Vocational agriculture classes to be offered this 2017-2018 school year

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By Angie McDonnell

 “I think it’s pretty important in a community like this,” said Lexi (Slack) Smith, the new vocational agriculture instructor the Bennett County School District. Smith, originally from Viborg, SD, has big and exciting plans for kicking off a new start to the ag program. 

It all began when Smith brought the idea of implementing the program back into the Bennett County…

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Total (Solar) Eclipse of the Heart... of the Sandhills

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By Berklie Haag

During the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Nebraska will be the best seat in the house. On August 21, at 478 miles, Nebraska will host the longest Path of Totality- the moment that the sun is blocked 100 percent- in the United States, so it’s time to plan your eclipse viewing party. 

The total solar eclipse will last about two-and-a-half hours from beginning to end and will cycle…

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Harold Koenig named Friend of Fair

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By Sharon Koenig

Harold was a man of few words, big smile and a hearty handshake. Harold looked forward every year to fair week whether it was starting months in advance getting the wood in for the pit to cook the meat overnight, lining up his help. It was quite a process from sending out the letters requesting donations, going to the various businesses asking for donations of paper goods for the…

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Livermont inducted into Tri-State Cowboys Museum Hall of Fame

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Every year, on the final Saturday of the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo, the Tri-State Cowboys Museum inducts a new member into their Cowboy Hall of Fame. This year’s honoree was Wayne Livermont of Martin, S.D. The following was read during a breakfast at the museum in Gordon, followed by a presentation with Wayne’s family in attendance.

Wayne Livermont was born the youngest son of Charles and…

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School Board kicks off new year with Olson as chair, Hodson vice-chair

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School Board put the wheels in motion for the 2017-18 school year by voting in again, Mike Olson, as the chairman of the district board. Olson was the chairman last year, and with Todd Alexander, was sworn in to a new three year term also. Kevin Hodson was voted in as vice-chairman of the board.

Superintendent Stacy Halverson updated the board on summer projects,…

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First Go of the NHSFR Complete: Risse sitting 5th in Goats

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By Taylor Risse

After six performances at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillete, Wyo. the first go is complete. 

Mary Risse is sitting 5th going into the 2nd go. Times of 6.8, 6.9, 7.09, and 7.15 are ahead of her. 

Lante Swallow tied for 24th in the 1st go in barebacks. 

Here is a recap of times and scores from the first go:

Karissa Rayhill - Barrels - 22.522 - 28th in…

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NHSFR Update

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By Taylor Risse

As of Monday, July 17, three performances of the National High School Finals Rodeo had been completed with two of our local cowgirls competing. 

On Sunday night, Karissa Rayhill started things off in the barrels running a 22.522 which set her 28th in the performance.

Monday morning, Mary Risse came out and showed the nation what she was made of, tying a 7.2 and winning the…

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Toczek rear ended by drunk driver while riding motorcycle

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By Jordan Huether

A Martin, S.D. native with ties to Gordon has been in the ICU since being rear-ended by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle near Sundance, Wyo., Saturday, July 8. Delmar DJ Toczek, 26, of New Underwood, S.D., was riding his motorcycle, traveling east on Interstate 90 in Wyoming, when a truck driven by Christopher Nesius of Wheatland, Wyo. struck him from behind.

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Fire near Wanblee ignites 5,000+ acres Other fires responded to as conditions are at extreme level

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Late afternoon, around 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, a fire broke out east of Wanblee, S.D., about one mile west of the junction of Highway 44 and 73. 

The Martin Volunteer Fire Department was called by the BIA for assistance around 5 p.m. They have sent 4 brush trucks, 2 tenders, and 11 firemen to assist with the fire as of Monday afternoon. At that time, there had already been an estimated…

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LaCreek District Vice-Chair Charlie Cummings Appears in Federal Court for Embezzlement Charge

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United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a LaCreek District Vice-Chair has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization.

Charles Leo Cummings, 57, of Martin, S.D., was indicted on June 20, 2017. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on July 7, 2017, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The…

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