CT Scanner begins operation at Bennett County Hospital

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By Jill Potter

For the past month, the Bennett County Hospital has been operating the newest addition to its healthcare team, the 16 slice Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanner. The scanner began operation June 17, and in the past month, 36 scans have been performed. 

CT scanners generate cross-sectional images of the body’s soft tissues (such as the brain, liver, abdominal organs) and bones.…

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Ranch Rodeo brings a new level of entertainment to Fair

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By Marj Oleske

A new event is rolling into Martin during the 2014 Bennett County Fair. Known as the Bennett County Ranch Rodeo, the usual professional cowboys will be replaced by local cowhands showing off their everyday working skills.

A highly entertaining night is planned for Wednesday, August 6. The Calcutta will be at 5:30 p.m. The actual rodeo will begin at 6 p.m. Seating might be a problem,…

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School board starts new year, Olson sworn in as new member

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School District Board closed out last year and kicked off the new school year Monday evening, adding former teacher Mike Olson as a new member. Olson begins a three year term on the board.

The board had a public hearing of the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, followed by the normal business to wrap up last year’s business.

After adjourning and…

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Commissioners approved malt beverage license for Horseshoe Bar

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County Commissioners approved a Malt Beverage Liquor License for the HorseShoe Bar and the East Side Truck Stop, both properties of Marvin Grass at their July 2 meeting. The license is good from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Commissioners voting for were Jason Fanning, Wayne Bond, Dennis Gregg and Rolf Kraft. Newton Cummings voted against.

The commissioners had approved…

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Pastor Samuel and Karis Pappenfuss welcomed to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church

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By Marj Oleske

Pastor Samuel Pappenfuss and his wife, Karis, have begun their first service as an ordained minister at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Martin.

Having recently finished his studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at Mequon, Wisc., Pastor Pappenfuss is looking forward to learning about the community of Martin and the surrounding area. His pastorship also includes Rock of Ages…

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City Council, July 8 and 9, 2014

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By Marj Oleske

The Martin City Council met in Special Session on Tuesday, July 8, to discuss the development of Hodson Acres, with respect to water and sewer services. 

Community members present were Irv Moffitt, Bob Claussen, Bill Kuxhaus, Dale McDonnell, Judy Claussen, Don Moore, Kim Clausen, Sara Harris and Lindsey Harris. City Attorney Sara Frankenstein, and Finance Officer Jean Kirk were…

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Fr. Matt Fallgren begins pastorship at local Catholic Churches

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By Marj Oleske

Serving in his first role as parish administrator, Fr. Matt Fallgren has begun his faith journey with the members of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin, and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Introducing himself at the first mass in Martin on Saturday, July 5, he tells of the power of a group of little old ladies involved in his call to the…

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Horizon Health Care opens new dental clinic Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held

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Participating in the ribbon cutting for Horizon Health Care’s new Dental Clinic were, front row, from left, Tori Winters, RDH; Vicky DeKay, DA; Dr. Aditi Saxena, DDS; Dick Bair, Board Member; Donna Smokov, Receptionist; and John Mengenhausen, Horizon Health Care CEO. Back row, Margaret Smith, RDH; Janell Yohner, DA; Jeff Mengenhausen, Horizon Health Care COO; Jamie Halverson, Jans Corporation…

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Mary Christensen leads Grocery Co-op to national award

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First Alaskan Food Co-op Wins Startup of the Year 

Mary Christensen, formerly of Martin, has spent the last seven years on the development team of Co-op Market Grocery and Deli, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Starting from scratch with nothing but an idea and a desire, the team completed their goal in March of 2013.

In recognition of the their success, the Co-op Market was named as Food Co-op Startup…

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Mary Kay Sell honored as South Dakota High School Rodeo Person of the Year

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Mary Kay Sell, of Martin, was honored as one of four people named Person of the Year at this year’s South Dakota High School Rodeo. The honors were given at the Finals Rodeo held June 18 to 22 in Belle Fourche.

Mary Kay and her husband Dave have lived in rural Bennett County since their marriage in 1988. Growing up on a ranch, Mary Kay has always had a love for horses and riding was her main…

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