BLENDABLE takes off to make a difference

For 25 years, Custer County Sheriff’s Office corporal Heath Lowry has been fighting crime on land. Now, he wants to do it through the air, as well. Lowry is the driving force behind a freshly-created public safety aviation entity called BLENDABLE, a new nonprofit corporation that offers an aircraft for all public safety agencies in […]

Bison prices down slightly from 2017

The Custer State Park Fall Classic Buffalo Auction brought in $689,500 last weekend, with  mature bulls commanding the highest average per-animal price at the event. Overall revenue was up from the $579,585 brought in last year from the auction, although there were 329 total animals sold this year compared to 255 last year, with a […]

Rumors caused school issue

A report made to the Custer Board of Education indicates the secure building incident at Custer Schools on Thursday morning, Nov. 8, was largely...

Population boom drives school plan

Recent and potential future population growth on the eastern side of Custer County was a major focus of discussion in a special school board meeting held on Monday, Nov. 12. The purpose of the meeting, held just prior to the regular monthly board meeting, was to hear the recommendations of the Hermosa School Facilities Committee […]

It’s Select-A-Gift time in Custer

The Select-A-Gift trees and are up and filled with tags at participating Custer churches, banks/credit unions and businesses. Community members are encouraged to take...

‘Go out and find the stories’

Speaking without notes and frequently interacting with veterans seated in the audience, South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman gave an energetic...

Schools go to secure status

Custer schools went into a secure building mode for a time Thursday morning after school officials received a report from the public of a...

‘VRBO ordinance’ now in effect

After being approved by City of Custer voters by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, the residential zoning code (Ordinance 802), which defines permitted uses and structures within a residential district, and therefore regulates Vacation Rentals by Owners (VRBO), has gone into effect. The updated ordinance, which was passed by the Custer City Council […]

Niemann pleased with court ruling

“A major victory” is how lawyers representing Rushmore Photo & Gifts describe a ruling issued Nov. 2 in a federal appeals court regarding a longstanding legal fight over Sturgis Motorcycle Rally-related trademarks. Among the rulings issued by the court were that an earlier jury verdict in the case regarding the validity of a Sturgis Motorcycle […]

Davenport named new chamber director

The Custer Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday the appointment of Dolsee Davenport as the new executive director of the organization. The announcement...

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