County/City jail issue moving forward...finally

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By Taylor Risse

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners set in for another long meeting with a room full of public attendance at the August 7 board meeting. Big issues were discussed with the biggest being the ongoing county/city jail issue. The issue being whether or not the City Police Department should have access to the holding cells for their inmates.

Present to discuss the issue were Sara…

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Smokey Bear celebrates 75th Birthday

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By Marj Frew, with information gathered from the website, www.smokeybear75th.org.

Children of all ages, from 1 to 101, recognize the burly mascot of forest fire prevention, Smokey Bear, in his signature jeans, brown fuzzy torso, and firefighter’s hat emblazoned with his name, SMOKEY.

Smokey has been seen at local parades, county fairs, and fire prevention events. He has been known to spray parade…

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Dave Jones looks back on 30 years’ ownership of the General Store

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By Marj Frew

“Right now I’m having fun and I’m not ready to retire. It’s a good gig! I’m happy staying where I’m at.”

Thirty years of owning the local Ace Hardware/ The General Store, is not long enough for Dave Jones. Dave and his wife, Mary, took over complete ownership of the store on August 1, 1989.

From Partnership to 

Sole Ownership

Jones and Dale McDonnell had built the business in…

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School Board moving forward with new building project

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By Tim Huether

At a special meeting on August 5, the Bennett County School District Board approved moving forward with a new facility estimated to cost approximately $12 million. 

The facility will house a new 1,100 seating capacity gymnasium, a music room, cafeteria for the middle school and high school, coaches rooms, locker rooms, a fitness center and more.

The board also moved to approve…

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Bennett County Hospital is not an emergency shelter

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We would like take the time to recognize that the Bennett County Hospital, Nursing Home, and Rural Health Clinic are not designated as shelter for the community. 

As a facility we shelter in place with our residents, patients, and staff through storms or other events. This is a time consuming effort to ensure that our residents and patients are safe within our limited available space. 

We…

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Food Dehydration Workshop at Bennett County Fair

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By Kari O’Neill

Badlands RC&D will be sponsoring a Food Dehydration workshop on Friday, August 9, as part of the festivities of the Bennett County Fair. The workshop is free, open to anyone, and begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Fair Building.

Peggy Martin will talk about what types of fruits, vegetables and herbs dry best; how to pretreat fruit; how to make fruit leathers and veggie chips for…

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Dragons and Smartweed and Ducks, Oh My!

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More color photos will be found in our Facebook page album.

By Marj Frew

The abundant rainfall in our area has caused many setbacks and problems for rural Bennett County residents. The back roads and small culverts have taken a blow from the increased flow of water. Planting and haying has been delayed because of the increase of standing water in fields.

In spite of all the hardships caused by the…

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Emma Jacobs celebrates an artistic life of 90 years

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By Marj Frew

Friends and family of Emma Jacobs gathered at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Martin on Saturday, July 27, to help her celebrate her 90th birthday. 

Emma is best known for her artistic talent, which she has used generously throughout her life. Emma Heese was born July 25, 1929, in Colome, S.D., to Steve and Anna Heese, and moved to the Martin area in the 1930’s with her five…

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Miranda O’Bryan named Miss Rolling Plains

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On Saturday evening, July 13, Miranda O’Bryan, 21, of Martin, was chosen as the new Miss Rolling Plains held at the University of Sioux Falls, Jescke Fine Arts Center. The Miss Siouxland Competition featured 24 candidates from the Siouxland Area. 

As Miss Rolling Plains, O’Bryan will receive a $1000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete for Miss South Dakota in Brookings, in May 2020.…

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