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.

Seventh Circuit…

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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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Chamber request School Board not take final year of Opt Out

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By Tim Huether

Martin Area Chamber of Commerce president Matt Kratovil approached the Bennett County School Board Monday night at the regular school board meeting with a request for the board to not take the final year of the Opt Out.

“The Chamber members do not feel the need for the Opt Out for the final year is there and the Opt Out directly affects our members,” said Kratovil. “When it started,…

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State JAG Competition held in Martin

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By Tim Huether

Bennett County had several students compete at the State JAG competition in Martin May 1, with Shikayla Faubion placing second in Employability Skills, and Thea DuBray placing third in Public Speaking, qualifying them for the National event in Washington, D.C.

JAG is in seven high schools and three middle schools across the state of South Dakota. In the spring, JAG holds a state…

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Martin plans day of awareness event for missing and murdered Native women May 5

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MARTIN –  May 5th has be declared a national day of awareness for missing and murdered Native American women and girls on Wednesday nationwide. Events are being held across Indian country to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and are murdered each year.  

On Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m., an awareness walk will be from Sunrise Housing to the…

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Crash on Hwy 73 leaves one dead

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One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Friday at 8:55 a.m, at mile marker 26 on Hwy 73, approx. 13 miles from Martin and 15 miles south of Long Valley.

A 1996 Kenworth T600 semi-truck and trailer driven by Tagg Petrak, 21, of Martin, was southbound on South Dakota Highway 73 and was preparing to make a right-hand turn into a field. A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup, driven…

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Main Street building demo sad, but necessary

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By Tim Huether

The old building on the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street in Martin, recently known as the Justus Building, was demolished and hauled to the Martin City dump last weekend, ending the structures century old existence in the community. 

The lack of upkeep caused the demise of the structure, and the most recent owners had left town and did not pay the taxes, resulting in the…

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