Parade of Lights Cancelled!

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Due the the lack of entries for the Martin Area Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights planned for Dec. 6, the event has been cancelled. The popular Craft Fair set for Saturday, Dec. 6 is still planned with a near full house of booths. The Craft Fair starts at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 5 p.m. Those wishing to have a booth need to contact Judy Kratovil at 685-6266.

Santa will be on hand at 3 p.m. to…

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Community salutes our Veterans

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By Jonni Joyce

The Martin grade school activity center was filled with music and appreciation during the annual Veterans Day event.

“We are so proud to be able to host this event every year,” Wayne Semmler said. 

Veterans from the American Legion post #240 presented the colors followed by the procession of the veterans. The National Anthem was led by Taylor Amiotte with all attendees…

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Saluting Our Veterans Rollie Heinert, U.S. Army

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Rollie Heinert, U.S. Army

By Jonni Joyce

Rollie Heinert stood in his living room pointing to the picture frame on the wall. Inside the frame was a WWII Japanese flag, the rising sun on a white canvas. Surrounding the sun were signatures of friends and family members of the Japanese soldier who carried the flag into battle.

“Dad took this off a soldier he killed in the Philippines,” Heinert…

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Fourth Graders make ornaments for Capitol tree

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By Jonni Joyce

Governor Dennis Daugaard invited 4th graders from across the state to create Christmas ornaments for the grand Rotunda Christmas tree and other displays in the Capitol.

Martin Grade School 4th grade classes led by Carol Risse and Mike Anderson created swans to be displayed on the Capitol tree. According to Risse, Martin is known as the home of the Trumpeter swan.

The annual…

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Commissioners canvas election, discuss 4-H position

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By Jonni Joyce

 Chairman Rolf Kraft called the Nov. 6th Bennett County Commissioner’s meeting to order and opened with a heartfelt congratulatory message to the winners of the previous night’s election. He expressed his desire for the new administration to continue the work on what he called the salvation for Bennett County, the push for the Federal Government to reimburse the county for…

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Frigid Weather hits area

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What a cold November so far. Below is the reported temps from CeCee Bolzer.


CeCee Bolzer, Observer

High Low Prec.

Nov. 11 12 0 T. 

Nov. 12 11 -6 ––

Nov. 13 17 -13 ––

Nov. 14 26 2 ––

Nov. 15 15 -3 5.38”

Nov. 16 21 -13 T.

Nov. 17 13 1 T.


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Prepare for winter weather

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By Jonni Joyce

This year’s fall season in Bennett County has certainly been an improvement from the blizzards and temperatures we saw last year. Now is the time to get ready for the snow, wind, and the bitter cold that makes South Dakota famous for harsh winters. 

Winterize your vehicle. Check tire pressure and anti-freeze levels and add de-icer fluid to your windshield washer reservoir.…

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