Bennett County Boys win Region 7A Track Title

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The Bennett County Boys Track and Field team captured the team title at the Regon 7A Track and Field Meet Thursday, May 21 in Martin. The top two finishers advance to the State A meet Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. Friday, Class A will compete in Spearfish and all events move to Rapid City at the South Dakota School of Mines track. Red Cloud claimed the girls team title, edging Todd County.…

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Scholarships awarded to Bennett County High School graduating Seniors

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Taylor Amiotte: PEO, $250; Sullens I, $500; Whirlwind Horse, $3,000; BHSU Buzz Bonus, $2,000. 

Samantha Christensen: Juan Valdez Family, (DSU) Tournament, $100.

Josie Drobny: Martin Grade School, $250; PEO, $250; Anderson Memorial, $500; Whirlwind Horse, $500; BHSU Buzz Bonus, $2,000.

Tayler Fuchs: MVFD, $500.

Adam Good: Dick Knight I, $500; Lacreek Electric, $1,000; DSU Merit Scholar,…

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City Council puts in Gary Rayhill as mayor, removes stop sign

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By Tim Huether

As part of new business for the City of Martin, the Council voted in Gary Rayhill as the new mayor. Rayhill was nominated by Shirley McCue and was approved by a 4-1 vote with Chuck Gotheridge voting nay and Gregg Claussen abstaining.

Claussen had nominated Randy Kocourek just prior, but he and Gotheridge were the lone yes votes while McCue, Tootie Moffitt, Stephenie Noel and Walter…

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Cummings stands ground, Burn restrictions in effect

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By Jonni Joyce

Newton Cummings watched the Roller Coaster Fire as it tried to jump Old Highway 18 and spread North towards his property. 

That was the Saturday night before the April 1 regular meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners where Cummings has served since 2004 making him the longest serving commissioner on the present board. 

This meeting makes the third time in…

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School Board approves $6.9 million preliminary budget Monday

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By Tim Huether

The Bennett County School District’s 2015-16 budget has been shaved back to $6,963,161, down from last year’s $7,820,000. The board was presented with the initial budget at the regular meeting Monday night. The preliminary budget must be presented at the May meeting and must be finalized in September.

Superintendent Wayne Semmler said the main difference is that last year the board…

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Worst fire in decades burns Martin area grassland

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By Jonni Joyce

According to local firefighters, the Roller Coaster Fire, named for the area where the fire started on Saturday night, was the worst fire to hit Bennett County in decades. 

The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning for Bennett County on Saturday, March 28.

Local area residents were just settling in to their Saturday night festivities when the approaching cold…

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