‘Little House’ star a key part of Keystone event

The Keystone Historical Museum staff lost track of the number of people in the museum on July 25 for the Ingalls Christmas in July event. Jeanie Kirkpatrick, director of the museum, estimates that there were around 200 people there in the morning.  “I think it was a huge success,” Kirkpatrick said. There were people who […]

Latvian is lovin’ it

At age 27, Davron Magametov is already a veteran world traveler, but he came back to work in Custer this summer because it feels...

Black Hills Energy building operations center

Anyone heading out of town west on Highway 16 has no doubt wondered about the dirt work being done on the north side of the road just below French Creek Supply. Wonder no more. Barring any further weather delays, by next spring that site will be the home of a new $2.2 million Black Hills […]

Katie at 100

“I think we’re living in God’s country.” She has lived through two world wars and the Great Depression and has experienced the loss of her...

‘Oklahoma!’ is A-OK

If opening night crowd size and enthusiasm are any indication, “Oklahoma!” will be the hit show of the season for Black Hills Playhouse. The...

Of socks and Snocks

“Don’t worry. I know where she lives,” Claire said before leaving. Then Claire walked out of her laundry room and walked outside to her neighbor’s yard. It was much cooler out now and the sun was setting. It had been a long day after all. Claire walked up to her neighbor’s bright red door and […]

Ted: ‘My heart belongs to the world’

He HaoZhe’s Custer Corral waiter name tag reads “Ted,” and there's a good reason for that. Although his Mandarin Chinese first name is only...

Citizenship 101

If you had to answer a question like the following in order to keep your American citizenship, could you do it? “What territory did...

Ukraine twins celebrate independence

On this Independence Day, a pair of identical twins from Kiev, Ukraine, are spreading their wings and becoming more independent by working in America. Maryana and Anita Boyerchuk came to Custer about a month ago, and both are working at Comfort Inn — Maryana in the laundry and Anita in housekeeping.  I met Maryana as […]

Of socks and Snocks

What stood before her wasn’t just any cat, but her wretched neighbor’s cat that would always get stuck in their trash cans. “You’re Clara?” Claire said appalled, “but your name is Anchovy! Not Clara!”  “Of course not. That is just what those disgusting lazy humans call me. You couldn’t possibly think that was my real […]

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