Angels among us

On July 16, 1990, a local family and the community was rocked by a tragedy that could have been avoided, but not predicted. It started out as a celebratory day for a young Custer musician and his band who had just landed a record deal. The festivities soon moved from Custer to Deadwood where youthful […]

Sander ends 44 years of taking out the trash

For the past 35 years in Custer, Tim Sander has been trash. Let us explain. Since he first climbed in a garbage truck in 1982 for the first time for what would become Sander Sanitation, Sander has been synonymous with trash collection in Custer County and throughout the region. Tim turned a one-truck, two-person operation […]

Giving the gift of comfort

The entire family knew who should get the final gift. It was around Christmastime 2014 when 73-year-old Nancy Kistler of Custer first received radiation and chemotherapy treatments for throat cancer. Complications of pneumonia later brought her to the emergency department of Custer Regional Hospital, where, according to her daughter, Donale Walker, she “fell in love” […]

‘Achmed’ display prompts protest

A skeleton dressed up as a “retired terrorist” and put up outside a local business was boycotted last week by a pair of people who carried signs indicating the display was bigoted. The display is outside Rushmore Automotive, located on Mt. Rushmore Road, where owner Steve Sallee said he first put “Achmed” out as a […]

Hanging up his badge

Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler jokingly says his first experience in the world of law enforcement came at the age of 16 — but not on the same side of the law he is on now. He joined the right side of the law later, at 42, after trying his hand at many other professions, […]

From California to Custer

Dr. Kelly Phommahaxay was born and raised in San Diego where she grew up along the beach. She then attended the University of California Riverside for her undergrad and the University of California Los Angeles for medical school and would describe herself as a Southern California gal through and through — until it was time […]

Knuppe is star of new movie

The Solver Puzzle Hunt is a new type of experience that combines independent film and gaming. Drawn from the world of puzzles, mysteries and escape rooms, the game sets up the characters and conflicts of the forthcoming feature film “Solver,” which is set to launch in early 2018 and stars Custer High School graduate Kerry […]

FLDS ordered to pay damages

Warren Jeffs, imprisoned Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) leader, and the FLDS were ordered to pay Elissa Wall, a former child bride, $16 million in general and punitive damages by Utah’s 3rd District Judge Keith Kelly last Tuesday, Sept. 5, for forcing Wall to marry her 19-year-old cousin, Allen Steed, […]

Hartmann fits into role as city planner

The position of planning director for the City of Custer has been mostly a revolving door for the past few years. Tim Hartmann — pardon the pun — plans — to put an end to that as he settles into the role in the town he grew up in. Hartmann is a Custer High School […]

Hospital adds new staff

Custer Regional Hospital has welcomed  two new staff members, Connor Fiscarelli and Matt Stinson. Fiscarelli is the new senior director of long-term care services in the Custer and Sturgis markets and Stinson is  nursing director for the Custer and Deadwood markets. Their start dates were Aug. 27 and Sept. 1, respectively. Fiscarelli’s position entails the […]

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