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Damien Bahr, left, assumed his duties as Marshall County Sheriff on July 1. Brian Bard, right, had served as the temporary sheriff following the death of Sheriff Dale Elsen in May.

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This corn at the Doug and Shelly Henley farm about four miles north of Britton definitely surpassed the old “knee high by the Fourth of July” standard. Henley said crops that were planted are doing well but he was only able to plant about 35 percent of his corn acres and 20 percent of his soybeans.

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South Dakota rural communities face some big challenges, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Britton’s Main Street continues to be a busy place most weekdays with a number of businesses filling the historic buildings.

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Damien Bahr, left, assumed his duties as Marshall County Sheriff on July 1. Brian Bard, right, had served as the temporary sheriff following the death of Sheriff Dale Elsen in May.

For the first time in 37 years there’s a new sheriff in town.

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Susu Village in Zambia, Africa, began construction of its long-awaited library last month. Britton area residents contributed about $20,000 to help make the village’s dream become a reality.

The dream continues to come true, and the ripple effect will likely be felt for generations to come.

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(Editor’s note: This article is the final piece of a three-part special report by South Dakota News Watch.

Obituaries

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Claremont, SD: Tamara Laine Wegleitner, 62, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at her home in Claremont after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m.

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   Virgil Mike Michlitsch, age 80 of Inver Grove Heights, MN (formerly of Eden, SD), loving husband, father and gra

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Donald Dinger, 82, of Britton, SD and formerly of Hecla, SD, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020, at Wheatcrest Hills Healthcare Center in Britton.

Marshall County Journal

PO Box 69, Britton, SD 57430
Phone: (605) 448-2281
Fax: (605) 448-2282