Bennett County FFA Banquet

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By Lexi Smith

Bennett County FFA wrapped up their second year with a special recognition banquet on April 29. FFA members, dressed in FFA Official Dress, gathered with their families and started the night with a spaghetti meatball meal, with Andi and Jason Fanning donating the beef.

After opening ceremonies, awards began with members receiving the degrees they earned. The officer team followed the…

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Anne Lyon looks back on 22 years of teaching music at Bennett County

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By Marj Frew

Teaching music comes natural for Anne Lyon. Her musical journey began at the age of seven, when she started taking piano lessons in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Under the guidance of her piano teacher, she was soon giving piano lessons to her own students during her junior high years. She also accompanied the local church choir, and played for mass at an early age.

Her journey has taken her…

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BCHS freshmen complete CPR certification

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By Marj Frew

Jennifer Risse and Melissa Slattery oversaw the education of 34 Bennett County High School students as they became certified in CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The course for the freshmen began on April 2, through the initiative of BCHS teacher Cindy Knecht. The class met a total of three days, with completion on Wednesday, April 24.

A photo gallery can be found on our Facebook…

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Risse and Novak Families among local military families

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April is Military Child Month: Risse and Novak Families among local military families

By Marj Frew

Starting in the mid 1980’s, April has been designated as Month of the Military Child. It is a time set aside to honor children whose parents are serving in the military.

Many families in our region have had a loved one in the service. I recently visited with two military families who reside in…

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Independent Living Choices now located in Martin Office

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By Marj Frew

Located in a small office on the west edge of Main Street, the services provided by Raychel Sterkel and Roberta Wounded Head at Independent Living Choices, are anything but small.

The mission of the non-profit organization is to provide services to people with disabilities who make independence their choice. In Raychel’s words, “We work with individuals with disabilities to maintain…

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MGS 2nd-3rd Grade Spring Concert, April 16

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By Marj Frew

At her final concert as a music teacher at Martin Grade School, Anne Lyon chose the theme of “Friends” for the songs her second and third grade students would perform.

The students performed “You Gave Me Your Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie,” “Best Friends Forever,” and “Talkin’ About My Friend.”

Group solos for these songs were performed by Zoe Alexander, Hallie Baker, Ryker…

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Long Soldier graduates from U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp

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By Marj Frew

Private First Class Severt Long Soldier, of Kyle, graduated from United States Marine Corps Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on February 15, 2019. PFC Long Soldier successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego in Platoon 3255 of Lima Company.

PFC Long Soldier graduated with a Meritorious Promotion. Following 30 days of leave to serve as…

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BCHS FFA members attend State Convention in Brookings

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By Lexie Smith

Bennett County Future Farmers of America (FFA) members attended their first FFA State Convention in Brookings, S.D., April 7-9. It was the 91st South Dakota FFA Convention. In attendance from Bennett County was Laney Fanning, Tim Fanning, Frank Huber, and Ridge Ward. 

Tim, Frank, and Ridge competed in the Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE), and Laney competed…

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McDonnell inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

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Angie McDonnell, of Martin,  was inducted into the Black Hills State University Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business, on April 9, 2019.

To be accepted at the undergraduate level, Angie had to be in the top ten percent of her class.

Angie is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications degree with…

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Badlands Quilting grows from rural home to busy downtown business

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By Marj Frew

Since 1999 Vickie VanderMay has been piecing together Badlands Quilting, row by row, to create her downtown Martin business. While visiting with Vickie about the history of the business, she quickly pointed out that many local people helped grow the business to what it is today.

“From the Kadoka region, through Long Valley, to the Martin area, I have a long list of people, who from…

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