Gloria Claussen assigned as Ward 1 Council Member

By Marj Frew

Gloria Claussen was assigned with unanimous approval to the Martin City Council as the representative of Ward 1, early in the regular February 12 meeting. Claussen was the only resident to apply to fill the vacancy of Chuck Gotheridge’s term, and will be on the April 12 ballot. 

All other council members were present, along with Mayor Gary Rayhill, Finance Officer Jean Kirk, Police Chief Brandon Petersen, Officer Nate Eisenmenger, States Attorney Sarah Harris, Jay Yohner, Joyce Wilson, Rachel Adair, and Marj Frew of the Bennett County Booster.

Public Comment

Following standard business, Jay Yohner presented follow-up information on the presentation by Paula Jensen, who spoke on behalf of Dakota Resources at last month’s Martin Area Chamber of Commerce meeting. The chamber will be taking a vote at the February 20 meeting concerning using the services provided by Dakota Resources. 

According to Yohner, “Dakota Resources helps coach a community on where the community wants to improve.” He gave examples of how other communities have used the resources for improvements which are personalized by each community. He answered questions and encouraged council members to attend the chamber meeting to learn more.


Chief Petersen reported 24 arrests, with 11 felonies and 13 misdemeanors; 82 calls for service in January, with 210 total events logged through Winner dispatch. 

Discussion was held on reports of calls about dogs chained up in a yard, their annoying barking, and possible animal cruelty, and exceeding the number of animals allowed.

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