Special election is set

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Greg Vavra of the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program, spoke at an informational meeting on the upcoming public vote on a proposed tax levy. The meeting was held Sept. 12 in the courtroom

Tripp County voters will go to the polls Sept. 24 to decide whether taxes should be increased with the money going to roads and bridges.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The normal polling places will be used for this election.

Persons will vote on a property tax increase of 90 cents per $1,000 of valuation with a five-year cap. The money will bring in $900,000 a year which can only be used for roads and bridges.

The Tripp County Commissioners say with the current budget they are unable to maintain, repair and construct roads and bridges in Tripp County.
State law permits the governing board to levy an annual tax as a reserve fund to be accumulated and used for the purpose of maintaining, repairing and constructing roads and bridges.

The money raised in this tax can only be used for roads and bridges.

The commissioners passed a resolution to raise the taxes and this resolution was referred to a vote of the public.

A vote in favor of the tax increase would authorize the county auditor to apply the tax levy.

A vote no would not adopt the annual tax levy and there would be no increase in taxes.

City approves budget

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A 9/11 memorial was set up last Wednesday in the parking lot of Ace Hardware. Each year the local law enforcement, fire department and ambulance sets up this memorial. Patriot Day is a day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

By Dan Bechtold
Editor

Winner City Council Monday night gave final approval to the 2020 budget.
The budget totals $15,962,282.45. The council approved Ord. 934 which sets the budget for 2020.

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Davis is new agent

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Austin Davis is a new agent for Farm Bureau Insurance. Davis is a recent graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Agriculture Business/Economics.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Austin Davis is a new friendly face to go to when seeking
to consult with an agent of Farm Bureau Insurance.

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The Truth is coming

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Carla Youngblood, an up and coming comedienne and breast cancer survivor from Birmingham Alabama, is going to be performing at St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday night. The event will start at 7!

The world needs more people like Carla Youngblood.

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Dr. Voegeli is honored

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Dr. John Voegeli of Winner is the recipient of the 2019 alumni recognition award from Kansas State University. The award was presented Aug. 24 in Kansas City. He is presented the award by Dr. Bonnie Rush, dean of the college of veterinary medicine at K State.

By Dan Bechtold
Editor

Dr. John Voegeli of Winner wants to do the best he can to help every animal that is entrusted to his care.

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Colome Welcomes O’Doan as New Principal

By Colton Hall

Staff Writer

The school year is upon us.

New additions every year are part of any school district.

This year, the Colome Consolidated School District welcomes Dr. Debbie O’Doan as the new K-12 Principal.

O’Doan is originally from Martin where she graduated from Bennett County High School.

After high school, Dr. O’Doan went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University in elementary and middle school teaching. Following that,  O’Doan went on to receive her master’s degree of technology and doctorate degree in college administration from The University of South Dakota.O’Doan recently received her Education Specialist degree in K-12 administration from Wayne State College in Nebraska. Dr. O’Doan is looking forward to being a part of Colome.

“Colome has always been one of my favorite towns that I’ve driven through on Highway 18,” Dr. O’Doan said. “I really liked the town, and I wanted to be here.”

O’Doan has extensive work experience, boasting over 14 years of experience in the state of South Dakota alone. For seven years, Dr. O’Doan was a trainer of teachers in the state of South Dakota as part of the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative/TIE of Sturgis.

“I’ve taught at every grade level,” Dr. O’Doan said. “Whether that’s elementary, middle or high school, I have taught it. My parents still have a ranch in Bennett County, so I’ll be closer to home. I’ve got nieces and nephews in Aberdeen. I like small communities and I wanted to be able to serve them. I’m very excited to be here.” 

For three of her 14 years of experience Dr. O’Doan was a gifted and talented coordinator and teacher. Dr. O’Doan was also a building technology facilitator in Gillette, Wyo.

O’Doan brings a fresh, educated, and motivated perspective to the Colome Consolidated School District. She is looking to build solid relationships, trust, and cohesion to the position.

“I want the parents and teachers to know that I really enjoy students,” O’Doan said. “I can’t wait to serve them and their parents. I want them to know that I want to be here to serve and help them in any way I can. I want to be available to students and families to ensure that I make things work to help to meet the children’s needs. I hope to provide really strong leadership for the district.”