Commissioners hear complaints on Resolution #5-2016, asked to rescind

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County Commissioners received an earful and then some from county resident Craig Howe at the Aug. 17, regular commission meeting. Howe took exception to county resolution #5-2016, pointing out what he felt were inaccuracies, false statements and racial statements within the resolution. 

“I’d like you to rescind this resolution,” said Howe. 

Howe also expressed…

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Free post office box rental to end in Martin

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By Jonni Joyce 

Confusion continues over the decision of the U.S. Postal Service in Martin, S.D. to charge area businesses for post office boxes that, according to local resident Brian Kirk, have been free for over 100 years. 

This decision was prompted by the Martin City Council’s on Ordinance 202 which defines nuisances and specifically what private structures are prohibited in the…

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Fall sport practices beginning

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With the starting of school right around the corner, so is the start of our fall sports season. The first official practice for football, volleyball, and cross country are August 11, with the times set by each of the head coaches. It is very important that you have your physicals and all paper work filled out prior to that first practice, or you will not be able to participate until everything is…

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A refresher on the outdoor warning sirens in Martin

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By Jeff Siscoe

Last Saturday, July 16, 2016, the storm system that moved across Western South Dakota prompted a tornado warning for Northwestern Bennett County by the National Weather Service. This warning did not include the city of Martin. The storm generated a tornado that touched down west of Batesland, in Oglala Lakota County. This touchdown was confirmed visually by Troy Kuxhaus, a Batesland…

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Rod Kirk appointed temporary County Commissioner

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By Tim Huether

Rod Kirk was appointed temporary Bennett County Commissioner by the commission board at the August 3, regular meeting. Kirk replacing Newton Cummings, who passed away recently, and will serve until the new commissioner is elected and sworn in January of 2017.

The commissioners passed a joint resolution, #6-2016, in memory of Newton Cummings, stating, Recognition of the Service of…

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Dog days of summer arrive

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By Jonni Joyce 

The ancient people of the Mediterranean named the hottest, most humid days of the summer after Sirius, the constellation which appears during the same time frame. If the weather predictions over the next week come to fruition, the dog days of summer will arrive. 

The national weather service is predicting triple digit temperatures across the majority of the United States…

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