Eagle Butte City Council receives clean 2013 audit report


by Ross DuBray

The Eagle Butte City Council received notice of a clean 2013 audit on Monday night at their regular November meeting.

Donna Denker of Donna Denker and Associates delivered the audit report and findings to the council.

“You’ve made some changes the last couple of years,” said Denker. “It has showed.”

Denker reported only one material weakness from the 2013 findings which was the city’s holding of  $123,620 in stock they had received when the city’s prior health insurance provider demutalized.  The weakness had also been noted in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 audits. The city did proceed to cash in the stock in March of 2014 and received $118,326.68 in June of 2014.

The audit report will next be sent to the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit for approval.

The council approved an audit request from Denker and Associates to begin the 2014 audit.  City Finance Officer Sheila Ganje noted that she will begin providing the documents to the company.

Ryan Farlee of Timber Lake Broadband placed a request to the city to lease space on the green water tower next to the high school to place a receiver.  Farlee said he had received several request for Timber Lake Broadband to expand into the Eagle Butte area.  Farlee stated that the receiver would need to be approximately 75 feet off the ground to be able to receive the signal.

If the city would agree to the lease, Farlee said that they would provide two free internet connections,  plus a standard agreement of $150 per month for the tower lease which totals an annual payment of $1,800.

Farlee further stated that Timber Lake Broadband has been in business since 2009 and is owned by the City of Timber Lake. They currently have a subscriber base of 350. They offer three residential packages; 1mg for $25, 2 mg for $45, and 4 mg for $75.

The council decided to table the request for a future meeting.

Ganje also reported that she received notification that the city was awarded $515,000 from a Community Development Block Grant.

The money is to be utilized to help improve the wastewater and storm sewer systems in the in Eagle Butte. The CDBG program provides local governments with money to complete projects that improve living conditions.  The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The council entered executive session at 7:00 p.m. to discuss current litigation, annexation, and services encroachment.

Police Department 

Chief of Police Norman Schuler requested a boot allowance to be included with officer’s uniform allowance.  Schuler requested an allowance up to $150 for every other year.

Liquor Store

Liquor Store Manager RJ Joens requested that the City Package Liquor Store be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which council approved.

The city council also approved the purchase of a used ice machine in the amount of $2,200 from Dominics out of Ipswich.

Maintenance Department

Jon Ganje reported that they would be concluding the lagoon release on Tuesday, November 18 and that the final lagoon samples have been sent to Pierre.

Christmas lights have been ordered in the amount of $5,500.

Other business.

Approved Meeting agenda

Approved November 13, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes

Approved November claims in the amount of $79,811.16.

Schad selected as White House Tribal Youth Ambassador


Sydney Schad, a senior at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High school has been selected as 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador.

Schad will join youth from across the nation December 1-3, 2014 making the trip to Washington DC along with a chaperone.

The conference will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel where the youth ambassadors will meet wih senior Obama Administration officials and discuss  some of the most important issues impacting Amerian Indian and Alaska Native tribes across the country.

Schad wrote an essay in October at the local level and was nominated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. A nomination didn’t guarantee the nominee a spot. The White House than selected 30-40 ambassadors from the pool of nominees from across the country to serve as ambassadors.

“It’s an honor to be able to represent the youth at the national level, “ said Schad.


White House Tribal Youth Ambassador Sydney Schad – Photo by Ross DuBray

Schad is the daughter of Jeremy and Ricki Schad. Following graduation she plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings and major in Nursing.

Body of Eagle Butte man found frozen


The body of a homeless man was found frozen last Saturday after temperatures dropped to single digits.

Law enforcement officials said the body was found Saturday morning on Sesame Street in Eagle Butte.

According to Dewey County Coroner and CRST Chief of Police the body was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Law Enforcement Officials have not released the mans identity at this time.

The death raised concerns across the community about the homeless in the community during the cold winter months.

Pastor Pauline Webb of the United Church of Christ who also runs the Mustard Seed, a soup kitchen off of Main Street offered to keep the building open and available to those who need somewhere warm to go.

Anyone interested in donating supplies or money please contact Pastor Pauline Webb at 964-3113, 964 3547 or 200-0234.

Mendoza makes Big Dakota Conference team, Bowker Honorable Mention


C-EB Senior Tatum Mendoza joined 11 other conference players who were selected to the Big Dakota Conference All-Conference Volleyball team.

Fellow teammate Samantha Bowker received an honorable mention nod.

Mendoza joins Kristen Peterka, Jamie Mentzer and Denae Schletchter from Miller; Kelsey Bertram, Sydney Fritz, and Tawny Sherman from Winner; Maranda Wagner from Mobridge-Pollock; Stevie Lone Dog from Todd County; Carly Harrowa from Stanley County; and Tiara Flying Horse of McLaughlin.


C-EB Seniors Samantha Bowker and Tatum Mendoza – Photo by Ross DuBray

Honorable mention selectee’s joining Bowker were Lauren Henderson and Aundrea Kramer from Mobridge-Pollock; Hallie Hallock from Chamberlain; and Talyn Carry Moccasin from McLaughlin.

Eight Braves receive All-Conference nod


Five C-EB Braves were named to the All-Nation Conference team and three received honorable mention.

Four seniors and one junior received  a nod to the conference team. Seniors included Braylan Benoist, Joseph Balderas, Clay LaPlante, and Kirby Peterson. The junior was Clay Clausen.

The three players to receive honorable mention were seniors Andrew Frost and Rardy Cook; and junior Trevor Bad Warrior.

The five Braves join 20 other conference players for the all-conference selection. They join seven players from Chamberlain; Parker Evans, Tyson Fleury, Zach Ristau, Nathan Powell, Jeremy Herron, Shawn Foote, and Nick Clausen. From Todd County Matt Dunham, Joe Clairmont, Malik Whirlwind Soldier, Ty Herman, Austin Hammer, and Chris Fast Horse. St. Francis players included Ska Black Bear, Keyshawn Peneaux, Kevin Swalley, and Ryan Brushbreaker. The three Crow Creek players included Anthony Fontenot, Devon Grant, and Chuck Howe.

The honorable mention list included three players from Chamberlain; Hunter Knippling, Dodge Knippling, Spencer Kirkpatrick, and Rich Marone. Four players from Todd County; Nick Emery, Chris Eagle Bear, Pat Yellow Hawk, Stetson Bear Looks Back ; Kibbie Reynolds and Ty Arcoren from St. Francis, and Crow Creek’s Rogan Head and Michael Howe.

The players selected on the all-Nations Conference teams were voted on and selected by coaches.web_DSC4440

William “Bill” Dunbar


William “Bill” Dunbar, 86, Sturgis, and formerly of Dupree, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center following a long struggle with heart disease.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Bill was born in Faith, on April 13, 1928, to Lloyd and Daina (Higgins) Dunbar. After a couple of years of high school, Bill joined the Air Force in 1945. After serving his term he had numerous jobs, and in 1950 he found the love of his life, Doris Miller. Bill and Doris were married on April 13, 1950, in Rapid City in a church basement, with the preacher and his wife, a best man, and maid-of-honor. They went on a day trip to the Black Hills and then it was back to work. To this union five children were born, James “Jim” Dunbar, Sturgis, Vicky (Bernie) Fields, Sturgis, Debrah (Les) Starr, Sturgis, Bill Wayne “Jill” Dunbar, Mobridge, and Lora (John) Breth, Sturgis.

In 1954, Bill returned to the military, but this time with the Army. In his military career, he traveled extensively from Pole to Pole, all over Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Borneo, Wake Island, Figi Island, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan, Korea, Tasmania, and the Philippines. He spent four years in Taiwan, and three of those years his family was with him. He had two tours in Vietnam, four months in Greenland, and four years in Alaska with his family. It is hard to imagine how much of the world Bill saw, he was a world traveler.

Bill is survived by his children, two sisters, Jean Shupick, Sioux Falls, and Muriel Reid, Spearfish; four special sister-in-laws, Joan (Harold) Ross, Sturgis, Eileen Lewis, Belle Fourche, Joyce Collins, Spearfish, and Judy (JT) Stout, Dupree; thirteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; grandson, Marcus Kindsfater, brother-in-laws, Steve Shupick, Chad Reid, Jerry Lewis, Bill Collins, Mick Jung; and sister-in-law, Jane Jung.

A special thanks goes to the family and friends for their love and support. Also, a big thanks to the home health team, all the nurses, doctors, and health care providers, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center for the exceptional care Bill received.

A memorial has been established to the Fort Meade VA Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


Hope everybody’s staying warm. Don’t forget to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. Lend a helping hand.

Pete Longbrake carries the flag in as the American Legion Post 124 Dupre Honor Guard posted the colors as the DHS Choir sang the Star Spangled Banner.  He was wearing his uniform that he's had  since he enlisted over 60 years ago. (Photo by Patty Peacock)

Pete Longbrake carries the flag in as the American Legion Post 124 Dupre Honor Guard posted the colors as the DHS Choir sang the Star Spangled Banner. He was wearing his uniform that he’s had since he enlisted over 60 years ago. (Photo by Patty Peacock)

Ziebach County receives $156K from FEMA for June flooding


by Ross DuBray

The Ziebach County Commissioners held their November regular meeting last Thursday at the County Courthouse. The meeting had been moved to Thursday in lieu of the election on Tuesday.

The commissioners canvassed the election results from Tuesday and certified the results with no errors or changes. County auditor Cindy Longbrake reported that there was a 41% voter turnout countywide.

The commissioners moved to acknowledge $156,207.45 the county received in disaster relief from FEMA for the June flooding. The FEMA dollars was accepted and added to the county’s budget to help supplement the expenses the county incurred as a result of the flooding. The relief money covered about 85% of the expenses.

The commissioners had a conference call with Jeff Schaefer with South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit and discussed the county’s 2012-2013 audit findings.   Two items were discussed regarding the county’s over expenditures due to disaster spending. The over expenditure was awaiting grant reimbursement. Schaefer commended the commissioners on the great work they were doing.

Gravel hauling bids were granted to Haines Trucking LLC and Miller Construction and Gravel. Haines bid $0.24 per mile for hauls within 25 miles, and $0.21 for hauls over 25 miles. Haines also added $0.01 increase per ton-mile if fuel prices increase by $0.20 per gallon based on the $3.759 price of fuel that morning. Miller construction bid a flat $0.22 per mile. Commissioner Russel Johnson moved to accept both bids with all commissioners voting to approve.

The commissioners also accepted the sealed bid of Site Work Specialists, Inc. of Rapid City for the 2006 Caterpillar Rear Ripper. Site Work placed a $5,000 bid while Butler Machinery Co. also of Rapid City placed a bid amount of $4,500.00.

Longbrake reported to the commissioners that the governor had ordered that county offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 27 and 28. The county offices will also be closed on December 25 and 26 for Christmas

States Attorney Cheryl Bogue reported that the matter with Union County over a Mental Health Bill had been resolved with the Union County Commission stating that Ziebach County was not liable for the patient bill.

Other business.

Approved agreement with First Financial Bank to begin Direct Deposit for county employees. Authorized Cindy Longbrake to sign all paperwork relating to direct deposit.

Approved renewal of group health insurance plan with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield with 10.48% increase.

Approved October Meeting Minutes.

Approved $163,711 in claims

Approved listing of Emergency Shelters presented by Shane Farlee.


Allen “AJ-John John” White


Allen “AJ-John John” White, age 26, of Aberdeen, SD, and formerly of Dupree, SD, entered the Spirit World on Friday, October 31, 2014 near Dupree, SD.

He is survived by his parents: Ted White of Mandaree, ND, mother, Gail “Jonni” White Feather of Dupree, SD. Wife: Alexsina White of Aberdeen, SD. two daughters: Chloe White of Aberdeen, SD and Alliyah White of Mclaughlin, SD. Two sons: LaCeon White and LaShaun White of Eagle Butte, SD. One brother, Tyson Thompson, US Army, Germany. Six sisters: Arvella White, Theola White and Mercy White of Newtown, ND; Tiana White of Mandaree, ND. Willo Pretends Eagle and Sydnee White Feather of Dupree, SD. Paternal Grandparents: Wendell and Arvella White of Mandaree, ND. Maternal Grandmother: Virginia White Feather of Dupree, SD. Two uncles, Mick White Feather, Eagle Butte, SD and Jeff White Feather of Dupree. Four aunts: Evann “Charlie” White Feather of Dupree, Buffy White and Vernell Buckman of Mandaree and Wendy White of Bismarck, ND.

A one night wake will begin at 3:00 PM, Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Dupree Multipurpose Center, Dupree, SD, with a prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 8, at the Dupree Multipurpose Center, with the Rev. Adam Hoffer and Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery at Cherry Creek, SD. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD. Online condolences may be offered at rooksfh.com and the Rooks & Red Dog Facebook page.