C.R.S.T. Telephone Authority continues upgrading plant facilities and network

CRST Telephone Authority (CRSTTA) is once again investing in broadband network upgrades to provide more enhanced services to its subscribers.  Over the past several years, CRSTTA has been constructing fiber to all locations in their service territory.  This project will be complete in 2015.

As CRSTTA has been connecting subscribers to this new fiber network, subscribers have had increased access to high-speed broadband and Internet-based applications.  With access to the new network, the amount of subscriber generated data that is required to be transported from the CRSTTA network to the outside world has been growing.



Dupree Pioneer Days Celebration kicks off this weekend

The Dupree Pioneer Days celebration will kick off on Friday, July 11, 2014 with a Youth Play Day at the rodeo grounds beginning at 10 a.m.  The age categories are 5 & under, 6-9 and 10-14 with several events including barrel racing, pole bending, goat ribbon jerking, flag race, boot races and more.  There is a $2 entry fee for contestants with cash prizes.  There will be no admission charge at the gate and concessions will be available.

The DHS Alumni reunion will begin that evening with registration from 4-5- p.m., supper at 5 p.m. and a program following that will include honoring graduating classes ending in 4.  The Alumni Reunion is a great time to re-connect with classmates and recall those “good old days” with stories and laughter.  A one act play, “Aw, Shucks!” featuring some of the best acting talent in the area will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Hall.  The story portrayed will have you chuckling with delight and the commercials will be top notch.   The Dupree Wacipi will begin at 7 p.m. at the Pow-Wow grounds north of the Elevator with colorful dancers from near and far.

For more check out of July 10th issue!

Ziebach County Commissioners pass Resolution for Disaster Relief

as the premier topic for discussion when the Ziebach County Commissioners gathered for their regular meeting July 1, 2014.

Most of the road damage is located in the northern part of the county, with roads washed out and culverts rusted or damaged. In some places, the roads have been closed because they are impassable.

Across Ziebach County there were between 140 to 170 reports of road or culvert damage or blow-outs for which the county is responsible.

To compound the issue, the county is now down to one employee to repair the road conditions.

For more of this story, look at our July 10th issue!

Arlen Iron Wing

Funeral services Arlen Iron Wing, 39, of Whitehorse, S.D., are pending with Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Arlen entered the spirit world July 7, 2014, at the Eagle Butte I.H.S. Hospital.

Jack Lee “Jack” Stoner

Jackie Lee “Jack” Stoner, former publisher of the newspapers at Gettysburg, Eagle Butte and Dupree, died suddenly at his home in Cle Elum, Wash., on Thursday, June 5, 2014. He was 74.

Jack and his family published the three South Dakota weekly newspapers from 1977 until 1999 when they sold them and purchased the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum. Before that, he was managing editor of the Queen City Mail in Spearfish for a year. Wherever he and his family lived during his newspaper career, Jack was actively involved in community activities, organizations and civic development.

Lila Iron Nest

Funeral services for Lila Iron Nest, 64, of Ft. Pierre, formerly of Eagle Butte, will be Saturday, July 5th at 10:00 a.m., MDT, at Stout Family Funeral Home Chapel, 24339 US Hwy 212, Eagle Butte. Burial follows at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery, La Plante. Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 5:00 p.m. Friday to process to the chapel for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Lila passed away July 1, 2014, at Highmore Healthcare Center. www.stoutfamilyfh.com

Lila Iron Nest, was born September 14, 1949, at Cheyenne Agency to Phillip and Christine (Lean Dog) Iron Nest. She journeyed to the spirit world July 1, 2014, at Highmore Health Care after a long battle with many health issues.

Lila was raised and educated at Cheyenne Agency until the family moved to Eagle Butte in the mid 1950’s. While in Eagle Butte, Lila lived with her parents, and was employed at various jobs while helping to raise her nieces and nephews.

Lila attended Brainerd Indian Bible College in the 1970’s and later became a Wesleyan Pastor, a title and position she valued and enjoyed. She pastored the Lakota Chapel in Eagle Butte for several years. Lila had a heart for God and hoped that she could be an example of God’s love for His people.

In her lifetime, Lila lived in various places…..Rapid City, S.D., Custer, S.D., Boise, I.D., Eagle Butte, Pierre and Ft. Pierre, S.D. While in Pierre and Custer, Lila worked as a home health care attendant, a job she enjoyed as she was able to reach out to those who needed help.

Lila enjoyed reading, especially God’s Word, visiting with friends and family and watching movies. Before her illness, Lila did embroidery for quilts. She had a sense of humor that wasn’t witnessed by many, but those who knew her, could laugh together even during the most trying of times. She loved, but also worried, about her son, nephews and grandsons. Her home was always open to her family.

Survivors include her sister, Aurelia Elk Nation; her son, Delrue Useful Heart; nieces, Priscilla Engen, Lorraine Eastman and Charity Elk Nation; 2 nephews, Leon Useful Heart and Luke Elk Nation along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Christine Iron Nest; brothers, Wesley, Donur and Clayton Iron Nest; sisters, Aurelia and Pearl Iron Nest; a grandson, Cody Engen and numerous other relatives.

William “Willie” Frazier

William “Willie” Frazier, 66, of Eagle Butte, entered the Spirit World at Eagle

Butte, S.D. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his home in Eagle Butte.

Among survivors are one son, Dondi Frazier of Jamestown, N.D., and four daughters: India Frazier, Fanchon Frazier and Sara Frazier of Bismark, N.D.; Abbi Frazier of Parker, A.Z. Two brothers: Helbent Frazier and Emmett Thompson of Eagle Butte. Four sisters: Arlene Thompson and Bernadette Halfred of Eagle Butte. Verlyn Fast Horse of Pierre, S.D., and Ivajean Carter of Scottsburg, I.N. Four step brothers: Francis Thompson and Frank Thompson of White Horse, SD. Alex Thompson of Eagle Butte and Loyd Thompson of Rock Creek, S.D. Two step sisters: Deliah Tiger of Mobridge, SD and Beatrice Gabe of White Horse, S.D. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Emmanuel Episcopal Cemetery at White Horse, S.D.

Funeral arrangements are have been placed in the care of Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte.

Keith “Bud” Starks

Keith “Bud” Starks, 95, of Gettysburg, passed onto Heaven, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Fr. Jerry Kopel presiding. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Gettysburg. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014, with a 7:00 p.m. wake service at the church.

Bud was born on April 18, 1919, to Leonard and Frances (Lemler) Starks, on the homestead in the northwestern corner of Potter County, South Dakota. He was nicknamed “Buddy” and grew up in the river hills of the Missouri. He later attended Fayette School, a one-room schoolhouse six miles from his home.

After 8th Grade, he went to work with his father and brothers at the home place, eventually helping to create the –S- Ranch. At age 29, he picked out the prettiest new schoolteacher, Mary Helen Lesmeister, met her, and then married her on June 28, 1948, in Parade, South Dakota. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage, ranching together until their retirement.

Bud worked hard his entire life, moving from calving season to haying season to wintering season. He enjoyed baseball, playing shortstop for Akaska as a young man and cheering for the Minnesota Twins. Bud also enjoyed rodeos and loved music. His main instrument was the saxophone, which he played for many dances as part of local bands, most notably Bob Halsey and the Bobkatz. He played his saxophone and the violin up until his death.  He especially loved to play his horn while his daughter JoAnn played the piano, and could often be heard saying, “Just one more tune.”

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was a gentle and kind man, patient with everyone except himself when there was work to be done. He always had a smile and a wave, and he will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Bud is survived by his wife, Mary Helen, of Gettysburg;  daughter JoAnn (Jeff) Starks Gunn of Aberdeen, and his two grandchildren: Keith Joseph Starks Gunn and Ashley Rose Starks Gunn; brother Arthur Starks of Gettysburg, sister Vivian (Bev) Roseland of Seneca, sister-in-laws Ruth Starks of Gettysburg, Marla Lesmeister of Piedmont, SD, and Marie Starks of Akaska, SD,  and brother-in-laws Marcus (Audrey) Lesmeister of Mobridge and Lawrence (Charlotte) Lesmeister of Whitewood, SD. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, four of whom were like Bud’s adopted children because he and his brother Milton married sisters. Those nieces are Diane (Dave) Peters of Wadena, MN and Kathy (Bernie) Hall of Rapid City, and the nephews are Leonard (Sherilyn) Starks of Pierre and Pat (Marlys) Starks of Selby.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and twin Kathleen, brothers: Clyde Starks, Milton Starks, and Baby Boy Starks (stillborn), sister-in-law Tracy Starks, and brother-in-laws Adam and Louie Lesmeister.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Bud’s arrangements.

Good Morning, Hope you all have a safe and wonderful July 4th, coming from us at the office!

29th Annual Iron Lightning Memorial Wacipi Celebration

Come out and see the 29th Annual Iron Lightning Memorial Wacipi over the 4th of July Weekend. Located at the Iron Lightning Wacipi grounds, activities are as follows:

July 3rd- there will be a “Wasicu” Dance starting at 9 p.m.;

July 3rd& 4th- there will be a Co-ed slow pitch softball tournament with a $75.00 entry fee;