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A bunch of sweethearts

Timber Lake Middle School students dressed up for Valentine’s Day and these six won prizes for the best costumes. (L-R): Matthew Daugaard, Harley Fischer, Garret Hunter, Kuper Heck, Elsie DuBray, and Sierra Eagleman.
 
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Piece of Main Street history demolished

If walls could talk... this old building on Timber Lake’s Main Street could tell some stories. A bank until the 1930s, it was later a cafe and bar under several different ownerships.

One of the oldest structures on Timber Lake’s Main Street was demolished over the weekend to make way for a new business. The former Dakota Landmark, which started out as Stockgrowers State Bank in 1910, was recently purchased by Robi and Tony Miller of Isabel. On Saturday, a crew from Miller Construction began the demolition and by Monday the building was leveled, and the old bank vault and tons of wood, concrete and steel were hauled away.
 
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Timber Lake High School named National Title I Distinguished School

The Timber Lake High School staff received recognition as a Distinguished National Title I School.

The National Title I Association announced last fall that Timber Lake High School was named a National Title I Distinguished School by the South Dakota Department of Education. The school is one of 59 throughout the country being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2013. Recently, a delegation of teachers (Julie Marshall, Jordan Weisbeck, Donna Aberle, and Bobbi Maher attended the National Title I Conference and were presented with a banner to hang in the school.
 
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New AT&T tower now in service

The AT&T 4G cell tower that was built at Timber Lake last April is now in service. Customers began to notice the availability of service last Friday, February 14. “The long, long process is finally over,” a spokesman for the company said Monday. The new tower is part of a statewide expansion of AT&T’s investment in South Dakota.
 
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Fr. Brian going to NAC in Rome

Rev. Brian Christensen, who has been pastor at the Catholic parishes in Timber Lake, Isabel and Trail City for the past three years, will be leaving for a new assignment next summer. He will become Vice Rector of Seminary Life and Director of Formation Advising at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
 
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Romance began on the internet

Maureen and Bobby Hanzlik met on e-Harmony.com and are now at home on a ranch near Mud Butte.

By Karen Holzer.
 
Key strokes on a computer, a shared love for a cup of coffee with cream, and a little help from an online dating site turned into romance, marriage, and a new life together for Maureen and Bobby Hanzlik. It’s the fall of 2009. In Sioux Falls, in the southeast corner of the state, Maureen (Mulloy) Anderson was working as a dental assistant. Although she hadn’t previously used a computer a lot, she purchased one that fall. Maureen says, “ I didn’t use it much, mostly I emailed family members.”
 

 

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Students celebrate 100 days of school

Joseph Alley (LEFT) brought 100 marshmallows and Maria Scherer brought 100 morning glory seeds for the 100th day of school.

Theresa Keller’s class at the Timber Lake Elementary had a big day on the 100th day of school. One activity was to estimate how many Skittles were in a bag. Then, they counted them by sorting into groups of 10. After counting for awhile, some realized they were way off in their first estimate and wanted to “re-guess”! The total number of Skittles in the bag was 369. Another of their activities was to color “gumballs” to glue on a huge gumball machine. This was done in groups of five. They also brought 100 of something from home to share. Some things brought were marshmallows, dried corn, pennies, legos and flower seeds. They also jumped up and down for 100 seconds!
 
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School board renews tax opt out, offers contracts

The Timber Lake School Board voted Monday to opt out of the state-mandated property tax freeze to levy an additional $45,000 for taxes payable in 2015. This is a renewal of the opt out passed five years ago and, according to Supt. Jarod Larson, is necessary to continue the operation of the school. Keeping the local general fund taxes at a certain level helps qualify the district for continued federal impact aid, which is about $1.5 million per year, Larson said. A notice about the opt out appears elsewhere in this issue.
 

 

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Judge says Aberle cannot serve on school board, Leibel can

Steve Aberle cannot serve on the Timber Lake School Board while he is States Attorney, but Deputy County Auditor Cherie Leibel may continue to serve, a Fourth Circuit Judge ruled. Judge Michael Day, in a six-page decision released on February 8, concluded that incompatibility exists between the two elected offices Aberle would like to hold.
 

 

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Teacher salaries in area schools

It’s that time of year when teachers and school boards sit down to negotiate salaries for the next school year. Here are examples of salaries for the 2013-2014 school year from area schools. The four columns are for a beginning teacher with a Bachelor’s degree; then with a BA and 10 or 15 additional credit hours and 10 years of experience; then with a master’s degree and 10 years; and finally, the top teacher pay in the district.
 

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