has also hired VPS to prepare plans and specifications for the FTTP electronics. Thompson said VPS is currently finalizing these documents and plans to provide them to the electronics vendor by July 26. This will include the electronics cabinet and customer premises equipment (FTTP ONTs).

 

 

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Days of 1910 Celebration

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Nathan Hollenbeck, assisted by Emily Dale, did some tuning up on his car Sunday in anticipation of the Days of 1910 Demolition Derby set for Friday night at 6:30. The full schedule and details of events can be found inside.

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Justin Lindskov catches some air atop a Smokin’ Guns bull during last year’s Days of 1910 Rodeo.

The countdown is over. Timber Lake’s big Days of 1910 Celebration promises to be one of the best in recent years.

The 100th anniversary of Western Dakota Bank and its predecessors opens the festivities with a roast beef supper, local talent and music by Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Wednesday night, and a full slate of activities, including the German supper and talent show, follows on Thursday.

Competing in the SDRA-NRCA sanctioned rodeo will be some of the best ropers and riders in the region, and the demolition derby has added a chain class to the Friday night show.

At last count there were six class reunions on the schedule plus artists and authors at the museum, the Dewey County Fair, street sports, and the vendor fair in the tent.

 

 

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Steve Locken Memorial Ride

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Friends and family of the late Steve Locken organized a memorial motorcycle ride on Saturday, leaving from and returning to Isabel with stops at McIntosh, Mobridge and Timber Lake. Keri Swift was the first place winner.

Friends and family of the late Steve Locken organized a memorial motorcycle ride on Saturday, leaving from and returning to Isabel with stops at McIntosh, Mobridge and Timber Lake. Keri Swift was the first place winner.

 

 

 

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18
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WDB hosting 100th anniversary bash

Western Dakota Bank of Timber Lake, with branches in Isabel and Eagle Butte, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the milestone, the bank will host a free beef supper and entertainment on Wednesday, July 24. Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will play in the Days of 1910 tent at 8:30, and for the pre-show, Morgan Ducheneaux, a 2018 Timber Lake High School graduate and student at South Dakota State University, will sing, and Firesteel rancher Jack Bickel will revive his vintage Johnny Cash - June Carter performance.

Rusty Gebhardt, senior vicepresident, said the July 24 event is a chance to give back to the community and customers. He said, “We really want to thank our long-term and new customers for their business and we are excited to continue to grow.”

In marking the centennial, John Templer, President/CEO of WDB, maintains the same enthusiasm he had for the area that he felt when he purchased the bank 15 years ago.

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City gets okay for sale of broadband

On July 9, the City of Timber Lake received the long-awaited approval from the federal government to sell its broadband business. Word came from the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service national office that the City could proceed with declaring the grant-funded property as surplus and selling TLB as a package. RUS had provided the initial grant to start the municipally-owned utility.

Citizens voted 140-32 in a special election in November, 2018 to sell TLB but RUS had to review how the grant funds were used and whether the USDA retained any ownership of the equipment.

Timber Lake Broadband CEO Ryan Farlee broke the news via Facebook, saying, “Yesterday afternoon the city of TL received the long-awaited response from USDA/ RUS giving them approval to divest (sell) the broadband enterprise.”

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11
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Cookin’ up something good ...

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Pitmaster Chris Bollinger tends to pork and beef ribs, brisket and roast during the Timber Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s annual 4th of July festivities. Despite the rain, a large crowd turned out to eat barbecue and youngsters played on the inflatable games. Winners were drawn for the raffle and other giveaways.

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The Timber Lake School Board discussed the possibility of two new staff positions at length during their Monday meeting before moving on without committing to either. Whether adding a school resource officer (SRO) was necessary, financially feasible, or even a good idea was the prominent item on last month’s agenda, and some closure on the matter was reached Monday. Also, the SRO talk led to renewed interest in a Lakota language instructor by those who have been advocating for it.

Superintendent Dan Martin said a Native American language instructor was on the agenda in part because of response to last month’s SRO debate. Board chair Marie Gross stated that the Native American Advisory Committee was “very dedicated” to the idea and possibly willing to use JOM funds toward salary. She also said she was open to bringing the position into the district.

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11
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Isabel Town Board meets

Several visitors brought business before the Isabel Town Board at their July meeting on Monday night.

A group of about six leaders and parents from the Isabel Shooting Sports 4-H Club came to discuss the new rates being charged to use the Community Center. Chris Long introduced the issue by saying that the new rate schedule would cost the club about $1000 for the year, and that amount is cost prohibitive for them. The club members and board discussed ideas for combining practice sessions and pooling the efforts of different youth activity organizations in order to make the best use of the Community Center and raise the funds needed to cover expenses.

Board member Ryan Maher said that no one is making any money from the Community Center, but they are just trying to keep the lights on. Parent Lisa Martin said that if the charges are going to increase the clubs need time to raise funds for the extra money.

 

 

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04
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Tribal leaders, Governor discuss meth prevention, enforcement

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Attending a July 1 meeting to discuss the meth problem were FRONT (L-R): Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Boyd Gourneau, Yankton Sioux Tribe Chairman Robert Flying Hawk, Governor Kristi Noem, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Councilwoman Sharon Swift; BACK:Yankton Sioux Tribe Councilman Robert “Pete” Kazena, Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden, Oglala Sioux Tribe 5th Member Rick Gray Grass, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Councilman Francis Crawford, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Councilman Vince Dupris, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Councilman Frank White Bull, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Councilman Steve DeNoyer, Department of Tribal Relations Secretary Dave Flute.

Governor Kristi Noem hosted 10 tribal leaders at the Governor’s Residence on July 1 to discuss State-Tribal partnerships on meth prevention and law enforcement.

“I am incredibly grateful for the seven tribes who sent representatives to Pierre to discuss ways we can work together to combat meth and strengthen economic development on reservations,” said Noem. “Meth destroys families across South Dakota, but tribes are particularly impacted. It is critical that we work together to find ways to strengthen law enforcement, root out distributors, and protect kids – all while respecting tribal sovereignty. We are finding common ground on this issue, and I look forward to continuing these conversations in the coming days and months.”

 

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Days of 1910 Celebration: Rodeo and more

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Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will play in Timber Lake on July 24, compliments of Western Dakota Bank.

Timber Lake’s annual Days of 1910 Celebration will begin earlier this year. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Western Dakota Bank is sponsoring the kick-off event - a free roast beef supper and music by Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Wednesday, July 24 in the Days of 1910 tent.

The evening will also feature the return of a popular performance from the past - Jack Bickel’s Johnny Cash- June Carter tribute - as the pre-show.

Four more days of events will follow, beginning with the Dewey County Fair on Thursday and ending with the final SDRA rodeo performance on Sunday evening.

 

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Disaster Recovery Center opens at Eagle Butte

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The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened a disaster recovery center on the Cheyenne River Reservation to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in Dewey and Ziebach counties who were impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

This follows previous openings in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Representatives from the State of South Dakota, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.

The Cheyenne River center is located at the Cheyenne River Reservation Cultural Preservation Center at 98 S. Willow Street in Eagle Butte. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT.

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