School Board recognized, awarded. Middle school building project pushed back

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County Board of Education was awarded the Bronze Level for their dedication and contributions as a board, with a plaque presented to them at the Sept. 15 regular board meeting. 

“I would like to offer my congratulations to the Bennett County School Board for being recognized by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota in 2021-2022 as a bronze level board,” said…

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The Transcendence of Brotherhood

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On September 3, 13 Naz Moto riders, led by Brady Smith of Adairsville, GA, made its annual 1700 plus mile track to Allen SD in search of ties that bind. On Monday, September 5, the club met up with the Oglala Drifters, led by Doug Johnson, as well as riders from the Sicangu Drifters, to ride to Chamberlain SD to visit the Dignity statue. For the past two years these two clubs have met up to ride,…

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Mother Michelle looking forward to serving Episcopal congregation

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By Tim Huether

Michelle Dayton is the new minister assigned to serve the Episcopal congregation here in Martin and on the Pine Ridge Reservation, setting her feet on new ground Aug. 1.

Mother Michelle and her husband, Lee, moved here from Ohio, where they both were very active in the professional world. Michelle spent 25 years as an Emergency Room doctor and Lee as an attorney.

She was ordained in…

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Patrick Frederick leading B.C. School Dist. into new year

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By Tim Huether

It’s business as usual for the Bennett County School District as the new school year kicks off with student arrival Aug. 16, but there will be one big change, a new superintendent.

Patrick Frederick officially took over as the superintendent on July 1, replacing Stacy Halverson who spent the previous seven years as the district superintendent.

Although this is Frederick’s first job…

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Janet Speidel moving on after 52 years in community

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By Tim Huether

One of Bennett County’s finer long time residents, Janet Speidel, has headed south, to Texas, ending 52 years of living and serving in Bennett County. She boarded a plane last week and started the next journey of her life.

Janet has a good reason for departing the place she called home for most of her life...to be closer to her family.

She has three daughters and…

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The verdict is… We don’t know

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By Taylor Risse

On Tuesday, July 12, 40 plus members of the community attended a special meeting of the Bennett County Commissioners in search of answers about the rumor circulating stating the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) was taking over the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge.

States Attorney Sarah Harris began the meeting, stating that she had been notified that OST is asking to meet with the Federal…

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Martin Summer Fest a day of fun for all ages

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By By Charity Maness

Martin Summer Fest will be coming to town June 25 bringing with it live music, a car and bike show, cornhole tournament, charity run for Lila Marrs, drag races, food, fun, and more.

The event is sponsored by the Oglala Drifters Riding Club; a club driven to promote positive change.

Doug Johnson, club organizer, grew up in Martin and witnessed firsthand the trials and…

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Plant sunflowers now to enjoy their beauty in August

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By Mandy Scherer

Plant your sunflowers now to enjoy their beauty in August! Why do you ask? Revitalizing Our Community has been busy working on small projects to move forward with revitalizing our community. The weeks of planning are now coming together and one project we are moving forward with is Branding Our Community to create a wider presence.

Did you know that Bennett County is ranked sixth…

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Poor voter turnout for 2022 Primary Election

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The 2022 Primary Election was held Tuesday, June 7. Despite the hype of an election, there was a poor voter turnout in not only Bennett County, but state wide as well. The State of South Dakota had a 32.09% turnout while Bennett County had a mere 26.31%

Statewide Governor Kristi Noem kept the votes winning 76% to Steven Haugaard’s 24%. Noem received 91,636 votes and Haugaard earned 28,310.

Senator…

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