City Council agrees to rescind mailbox ordinance

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By Marj Oleske

In a followup move prompted by last month’s City Council discussion, Brian Kirk and Tim Huether, representing the members of the Martin Area Chamber of Commerce, presented further information to the Council concerning Ordinance 202, which prohibits installing mailboxes in the city. 

At the time of the Ordinance’s passing, the Council was unaware of the financial consequences of…

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B.C. School Board hears Homecoming Schedule

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School District Board of Education held their regular Sept. meeting Sept. 19.

Board Chairman Mike Olson said he would like each board member to make a classroom visit for an hour by the next meeting.

“It would be great for the board to be active and see what’s going on,” said Olson. “This is not an evaluation, but an observation. I’d like us to cover all three…

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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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Basin Electric trip

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On the morning of August 17, 2016, 17 members from Lacreek Electric and 12 members from Cherry Todd Electric boarded a bus for a three day trip, consisting of a tour of the Oahe Dam Power Plant in Pierre, SD, Wilton Wind Energy Center and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND. The Plant consists of the Dakota Gasification Company, Antelope Valley Station and the Freedom Mine. 

The…

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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 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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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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