Custer High School Drama Department Presents Fall Play Sister Act -A Divine Musical Comedy

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.  A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Lights! Glitter! Glamor! 

CHS Drama Department is pleased to present their fabulous fall play
Sister Act A Divine Musical Comedy
November 17-18 – 7 p.m.
At the Custer High School Theatre
CSD Activity Tickets Accepted or Adults- $5; K-12 Students $3; or $2 Senior Citizens

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Custer High School – 1645 Wildcat Lane Custer, SD 57730


Challenging Competitiveness

Photo: Peg Ryan – Mile High Pilates and Yoga

By Peg Ryan
Mile High Pilates and Yoga
October 15, 2017

Custer, SD – This summer I volunteered at a couple of local running races.  Having run marathons myself, I appreciated the efforts made by volunteers when I was running and now try to help when I can.  Watching the runners I admired their fortitude.  As a former ultrarunner, I have a particular affinity for long races and often try to staff a post at which the runners passing through are either near the end of their race or at least more than half way.  Abilities vary but all have one thing in common – the desire to compete.   Some are competing to be the first to finish.  Others choose their competition based on pace.  Many races have awards in age-group categories in addition to overall winners providing another level of competition.  In ultrarunning, the distance itself is a worthy adversary and challenging terrain can further add to the intensity.  Some people compete with themselves, trying to better a previous mark or reach a goal they’ve established.

Competition can be a great motivator.  It is part of our lives from earliest memory.  The games we play as children are based on competition.  We learn at a the start of our lives that there are winners and losers.  Winning is celebrated and rewarded.  There is competition for toys in the sandbox and swings on the playground.  Everyone wants to be first and best.  This can be a good thing when it encourages one to strive for greater heights.  But many of us also remember the experience in gym class of being the last to be picked on a team or struggling to complete tasks that others found easy.  This might prompt us to begin labelling ourselves as capable or incompetent.  The internal dialogue of not being good enough begins when we’re young and may continue throughout our lives.  Instead of being a motivator, competition becomes an inhibitor.

We live in a society where competition is pervasive.  Even when we don’t realize it we measure ourselves against others.  It is a double-edged sword.  Seeing someone else do something really well might be a source of inspiration or it might convince you that it’s not worth trying because you’ll never be as good as them.  The effects of competition can be insidious.  It is present whenever we compare ourselves to others or worry about what someone else thinks of us.  We all want to be viewed as winners and it hurts when we think we’ve been bested by another.

As with everything, though, there are many ways of viewing competition.  It’s all about perception.  The terms “winning” and “losing” are arbitrary labels meaning different things to different people.  Furthermore, like everything else in our lives, they are temporary.  Can any of you name a sports star of the past who kept winning forever?  Sure they had wins that will always be in the “win” column.  But eventually they had to cede the top slot to someone else.  That may not mean that competition stops for them.  But it probably means  that the competitive standards change

It won’t come as news to anyone reading this that our abilities change as we get older.  This can work both ways, though.  Your skills might decline in some ways.  For example, during my volunteer stints I heard some older racers lamenting the fact that they weren’t as fast as they used to be.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but just because it’s obvious doesn’t make it any easier to accept.  Still no one can go back; we all have to keep moving forward.  How to move forward is a matter of choice.  One choice is to change the competitive parameters.  Instead of competing with your former self and lamenting your inability to do so, perhaps you can move the target.  Back away from former goals and set new ones that more realistically reflect your current status.  Just finishing can be considered a “win”.  Being good at something is in the eye of the beholder.  Be your own cheerleader!  You determine what it means to win.

Those of you who follow this blog know that accepting change is a recurring theme.  Attitudes toward competition fall into this same category.  For me it is helpful to remember that doing something is better than doing nothing.  This is even reflected in my practice of yoga and Pilates.  There are moves and poses I used to do that no longer work for me for one reason or another.  It is worth more to me to continue enjoying the movement I can do rather than force myself into certain positions just because others are doing them.  Injury might mean stopping altogether, so being mindful about how I move and what I choose to do makes sense to me.  Still this doesn’t mean I no longer try new things or challenge myself.  But it does mean that I avoid being influenced by what others are doing or thinking.  The competitive parameters I set for myself now are subject to change on a daily basis and that’s fine with me.  Nothing is fixed.  Everything is fluid.  Some days are better than others.  But there is something to celebrate in every day.  And that in itself is a “win”.

Custer State Park Halloween Hike Presents – The Prairie Dog Is Missing!

The Custer State Park Halloween Hike will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct 27-28, 2017.

The 2-mile trail will be lit only by jack-o-lanterns and tiki torches as visitors hike their way from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center to the Game Lodge Campground, and then returning to the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.

The prairie dog has gone missing at Custer State Park!  Come help solve the mystery and attend the annual Halloween Hike.  Each hike is led by a guide and will last approximately 60 minutes.  The jack-o-lanterns are donated by local businesses and carved by the Custer School students.  Actors and guides include Custer State Park staff and volunteers.

Hikes depart from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center every 15 minutes starting with the first hike at 5:30pm and the last hike at 8:00pm each night.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (605) 255-4464.  There is no fee for the hike; however, a park entrance license is required and can be purchased at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center upon your arrival to the Halloween Hike.

City Of Custer City Council Agenda – Revised



October 16th, 2017 – City Hall Council Chambers

5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes – October 2nd, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings

a. Second Reading – Ordinance #795 – Rezoning Block 96 – Lynn’s Dakotamart





6. Old Business

            a. Harbach Park Master Plan Contract – KLJ

            b. Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Request for Proposals

            c. Preliminary Plat – Keupp Subdivision

7. New Business

            a. Final Plat – Block 132

            b. Planning Commission Appointment

            c. Custer Cruisin Committee Appointment

            d. Alcoholic Beverage License Operating Agreement


8.  Presentation of Claims –

9. Department Head Discussion & Committee Reports –

10. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2)

11. Adjournment


Park & Recreation Committee Meeting – October 17th, 2017 5:30 P.M.

Public Works Committee Meeting – November 6th, 2017 4:00 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – November 6th, 2017 5:30 P.M.

General Government Committee Meeting – November 13th, 2017 4:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Meeting – November 14th, 2017 5:00 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – November 20th, 2017 5:30 P.M.

Public Comment Period Extended for Mineral Mountain Resources Rochford Exploration Project

October 13, 2017

Rapid City, SD – In response to public interest and request, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor, Mark Van Every, announced another extension of the scoping comment period for the Mineral Mountain Resources Rochford Exploration Project. The original comment period was extended by 30 days and will now be extended by another 15 days. Scoping comments are now due no later than Friday, October 27, 2017.

Mineral Mountain Resources has submitted a Plan of Operations to conduct exploration on their claims located on National Forest System (NFS) lands. The area of the proposed exploration is located southeast of Rochford, South Dakota. Maps and detailed project information is available on the Black Hills National Forest website at

This project falls under the authority and guidance of the Black Hills National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the 1872 Mining Law. The U.S. Forest Service administers exploration and development on National Forest System lands under mining regulations. As such, the U.S. Forest Service may approve the specific location or manner in which surface operations are conducted, but does not issue permits, nor control whether or not a claim can be mined.

Mineral Mountain Resources must obtain necessary exploration permits, such as a temporary permit to use public waters, from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) Minerals and Mining Program.

“The Forest Service decision will include mitigation measures to protect wildlife, water and other resources, as well as to minimize noise or other disturbances associated with this action,” said Van Every.  The company will be required to post an adequate reclamation bond prior to initiating actions.

Scoping is the process of obtaining comments about proposed federal actions to determine the breadth of issues to be addressed. The U.S. Forest Service will review all public comment statements and consider the substance of the concerns, evaluate whether they trigger a change in the analysis, and draft a response to each comment.  In general, the U.S. Forest Service responds to comments by modifying the proposed action; supplementing, improving, or modifying analysis; making factual corrections; and/or explaining why the comments do not need further response.

Those interested in or affected by this proposal are encouraged to mail comments to “Mystic Ranger District, 8221 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD 57702” or email: with “Rochford Exploration Project” as the subject. Comments can be written within the text of emails or attached. Comments submitted, including names and addresses of commenters, are public information.

For more information on this project, contact Gary Haag at (605) 673-9200 or Jessica Eggers at (605) 343-1567.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit





October 2 , 2017

Council President Larry Maciejewski called to order the first meeting of the Common Council for the month of October, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen and Blom. City Attorney Chris Beesley was also present. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.


Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Nielsen moved, with a second by Councilperson Blom, to approve the minutes from the September 18th regular and special council meetings. The motion carried with Councilperson Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen and Blom voting yes, while Councilperson Fischer abstained.


No conflicts of interest were stated.


Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve Ordinance #795, Rezoning Block 96 – Lynn’s Dakotamart. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion unanimously carried.


Lane Arthur, Custer High School Senior, made a presentation to Council regarding a Dog Park being placed on City Property located at Eleventh Street & Washington Street. Councilperson Fischer moved to authorize up to one acre of City Property located at Eleventh Street & Washington Street to be used as a dog park. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried.


            Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the Executive Proclamation for World Habitat Day. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried.


            WHEREAS, on a global scale, about 1 in 4 people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities; and

WHEREAS, on a local level, 955 people were homeless in South Dakota in 2017.

WHEREAS, secure tenure not only facilitates opportunities for investment and wealth accumulation, but also provides a source of identity, status and political power and serves as a basis for the pursuit of other rights; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations General Assembly has declared the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day, a time to unite in a worldwide effort to eradicate poverty housing. By raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing, we can change the systems that reinforce poverty housing and make affordable homes a reality for all; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of World Habitat Day 2017, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity will continue to build and preserve simple, decent, affordable housing for families in the Black Hills, and will continue to address the lack of decent housing around the world while reducing environmental impact by recycling building materials through Habitat ReStores.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Corbin Herman, Mayor of the City of Custer, South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2nd, 2017, and the first Monday of every October, to be

WORLD HABITAT DAY in the City of Custer, SD

In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Custer City to be affixed this second day of October in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and seventeen.


S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer


Councilperson Fischer moved to adopt Resolution #10-02-17A, Community Development Block Grant Funding. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried.


CDBG Application Resolution

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding through annual allocations to the Community Development Block Grants to fund a variety of different projects in small cities and rural areas;

            WHEREAS, the City of Custer, has identified the need to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the Custer Community Center project; and,

            WHEREAS, with the submission of the CDBG Application, the City of Custer assures and certifies that all CDBG Program requirements will be fulfilled;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign the CDBG application on behalf of the City of Custer City;

            IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED the Finance Officer is hereby authorized and directed to furnish all needed information the above-mentioned agency may reasonably request in connection with the above authorized application, and to work with the Black Hills Council of Local Government on the submittal of such application.

Dated this 2nd day of October, 2017.

City of Custer City

S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer


Charlie Najacht with the Custer Chronicle spoke to Council regarding the 2018 Custer Area Chamber Business & Membership Directory. Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the placement of a half page ad in the Directory for $695. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich. Councilperson Fischer and Heinrich amended the motion and second to include an additional $25 for a “click it” feature. The motion carried with Councilperson Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Maciejewski voting yes.


Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the Custer YMCA’s request to place crossing guards along the Fourth Street and Second Street crossings for the Monster Mash Dash Run on October 21st, 2017. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the preliminary plat for Keupp Subdivision. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Heinrich moved to reject the only proposal received for the rebuild of trail to Big Rock Overlook, which was from Dakota Greens Rock & Landscape for $35,668.97. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion carried with Councilperson Nielsen, Fischer, Blom, Maciejewski and Heinrich voting yes.


            Councilperson Nielsen moved to table the Harbach Park Master Plan contract until the next meeting to allow the Attorney time to review the questions that were presented regarding the contract. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Fischer moved to table the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements request for proposals until the next Council Meeting. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.


            Councilperson Nielsen moved to approve the 2018 Health Insurance Policy and renewal options as presented. Seconded by Councilperson Fischer, the motion carried with Councilperson Fischer, Blom, Maciejewski, Heinrich and Nielsen voting yes.


            Councilperson Blom moved to accept David Warfel’s resignation effective October 5th, 2017. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion unanimously carried.


            Councilperson Nielsen moved, with a second by Councilperson Heinrich, to approve the following claims.  The motion carried unanimously.

AE2S, Professional Fees, $7,439.40

AFLAC, Insurance, $660.28

AFSCME Council 65, Dues, $173.26

Battle Mountain Humane Society, Animal Control Contract, $800.00

Beesley Law Office, Professional Fees, $2,480.00

Black Hills Energy, Utilities, $2,614.44

Century Business Products, Supplies, $178.89

Custer Car Wash, Supplies, $21.50

Custer County Treasurer, Law Enforcement, $80,000.00

Custer Do It Best, Supplies, Repair & Maintenance, $26.48

Delta Dental, Insurance, $232.60

EFTPS, Taxes, $12,460.11

First Interstate Bank, Supplies, $103.53

Garland Goff Attorney at Law, Professional Fees, $254.00

G & R Controls INC, Repair & Maintenance, $444.38

Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, Professional Fees, $1,669.94

Midco Diving, Repair & Maintenance, $2,499.00

Robert Morrison, Reimbursement, $300.00

Muth Electric, Repair & Maintenance, $4,163.20

Northwest Pipe Fitting, Supplies, $400.04

Petty Cash, Supplies, $397.86

Pitney Bowes, Supplies, $500.00

Power House, Supplies, $47.04

Pace, Supplies, $302.56

PayPal, Supplies, $30.00

RCS Construction, Capital Improvements, $191,500.00

State of SD, Sales Tax, $982.22

Supplemental Retirement, $350.00

SD Retirement System, $5,560.58

Walker, Gaile, Safety, $175.00

Wellmark, Insurance, $9,045.20

Health Insurance Deductible Reimbursement, $2,000.00

Mayor & Council, $4,400.00

Finance Department, $4,739.14

Public Buildings, $2,637.14

Planning Department, $6,380.91

Public Works Department, $2,939.67

Street Department, $6,924.97

Cruisin Department, $91.05

Parks Department, $1,446.55

Water Department, $11,029.77

Wastewater Department, $10,976.91

Total Claims, $379,377.62


            Various committee reports were given in addition to department heads giving an update.


Councilperson Fischer moved to go into and out of executive session for personnel and contract negotiations per SDCL 1-25-2(1-4) at 6:42 pm, with the Attorney, Planning Administrator and Finance Officer present. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion unanimously carried. Council came out of executive session at 6:50 pm, with no action taken.


            Councilperson Fischer moved to approve hiring Jeff Clark and Richard Kothe as Inter Department Operators at $14.50 per hour contingent upon successful completion of background check, drug test and pre-employment physical & work screening. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.


            With no further business, Councilperson President Maciejewski adjourn the meeting.

ATTEST:                                                                                       CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Laurie Woodward                                                                          Larry Maciejewski

Finance Officer                                                                         Council President

52 Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup Photos

2017 – 52 Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup Photos
All Photos: Herb Ryan/Herb Ryan Photography
September 29, 2017


Start of the drive on the south viewing area .


Going through the cottonwoods in the north viewing area.


Driving into the corral area pasture.


Spectators coming down the south side viewing area headed to the corrals for the branding activities.


Outriders heading into the corral area after the buffalo stampede.


Cows are checked with ultrasound for pregnancy.


Cows are released from a squeeze chute after pregnancy ultrasound.


A crew works the branding chute.


A buffalo calf gets branded as the next customer looks on.



Crazy Horse Autumn Volksmarch

Photo: 2016 Volksmarch – Peg Ryan/Mile High Pilates and Yoga


Crazy Horse, SD – Looking for a great outdoor activity? Try a hike to the top of Crazy Horse Memorial on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The 10K (6.2miles) round trip to the top of the Mountain Carving is open to the public.
Admission to the Memorial is waived for Volksmarchers with a donation of three cans (3) of food per person appreciated. Regular admission rates apply to non-hikers. Registration for the hike, sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volkssport Association, is $3.00 per person. Gates open at 6:00 am, registration starts at 7:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm. The walk itself will start at 8:00 am and all participants must be off the trail by 4:00 pm. The trail winds through Crazy Horse Memorial grounds with the turnaround point on the arm of Crazy Horse. Once at the top you will be standing directly in front of the Crazy Horse’s Face. Those who have hiked up before will notice the subtle changes due to recent work done by the Mountain Crew this past summer to seal the seamlines from weather. The view along the way to the top of the Mountain is spectacular. You will see how much has been done on both sides of Crazy Horse’s Hand and Forearm since last year at this time.
This is a very popular event; shuttle busses are available from the parking areas to the registration tent, pets are not allowed on the trail, and the trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Water and aid stations will be located along the trail.
The entire complex will be open for your enjoyment as you are invited to tour the Museums, Cultural Center and the Original Studio Home of the Ziolkowski family. The gift shops and Laughing Water Restaurant will be open at 6:00 am. Laughing Water Restaurant will be serving breakfast from 6:00 am until 10:00am.

Rankin Fire Update Wind Cave National Park

Rankin Fire Update
September 16, 2017
Current Situation: The Rankin Fire is now 100 percent contained. There has been no growth of the fire for two days, and the size remains 2,133 acres. The fire area received 0.3” of rain on Friday. The completion of burnout operations coupled with the expected weather change have reduced the fire’s threat potential.
Weather:  A much cooler air mass will push over the fire area Friday night and Saturday with scattered showers tapering off.
Closures: All trails north of and including Wind Cave Canyon Trail remain closed.
Fire Statistics:
Start Date: 09/11/2017
Location: 12 miles Southeast of Custer, SD
Cause: Lightning
Size: 2,133 acres

Beaver Wildfire Update


A property on Beaver Creek Road that was threatened by the Beaver wildfire Wednesday afternoon September 13, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

September 14, 2017
Updated at 2:00 pm – Great Plains Fire Information

Current Situation: The Beaver wildfire, located in Custer County, 11 miles southeast of Custer was reported on Sept 13, at approximately 2:00 pm. Federal, State and Local resources responded and are still on scene. Air resources were also being used on the fire. The fire is estimated at 400 acres.

No structures have been lost, but 10 structures are threatened, with an additional 20 structures within a mile of the fire. An indirect dozer line was constructed around the fire last night. Crews are now working to burn out unburned islands between the fire and the dozer line.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and precipitation is forecasted for the next several days. This weather pattern will help crews as they continue to suppress the fire.

Evacuations: Evacuations and road closures are in place. Custer County Emergency Management is handling all evacuations and road closures.

Safety: Road closures on County Road 391 to Hwy. 385 to Hwy. 87. Smoke will continue to be visible in the area for the next several days. The public is asked to avoid traveling on roads in the vicinity of the fire for their own safety and the safety of firefighters.

Fire Statistics:

Start Date: September 13, 2017

Location: Custer County, 4 miles east of Pringle or 11 miles southeast of Custer

Size: Estimated at 400 acres

Resources: Federal, State and Local

Cause: Under investigation