Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers

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 Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced recently.

Farmers and ranchers who, due to drought, sell more livestock than they normally would may…

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White Clay alcohol lawsuit thrown out

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A federal judge says an American Indian tribe’s lawsuit alleging that beer makers and nearby retailers are responsible for chronic alcoholism on a South Dakota reservation belongs in state court.

U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard dismissed the lawsuit Monday but didn’t rule on its merits. Instead, he said federal courts lack jurisdiction because the lawsuit isn’t making claims regarding federal…

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White-tailed deer population takes 50 percent hit in Bennett County

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By Tim Huether

According to South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Conservation Officer Tom Beck of Martin, approximately 50 percent of the White-tailed Deer population in Bennett County has died off this fall from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).

Beck said it’s hard to tell the real number, but based on reports from land owners and seeing the dead deer, he feels fifty percent is a fairly accurate…

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BCHS Athletic Wall of Honor inducts 7

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There were seven new members inducted into the Bennett County High School Athletic Wall of Honor Saturday night, Sept. 22, in Martin, joining last year's first class of 13 members. Joining the honored group were Rodney Rayhill, Abby Kratovil O'Neill, Michelle Olson Mikkelsen, Norm Olmstead, Mike Buckles, Coach Dale Brooks and Bob King.

Here is their bios read at the event.

Rodney Rayhill


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City audit “in really good shape”

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By Marj Oleske

“You’ve addressed all our questions  and hid no information from us,” remarked auditor Jim Gardner, in his report of the 2011 audit of the City’s finances. “We have no compliance issues, everything is accurate, balanced and in really good shape.” 

Martin’s City Council received the good word at their regular meeting held Wednesday, September 12. 

Police Chief Medeiros…

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Hines sings with Sugarland

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By Marj Oleske

Although she is married and has a family of her own, Carly Hines will always be her daddy’s little girl. The term of endearment has special meaning for the father and daughter duo of Terry Stuckey, of Yankton, and Carly Hines, of Martin.

On her wedding day, the Sugarland hit song “Baby Girl” was played during the father-daughter special dance. Stuckey also calls his daughter…

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County Commissioners nix deputy

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By Tim Huether

Bennett County Sheriff Luke Hamar requested the Bennett County commissioners add in an additional deputy in their 2013 budget, citing a need to cover the county better. Hamar said he is noticing a bad trend of  alcohol related accidents.

Hamar has just two deputies and himself to cover the county and said he has his guys out on the back roads a lot, as much as they can, but…

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Bennett County Fair underway

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The Bennett County Fair is on target for August 8th through the 12th. According to 4-H Advisor Beth Lyon, one highlight of this year’s fair will be Thursday’s Open Range for Archery. The event is open for everyone, even if you haven’t tried archery yet. Here’s your chance to brag about that bull’s eye!
Lyon is also encouraging entrants for Open Class categories, not only in the traditional areas,…

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Back to school immunizations

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PIERRE, S.D. – Parents of pre-teens and college freshmen should check their kids’ immunizations before the school year starts, says a state health official. 
“Parents should know that babies and toddlers aren’t the only ones who need immunizations,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health.
Kightlinger said college freshmen living in dorms and unvaccinated…

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Two killed in auto accident near Martin

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Two people died and two others received life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 18 about two miles west of Martin on Monday, Aug. 20.
Marvin Poorbear, 44, of Springfield, S.D., was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado east and traveled too far to the right of the roadway. He lost control of the vehicle, which rolled. Poorbear was wearing a seatbelt and remained in the…

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