New School building nears completion, Gym expected to be ready in three weeks

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By Tim Huether

Jack Holden from Puetz Construction informed the Bennett County School Board at their Sept. 20 regular meeting that the new facility should be ready in about three weeks if everything falls into place.

Holden said the floor is done and looks good the bleacher crew comes in next week and those should be up by the end of next week. The floor is down in the fitness center and he said…

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Commissioners still looking to hire Highway Superintendant

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By Cody Rose

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session last Wednesday, September 15. All commissioners, Judd Schomp, Rod Kirk, Jeff Slattery, Blu Donovan and Dave Bakley, were present.

Straight away, Schomp motioned to table the hiring of a new Highway Superintendant until the next meeting because, “I don’t think we’re quite ready yet.” The motion died as there was no…

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Passion for kids and community drives Police Chief Petey

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By Tim Huether

He’s the Martin City Police Chief, but many in the Bennett County area also know him as Petey, baseball coach and youth mentor.

Brandon (Petey) Petersen came to Martin on Sept. 11, 2015 to work as a policeman for the City of Martin under then police chief Tom Jeans. After Jeans left the area, Petersen was offered the police chief job in Dec. of 2016 and has held that title since.

He…

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Martin City Council hears of Bennett County Hospital expansion plan

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By Cody Rose

The regular City Council meeting on September 7, began with Mayor Gary Rayhill proclaiming the week of September 17 through September 23, as Constitution Week...

Michael Christensen, CEO, Bennett County Hospital, Nursing Home and Rural Health Clinic, presented a summary of major activity from the last five months since he started in his position as CEO. He began by telling the council…

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City Council presents first reading of medical marijuana ordinance

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By Cody Rose

The Martin City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, August 31, with the purpose of presenting the first reading of the new ordinance regulating the issuance of medicinal marijuana dispensary licenses within the city limits of Martin.

While the ordinance was being read by Mayor Gary Rayhill, it was obvious there was hesitation when he got to section 10-1-5, #4 which read, “The…

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Gabe Fanning in Rome, Faith, Politics and beyond

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By Tim Huether

Gabe Fanning grew up on a ranch northeast of Martin, spending summers in a tractor or on a horse, but now he is flying a little further from home, to Rome, Italy. … to continue reading, you may purchase a newspaper at the Bennett County Booster II in Martin, S.D., participating retailers or online at https://bennettcountyboostersd.com/subscriptions.

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Drought impacts Bennett County and much of the nation

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By Tim Huether

It’s been a dry hot summer across the nation, state and Bennett County, but looking across the county, it could have been worse. The bad news is, if we don’t get much needed moisture in the form of rain or snow this winter, next year could be much worse.

For the entire state of South Dakota, it was the driest June since records were kept going back 127 years and it is the seventh…

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Bennett Co. land owners could see significant changes in property taxes

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By Cody Rose

Landowners in Bennett County could be seeing either a significant increase or decrease in their land taxes within the next couple years.

The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session last Wednesday, August 18.

County Assessor Jeff Siscoe discussed the status of the new Soil Tables project. He informed the board that the Geographic Information System (GIS) project…

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City Council discusses golf course, park and pool at regular meeting

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By Cody Rose

The first order of business at the August 11 city council meeting was bathrooms at the park. Councilwoman Gloria Claussen brought to the council an incident that happened at the last softball tournament. Since there are no bathrooms open during softball tournaments, guests have been using the legion field dugouts and the church bushes to do their business. … to continue reading,…

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