Libby pleads no contest to 2nd Degree Murder of Albert Apple Sr.

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By Jonni Joyce

Details of the murder of Albert Apple Sr. emerged during the arraignment of Matthew Wayne Libby held in the Bennett County Courthouse on Jan. 16., 2015.

Originally scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Libby did not enter the courtroom until 11:37 a.m.

Dressed in an orange jump suit, orange flip flops, and shackled with handcuffs and leg irons, Libby took the middle seat between his two…

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New budget projections predict 2018 S.D. budget year deficit

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By JAMES NORD

Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota could have a $12.8 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2018, according to new long-range budget forecasts released Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration.

The projections are part of Daugaard’s quest to improve the state’s rating among credit rating agencies and aimed at giving lawmakers a look past the budget cycle at…

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Becky Byrne retires from Lacreek Electric after 39 years of service

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By Jonni Joyce

“Actually, it is 38 years and ten months of service,” Becky Byrne answers as I comment on her 39 years of service.

Byrne sits behind the desk at Lacreek Electric tapping on an adding machine to make the calculation.

Born in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Byrne moved to Bennett County in 1974 and got a job working as a hospital cook and worked there almost two years. Then, in 1976 she…

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Snow dominates council meeting

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Snow Removal Ordinance in the works 

By Jonni Joyce

Snow, snow, and more snow was on the agenda of the regular meeting of the Martin City Council held Jan. 14 in the council chambers. 

All members were present except Gregg Claussen. 

Council members discussed problems and complaints received from the citizens in reference to the recent snow falls and the removal of snow from the…

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Wrestling Tournament here Saturday

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Triangular Friday evening

 

Bennett County will be hosting their own high school wrestling tournament Saturday in Martin at the American Legion, with several area teams coming to town.

Bennett County will be one of the team favorites and have wrestlers competing in almost all the weight classes. 

Wrestling action begins at 9:30 a.m. Teams entered include: Bennett County, Todd County,…

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Wrestlers dominate home meet

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BCHS wins team title, crown six champs

 

 

Bennett County used their depth, experience and overall team balance to dominate their own high school wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 17, in Martin, winning the team title and taking home six individual titles.

Senior Sam Ireland was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, winning the 160 pound class for Bennett County and…

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St. Francis runs by Bennett County 87-41

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By Tim Huether

St. Francis traveled to Martin Jan. 6 to face the host Warriors in a boys high school basketball matchup. After fairly even game in the first quarter, St. Francis cranked up the defensive pressure and quickened the pace en route to the runaway win at 87-41.

Bennett County took the first lead of the night at 3-0 on a deep shot by Derek Vander May, but Ska Black Bear scored…

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