Bo Sharp hired as Highway Superintendent

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By Cody Rose

“Let’s do it,” said Bo Sharp at the last County Commissioner meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6., after the board carried a motion to hire him as the Superintendant over the county highway department. … to continue reading, you may purchase a newspaper at the Bennett County Booster II in Martin, S.D., participating retailers or online at…

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Grade School vandalism, on-going investigation

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By Cody Rose

The Martin Grade School building was the victim of a shameful act of vandalism last Tuesday morning, September 28.

Right away that morning, a custodian for Bennett County School District arrived at the school to the sight of shattered glass everywhere. At 4:43 a.m., she notified the police and everyone else she needed to. “I just want to commend our staff member that reported it…

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Mary Kay Sell: 4-H extraordinaire, bus driver, business owner

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By Cody Rose

She’s had her own business in the community, she’s been involved with the Bennett County Fair and she’s been driving the school bus for 25 years. Mary Kay Sell is a key pillar of the Bennett County community.

Mary Kay has been involved with the Bennett County Fair for her entire life. She has been at the Bennett County Extension Office since 2015 and prior to that, she’s been a club…

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The Prairie Pumpkin Patch, local fun for everyone

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By Cody Rose

The Prairie Pumpkin Patch is an “opportunity for a fun-filled, affordable, outdoor, family experience!”

Gail Winter, LeeVi Big Crow and their families have had the Prairie Pumpkin Patch open for five falls now. Since 2017, they have invited the community to laugh, play and pick pumpkins at their home.

The mother-daughter duo is a hardworking team, planning for the annual pumpkin patch…

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New School building nears completion, Gym expected to be ready in three weeks

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By Tim Huether

Jack Holden from Puetz Construction informed the Bennett County School Board at their Sept. 20 regular meeting that the new facility should be ready in about three weeks if everything falls into place.

Holden said the floor is done and looks good the bleacher crew comes in next week and those should be up by the end of next week. The floor is down in the fitness center and he said…

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Commissioners still looking to hire Highway Superintendant

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By Cody Rose

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session last Wednesday, September 15. All commissioners, Judd Schomp, Rod Kirk, Jeff Slattery, Blu Donovan and Dave Bakley, were present.

Straight away, Schomp motioned to table the hiring of a new Highway Superintendant until the next meeting because, “I don’t think we’re quite ready yet.” The motion died as there was no…

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Passion for kids and community drives Police Chief Petey

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By Tim Huether

He’s the Martin City Police Chief, but many in the Bennett County area also know him as Petey, baseball coach and youth mentor.

Brandon (Petey) Petersen came to Martin on Sept. 11, 2015 to work as a policeman for the City of Martin under then police chief Tom Jeans. After Jeans left the area, Petersen was offered the police chief job in Dec. of 2016 and has held that title since.

He…

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Martin City Council hears of Bennett County Hospital expansion plan

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By Cody Rose

The regular City Council meeting on September 7, began with Mayor Gary Rayhill proclaiming the week of September 17 through September 23, as Constitution Week...

Michael Christensen, CEO, Bennett County Hospital, Nursing Home and Rural Health Clinic, presented a summary of major activity from the last five months since he started in his position as CEO. He began by telling the council…

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City Council presents first reading of medical marijuana ordinance

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By Cody Rose

The Martin City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, August 31, with the purpose of presenting the first reading of the new ordinance regulating the issuance of medicinal marijuana dispensary licenses within the city limits of Martin.

While the ordinance was being read by Mayor Gary Rayhill, it was obvious there was hesitation when he got to section 10-1-5, #4 which read, “The…

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