Ottes sell Martin Livestock Auction and Cafe

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By Tim Huether

Brad and Shelly Otte, owners of Martin Livestock Auction and Cafe, have announced the sale of the property to Brian and Dawn Jaeger and Ross and Amy Ringling of Platte, ending 68 years of family ownership. The new owners will take over in early February and will keep the same services offered now, including the cafe.

The first sale barn in Martin was called Martin Livestock…

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Legislators file challenge to contested District 27 legislators residency

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PIERRE, SD (January 5, 2019) – Two Republican incumbent legislators officially filed challenges to District 27’s Representative-elect Peri Pourier (D-Rushville, NE), and Senator-Elect Red Dawn Foster’s (D-Denver, CO) Constitutional residency qualifications to be seated in the South Dakota Legislature. South Dakota’s Constitution Article III Section 3 qualification requirements for Legislative…

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Kratovils sell True Value Ending 32 years of family ownership in the store

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By Tim Huether

On January 1, Matt and Judy Kratovil handed over the keys of the Martin True Value Hardware store to Tate and Amanda LaCroix, ending a 32-year run of the store residing in the hands of someone in Judy’s family.

The sale to the LaCroix ended 19 years of ownership by Matt and Judy and prior to that, Judy’s family had owned the store since 1976 when it was a Coast to Coast store.

Glenn…

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Get to know Martin’s Christmas lady: Martha Riggs

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By Mary C. Hunt

If a small town is lucky, it’s got some folks who spread Christmas cheer throughout the season. Martin’s got at least one who makes holiday merriment while wearing her signature elf hat. She’s Martha Ann Riggs.

Born at Richmond, Kentucky, she was raised in Bowling Green, the only child of Stanley Matthews Stagg and Ethel (Walters) Stagg. Although Martha has been out here for…

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Public meeting held for Pass Creek Wind

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By Mary C. Hunt

A public meeting was held on Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Martin Activity Center to discuss plans for Pass Creek Wind, a utility-scale wind energy project planned for Bennett County north of Martin. Approximately 35 people attended the meeting including Bennett County Commissioners, local ranchers and members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. 

7G Renewable Energy, a partnership…

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Dan and Rangler Ceplecha sentenced to Life in Prison

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By Tim Huether

Just over two long years since they were arrested for the murder of Moses Red Bear, Daniel Ceplecha, 58, and his son, Rangler Ceplecha, 24, of Martin, were sentenced to Life in Prison with no possibility of parole in the South Dakota State Penitentiary by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Bobbi Rank, November 30, in Martin.

After comments from the defense attorneys, the states attorney,…

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Recount yields no change in District 27 representation

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By Mary C. Hunt

Results of recounts in the November 6, 2018 General Election for District 27 Representative, which were performed on Monday, November 26, are in. While there were changes in some district precincts, there was no change to who will represent the District. Peri Pourier (D) and Steve Livermont (R) remain the top vote-getters and will represent the 27th in Pierre come January. 

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