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Town of Hermosa receives water loan from state

With the help of a $199,000 loan from the state, officials with the Town of Hermosa are cautiously optimistic water that woes plaguing the town for the better part of three years are about to be put to bed. Last week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced $94.6 million in grants and loans distributed by the state […]

Honoring Custer’s best

Nearly 200 people filed into the Custer Corral last Thursday evening for the annual Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling, the chamber’s annual pre-tourism season get-together featuring the crowning of the Gold Discovery Days royalty as well as recognition of employees who make the community a better place through volunteerism or outstanding customer service. […]

Only one city race contested

Corbin Herman will be the next mayor of Custer, as he was the only resident to turn in a petition for the two-year term after last week’s deadline to do so. Herman will replace Mayor Jared Carson, who did not seek re-election. Herman, a city alderman as recently as 2016, will be sworn in as […]

Simianer conversations OKed

Former City of Custer planning administrator Scott Simianer was in court March 17 in Rapid City to hear Seventh Judicial Circuit Court judge Craig Pfeifle rule on a motion filed by Simianer’s attorney to suppress statements Simianer made to law enforcement and his ex-wife after his arrest alleging a number of sex crimes. Defense attorney […]

SHMAAF plans second festival

How does one follow up a weekend of crafts, food, fun and music — including over 20 acts and featuring Grammy-winning artists Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., and chart topper Eddie Money? You shoot for the stars — and double your efforts! For this year’s two-day event, Aug. 18-19, Southern Hill Music and Arts Festival […]

County revisits site analysis

The days of West River producers being one trick — cattle — or even two trick — cattle and sheep — are coming to an end, said Custer County Commission chairman Travis Bies. For evidence of that, he said, one needs to drive no further than Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Wall. West River […]

Principal says Custer Elementary does not have bullying epidemic

When harassment and bullying accusations were made at the Custer School District Board of Education’s last meeting, the claims didn’t sit well with many, particularly Custer Elementary School (CES) principal Heather Hiltunen. “I think we have made so many gains in the support and policies we have here at CES,” she said. “When I came […]

Woodcarving inventory sold

After closing its doors on Oct. 13, 2016, the National Museum of Woodcarving is no more. An online auction held March 7-13 offered over 500 items for bid, ranging from shelves, fixtures and appliances to a number of handcrafted pieces and original carvings. “There was spirited bidding,” said Ron Bradeen, auctioneer and owner of Bradeen […]

Sander Sanitation announces sale

After 44 years of taking out the trash, Tim Sander is about to hang it up. At the March 20 meeting of the Custer City Council, Sander informed the council that he is selling his Custer business, Sander Sanitation, after over four decades of business. Sander introduced the prospective new owner of the business, Chad […]

Judge: SMRI not owed $900k for trademark violations

The fight is far from over, but Paul and Carol Niemann of Custer feel they have scored a victory nearly 16 months after being told they owe Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI) $350,000. On March 10, Jeffrey Viken, chief judge of the U.S. District Court Western Division, vacated jury awards against the Niemanns, their son, […]

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