Coins For Cancer surpasses goal

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The Martin Grade School Student Council presents CHART Board Member, Merti Whirlwind Horse with $1,650.00 for CHART. The money was collected by the students and several businesses during the MGS Coins For Cancer annual fundraiser.

A total of $3,302.55 was raised and divided between 2 charities. CHART (Cancer Healing Assistance Resource Team) is a local organization that helps Bennett County cancer…

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School board discusses funding, principal change, resignations

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School board tackled a full agenda Monday evening, starting off with a report from Superintendent Wayne Semmler on state school funding.

Semmler said the school will get a three percent increase from the state, equaling $135 per student, and a one percent, one time funding, equal to $45 per student. The total allocated per student for next year will be $4,626.

The…

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Days Gone By 3-20-13

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70 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, March 18, 1943:

On Tuesday evening the Martin fire department entertained Maurice Jensen, former superintendent of the Bennett County High School at a mulligan stew hastily prepared at the fire hall. Mr. Jensen arrived unexpectedly Tuesday evening and left on Wednesday morning, enroute to Benning, Georgia. He is now commissioned a lieutenant. Mr. Jensen’s many…

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Grant Strain accepted to SDSU Pharmacy College

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Grant Strain accepted to SDSU Pharmacy College

By Marj Oleske

Grant Strain, son of Stewart and  Joyce Strain, of Martin, has been selected by the College of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University to enter the Doctor of Pharmacy professional program for the 2013 fall semester. Grant has been in the pre-pharmacy program at SDSU for the last two years.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this, it’s very exciting,” added Grant. “My big…

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Shirley McCue retires from varied nursing career

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Shirley McCue retires from varied nursing career

By Marj Oleske

It was a career that began when Bennett County Hospital was still St. Anthony’s. During the 1960’s Shirley (Goedde) McCue was an aide at the hospital, working for the Franciscan Sisters. “Oh, they were wonderful,” she recalled.

That experience led to Nursing School at St. Joseph’s in Alliance, Nebraska, in the 1970’s to become an LPN. She graduated in 1976, and returned to Martin to…

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Harold Koenig sustains injuries in repair accident

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Harold Koenig sustains injuries in repair accident

By Marj Oleske

Harold Koenig will never forget the sounds of the honking geese in the quiet distance.

It was the only sound he could hear on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 6.

Koenig had been doing a routine tractor tire repair on the ranch of Jason Fanning, when in a split second, the jack slipped, leaving him pinned to the soft ground.

The tire landed on top of him, with the tractor holding…

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County Commissioners Meet March 6

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By Tim Huether

It sounds worse than it is, but ag land tax assessments are set to go up 37.5 percent on crop lands for 2013 for Bennett County. 

Bennett County Director of Equalization Jeff Siscoe explained to County Commissioners at their March 6 meeting that the state sets the productivity numbers and it is 25 percent above last year and last year we were 10 percent below what was set by…

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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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