Commissioners hear complaints on Resolution #5-2016, asked to rescind

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County Commissioners received an earful and then some from county resident Craig Howe at the Aug. 17, regular commission meeting. Howe took exception to county resolution #5-2016, pointing out what he felt were inaccuracies, false statements and racial statements within the resolution. 

“I’d like you to rescind this resolution,” said Howe. 

Howe also expressed…

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Free post office box rental to end in Martin

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By Jonni Joyce 

Confusion continues over the decision of the U.S. Postal Service in Martin, S.D. to charge area businesses for post office boxes that, according to local resident Brian Kirk, have been free for over 100 years. 

This decision was prompted by the Martin City Council’s on Ordinance 202 which defines nuisances and specifically what private structures are prohibited in the…

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A refresher on the outdoor warning sirens in Martin

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By Jeff Siscoe

Last Saturday, July 16, 2016, the storm system that moved across Western South Dakota prompted a tornado warning for Northwestern Bennett County by the National Weather Service. This warning did not include the city of Martin. The storm generated a tornado that touched down west of Batesland, in Oglala Lakota County. This touchdown was confirmed visually by Troy Kuxhaus, a Batesland…

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ATF Offers $5,000 reward in Kratovil’s True Value Hardware store burglary

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MARTIN, S.D. — Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and the Martin Police Department are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the July 1, 2016, burglary of Kratovil’s True Value Hardware Store at 302 Main Street, Martin, S.D. ATF is offering a…

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Dog days of summer arrive

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By Jonni Joyce 

The ancient people of the Mediterranean named the hottest, most humid days of the summer after Sirius, the constellation which appears during the same time frame. If the weather predictions over the next week come to fruition, the dog days of summer will arrive. 

The national weather service is predicting triple digit temperatures across the majority of the United States…

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Commissioners to wait on replacing Cummings

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County Commissioners agreed to wait on replacing former commissioner Newton Cummings on the board with the election just around the corner on Nov. 8. Cummings passed away June 29, and has served as a Bennett County Commissioner for the past eight years and was up for election this year.

At the July 6 meeting, the commissioners discussed fixing the courthouse building…

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Rod Kirk appointed temporary County Commissioner

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By Tim Huether

Rod Kirk was appointed temporary Bennett County Commissioner by the commission board at the August 3, regular meeting. Kirk replacing Newton Cummings, who passed away recently, and will serve until the new commissioner is elected and sworn in January of 2017.

The commissioners passed a joint resolution, #6-2016, in memory of Newton Cummings, stating, Recognition of the Service of…

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Fatal Crash on Rosebud kills five

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By Jonni Joyce 

Martin area residents heard the sound of life flight helicopters Sunday evening as they arrived at the Bennett County Hospital. 

According to a report from KEVN out of Rapid City, Sheriff Mike Blom of Mellette County stated that five people were killed and two were seriously injured when a pickup collided with a sedan on Highway 63 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Three…

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True Value break-in nets 9 handguns

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Kratovil's True Value hardware store was broken into around 2:15 a.m. July 1, with 9 handguns taken. The vandals entered by breaking out the glass of a front door. Martin Police Chief Tom Jeans said they are in contact with the Department of Criminal Investigation because of the number of guns stolen. More information will be provided as we get updated information.

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