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17
Oct
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Commissioners declare road emergency

Commissioners declare road emergency

Dewey County has hired a contractor to replace this culvert on County Road 10 -near the Arlyn and Cheryl Lawrence place, about 7 1/2 miles south of the Highway 20 turnoff to Promise.

Commissioners declare road emergency

The Dewey County Commissioners declared an emergency on October 8 to speed up the process of replacing a culvert on County Road 10.

Timber Lake School Supt. Dan Martin had submitted a letter to Highway Supt. Lyle Richter pointing out the danger to students, parents and bus drivers traveling that route.

Richter had contacted Clark Engineering to assess the damage; they can help apply to the Corps of Engineers for a permit. Richter also presented price quotes for the culvert replacement: $94,000 from A-G-E Corporation Contractors and $187,366 from Jensen Rock and Sand.

 

 

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Thu
17
Oct
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Native American Day

Native American Day
Native American Day

Timber Lake School observed Native American Day on October 14 with educational and entertaining activities. AT LEFT are (L-R) Faye Rousseau of White Horse, keynote speaker Kansas Middletent of Lower Brule, Jenny Lawrence of White Horse, and MS/HS Principal Julie Marshall. ABOVE: Don Metcalf talks with students at the museum (L-R) Jordan Jones, Joie LeBeau, Natalie Lawrence and Matt Bowlby.

 

 

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Thu
17
Oct
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Dewey County asked to share cost of jail in Selby

Walworth County Commissioner Kevin Holgard of Glenham told the Dewey County Commissioners at their October 8 meeting that he would like to know by early November whether Dewey County wants to chip in to build a new jail in Selby or remodel the present one.

Dewey and other neighboring counties that house their prisoners there are being asked to contribute $50,000 per year for the next three years to build the $6 million facility or remodel the present jail.

“If we can’t get the commitment to do this, it doesn’t make sense for us to spend six million dollars,” Holgard said.

Walworth County voters overwhelmingly voted down an earlier $12 million proposal for a 70-bed facility, leaving the options of building a smaller jail, remodeling the present jail, or closing it.

Thu
10
Oct
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Middletent to give keynote for Native American Day

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Kansas Middletent, Native American Day speaker

Kansas Middletent, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, will be the keynote speaker for Native American Day at Timber Lake School on October 14.

Middletent comes from the Middletent Family and the Spotted Hawk Family. He has been personally affected by suicide on too many occasions, with family members and some of his closest friends committing suicide.

Kansas talks about growing up in a broken home with drugs, alcohol, and abuse. He now works with various organizations within his community to bring awareness and prevention and to promote the importance and value of education within the Native American community.

 

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Thu
10
Oct
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Jury decides case in favor of Lindskovs

It took the jury less than two hours to find in favor of the defendants, Lindskov Ranch General Partnership of Isabel and Kempton Olney, in a personal injury suit in Fourth Circuit Court in Timber Lake last week.

The judge sent the case to the jury with their final instructions at about 10 a.m. Friday, October 4 and they returned their verdict at 11:45. The decision was unanimous, although only a 10-2 decision was required in the civil case.

Jerry and Wanda Hamersley filed the lawsuit in 2014, alleging that the injuries Jerry sustained when a hay bale fell on him on November 17, 2011 were due to the negligence of Kempton Olney, an employee of the Lindskov Ranch. The Lindskovs’ attorney argued that it was not their fault.

 

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10
Oct
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City wrestling with broadband issues

The Timber Lake City Board is finding it difficult to gracefully exit from the broadband business. Council member Josh Lemburg, at Monday’s regular council meeting, called the situation a “quagmire.”

Almost a year ago, city residents voted overwhelmingly to sell Timber Lake Broadband but that has not been easy to do. It took many months to get clearance from the USDA to sell the business, and the first round of advertising yielded no bidders. The City is now advertising again, with bid opening set for November 4, but board members aren’t counting on an offer the second time. If there is no sale, they intend to shut down the service by December 31.

Thu
03
Oct
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Report Card shows data on Native and low income students

The State Report Card released recently by the South Dakota Dept.of Education gives a glimpse of student performance in English, math and science.

Students take the statewide assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8 and 11. They take the statewide assessment in science in grades 5, 8, and 11.

The information below shows how each population of students performed. It is broken down by group to show whether or not a school is serving all of its students well. When there are gaps for certain groups of students, schools can use that information to understand how they can better serve those groups to ensure that all students are performing at grade level.

Statewide, one of the concerns is that Native American students and economically disadvantaged students consistently score lower than other students.

Thu
03
Oct
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Jury trial underway in Timber Lake this week

Jury trial underway in Timber Lake this week

Welcome fall

A friendly scarecrow welcomes fall at Biegler’s Timber Lake Service. It’s been a wetter than usual fall at the Timber Lake area received 3.88 inches of rain in September and is 9.48 inches above normal for the year.

Thirteen people (12 jurors and one alternate) were seated Tuesday as a civil trial began in Fourth Circuit Court in Timber Lake with Judge Michael Day presiding.

The case was filed in 2014 by Jerry Hamersley and his wife Wanda Hamersley of Oklahoma against Lindskov Ranch General Partnership of Isabel and Kempton Olney, a former employee of the Lindskovs, alleging personal injury to Mr. Hamersley.

The matter being disputed occurred on November 17, 2011 at the Lindskov feed lot 15 miles north of Isabel, on the old Mick Jung place, where some hay bales were being loaded onto one of Hamersley’s semis.

The plaintiffs were represented by attorney Nathan Oviatt of Rapid City, and the defendants were represented by attorney John Burke, also of Rapid City.

Thu
26
Sep
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Farlee resigns, service continues

Timber Lake Broadband CEO Ryan Farlee resigned, effective immediately, toward the end of a special meeting of the Timber Lake City Board Tuesday night.

The board accepted the resignation and said service to customers will continue, with the help of Celerity, the company who provides band width and technical back-up, and Finance Officer Karla Nordyke.

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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Fatal accident

Robert Schumacher, 72, of Timber Lake, died in a farmrelated accident just after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. According to the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office, Schumacher apparently suffered a heart attack while he and his wife, Bernita, 70, were eastbound in a swather on a gravel road two miles south and 1/2 mile east of the Highway 20/63 junction west of Timber Lake when he slumped over in the driver’s seat. The swather ran into the ditch, and Bernita was thrown out of the vehicle. She was able to get to the road and call for help. She was transported by ambulance to Mobridge and later Aberdeen.

 

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