Measures seek to make amending constitution tougher, easier to understand

Two measures on the Nov. 6 ballot would make changes to the way the state’s constitution is amended. Amendment X would change the threshold for approving an amendment, raising it from a majority vote to 55 percent of the votes cast. Amendment Z would require that each constitutional amendment be limited to a single subject. […]

A fond farewell

Long-time Custer Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Dave Ressler is no longer at the helm of the organization. In a news release delivered to...

Kidnapping report is investigated

What started as a call about an unattended vehicle at Stockade Lake and later escalated into an all-out search for a truck as well as a possible kidnapping and aggravated assault has been determined to be unfounded by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, said Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley. On Sept. 23 at 6:08 p.m. […]

Brandished pistol leads to arrest

A local businessman is facing an aggravated assault charge after a disagreement with a neighbor escalated to the point of his allegedly brandishing a pistol and striking a man in the face Aug. 28. Court documents state that on that day at about 8:11 p.m. a call was received at 211 Mt. Rushmore Rd. in […]

Cruisin’ gets reprieve

If the outcome of a recent meeting is any indication, it appears Custer Cruisin’ will live to ride another year.  “What do we want to do with Custer Cruisin’ 2019?” asked Mayor Corbin Herman at the outset of a meeting of the Custer Cruisin’ Committee in the city council chambers Sept. 27. The future of […]

VRBO issue goes to voters

When voters in the city of Custer head to the polls Nov. 6, among the issues they will decide is whether to keep changes recently made to the city’s zoning ordinance that defines permitted uses and structures within a residential district, and therefore regulates Vacation Rentals by Owners (VRBO). At the May 21 meeting of […]

Amendment W offers tougher ethics enforcement

This November, state voters will once again decide on an ethics measure. As with Initiated Measure 22 in 2016, backers of Amendment W say...

John Youngbeck, Jr.

John Melvin Youngbeck, Jr., was born in Minot, N.D., Aug. 8, 1951. He graduated from Minot High School and attended North Dakota State University.  He married Karen Peterson in 1973. Though they decided to part, they remained lifelong friends. John built a life in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He worked for Mount Rushmore, […]

Measure would quell out-of-state influence in elections

On Nov. 6, voters will decide if out-of-staters can continue to be involved in South Dakota elections.  Initiated Measure 24 would prohibit contributions to ballot...

Tech schools seek revenue source in tobacco tax

Both sides in the debate over an increased tobacco tax say that the measure would have an effect on jobs. On Nov. 6, voters will...

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