Bull snakes cause power outages

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Lacreek Electric General Manager Wayne Sterkel reports that the power outage on Friday night, July 12, was caused by a bull snake which crawled up on a structure at the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) substation. The snake caused an outage from Merriman, Neb., to Martin, all the way to Wanblee to Parmelee.

Alternate feeds were used to get the power back on until WAPA personnel from Philip…

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Firefighters on the run

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Photos of the fires on this website, under photos

By Tim Huether

Two fires in two days is not a good sign as we head into some high temperature days, with little moisture predicted for the next week. Some thunderstorms are predicted and if they produce lightning and no rain, it will be a long week or two.

A grass fire started Tuesday evening, about 4:45, after sparks from a hay mower ignited the…

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Photos of the storm

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Booster photographers Mandy Scherer and Tim Huether captured the beauty of the storm the shied around Martin Wednesday evening, July 10.

Scherer's were taken from about 15 miles northeast of Martin and Huether's about 6 miles east of Martin.

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County votes 5-0 for Opt Out

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Tribe to improve Allen Road


By Tim Huether

After months of discussions and weighing all their options, the Bennett County Commissioners waited until the end to vote to Opt Out of the tax freeze at their July 3 meeting.

The deadline to make an official decision on opting out for this year was July 15. After that date, they would have to wait another year, and commissioners felt they would be…

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Karissa Rayhill Reserve National Champion

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Karissa Rayhill competed at the National Junior High Rodeo Finals in Gallup, N.M., June 23-30, finishing as the Reserve Goat Tying Champion.  

Karissa ended up 20th in the average of the girls goat tying after the first round with a 10.081. She came back in the second round with a 8.031 placing her 2nd in the round and 3rd in the average for the short go.  

She received a buckle …

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‘In Days Gone By’ July 10, 13

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70 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, July 8, 1943:

Ernfried Erickson, farmer from near Harrington, was in Martin this week and reported that his entire crop was seriously damaged by the hail which passed through that territory Sunday afternoon.


60 Years Ago

Bennett Co. Booster, July 9, 1953:

Lightening struck two homes in the Tuthill neighborhood last week. At the Glen Brooks home three fuses were…

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Days Gone By July 3, 2013

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70 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, July 1, 1943:

E.G. Liggett delivered his wool in Martin Saturday to Fred Beers, of the South Dakota Cooperative Wool Growers, and was highly pleased with the yield of wool per head as his flock averaged a fraction over 14 pounds per fleece.


60 Years Ago

Bennett Co. Booster, July 2, 1953:

Mr. and Mrs. Kay Krogstrand  and children of Grand Island, Neb.,…

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Ag Extension News - Unneeded pesticide use

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Unneeded/Excessive Pesticide Use?

Although my “title” is Plant Pathology Field Specialist, being the only Agronomy Extension staff person at the Winner Regional Extension Center, I deal with more than plant diseases. I consider that broader perspective to be a good thing, as there are often common themes across other aspects of agronomy.

A local producer recently brought in a “weed” that was…

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Bakley, Pauly graduate MTI

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Two Bennett County students were among the 434 students participating in the 2013 Mitchell Technical Institute graduation ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.  

Trae Bakley graduated with a degree in  Telecommunications, Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS), and Joel Pauly graduated with a degree in Telecommunications, AAS.

For all this has its own method…

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Kool Kids Club kicks off Patriotism week

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“The flag is a symbol of our freedom.“ “That’s a very good answer.” American Legion Post 240 Commander Roseanna Renaud was the guest speaker at Martin Grade School’s Kids Club as they kicked off Patriotism week. The students showed off their summer projects and sang a robust version of The Star Spangeled Banner for their parents and other visitors. They also led the recitation of the flag salute.…

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