Longest serving Bennett County Clerk of Courts set to retire

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By Jonni Joyce

In 1981, when Linda Larson was appointed Clerk of Courts for the Sixth Circuit in South Dakota, the business of delivering justice had very few female practitioners.

“Lawyers and judges were mainly men,” recounts Larson who just retired from her position as Clerk of Courts for the Sixth Circuit.

The addition of women as lawyers and judges is just one of many changes that Larson has…

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Rod Anderson wraps up 43 year career in education

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By Tim Huether

When the new school year begins in a month, one previous constant will be absent, teacher Rod Anderson. Anderson retired at the end of this past year after spending 43 years teaching and coaching at the high school level.

He started his teaching career at Dolores County High School in Dove Creek, Colo, instructing Biology, chemistry and physical sciences. He was also the assistant…

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Semmler gives parting remarks to school board “These last 10 Years the best”

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By Tim Huether

Retiring Bennett County School District Superintendent Wayne Semmler wrapped up his last meeting by remarking how much he has enjoyed serving the  district and the community.

“I’ve spent 38 years in education and the last 10 have been the best for me,” said Semmler.

He thanked the board and remarked about how much he enjoyed working with all the boards over his 10 years in…

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Bennett County Hospital surprises Horizon Health Care with lease termination

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By Jonni Joyce

“I have no idea,” said John Mengenhausen, CEO or Horizon Health Care, Inc. when asked why Bennett County Hospital terminated the lease for the health care facilities rented by the health care provider in Martin, S.D.

Mengenhausen was taken by surprise when he received a letter signed by Ethel Martin, CEO of the Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home notifying him that they would…

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Fallen Brothers, Fallen Sons of Bennett County

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By Jonni Joyce

At the southeast corner of the Bennett County Courthouse surrounded by grass and shadowed by a cedar tree stands a humble monument listing the names of the men of Bennett County who died in World War I and World War II.

As I read down the list of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, my attention was immediately drawn to two men who shared the same last…

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Kraft continues to fight for funding for counties with tax exempt land

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By Tim Huether

Former Bennett County Commissioner Chairman Rolf Kraft started pushing the issue of compensation of non-taxed land from the federal government more than seven years ago, and is still working on the complex problem.

At issue is that fact a large amount of land in counties such as Bennett and Jackson are in Indian Trust and do not produce tax revenue for the counties, reducing the…

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Bennett County Boys win Region 7A Track Title

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The Bennett County Boys Track and Field team captured the team title at the Region 7A Track and Field Meet Thursday, May 21 in Martin. The top two finishers advance to the State A meet Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. Friday, Class A will compete in Spearfish and all events move to Rapid City at the South Dakota School of Mines track. Red Cloud claimed the girls team title, edging Todd County.…

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