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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Head on collision kills five

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Five people, including a pregnant woman, were killed in a crash Saturday evening on Highway 44 west of Wanblee. 

The only survivor in the car was a 16-month-old baby boy. 

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Ashton Standing Bear, 30-year-old Tawni Wilcox (she was six-months pregnant), 7-year-old Jaceya Cummings, 5-year-old Micah Cummings and 26-year-old Devin Conquering Bear.…

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Marie Huether named S.D. School Nurse of the Year

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Bennett County School District School Nurse Marie Huether was thrown a surprise assembly May 3, at the Martin Grade School Activity Center, where it was announced she was named the South Dakota School Nurse of the Year, known as the Excellence In Nursing Award. The award is presented by the South Dakota School Nurse Association.

Marie admitted she definitely was surprised, being told there was a…

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Allen Man Claims $150,012 Powerball Prize

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 (Pierre, SD) – Melvin Lee Young has been playing Powerball since the game began in South Dakota. He buys multiple plays, some using his own numbers, some by Quick Pick. And he usually spends the extra dollar to get the Power Play option. His routine finally paid off: Young today claimed a $150,012 Powerball prize from the May 6, 2017 drawing.

The Allen man matched four of five white ball…

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Bennett County High School broken into

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By Tim Huether

Early Sunday morning, May 7, the Bennett County High School building was broken into and the perpetrators entered the building and caused approx. $20,000 in damaged.

According to superintendent Stacy Halverson, it appears they entered by breaking a door on the east end of the building, then  broke several internal windows, vending machines and other items.

“We cleaned things up…

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Locals Graduate USD

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Locals graduate USD

The University of South Dakota’s 130th Spring Commencement Exercises were held Saturday, May 6, in the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

 There were approximately 1,300 candidates for graduation, most of whom were in attendance. 

Royce Engstrom, former president of the University of Montana and longtime USD faculty member, delivered the commencement address.

Bennett County…

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Project Dakota Flyer Nets 15 Defendants

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United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that 15 individuals have been indicted for the illegal trafficking of eagles and other migratory birds. The Indictments are a result of a two-year undercover operation, dubbed Project Dakota Flyer.

Indicted Individuals Include:

Troy Fairbanks, 54, Rapid City, SD, charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wildlife Trafficking, and violations of the Bald…

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