Cummings stands ground, Burn restrictions in effect

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By Jonni Joyce

Newton Cummings watched the Roller Coaster Fire as it tried to jump Old Highway 18 and spread North towards his property. 

That was the Saturday night before the April 1 regular meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners where Cummings has served since 2004 making him the longest serving commissioner on the present board. 

This meeting makes the third time in…

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Sightseers cause problems at fire

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By Jonni Joyce

Everyone loves a little excitement on Saturday nights but traveling roadways needed for emergency vehicles to fight a fire can cause problems. 

“The sightseers were almost uncontrollable,” said Sheriff Paul Williams. “This is a big safety issue and in an emergency, people not affected in the area need to stay home.”

As emergency vehicles from Martin and surrounding counties…

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Worst fire in decades burns Martin area grassland

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By Jonni Joyce

According to local firefighters, the Roller Coaster Fire, named for the area where the fire started on Saturday night, was the worst fire to hit Bennett County in decades. 

The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning for Bennett County on Saturday, March 28.

Local area residents were just settling in to their Saturday night festivities when the approaching cold…

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Large Prairie Fire sparked north of Martin

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Large Prairie Fire sparked north of Martin

 

The fire near Martin is contained as of late Saturday night. Strong winds returned today, Sunday, March 29. It looks like the fire started near Monty and Peggy Fralick's home along the old hwy 18. It traveled about two miles along the hwy and to the south, almost to the current hwy 18. No homes were destroyed. See photos under our photos link at the top of the page.

At approximately 8:15…

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Youth Wrestlers compete at State Meet

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Several area youth attended the State Youth Wrestling Tournament in Brookings last weekend. Clarence Winter won the state championship in the Cadet 91 lb. division. Several others earned places and are listed below with the results:

Girls Midgets 72 - Leona DuBray’s place is 2nd and has scored 24.00 team points.

Semifinal - Leona DuBray (Martin) won by fall over Natalie Miles (Onida) (Fall 1:22)

1st…

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Security tight for Libby sentencing in Apple death

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By Jonni Joyce

Security was high at the Bennett County Courthouse for the sentencing hearing of Matthew Libby on Friday, March 13th. Members of the South Dakota State Highway Patrol used a hand held metal detector to search every person entering the courtroom. 

The hallways of the courthouse and the courtroom were secured by members of the Bennett County Sheriff’s Department and transport…

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