Bennett County

Bennett County, South Dakota

PO Box 281
Martin, SD 57551
Phone: (605) 685-6969
Fax: (605) 685-1075

On the central southern border of SD, southeast of Rapid City; created Mar 9, 1909 from Indian lands. Name Origin: For either John E. Bennett, SD supreme court judge, or jointly for John E. Bennett and Granville G. Bennett, IL legislator and federally appointed judge in Dakota Territory

Area (sq mi):: 1190.59 (land 1185.29; water 5.30) Population per square mile: 3.00
Population 2005: 3,585 State rank: 45 Population change: 2000-20005 0.30%; 1990-2000 11.50% Population 2000: 3,574 (White 40.50%; Black or African American 0.30%; Hispanic or Latino 2.00%; Asian 0.10%; Other 58.80%). Foreign born: 0.40%. Median age: 29.20
Income 2000: per capita $10,106; median household $25,313; Population below poverty level: 39.20% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $18,211-$19,963
Unemployment (2004): 4.00% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.90% Median travel time to work: 17.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 18.60%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Sharpe and served as mentor to several lawyers with roots in and around Bennett County.
Despite a thriving practice spanning eight decades, the loyal clients he has served, the town of Martin, and Bennett County are at risk because he does not have a successor.
Bennett County, the city of Martin, and South Dakota are undeniably a better place for having Fred as their county-seat lawyer for the past sixty-five years.
Among them Larry Long, a native of Martin, Bennett County States Attorney from 1973-1991, two term Attorney General from 2002-2006, and currently presiding judge of the Second Judicial Circuit.
Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City.
Seven Local Indian Education Boards are listed that administer JOM programs in South Dakota and Nebraska (Rapid City, South Dakota; Bennett County, South Dakota; Chadron, Nebraska; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Hot Springs, South Dakota; Gordon District, Nebraska; Rushville, Nebraska).
Long, who in 1950 with his wife, Mary, founded Bennett County Booster II at Martin, S.
That was the year of the gun battle and 50-day standoff at Wounded Knee on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, which sits next door to Bennett County.
By the time he graduated from Bennett County High School in 1940, he had become a budding Linotype operator.
Volume 1, Number 1 of Bennett County Booster II hit the streets July 27, 1950 -- literally.
Long said he named the weekly in honor of the original Bennett County Booster, started in 1911 by his aunt and uncle.