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20
Dec
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Ride honors memory of Wounded Knee victims, survivors

Horseback riders and support people and vehicles arrived via the old lake crossing just before sunset on Saturday, December 15 on the way to Wounded Knee. Photo by Robert Slocum

On the evening of Saturday, December 15, 33 riders and one runner entered Timber Lake to join a large support crew and make camp for the night at the community center. They were on the second day of the 32nd annual Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride. On that day 128 years ago, Chief Sitting Bull was killed by Indian police and the U.S. military when they attempted to arrest him at his camp on the Grand River west of Little Eagle, for his role in the Ghost Dance movement. Many of his followers joined Chief Spotted Elk’s band (Chief Big Foot) and together they fled toward the Pine Ridge reservation.

On the morning of December 29, 1890, the U.S. military surrounded their encampment at Wounded Knee Creek with the intent to disarm the group. A shot was fired which precipitated a massacre. By some estimates, over 300 mostly unarmed, men, women and children were killed that day.

Thu
29
Nov
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Pancake supper

If these young volunteers want to be firemen someday they have to learn to make pancakes. Practicing that skill at the Timber Lake Fire Department’s annual pre-Thanksgiving pancake supper are (L-R) Kyler Bollinger, Dawson Kraft, Fire Chief Grady Kraft, Jaiden Ducheneaux and (RIGHT) Gracen Hansen. The winner of the raffle for the Creedmore Ruger American rifle was Tom Hermes.

 

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Thu
29
Nov
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Looking like Christmas

With Thanksgiving come and gone, it is time to ramp up Christmas preparations. Pictured, the Boldt Power, Inc. crew of Jim Boldt and Corrie, Marie and Treyton Du Preez, strung lights and hung ornaments on the two large trees at the Isabel community building and senior meals site.

 

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Thu
22
Nov
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Sixth Grade Boys Basketball

Cole Ducheneaux, Gavin Farlee, Gabe Keller, Eddie Keller, Devon Swift Hawk; BACK: Dante Schumacher, Landon Lemburg, Bailee Hall, Treyton Boldt, Coach Cody Lawrence.

 

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Thu
22
Nov
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Homecoming

Randy Tompkins’ visit to Timber Lake last weekend was part homecoming to the place where he grew up, part reunion with people he had not seen in nearly 50 years, and part opportunity to share Vietnam War experiences with other veterans and friends. Tompkins wrote a ninepart series about his time in Vietnam, which was published in the Topic from Sept. 13 to Nov. 8. He encouraged other veterans to write their stories, even if they are not published. 

 

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Thu
22
Nov
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Community Thanksgiving

Three local pastors held a community Thanksgiving service at United Parish Church in Timber Lake on Monday evening and at the UCC Church in Isabel on Sunday evening. L-R are Pastor Bryce Schaffer of New Hope Church, Vicar Teri Gayer of the Prairie Parish, and Fr. Brian Lane of Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

 

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Thu
22
Nov
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School board hears report on student performance

The Timber Lake School Board got a sneak preview of the school district’s annual Report Card from the Dept. of Education at its November 14 regular meeting. The board also accepted the resignation of Middle School English teacher Jami Kesling, effective at the end of the school year.

The Dept. of Education will publish the Report Cards for all districts on the DOE website next week but Supt. Dan Martin and Principals Julie Marshall and Danae Paxton showed some preliminary figures.

Scores for the testing done in the spring of 2018 for grades 3-8 and 11 showed Timber Lake School District above average in most grades for both math and English Language Arts.

“All Timber Lake staff are instrumental with the positive results on the soon-to-be released report card,” Martin said. “What separates Timber Lake from other schools is we continue to strive on correcting weaknesses while seeking continued growth in all areas.”

Thu
22
Nov
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Thanksgiving: A special day to share with family and friends

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Back on the farm, we had a big dining room table that sat against one wall most of the year.

On Thanksgiving, Dad pulled that table out into the middle of the room. Mom covered it with the good tablecloth and set the good dishes. She crowded every square inch of the table’s surface with turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, a real feast for our family to share after we gave thanks for the blessings we had enjoyed during the past year.

I’ll never forget how the aroma of fresh-baked pie and roast turkey wafted through the house. Whenever I think of Thanksgiving, I remember the warmth and coziness created by the sight and smells of Mom’s cooking. And I remember how happy I was to have that special day to share with my parents, my two sisters, and sometimes other family members.

 

Thu
22
Nov
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Good humor has a place in our politics

By Tom Purcell

Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

During 1984’s second debate between President Reagan and Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, moderators rightfully asked Reagan, then 73, if he had enough stamina to carry out his duties. Reagan answered, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

Nearly everyone, even Mondale, laughed. Reagan’s humor reassured America that he had his wits about him. He defeated Mondale in a landslide.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Timber Lake City Council wrestles with budget issues

By Bob Johnson

Meeting on August 27, the Timber Lake City Council carried on indepth discussions on a budget for 2019. Council members examined a draft budget of expenses and income prepared by Finance Officer Karla Nordyke. By the end of the evening they had made some changes and agreed on a preliminary budget. Nordyke was directed to make copies with updated figures in preparation for the first reading to be held at the September 5 regular meeting. The second reading and final adoption was set for September 17.

One of the first questions raised for discussion was the matter of setting a reasonable reserve. Nordyke distributed a chart showing the dollar amounts for six, three, and one month reserves for the general, broadband, water and sewer funds. Council members decided to set a goal of building a six month reserve to be accumulated over the next year.

 

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