Kratovil’s True Value Hit By Thieves again

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By Tim Huether

For the second time in five weeks, thieves broke into Kratovil’s True Value Hardware Aug. 3, exiting with four pistols and one shotgun, worth approx. $1,800. They also caused damage exceeding $1,500 by breaking out the front door and the pistol case.

A frustrated owner, Matt Kratovil, said, “We will no longer carry handguns in the store, but can order them in for people. We need to…

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Ceplecha’s testify at hearing for withdrawal of Guilty Plea

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By Tim Huether

Daniel Ceplecha and his son Rangler both took the stand in a hearing Monday, July 16, in Martin at the Bennett County Courthouse, stating they were not guilty of the charges brought against them, asking the judge to grant their request to withdraw their pleas of guilty to First Degree Manslaughter. 

The Ceplecha’s were charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and…

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True Value Broken into Pistols Stolen

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Early Saturday morning, vandals broke into Kratovil’s True Value hardware store on Main Street in Martin, stealing two pistols worth a combined $1,600.

A window was broken out to the right of the door where they entered and then broke open a gun case, taking a Remington pistol and a Glock pistol. No other items appear to be missing.

The damage is estimated at around $2,000.

The case is under…

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Farm accident claims life of 18 year old

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Pedro Dennis, age 18, of Philip, S.D., died on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of a farm accident.

The accident occurred in eastern Bennett County and is still under investigation. No details about the accident were released at press time.

Pedro was the son of George “Lee” and Nicole (Falk) Dennis in Pierre.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.…

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Wellness Coalition encouraged to “Think Big!”

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By Marj Oleske

When the local Wellness Coalition’s project of updating the swimming pool through SDSU Extension was determined to be unreachable, the group refused to give up on their goal of improving health and fitness for local residents.

They turned their attention to the Fitness Center, which is located in the basement of the Old Legion Auditorium. Judy Kratovil, who is the Chamber of…

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Opt Out Vote Recount will be June 25

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A petition has been submitted with the required number of signatures that will require a vote recount for the Bennett County Opt Out. Enough signatures were submitted from all five precincts so a Recount Board, comprised of local Attorney Amanda LaCroix as the head, and two others, will recount the votes on Monday, June 25, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bennett County Courthouse.

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Ceplecha’s motion for new council, denied Motion to withdraw pleas to be heard later

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By Taylor Risse

A day set to be the sentencing of Daniel and Rangler Ceplecha for the murder of Moses Red Bear, turned into a hearing for a motion for new council. 

On May 4, a joint letter was sent and signed by both Ceplechas to the court requesting new council and that they were requesting to withdraw their guilty pleas.

At a change of plea hearing on February 28, Daniel and Rangler…

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Bennett County voters say yes to Opt Out ...by one vote

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By Tim Huether

The results are in for the Primary Election for Bennett County and unofficially, it appears the Opt Out passed by a single vote, 251 for, 250 against. 

In other contests, the Register of Deeds had three Democrats battling, with Jaci Clifford garnering 59 percent of the vote with 99. Kristine Novak had 24 percent with 41 and Tracy McConnachie with 17 percent at 28 votes.

On the…

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Bennett County voters say yes to Opt Out ...by one vote

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By Tim Huether

The results are in for the Primary Election for Bennett County and unofficially, it appears the Opt Out passed by a single vote, 251 for, 250 against. In other contests, the Register of Deeds had three Democrats battling, with Jaci Clifford garnering 59 percent of the vote with 99. Kristine Novak had 24 percent with 41 and Tracy McConnachie with 17 percent at 28 votes.On the…

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