James Farley sentenced to 5 years in prison

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James Farley, 62, of rural Bennett County, was sentenced Nov. 24, 2015, to be incarcerated in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls for five years, with seven days credit for time served in the county jail.

Farley pled guilty to Count 9, Promoting Prostitution of a Minor, a Class 5 Felony.

Initial charges against Farley on July 14, 2015, were: Cts 1-5: Rape in the Fourth Degree in…

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Power Outages

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By Josh Fanning

Lacreek Electric had significant outages from last week’s storm. Lacreek has a service area of 5,174 square miles with 3,316 miles of line. Due to the rain and fog along with freezing temperatures, this caused ice to build on the power lines, resulted in Lacreek experiencing several outages throughout our territory. In addition, to date Lacreek has lost 17 poles, several wire…

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Rosemary Buchmann receives South Dakota art teacher of the year

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Rosemary Buchmann is named Teacher of the year by South Dakota Art Education Association (SDAEA). Through her creativity and heart, and some sacrifices of her own, she is helping her students succeed.

This incredible teacher is changing the lives of her students and paving the way for a new generation of creative thinkers. For her students, learning is an adventure. Stacy Halverson said she found…

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Land owner, Lacreek Refuge locking horns over locked gate

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By Tim Huether

Bennett County rancher and land owner John Slattery, and management at the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, are locking horns over a locked gate and the matter was brought to the Bennett County commissioners Nov. 18, by Slattery.

Slattery said he has a problem with the fact the county has not committed themselves on the road issue, saying he feels they need to claim it as a county…

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Bennett County to host Lead-Deadwood in Football Playoffs

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Bennett County will host Lead-Deadwood Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the first round of the South Dakota High School Football Playoffs, after defeating St. Francis 52-0 on a rainy, cool night in St. Francis Thursday evening. Lead-Deadwood lost to Custer 17-0, but sneaked by Little Wound with a few more power points for the number three seed.

Little Wound will travel to Custer and Red Cloud appears headed…

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Bennett County Pounds Diggers, 50-6

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The Bennett County Warriors football team put a pounding on the visiting Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers Tuesday night in Martin in the first round of the Class 11B high school football playoffs with a convincing 50-6 win. 

The Warrior defense set the tone early with hard hit after hard hit, shutting down all phases of the Diggers offense. Lead-Deadwood’s only score came on a pick six, where Colt…

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BCHS Wall of Honor adds seven new inductees

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By Tim Huether

The fifth annual Bennett County High School Athletics Wall of Honor banquet presented the latest class of inductees last Saturday night at the American Legion dining hall in Martin.

Seven more were included and honored, including Dan Coon, Brent Ireland, Dan O’Neill, Keely Krolikowski, Kevan Fralick and Mary and the late Wendell Long.

The Longs were inducted as an outstanding…

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