Harold and Onie Bates celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

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By Marj Oleske

Dateline, Martin, S.D., 1943: Miss Ione Palmer, of Martin, South Dakota, traveled to El Paso, Texas, to be wed to Mr. Harold Bates, of Merriman, Neb., prior to his deployment with the United States Army. The wedding announcement, which was similar to so many of the World War II era, was the beginning of a lifetime of love spanning 70 years.

On Sunday, March 10, 2013, Harold and Onie…

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Barb Ireland retires from nursing

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By Marj Oleske

After raising her family, Barb Ireland returned to school and graduated from Oglala Lakota College with a degree in Nursing. The year was 1993.

Twenty years later, Barb is retiring and packing for the warmer climate of Gold Canyon, Arizona, with her husband, Roy.

Barb has been a registered nurse at Bennett County Hospital since graduation, with the last ten years being spent with…

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Region VII music contest

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Bennett County High School’s band and choir participated in the Region VII music contest held Wednesday, February 27, in Murdo.

The small vocal group received a rating of Superior, with choir earning Excellent.

Also ranked as Excellent was the band performance, tuba solo by Carli Winter, and vocal solos by Kyler Rayhill, Kim Schulz, Janie Romero, and Lindsay Johnson. Adam Good earned a Good on his…

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Master Gardener News Pruning Fruit Trees

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By Donna Adrian, Master Gardener, Cooperative Extension Service, White River, S.D.

Pruning Fruit Trees

February is a good time to start pruning your fruit crops. It is important to prune your fruit  trees at the right time to avoid the risk of damage to the crop. 

The ideal time to prune most fruit trees is anytime between February and April. Avoid pruning early in the winter because…

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Drug bust on Pine Ridge

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Ten residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have been accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana in South Dakota, according to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson.

All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Those charged are:

Leslie “Luke” Pond, 52, Wounded Knee

Marvin Boltz, 49, Manderson

Robert Dale Martin, 46, Manderson

Tricia Lee Pond, 41, Pine Ridge

Greg Lynn Pond, 44, Pine…

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Walk 565 miles in my shoes

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By Marj Oleske

Imagine traveling from Martin, South Dakota, to Kansas City, Missouri. Now imagine that trip by foot, with a 40-pound backpack. Now imagine that you don’t speak the language and are dependent on the hospitality of strangers.

Anthony Kathol, of Martin, made such a journey, in his 565 mile pilgrimage across Spain. The El Camino de Santiago, the way of St. James, is a religious…

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Sentinel bill narrowly sent to Senate floor amid several questions

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By Elizabeth “Sam” Grosz

Community News Service

The controversial “Sentinel” bill which would allow local school boards to put armed guards inside schools passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee last week.

About 60 people were on hand at the meeting, despite snow—and limited travel--in much of the state. Time constraints, however, limited the number of people testifying, as well as the…

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World Day of Prayer

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Everyone is invited to join in the local celebration of World Day of Prayer this Friday., March 1. An ecumenical event, the WDP service will be held at 5 p.m. at Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church in Martin this year.   

Women from the St. Katharine’s Episcopal, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic, and Tuthill Community Presbyterian churches will be assisting the women of…

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Council discusses sharing cost of transportation fees

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By Marj Oleske

The City of Martin has applied for a Housing in Kind Grant through the Bush Foundation, as requested by Kim Clausen of Wild Horse Butte Community Development. The grant must be applied for by a tax exempt organization, and fits in with the Home Address services currently being pursued by Clausen. The Council was approached by Clausen at its regular meeting held Wednesday, February…

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Dustin Hicks youngest competitor to win Sheep Dog title

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By Marj Oleske

The stars were in perfect alignment for Dustin Hicks and his dog, Kat, at the Sheepdog Trials during the Black Hills Stock Show.

Kat is almost 11 years old, and is entering her retirement years. Dustin is a senior at Bennett County High School, and will be leaving home for college in the fall of 2013. Their partnership will soon be ending.

However, their strong bond of teamwork and…

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