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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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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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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Fred Cozad named to South Dakota Hall of Fame

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By Tim Huether

Fred Cozad of Martin has been honored recently by being named to the South Dakota Hall of Fame, one of a select few to make the honor.

Fred, well known and respected by those in the profession across the state, was nominated by another distinguished attorney who is also from Martin, Pat Goetzinger.

Goetzinger said the honor is well deserved and pointed out Fred and his wife, Luella,…

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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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Meadowlarks perform for benefit of Nursing Home Peanut Gallery

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The Meadowlarks performed their “All American” spring concert on Sunday, June 22, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Martin. The concert featured a variety of well-known American songs by American composers. The event brought in a donation of $151 for the Peanut Gallery at Bennett County Nursing Home. Members include, front row, Arlene Novotny, Dorene Nelson, Martha Riggs, Iris McCue, Irene…

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