City to spend $9.3 million

The Custer City Council passed the first reading of its 2020 budget at its Sept. 3 meeting for $9.3 million, an amount $1.2 million higher than the 2019 budget, which had been $2.664 million more than the previous year. Just as was the case a year ago, the Custer Community Center renovation — which the […]

County approves $1.7 million in funding

Custer County Search and Rescue, Custer Senior Center, the 1881 Courthouse Museum and the Custer County Airport are among the entities set to benefit from a Sept. 3 decision by the Custer County Commission to allocate over $1.7 million in funding from its unassigned reserve fund. South Dakota Codified Law states the county can keep […]

Rape victim sues Mechaley, deputies

Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley and other deputies at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office are among the defendants named in a civil lawsuit recently filed federally by a rural Custer County woman who was kidnapped and raped in September 2017. In a story reported by both the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and the Associated Press, […]

Flood cleanup slowly continues

City of Custer officials know some in the community feel like the pace of cleanup from the Aug. 2 flood has moved...

Tourism numbers appear down

The summer of 2019 appeared to be a solid—although slightly down—year in terms of tourist spending in Custer, with several factors cited as the reason. One of the biggest reasons was the weather, as Custer, and the Black Hills in general, suffered through snow until nearly June, followed by two and a half months of […]

Forum aims to begin drug dialogue

Cherish Baker laughed at the title on the placard placed in front of her seat at last Friday evening’s Rise to the Call of Action Community Forum drug education and prevention event sponsored by a new local group, Recovery Intervention Support and Education (RISE). The placard read “Impacted Community Member.” “That’s a nice way of […]

Five arrested in drug bust

A joint investigation by the Custer County Sheriff’s Department and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) led to the arrest of five Custer County residents on a variety of drug charges, with charges pending on an additional person in the case. On March 29, sheriff’s deputies and DCI agents executed a search warrant […]

Van Every addresses county’s Forest concerns

Black Hills National Forest supervisor Mark Van Every is not interested in getting into a battle with Custer County. “I view them as a partner and we want to work together,” he said. “They are in a tought spot, too. Neither one of us has all the resources we need. We all have rules and laws we have […]

Farm accident claims teen’s life

A Custer County youth was the victim of a tractor rollover on the family ranch east of Fairburn on New Year’s Eve.  Custer County Deputy...

Former county deputy charged

A former Custer County Sheriff’s Office deputy is facing multiple federal charges for allegedly having inappropriate relations with two underage females. Francis Kistler, 60, of Edgemont is charged with two counts each of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted enticement of a minor using the internet and transfer of obscene material to a minor. […]

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