First Annual Cruz Night a success

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Photo By Mandy Scherer

Doug and Nicki Johnson, members of the Oglala Drifters Riding Club, helped coordinate the first Annual Cruz Night in Martin. Doug says, “I was raised in Martin. I grew up cruzing, Friday and Saturday nights people came to town, kids hung out. I want to see some life brought back to Martin. I want to give young kids inspiration to get out and work on cars instead of getting…

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Big changes happening at 2021 Bennett County Fair and Rodeo

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By Cody Rose

The 2020 Bennett County Fair and Rodeo was very limited last year in what was allowed to happen. As everyone knows, the health and safety of our community was the top priority during the pandemic.

Last year, there were no booths, no concessions, no interview judging, and most despairingly, no cakes! Well, this year, things are looking a lot more “normal.” However, there will be some…

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Mikaela O’Bryan rejoins the Martin community as the new Middle School Principal

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Commissioners declare Bennett County a drought disaster

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By Taylor Risse

At the Bennett County Commissioner meeting July 21, the board declared Bennett County in a drought disaster. A resolution will be approved at the next meeting.

As usual, roads were a major talking point. All commissioners were present, but unlike recent meetings, the public attendance was low.

Disgruntlements were aired between the commissioners concerning the work being done on…

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DANR recognizes City of Martin for drinking water compliance

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PIERRE - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced today that the City of Martin public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence.

“Consistency leads to success and consistent success is a true measure of excellence,” said DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts. “With more than 10 years of…

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Names released in fatal crash west of Martin

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MARTIN, S.D. — A Batesland, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Martin.Preliminary information indicates that a 2009 Smart Fortwo was westbound on U.S. Highway 18 when it crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound 2018 Freightliner semi truck. … to continue reading, you may purchase a newspaper at the Bennett…

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School begins Aug. 17, New building moving along well

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By Tim Huether

Students will begin classes Aug. 17 and staff starts Aug. 9 for the Bennett County School District’s new school year.At the regular school board meeting on July 15, the board kicked off the new school year by re-electing Mike Olson as the board chairman. Kasi Harris was voted in the board’s vice-chairman. … to continue reading, you may purchase a newspaper at the Bennett County…

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Martin City Council raises police officer wages

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By Cody Rose

On July 14, the Martin city council raised the starting wage for police officers to $16.25 per hour for uncertified individuals, $17.25 per hour for certified, and $18.25 per hour after a probationary period. Before, the salary was $12 per hour for uncertified and $14 per hour for certified. ...

... According to the council, this pay increase will hopefully result in more hires, which…

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"Komposting for Kids" teaches good habits

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“Komposting for Kids” was held Thursday, July 15, at the Bennett County Fair Building. This class was brought to the community as part of a Conservation Collaboration Grant that is funded through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Badland RC&D was instrumental in securing this grant in 2017. The focus of the grant was to improve soil health and assist communities and groups to…

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Commissioners vote to not enact Burn Ban, Meeting heats up over highway business

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By Taylor Risse

At the July 7 meeting of the Bennett County Commissioners it was decided to not pass a burn ban but to encourage Bennett County residents to burn with caution and use common sense.

Emergency Management Director Jeff Siscoe informed the board that he had reached out to local fire chiefs and Tuthill’s chief urges people to use common sense. Martin Chief Chris O’Bryan feels the Fire…

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