First Go of the NHSFR Complete: Risse sitting 5th in Goats

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By Taylor Risse

After six performances at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillete, Wyo. the first go is complete. 

Mary Risse is sitting 5th going into the 2nd go. Times of 6.8, 6.9, 7.09, and 7.15 are ahead of her. 

Lante Swallow tied for 24th in the 1st go in barebacks. 

Here is a recap of times and scores from the first go:

Karissa Rayhill - Barrels - 22.522 - 28th in…

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NHSFR Update

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By Taylor Risse

As of Monday, July 17, three performances of the National High School Finals Rodeo had been completed with two of our local cowgirls competing. 

On Sunday night, Karissa Rayhill started things off in the barrels running a 22.522 which set her 28th in the performance.

Monday morning, Mary Risse came out and showed the nation what she was made of, tying a 7.2 and winning the…

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Toczek rear ended by drunk driver while riding motorcycle

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By Jordan Huether

A Martin, S.D. native with ties to Gordon has been in the ICU since being rear-ended by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle near Sundance, Wyo., Saturday, July 8. Delmar DJ Toczek, 26, of New Underwood, S.D., was riding his motorcycle, traveling east on Interstate 90 in Wyoming, when a truck driven by Christopher Nesius of Wheatland, Wyo. struck him from behind.

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Fire near Wanblee ignites 5,000+ acres Other fires responded to as conditions are at extreme level

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Late afternoon, around 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, a fire broke out east of Wanblee, S.D., about one mile west of the junction of Highway 44 and 73. 

The Martin Volunteer Fire Department was called by the BIA for assistance around 5 p.m. They have sent 4 brush trucks, 2 tenders, and 11 firemen to assist with the fire as of Monday afternoon. At that time, there had already been an estimated…

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LaCreek District Vice-Chair Charlie Cummings Appears in Federal Court for Embezzlement Charge

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United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a LaCreek District Vice-Chair has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization.

Charles Leo Cummings, 57, of Martin, S.D., was indicted on June 20, 2017. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on July 7, 2017, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The…

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O’Bryan becomes fire explorer, fourth generation volunteer firefighter

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By Angie McDonnell

Early morning, around 1:30 a.m., on June 24, 2017 the Martin Volunteer Fire Department  responded to two bale fires  within a quarter mile of each other north of Allen, SD. However, these weren’t just any bale fires, they were a very special experience and moment for one young new fire explorer, Cole O’Bryan, and his family. Cole’s very first experience in fighting…

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School Board tends to year-end business, hears from public

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School District Board took care of year end business at the June 26 regular meeting.

Jamie Gropper addressed the board with concerns over student conduct and the behavioral matrix in place by the school. Gropper said she was one of the parents who started the newly formed Parent Teachers Organization and she has three boys enrolled in the school district.

“The…

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Presbyterian church invites all to celebrate 100 years

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By Angie McDonnell

This July marks 100 years for the Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian church, set in motion years ago by Rev. E. J. Lindsey, a missionary to the Indians, who had a desire to establish a Presbyterian church in Martin, SD, the county seat. He began with small services held in a school house. By 1914, funds poured in from those affiliated and nonaffiliated  in various proportions.…

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CHART Walk considered a success

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“When someone in this community needs help, people come out in droves to do just that.” A very true statement by announcer Wade Risse at the CHART Cancer Survivor’s Walk held Sunday, June 4, at the Bennett County football and track stadium in Martin, where $2,009 was raised to help those who need it most, cancer fighters.

Despite the heat, 105 walkers, ranging in age from 4 months to 70+, signed…

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