What’s up with the Boy Scouts?

Last Wednesday the Boy Scouts of America announced it is becoming Scouts BSA in February 2019 to reflect its decision to include girls. The...

A lot more to land grab story

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has a new appreciation for strong public opposition to his proposal to exchange low value state lands for 2,000 prime acres of the Black Hills National Forest, as additions of developed state parks. But this land grab is not over, only the tactics have changed. Take Camp Bob Marshall on the Bismarck […]

NRA getting a really bad rap

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has taken its fair, and should we say, undeserved, share of lumps lately in the wake of the high...

Paper tariffs a big concern

The threat of paper tariffs has been a deep concern for our company and the entire newspaper industry since last fall, when one lone...

Eighteen years of progress in county

This edition of the Custer County Chronicle marks the 18th consecutive year of our annual Progress Editions, and, if we must say so, it...

Hunting for answers

My son, Isaiah, who is 3-1/2 years old, pointed to the dead tom turkey at our feet and told me he has a beard just like I do. It’s true. Toms have beards. It’s not exactly like mine, but we both have beards. This particular tom’s beard may have been better than mine. But that […]

Just wondering

The above was the title to an email message we received last week from a North Dakota friend. It merits some discussion. “I am not trying to diminish the horribleness of mass killings by crazy people at schools. That would be wrong. I am just asking for some common sense. In the year 2014, the […]

Sometimes I hate the Hills

I have no use for winter. None. I don’t ski. I don’t snowboard. I don’t hunt animals that require me to be able to find tracks. I don’t sled. I don’t shovel or plow snow for a living. I don’t like being cold. I don’t like freezing half to death walking from our office to city hall. I don’t like […]

America has been fighting proxy wars

Here we go again with sabers rattling from all sides and battle cries being shouted, even from the liberal media. America, once again, is...

Using technology in the trees

There’s a revolution in the woods and it’s driven by technology like smart phone apps and drones. Like most revolutions, it has simmered these many years with only the occasional marker to signal its rise. I remember when the first scanners came to the sharp chains and head rigs in sawmills; computers calculate the best […]

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