Longest serving Bennett County Clerk of Courts set to retire

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By Jonni Joyce

In 1981, when Linda Larson was appointed Clerk of Courts for the Sixth Circuit in South Dakota, the business of delivering justice had very few female practitioners.

“Lawyers and judges were mainly men,” recounts Larson who just retired from her position as Clerk of Courts for the Sixth Circuit.

The addition of women as lawyers and judges is just one of many changes that Larson has…

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Rod Anderson wraps up 43 year career in education

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By Tim Huether

When the new school year begins in a month, one previous constant will be absent, teacher Rod Anderson. Anderson retired at the end of this past year after spending 43 years teaching and coaching at the high school level.

He started his teaching career at Dolores County High School in Dove Creek, Colo, instructing Biology, chemistry and physical sciences. He was also the assistant…

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Kraft continues to fight for funding for counties with tax exempt land

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By Tim Huether

Former Bennett County Commissioner Chairman Rolf Kraft started pushing the issue of compensation of non-taxed land from the federal government more than seven years ago, and is still working on the complex problem.

At issue is that fact a large amount of land in counties such as Bennett and Jackson are in Indian Trust and do not produce tax revenue for the counties, reducing the…

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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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Making a Difference One Student at a Time

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By Jonni Joyce

It wasn’t too long ago that LeeVi Story was walking the halls of Bennett County High School and wearing a cheerleader’s uniform. Carrie Larson was the coach for the cheerleaders and made quite an impression on LeeVi. So much so that she decided to follow in her footsteps. 

LeeVi Story is the daughter of Paul and Gail Winter of Martin, S.D. LeeVi was raised here in Martin and…

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Semmler gives parting remarks to school board “These last 10 Years the best”

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By Tim Huether

Retiring Bennett County School District Superintendent Wayne Semmler wrapped up his last meeting by remarking how much he has enjoyed serving the  district and the community.

“I’ve spent 38 years in education and the last 10 have been the best for me,” said Semmler.

He thanked the board and remarked about how much he enjoyed working with all the boards over his 10 years in…

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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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Bennett County Hospital surprises Horizon Health Care with lease termination

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By Jonni Joyce

“I have no idea,” said John Mengenhausen, CEO or Horizon Health Care, Inc. when asked why Bennett County Hospital terminated the lease for the health care facilities rented by the health care provider in Martin, S.D.

Mengenhausen was taken by surprise when he received a letter signed by Ethel Martin, CEO of the Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home notifying him that they would…

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Fallen Brothers, Fallen Sons of Bennett County

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By Jonni Joyce

At the southeast corner of the Bennett County Courthouse surrounded by grass and shadowed by a cedar tree stands a humble monument listing the names of the men of Bennett County who died in World War I and World War II.

As I read down the list of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, my attention was immediately drawn to two men who shared the same last…

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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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