Large Prairie Fire sparked north of Martin

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Large Prairie Fire sparked north of Martin

 

The fire near Martin is contained as of late Saturday night. Strong winds returned today, Sunday, March 29. It looks like the fire started near Monty and Peggy Fralick's home along the old hwy 18. It traveled about two miles along the hwy and to the south, almost to the current hwy 18. No homes were destroyed. See photos under our photos link at the top of the page.

At approximately 8:15…

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Security tight for Libby sentencing in Apple death

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By Jonni Joyce

Security was high at the Bennett County Courthouse for the sentencing hearing of Matthew Libby on Friday, March 13th. Members of the South Dakota State Highway Patrol used a hand held metal detector to search every person entering the courtroom. 

The hallways of the courthouse and the courtroom were secured by members of the Bennett County Sheriff’s Department and transport…

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Governor signs more bills into law

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PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law:

HB 1015 – An Act to repeal certain provisions regarding the South Dakota Risk Pool.

HB 1041 – An Act to increase certain driver and commercial driver licensing application fees and to dedicate certain revenue for the purpose of operating the driver license program.

HB 1046 – An Act to repeal certain provisions regarding zero…

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After 40 Years Martin IHS Clinic dream comes true

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By Tim Huether

After 40 years of not giving up on a dream of bringing an Indian Health Services (IHS) clinic to Martin, the day is near when the doors will open and make the dream come true for many local Oglala Sioux Tribe members.

On Feb. 5, the LaCreek District Clinic held an open house and blessing of the building, the latest big step in opening the doors to healthcare in Martin for tribal…

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Mellette County woman killed in dog attack

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A local Mellette County  woman on the Rosebud Indian Reservation has died following an attack from a pack of wild dogs.

A 9-1-1 call came into Mellette County Emergency Call Center at approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning of a report of a human being attacked by dogs in Lower Swift Bear community.

Mellette County Emergency  Responders, with assistance from Sheriff Mike Blom and…

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Halverson named Bennett County School Superintendent

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Current Bennett County High School Principal Stacy Halverson has been named the new Bennett County School District Superintendent, replacing the retiring Wayne Semmler.

The school board interviewed five candidates last week and offered the job to Halverson on Friday, and she accepted the terms offered. 

Halverson has been a principal at Bennett County for six years, the first four at the…

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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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Grandparent Scam Resurfaces in S. Dak.

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PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley is telling South Dakota seniors to be leery of telephone calls from someone claiming to be their grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is again seeing an increase number of complaints from seniors who have been receiving these types of calls from a purported…

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Bennett County JAG wins LOGO Contest

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Bennett County JAG wins LOGO Contest

By Jonni Joyce

Bennett County High School’s JAG class recently attended the State Leadership Conference held in Rapid City and won the statewide competition for designing the official logo for JAG-SD. 

Students also had an opportunity to attend break out sessions in leadership, youth engagement, team building, and communication skills.  

According to…

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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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