James Farley sentenced to 5 years in prison

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James Farley, 62, of rural Bennett County, was sentenced Nov. 24, 2015, to be incarcerated in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls for five years, with seven days credit for time served in the county jail.

Farley pled guilty to Count 9, Promoting Prostitution of a Minor, a Class 5 Felony.

Initial charges against Farley on July 14, 2015, were: Cts 1-5: Rape in the Fourth Degree in…

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Power Outages

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By Josh Fanning

Lacreek Electric had significant outages from last week’s storm. Lacreek has a service area of 5,174 square miles with 3,316 miles of line. Due to the rain and fog along with freezing temperatures, this caused ice to build on the power lines, resulted in Lacreek experiencing several outages throughout our territory. In addition, to date Lacreek has lost 17 poles, several wire…

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BCHS Wall of Honor adds seven new inductees

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By Tim Huether

The fifth annual Bennett County High School Athletics Wall of Honor banquet presented the latest class of inductees last Saturday night at the American Legion dining hall in Martin.

Seven more were included and honored, including Dan Coon, Brent Ireland, Dan O’Neill, Keely Krolikowski, Kevan Fralick and Mary and the late Wendell Long.

The Longs were inducted as an outstanding…

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Land owner, Lacreek Refuge locking horns over locked gate

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By Tim Huether

Bennett County rancher and land owner John Slattery, and management at the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, are locking horns over a locked gate and the matter was brought to the Bennett County commissioners Nov. 18, by Slattery.

Slattery said he has a problem with the fact the county has not committed themselves on the road issue, saying he feels they need to claim it as a county…

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Golf Tournament Postponed

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The Markota Acres Golf Course, three person scramble has been postponed from October 3 to October 10 due to weather. Shotgun start will still begin at 10:00 a.m. and all other information is the same. For refernece please see the September 30, 2015 issue of the Booster, page 4 for all the information.

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Days Gone By 9-16-15

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70 Years Ago

Martin Messenger Sept. 13, 1945. Lt. Lyndal Wells, who has been in the Indian-Burma theatre for the past several months, returned to the States recently and his wife met him in Omaha and they arrived home this week. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wells and his wife is the former Lorraine Wordeman.

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60 Years Ago

Bennett Co. Booster, Sept. 15, 1955:

A deal was completed whereby…

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Rosemary Buchmann receives South Dakota art teacher of the year

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Rosemary Buchmann is named Teacher of the year by South Dakota Art Education Association (SDAEA). Through her creativity and heart, and some sacrifices of her own, she is helping her students succeed.

This incredible teacher is changing the lives of her students and paving the way for a new generation of creative thinkers. For her students, learning is an adventure. Stacy Halverson said she found…

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Grand Opening of Ranchland Feeds and Kritter Kuts

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Main Street welcomes another new business to Martin with the grand opening celebration at Ranchland Feed and Kritter Kuts. Steve and Lavonne Hicks as well as many of their children work together to help you with your animal needs. They are located in the old Waggoner Grocery Store building on the corner of Fourth Ave. and Main Street in Martin.

With Steve and Lavonne from the Martin area, …

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Active Shooter Exercise at Vetal Fire Hall good training tool

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By Tim Huether

Last Wednesday, several key personnel from the county, including law enforcement and ambulance crews, took part in an emergency response exercise held at the Vetal Fire Hall.

The Active Shooter Exercise  involved mainly the Bennett County Emergency Management, Bennett County Sheriff’s Department, Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home’s Ambulance service and some local…

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