Foster Grandparents share traditional stories

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Foster Grandparents from Pine Ridge and Rosebud are participating in “Gathering Stories,” a project to develop “wellness education materials which are taught with Native cultural images and stories.” 

The Foster Grandparents met with Dr. Shelly Brandenburger, nutrition professor at SDSU in Brookings, who is doing this project as part of her doctorate in nutrition. On Dec. 5, Shelly and…

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Days Gone By

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70 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, Dec. 17, 1942:

The blackout held last Monday evening was reported to be a success generally throughout the area of the several states in which it was staged. Martin was no exception and all rules were observed according to reports of the air raid wardens.


60 Years Ago

Martin Messenger, Dec. 18, 1952:

Alvin A. Pauly, local trucker, has received a 1952 Certificate…

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Martin Chamber Parade of Lights

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By Tim Huether

The 11th Annual Martin Area Chamber Parade of Lights and Craft Fair was once again dazzling Saturday, Dec. 1. 

The Craft Fair was the largest ever with 42 booths, and the crowds were the largest since it’s beginning. The parade had 17 entries, with a spectacular variety of lighted floats for a very large gathering of viewers from Main Street to the Hospital and Nursing Home as…

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Rounds to run for Senate in 2014

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Former Republican Governor Mike Rounds officially announced his candidacy today for the United States Senate.

“I am here today to ask the people of South Dakota for their support and to allow me to work for them as their United States Senator in 2014,” stated Rounds.

“Fourteen years from now, in 2026, the United States of America will celebrate its 250th birthday...the United States of America…

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Young artists at the Library

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The Bennett County High School art students, under the direction of art teacher Rosemary Buchmann, are Bennett County Library’s Artist of the Month for December, 2012. The students are displaying their latest art projects. The library staff encourages patrons to stop in and take a look at the artistic abilities of our local youth.

For all this has its own methods are used where feasible but rather…

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Rayhill quilt donation benefits Inland Theater

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By Roseanna Renaud

Sometimes a call to action can yield extraordinary results. A week ago, while at the Inland Theater for the Potter Family Christmas Concert, Gary and Kathy Rayhill learned something that troubled them deeply. The movie industry has gone to an all-digital format and very soon theaters will not be able to obtain 35mm films. 

The historic 72-year-old Inland Theater would have…

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Bennett County Burn Ban lifted

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By Jeff Siscoe

At the meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners, on November 21, 2012, the current Bennett County burn ban was lifted. The burn ban was placed in effect earlier in the year due to conditions being conducive to rapid growth of any fire that may have gotten started.

Since it is still very dry, local fire departments continue to ask that those who do open burning do so with…

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Selecting the right Christmas tree

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Brookings, S.D. - About 36 million Christmas trees are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. While artificial trees enjoyed increased sales for the past decade, those sales have stagnated and now there is a return to having the traditional tree, says John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist.

“A traditional Christmas tree is also the environmentally friendly way to celebrate the holidays.…

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Morrisette completes basic training

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By Marj Oleske

Allison Morrisette will be completing Basic Combat Training with the United States Army on November 29. She was a member of D-Company 148th Infantry Regiment while stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Morrissette has been promoted to Private 2nd Class during her training.

Following graduation she will stay at Fort Leonard Wood and continue with ten weeks of Advanced Individual…

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Lakota Credit Union to Open Dec. 1

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 By Shawn Marie Brummer

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation’s first ever federally insured financial institution will be opening in December, and it will be a credit union, Lakota Federal Credit Union (LFCU).

A “for profit” bank was never really an option for the reservation. By contrast, a not-for-profit credit union with a philosophy of “people helping people” is a good fit for the more than…

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