Libby pleads no contest to 2nd Degree Murder of Albert Apple Sr.

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By Jonni Joyce

Details of the murder of Albert Apple Sr. emerged during the arraignment of Matthew Wayne Libby held in the Bennett County Courthouse on Jan. 16., 2015.

Originally scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Libby did not enter the courtroom until 11:37 a.m.

Dressed in an orange jump suit, orange flip flops, and shackled with handcuffs and leg irons, Libby took the middle seat between his two…

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New budget projections predict 2018 S.D. budget year deficit

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By JAMES NORD

Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota could have a $12.8 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2018, according to new long-range budget forecasts released Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration.

The projections are part of Daugaard’s quest to improve the state’s rating among credit rating agencies and aimed at giving lawmakers a look past the budget cycle at…

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Becky Byrne retires from Lacreek Electric after 39 years of service

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By Jonni Joyce

“Actually, it is 38 years and ten months of service,” Becky Byrne answers as I comment on her 39 years of service.

Byrne sits behind the desk at Lacreek Electric tapping on an adding machine to make the calculation.

Born in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Byrne moved to Bennett County in 1974 and got a job working as a hospital cook and worked there almost two years. Then, in 1976 she…

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Commissioners tackle 4-H, liquor licenses, and more

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By Jonni Joyce

The Dec. 3 meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners was called to order by Chairman Rolf Kraft. All board members were in attendance. Board members are Rolf Kraft, Jason Fanning, Wayne Bond, Dennis Gregg, and Newton Cummings.

Also present were Sheriff Luke Hamar, Sheriff-elect Paul Williams, Bennett County State’s Attorney Ken Orrock, County Auditor Susan Williams,…

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Master Gardener News January 2015

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By Donna Adrian, SDSU Master Gardener  

January is the time of year we are browsing through seed catalogues to see what is new and what we want to plant this coming season.  At our Master Gardener Meeting we listed a few of the seed order houses.  If you are looking for a place to order, perhaps just Google the catalogue name and order direct off the internet or send for a…

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Days Gone By 1-14-15

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70 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, Jan. 11, 1945:

Sgt. Ernest A. Peck, returned from 10 months overseas in the F.T.O. Theater of operations on the English hospital ship, Dorsetshire. He is temporarily being treated at Stark General Hospital prior to being transferred to another Army hospital for definitive treatment.

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60 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, Jan. 13, 1955:

Melvin Nelson of Martin sold a…

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County and SDSU reach agreement Mary Kay Sell hired

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By Jonni Joyce

It was the last item on the agenda but the first item on the minds of the more than fifty people who filled the pews of the Bennett County Courthouse at the Dec 3 regular meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. 

Peter Nielson, South Dakota State University Extension 4-H Youth Program Director and Donna Bittiker, 4-H Field Operations Associate requested the latest…

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Snow dominates council meeting

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Snow Removal Ordinance in the works 

By Jonni Joyce

Snow, snow, and more snow was on the agenda of the regular meeting of the Martin City Council held Jan. 14 in the council chambers. 

All members were present except Gregg Claussen. 

Council members discussed problems and complaints received from the citizens in reference to the recent snow falls and the removal of snow from the…

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Scenes of Winter

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