Fr. Bryan Sorensen celebrates 25 years

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“I am grateful for all who have shared their lives with me on this journey.”

By Marj Oleske

On a family drive through the Black Hills near his hometown of Sturgis, five year old Bryan Sorensen was asked the usual question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I want to be a priest,” answered Bryan. That answer remained the same in the years to come. Following High School in Sturgis, he…

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Jan Goetzinger honored at State Legion meetings

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The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary held the 95th and 93rd, respectively, State Annual Conventions in Rapid City on June 6 through June 9.

Jan Goetzinger, of Martin, was honored as the Past President of the State Auxiliary at the banquet held on Saturday evening. She was the State Auxiliary President in 1988-89, which was 25 years ago.

Family members and local Auxiliary members were…

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Heritage Center

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The Martin Community Heritage Center will open for the season on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. It has been open by appointment through the winter and spring.

The first grade classes of Martin Grade School recently visited and showed much interest in the history of the community. Favorite items were the brass bed, the piano, the typewriter and adding machine.

Mrs. Strain’s third grade class also…

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Housing meeting June 22

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In a continuing effort to improve local housing options, the City of Martin and Wild Horse Butte Community Development Corporation will hold a community meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 22, from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m. at the Martin Activity Center.

The Martin Housing Study Presentation and Strategy Session is for anyone interested in the housing situation in the Martin area.

A free meal will be…

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OLC opens 10th Annual Artist Series

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Oglala Lakota College (OLC), in Kyle, opens its 10th Annual “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists” summer artist series with featured artist Martin Red Bear, Hehaka Gleska (Spotted Elk), Oglala/Sicangu.  Red Bear’s art medium includes a display of acrylics and water color on canvas, paper and tanned hides.  He is a retired full-time instructor of art at Oglala Lakota College, now…

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Youthworks ready to tackle summer projects

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By Marj Oleske

At this time of year, most kids are in a hurry to be out of school. However, four college students have been busy moving into Bennett County High School, which will be their home for the summer.

The leaders of YouthWorks have transformed classrooms into dorm rooms, having arrived last Sunday for their annual time spent working in the Martin area.

Site Director Erin Huenink is a…

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OLSH hosts Year of Faith event

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Martin, will host a Year of Faith event on Sunday, June 9, as part of the continuing celebration of the Year of Faith throughout the Diocese of Rapid City. 

The event includes celebration of the Mass beginning at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Father Bryan Sorensen presiding. The general public is welcome to attend this Year of Faith local…

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Martin Vol. Firemen, Explorers help with Oklahoma cleanup

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By Marj Oleske

“The damage was almost terrifying. It is horrible what an F5 tornado can do in a matter of minutes.” Stuart Bucholz, Martin Volunteer Fireman spoke of his experience helping in the aftermath of the recent Moore, Oklahoma tornado. A small band of volunteer firemen and Explorers traveled  to Oklahoma to help in any way they could. Led by Stuart Bucholz, the group included Carol…

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Karissa Rayhill State Goat Tying champion

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Karissa Rayhill brought home the state title and also won the average in Goat Tying at the South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Finals held at the Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche May 26 and 27. Karissa is also one of 16 SDJHRA Members chosen to be on the 2013 Cinch Team.

She has earned a position on the South Dakota National Junior High Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup,…

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Tornado storms through Allen

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By Tim Huether

As a tornado stormed through the Allen area Wednesday evening, 34 church group  members, mostly youth, took shelter in the Pass Creek Church of God, praying for the best. 

Their prayers were answered as a tornado ripped the roof from a structure to the left of their building and tossed a heavy playground metal bus over the top of a swing and…

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