Small percentage of voters cast votes in Bennett County

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With only 639 votes cast out of 1,813 registered voters in Bennett County, a mere 35.24%, below are the unofficial results of the Primary Election.

Countywide, Joe Biden, 121 votes defeated Bernie Sanders, 55 votes. On the statewide level, Biden took precedence receiving 33,223 votes over Sanders’ 10,063.

An extremely close race in Bennett County resulted in Mike Rounds receiving 206 votes…

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Brent Ireland steps back from long wrestling journey

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By Tim Huether

Wrestling coach Brent Ireland recently resigned as the head wrestling coach for Bennett County High School after a long, successful mat career.

His wrestling journey began when he was a youngster, competing in AAU wrestling. He would go on to have an outstanding high school career, racking up 145 wins, making the state finals three times and finishing fourth once. He expressed…

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Carol Risse retiring after 35 years of teaching

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By Deb Hendrickson

Carol Risse’s 35-year teaching career will come to a bitter-sweet end as of the first of June. Carol spent the last 20 years teaching third and fourth grades at Bennett County School District. Prior to that, she spent 15 years at Oglala Lakota County where she taught primary and middle school children.

“When I was around 16 or 17, and a bit confused about which career path I…

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Love in the time of Corona

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By Deb Hendrickson

Connections! It’s all about connections for Tonja Gilmore and Thelma Shangreaux.

Both of these ladies are gainfully employed at the Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home. Tonja is the Occupational Therapist there and Thelma works as a Medical Aide. They have a mutual concern for the well-being of people. Not only the well-being of the people they work with but just people in…

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Thomas Chester awarded the Medal of Honor

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The Medal of Honor is given jointly by the South Dakota Police Chiefs’ and South Dakota Sheriffs’ Associations and is for law enforcement officers who willingly distinguish themselves through an act of courage, involving a risk of imminent serious injury or death, for the purpose of saving or protecting a human life or while taking an armed and immediately dangerous suspect into custody.

The…

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“Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner”

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By Deb Hendrickson

“Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner,” was a popular slogan for television commercials in the 1990s. The combination of the jingle, slogan, deep voice over hot, sizzling beef being enjoyed by happy families were the perfect elements of a successful campaign.

Studies show that Americans eat an average of 1.7 ounces of beef per day. Although often accused of overindulging in beef…

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Pine Ridge Reservation on lockdown

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By Mandy Scherer

According to Executive Order 20-05 issued on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is under total lockdown due to positive COVID-19 cases on the reservation.

The lockdown expires May 13, at 12 p.m. MT.

On May 11, it came to the attention of the Oglala Sioux Tribal President, that there are now two positive COVID-19 cases on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The…

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Acknowledging BCSD Teachers and Staff Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

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By Deb Hendrickson

Merriam-Webster defines the word “teacher” as one that teaches, especially one whose occupation is to instruct. Although not all of us are teachers by profession, in every sense of the word we all have taught or instructed someone at some point in our lifetimes. Nonetheless, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the countless many who educate our children. Not to mention those…

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Bennett County Community Spirit Week

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To celebrate the original scheduled graduation date of May 16th, a Spirit Week has been developed that is asking all community members to participate in. There will be a dress-up contest during the spirit week. Participants are encouraged to take a photo and submit it to carrie.larson@k12.sd.us by 3:00 each day, Monday through Friday. A winner will be posted on the Bennett County School Website,…

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None of Escaped Prisoners Found in Martin

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By Mandy Scherer

Martin, S.D. – According to Bennett County Sheriff Paul Williams as of Thursday, March 26 all but two of the nine women who escaped from the South Dakota Women’s Prison on Monday have been apprehended.

Of the seven women that are back in custody, one was taken into custody in Rapid City, three were captured by Crow Creek Tribal Law Enforcement and the other three were captured by…

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