Scholarships awarded to Bennett County High School graduating Seniors

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Taylor Amiotte: PEO, $250; Sullens I, $500; Whirlwind Horse, $3,000; BHSU Buzz Bonus, $2,000. 

Samantha Christensen: Juan Valdez Family, (DSU) Tournament, $100.

Josie Drobny: Martin Grade School, $250; PEO, $250; Anderson Memorial, $500; Whirlwind Horse, $500; BHSU Buzz Bonus, $2,000.

Tayler Fuchs: MVFD, $500.

Adam Good: Dick Knight I, $500; Lacreek Electric, $1,000; DSU Merit Scholar,…

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City Council puts in Gary Rayhill as mayor, removes stop sign

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By Tim Huether

As part of new business for the City of Martin, the Council voted in Gary Rayhill as the new mayor. Rayhill was nominated by Shirley McCue and was approved by a 4-1 vote with Chuck Gotheridge voting nay and Gregg Claussen abstaining.

Claussen had nominated Randy Kocourek just prior, but he and Gotheridge were the lone yes votes while McCue, Tootie Moffitt, Stephenie Noel and Walter…

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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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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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School Board approves $6.9 million preliminary budget Monday

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School District’s 2015-16 budget has been shaved back to $6,963,161, down from last year’s $7,820,000. The board was presented with the initial budget at the regular meeting Monday night. The preliminary budget must be presented at the May meeting and must be finalized in September.

Superintendent Wayne Semmler said the main difference is that last year the board…

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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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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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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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Mellette County woman killed in dog attack

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A local Mellette County  woman on the Rosebud Indian Reservation has died following an attack from a pack of wild dogs.

A 9-1-1 call came into Mellette County Emergency Call Center at approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning of a report of a human being attacked by dogs in Lower Swift Bear community.

Mellette County Emergency  Responders, with assistance from Sheriff Mike Blom and…

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