Why exchange Bismarck Lake?

In response to a request from Governor Daugaard, the “Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake Land Exchange Act” was introduced into both Houses of Congress by the South Dakota congressional delegation last month.  This Bill proposes to exchange Black Hills National Forest lands around Bismarck Lake and Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon or isolated parcels of […]

It’s time to get ‘SHMAAFd’

This weekend marks the first (organizers hope there are many more to follow) annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival in Custer, an event that will offer a variety of musical entertainment and plenty else to see, to eat and drink Friday and Saturday at Pageant Hill. The action starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday night when […]

The world is not the same as in ‘my day’

My little 20-month-old grandson and I were swinging on the front porch recently when we heard someone in our road district target shooting. The unexpected sound sent him into my arms. “Up, up, muh, muh,” he said each time a shot was fired in the distance. When an airplane went over our house, that sound […]

Governor’s race starting early in Custer County

State District 13 Rep. G. Mark Mickelson has made at least two treks to Custer County in the past several months in anticipation of an official announcement that he is running for governor in 2018. We can only assume that he is making similar trips and making appearances around the state. But first, Mickelson has […]

It’s Rally time

It’s almost rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world. This year is the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and though we don’t expect the numbers will approach the levels we […]

The history of George Custer

Our complex historical relationship with the many Army officers and others whose names dot the map of the Black Hills is more puzzling as time goes by. We’re actively fighting over Gen. Harney and his name on the highest peak between here and the Pennine Alps to the east, while ignoring other luminaries, particularly George […]

Memories are made at GDD

In my nine years of living in Custer, I’ve always enjoyed Gold Discovery Days. The arts and crafts, the games and races and the parade — who doesn’t love a parade?! There really is something for everyone. Even though I didn’t grow up here, Gold Discovery Days and the community’s support always reminds me of […]

Gold Discovery Days will be as good as ever

A few weeks ago we reported that the big annual Gold Discovery Days celebration in Custer was on life support and may not recover in time to be pulled off with the usual flair this year due to a lack of volunteer committee help. We’re more than glad to report that the patient has made […]

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