An ode to autumn

I’m not sure why, but fall has always been my favorite season. I suppose for a kid growing up on the central South Dakota prairie, autumn simply meant a welcome relief from the sometimes brutal heat of summer. But as I moved toward and into my teen years, the season began to take on a […]

Bell deserves our assistance

For 30 years Custer Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) member Bill Bell has been helping to save lives, protect property  and put out fires in...

When dog love goes too far

Let me say this first before I go any further in this column: People who truly have a certified service dog they have and need in their life, I understand. This column is not directed at them. As for the rest of those who do not have a certified service dog but seemingly cannot go anywhere, do anything […]

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

On Friday morning, Sept. 28, a few dozen cowhands will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise...

Legislature did the right thing

Make no mistake about it, nobody, including us, wants to pay any more taxes than we should. But the S.D. Legislature did the right...

My life could be a soap opera

“I have a screw loose,” I announced to my family. No one answered. Eyes averted, they avoided eye contact with me, obviously not wanting to talk about it, but leaving me with the distinct impression that they had already come to that conclusion on their own. “I have a screw loose,” I said again. “The right […]

Nike is new face of National Anthem kneeling protests

We can’t imagine how a successful world-wide company like Nike would put the face of former 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on its 30-year...

Our lives are about to change

When we purchased our home on Rose Place just outside of Custer in November 2000, it seemed to be a lot more than what we needed. After all, Norma and I are two people. What two people need four bedrooms, three and a half baths and about 3,400 square feet of living space? Fast forward […]

Newsprint tariffs lifted; should never have happened

Last Wednesday the five appointed members of the International Trade Commission voted 5-0 against imposing permanent tariffs on Canadian newsprint brought into our country....

If it sounds too good to be true…

There’s an old axiom that says, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That has never been more true than it is in this brave new digital world in which we live. A case in point is an unusual phone call received recently by my son, Matt. A lady from Gettysburg […]

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