Moreau-Grand Electric Co-op members will vote on proposed new district boundaries at their annual meeting in October.
Moreau-Grand Manager Melissa Maher explained that the purpose of redrawing the districts is to equalize the number of Moreau-Grand members within the five districts.
“The idea is a simple concept of having the same representation of membership per director,” Maher said.
With 3900 members, the optimum number per district would be 783.
Dupree was one of nearly 100 South Dakota local governments, to receive and share in a $500,000 grant program intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus, announced South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.
“When West Nile emerged in South Dakota only a few communities had a mosquito control program. Today more than 80 percent have some type of mosquito control program in place,” said the Governor. “The state is pleased to support the work of those local programs with this funding.”
The Ziebach County Commissioners met on Thursday, June 5 in Dupree for their monthly meeting. The meeting date was moved from its usual date, the first Tuesday of each month because of the primary election that took place on June 3.
The commissioners began with reviewing the voting turnout and ballet information from each of the districts within the county. According to the commission, Ziebach County had a 3 percent showing from voters for the primary.
The commissioners expressed concern for the low turnout and hope for a better turnout in the general election in November.
In other business, the commissioners discussed the Highway Department’s progress on “blading” and pulling the shoulders of county roads, the pros and cons of new equipment, and concerns about the shortage of staff.
16 cowboys and cowgirls from the Eagle Butte and Dupree area will represent their towns and schools at the 2014 South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals, June 18-22, 2014 in Belle Fourche.
The Northwest Region contenders competed at their second regional this past weekend in Dupree, following last weekends regional in Buffalo.
The Cheyenne River Tribal Ventures’ Community Development Fund awarded matching grants to two reservation organizations to help improve infrastructure for their annual celebrations.
Both the Wakinyan Maza Wokiksuye Memorial and the LaPlant Pow-wow Committee submitted applications for the most recent round of funding in the ‘Seed’ category of the Community Development Fund and both were approved by Tribal Ventures’ Board.
The Dupree Regional High School Rodeo has two girls competing for the queen crown this weekend who will represent the Northwest Region at the State High School Rodeo.
Kaeli Carmichael is the 14 year old daughter of Bart and Shannon Carmichael of Faith, SD. Kaeli just completed the 9th grade at Faith High School. Kaeli competes in pole bending, goat tying and queen contests. Kaeli is active in 4-H, Sunday School, Youth Group, Cheerleading, Volleyball. She is Jr. Miss Faith Stock Show, Jr. Miss Perkins County, Jr. Miss Perkins, New Underwood and Meade County Ambassador.
For more of this story, look at our June 5th issue!
Land exchange and the wastewater project were two main points of discussion at Monday nights regular city council meeting in Dupree.
Larry Reede was present to question the council’s decision not to go ahead with the land exchange for the lot he owns on Main Street with a lot adjacent to the old airport.
“I just wanted the opportunity to speak to the council and see why you rejected the exchange,” said Reede. “Is it personal?”
The South Dakota statewide Primary election is set for next Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Several key seats at the state and national level are up for election this year.
The primary election is held to determine who will advance to the general election in November.
For South Dakota Governor, incumbent Republican Dennis Daugaard is seeking re-election and will be running against Lora Hubbel of Sioux Falls in the Primary. On the Democratic ticket, Joe Lowe of Rapid City is running against Susan Wismer of Britton, with the winner from each primary squaring off in the November election.