Kris Kratovil HONORs her military son with quilt

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By Tim Huether

One of Kris Kratovil’s talents is quilting and another is being a mom, more specific, the mom of a young military soldier, Lane Kratovil. Kris combined those talents to create a unique work of art, a quilt she calls HONOR.

Lane enlisted in the National Guard Labor Day weekend of 2017 and she wanted to do something special, make him a quilt that would have meaning to him.

Kris is a…

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P.A. James Awuah serves up home health care

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By Tim Huether 

The latest Physician’s Assistant to join the staff at Bennett County Hospital, Nursing Home and Rural Health Clinic, James Awuah, P.A., is playing a vital role in expanding the scope of the Home Health services in the county.

James first came to Martin in May of 2018, working at the Bennett County Hospital, Nursing Home and Clinic, through a University of South Dakota (USD)…

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Dakota Resources Honors Yohner as one of 2019 Dakota Rising Fellows

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Renner, S.D. - Twenty-one rural South Dakota entrepreneurs recently graduated from the Dakota Rising Fellowship program and were honored at the Empower Sessions Gala on October 19 in Spearfish. 

Jay Yohner, of Martin, was one of the Fellows honored. The Fellows engaged in a comprehensive two to three-year program designed by Dakota Resources to provide rural entrepreneurs with the tools,…

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Martin Wellness Coalition spreads good works through grant funding

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By Marj Frew

The Martin Wellness Coalition has been busy bringing good things to the community of Martin. The group has been awarded a variety of grants, including one for the development of the Community Meals.

Once a month, on the last Monday, the coalition helps sponsor a community meal, with the goal of sharing not only a meal, but for sharing time for visiting, as well.

The grant for the…

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County Highway auction items net $82,000 and counting

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By Tim Huether

The surplus equipment items the Bennett County Highway department put on Purple Wave Auction has netted the County approximately $82,000, with more items, including a grader at $29,000, still to sell soon, according to Highway Superintendent Terry Smokov.

Smokov updated the Bennett County Commissioners at the regular meeting, Monday, Nov. 4, on the sale of several items and updated…

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 240 to celebrate centennial

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The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is turning 100, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 240 in Martin is planning to celebrate.

The American Legion Auxiliary was founded in 1919 to support the mission of The American Legion. Following the formation of The American Legion, several existing women’s organizations wanted to become affiliated with the Legion. Instead of joining with a pre-existing…

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Strand and Harding present serious workshop to students and parents

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By Marj Frew

Holly Strand and Elliott Harding spoke to Bennett County Junior and Senior High students on Monday, October 21, about their student footprints and the issues of texting and sexting.

Harding is a detective with the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, based out of the Rapid City Police Force. Strand is a forensic examiner with the same task force. She is also a…

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Rhyder Harris wins buckle

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Photos by Kasi Harris

Rhyder Harris won a gold buckle Saturday, October 26, at the PBR in Rapid City for being Fan of the Night! Rhyder’s mom Kasi commented that he was being a kid and enjoying it all! He was dancing to the music and even had the ticket guy he was standing next to dancing and cheering for all the bull riders!

In the large photo Rhyder is pictured with the bull fighters Cody…

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Martin Volunteer Fire Department continues to serve the community

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File Photo by Tim Huether, December, 2003. In 2003 Santa rode in the Parade of Lights, driving the same truck he, (Louie Nollett,) drove home to Martin when it was purchased from the Crawford, Nebraska department. Kirk Wilson currently owns the truck. He reports it must have been quite a challenge to drive it that far, as it has no power steering. Santa’s passenger was Todd Alexander.

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Kirk Wilson featured during National Pharmacist Week

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By Marj Frew

Beginning his career fresh out of college in 1966, Kirk Wilson began working as a pharmacist at St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

When Kirk and his wife, Joyce, moved back to Martin in 1968, he was employed as the pharmacist at Martin Drug, which was then owned by Dave and Marge Jones.

Kirk was from Newell, and Joyce was from Martin, so moving back home after…

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