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Butte County Dispatch Changes

By Betty Bruner Sept. 15, 2021 BELLE FOURCHE-Representatives from Butte and Meade County met in the Butte County Commissioners’ Room to discuss possible changes to Butte County dispatch. Sheriff Fred Lamphere headed the parley between the two counties. Sheriff Ron Merwin was the main spokesperson for Meade County, along with Meade County Commissioners Ted Seaman […]

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County Highway Workers See Wage Increase

by Betty Bruner Sept. 15, 2021 BELLE FOURCHE-During the regular Butte County Commission meeting, County Highway Administrative Assistant Lori Johnston, on behalf of Superintendent Dwayne Heidrich, submitted a request to increase wages for each of the Highway Department’s employees. She explained that regular wage increases had not been given for some time and it had […]

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Council Authorizes Mayor to Sign for COVID Grant

by Beacon staff Sept. 15, 2021 BELLE FOURCHE – The Belle Fourche City Council gave its unanimous approval to Mayor Randy Schmidt to sign documents for the city to apply for American Rescue Plan (ARP) COVID relief grants from the Federal government. Specifically, the two documents are the U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal […]

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Groundbreaking Held for City’s Largest-ever Rail Siding Expansion

by Beacon Staff BELLE FOURCHE – Tuesday, August 30th, 2021, was a day that Hollie Stalder had been looking forward to for three years. Stalder, the Executive Director of Belle Fourche Development (BFDC) Corporation hosted the long-awaited groundbreaking for the largest rail expansion project in city history. Members of several organizations joined with the BFDC […]

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Butte Commissioners Vote to Close County Buildings to Public

by Colleen Brunner March 23, 2020 BELLE FOURCHE – In light of recent news of community spread of the COVID-19 virus in South Dakota the Butte County Commission voted Monday, Mar. 23, to close all county buildings to the public for the time being. Any public interaction that is necessary will be by appointment only. […]

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Newell School Support Staff to Receive Pay During School Closure

by Betty Bruner March 23, 2020 NEWELL – Newell School Board members received information about surrounding schools from Superintendent Robin Dutt concerning paying support staff during the COVID-19 school closure. Dutt shared two motions passed by Belle Fourche School Board members and Meade County District School Board members. Both schools had voted to continue paying […]

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Newell School District Outlines Near Term Plans

by Betty Bruner March 17, 2020 NEWELL – Nearly 30 people gathered in the Newell School Multi-Purpose Room Tuesday evening for a special school board meeting held to pass on information concerning the mandated COVID-19 virus school closings. Superintendent Robin Dutt opened the session by assuring the gathering that school staff was doing their best […]

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COVID-19 Topic of Special BF School Board Meeting

March 17, 2020 Beacon Staff Schools will be closed through March 27th. BELLE FOURCE- The Belle Fourche School District called a special school board meeting on Monday evening, March 16th, primarily to discuss plans of action related to the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak. Although few cases have been reported in South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem has […]

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