Airport land acquisition enters final process

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By Marj Frew

With all council members present at the City Council meeting on March 4, the meeting room was filled to almost standing room only.

Along with Mayor Gary Rayhill and City Finance Officer Jean Kirk, those in attendance included Police Chief Brandon Petersen, Officer Daniel Dove, Street Manager Paul Noel, City Attorney Sarah Frankenstein, Kent Penney and Dale Young from KLJ Engineering,…

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Legion Auxiliary Poetry Contest winners

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The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 240 sponsored a poetry contest again this year for grades 3 through 6.  Thirty-four fourth graders at Martin Grade School participated under the direction of their writing teacher, Mrs. Schomp. The title of their poems was “Always Remember Serving Veterans—Not Self.”  Winners included: 1st place, Kendle Peil (not pictured); 2nd place, Aris Fanning…

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Training exercise for MVFD members

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By Marj Frew

House photo by Marj Frew; Silhouette photo by Patty Bader

It may be a little unsettling to see fire trucks in your neighborhood, and smoke rolling out of an unoccupied house. Chances are, if it’s the first Tuesday of the month, it is a training exercise for the Martin Volunteer Fire Department.

Tuesday, March 3, the crews set up a smoke machine inside an unoccupied house at 105 Stover…

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The Williams Twins - 85 years of memories

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By Marj Frew

Dorene Nelson and Arlene Novotny are known within the community of Martin as The Williams Twins.

They have the same twinkle in their eyes. The same radiant smile. The same contagious laugh.

Not only between themselves, but also the same as in their younger years.

These two lovely ladies will be celebrating their 85th birthday on March 5, 2020. With this momentous occasion, I couldn’t…

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National FFA Week celebrated at BCHS

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By Marj Frew

The Bennett County FFA Chapter held special events during National FFA Week, February 22 through 29.

Each day the entire high school answered three agriculture trivia questions. The classes with all correct answers won a treat the following day.

On Tuesday the FFA members hosted an Ag Olympics relay race at the grade school for grades 3-5. Students participated in  relay races…

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Martin Police Department awarded body camera systems

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On February 26 the Martin Police Department was awarded $3,880.50 for four Axon Body Camera Systems from the South Dakota State Drug Control Fund. 

These awarded body camera systems will continue to help Martin Police Officers do their continued and diligent work in drug enforcement in our community. The Martin Police Department is dedicated to its future drug enforcement and working with the…

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Allen home destroyed by fire

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Photos by Jon Siedschlaw, OST EM

By Marj Frew

The Martin Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire in Allen at approximately 4:20 p.m., Thursday, February 20. The home of Stacy Cortier and Lucille Has No Horse was totally engulfed on their arrival.

Three children and Cortier were transported to the Bennett County Hospital. The children were then transferred to a Colorado Burn…

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Martin Volunteer Fire Department 2019 Awards, Recent Happenings

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By Marj Frew

Martin Volunteer Fire Department held their Annual Awards Banquet on January 18. In 2019 they responded to a total of 101 calls. 

Merle Hicks received an award for 15 years of service and Michael Conquering Bear received an award for 10 years of service. 

Jeff Siscoe was awarded Firefighter of the Year, Patty Bader was awarded Rookie of the Year and Christian Jessop was…

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Bond resigns after nearly 12 years of service

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By Taylor Risse

A regular meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners was held on February 19, with an unexpected announcement made at the end of the meeting. Long-time board member Wayne Bond supplied his letter of resignation to the board. Bond was in his final year of his third consecutive term. In his letter, Bond made the suggestion to the board to appoint Jason Fanning to his seat.…

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Couples honored for longevity at Pajola Otonwanhe social dance

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MARTIN – During the Cante Skuye Sweetheart social dance held on Saturday, February 22 at the Martin Grade School Activity Center, couples with longevity of 30 years or more were honored and received gifts. The couples shared words of wisdom and their stories of success of their longevity. 

The couples who were able to come to the honoring were John and Devonna Bush for 53 years, Tony and…

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