West River Eagle staff win nine awards at South Dakota Newspaper Convention



West River Eagle staff members attended the 134th annual South Dakota Newspaper Association Convention this past weekend in Mitchell. The staff didn’t come home empty handed as the newspaper won nine awards from the South Dakota Better Newpaper Contest held in conjunction with the convention.  General Manager Nancy Anderson took first place in Best Advertising Sales Tool category, second place […]

DENR recognizes Mni Wasté/Tri-County Water for compliance



The South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) announced today that the Mni Waste/Tri-County Rural Water System public water system and the system’s operation specialist have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award. “We cannot live without water; it is just that simple,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “With these awards, DENR salutes the best-of-the-best drinking […]

Traversie, Pearman top vote getters in District 4 special election



Melvin Traversie of Timber Lake and James (Jim) Pearman of Eagle Butte were the top two candidates selected in the CRST District 4 special election held last week. Traversie was the top candidate with 104 votes, while Pearman came in second with 90 votes.  The two move on to the special general election which will be held on June 21. […]

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Community Loan Fund invests $1.5 Million in South Dakota’s Native-Owned Businesses



 Four Bands Community Fund, a non-profit community loan fund, is celebrating a milestone as it reaches a total of $1.5 million in loans deployed to support over 60 Native American-owned small business start-ups and expansions throughout the state.  The organization expanded its target market two years ago to serve all tribal members residing in South Dakota. Previously, they only served […]

Bruguier sentenced for assaulting individual with a box cutter



United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on April 25, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Emmet Bruguier, Jr., age 43, was sentenced to 33 months in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to […]

Topic publisher inducted into South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame



Timber Lake Topic publisher Kathy Nelson, was one of four individuals inducted into the South Dakota Newspaper Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place during the newspaper association’s annual conference held in Mitchell this past weekend. Kathy Nelson has been publisher of the Timber Lake Topic since 1980 when she and her late husband Jim purchased the newspaper. During […]

WIC Program announces new income guidelines



The South Dakota Department of Health released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2016.  WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, babies and children. Its goal is to offer education on healthy eating, nutrition and breastfeeding, make referrals to other services and […]

Letter to the Editor



He was despised and rejects by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took our pain and bore our suffering. Yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our […]

Voices of our political leaders

Celebrating the moms in our lives

One of the most noteworthy qualities about President Reagan was his unmatched ability to capture the feelings of the American people when he communicated with them. He connected with his audience in the moment, and the messages he delivered were often so timeless they will transcend generations. Of mothers, President Reagan once said, “They’re the main communicators of the values […]


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