December 12, 2017

CUSTER STATE PARK – The Legion Lake Fire is in its second day and burned 500 acres overnight, bringing the total up to an estimated 3,000 plus acres with containment remaining at zero percent. The fire is officially been labeled a type two and Rocky Mountain Team Blue is in command. Custer State Park remains closed.

Structure protection has been successful with one out building still being the only loss in the fire. The main areas of protection remain to be Blue Bell Lodge area, State Game Lodge, the park headquarters, Star Academy East and Legion Lake Lodge area.

Main objectives for Tuesday include continual structure protection, scouting for potential fire lines, active mapping, including aerial recon to gain a better estimate of acreage burned, prep for potential preventative burn outs in the area of Mount Coolidge Fire Tower on Highway 87, minimize impact to identified structures, wildlife and travel corridors, and to keep the fire south of 16A, west of Wildlife Loop Road, north of Ridge Road and Lame Johnny and east of Highway 87.

Winds have calmed since Monday and will be at five to 15 miles per hour coming out of the north and northwest with the temperatures reaching into the 60’s for Tuesday. Conditions are very serious with all fire fuel extraordinarily dry for this time of year. High winds are expected to pick up again in the evening and remain strong into Wednesday and Thursday.

Wildlife is currently not a risk as all species in the park are used to wildfire and are naturally avoiding dangerous areas. The opening of Highway 16A for public use will continue to be evaluated dependent upon firefighter and public safety

Legion Lake Fire Update December 11, 2017 – 3:45pm

Posted 11 December, 2017 – 3:45pm

CUSTER STATE PARK – The Legion Lake Fire, which began early Monday morning by Wilson’s Corner, has now risen to
2,500 acres burned. The fire is being transitioned to Rocky Mountain Team Blue type two. The fire remains zero percent
contained. Custer State Park will remain closed through Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The fire began roughly around 7:30 a.m. and the origin of the fire remains under investigation. It moved south and east
along Centennial Trail toward the Star Academy East Campus and Badger Hole. The head of the fire has crossed Heddy
Draw and lies on both sides of Barnes Canyon Road.

Heavy air tankers, helicopters, additional hand crews and various overhead have been ordered. There are currently 200
firefighters on scene.

The State Game Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge area and other facilities in the park are currently being threatened. One out
building has been lost.

Objectives created by South Dakota Wildland Fire are to keep the fire East of Highway 87, South of Highway 16A, West
of the Wildlife Loop Road and North of Custer State Park Road 4 and 5 to Ridge Road.

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 02:17 PM PST

Legion Lake Fire

  • Location: Near Legion Lake Lodge, Custer State Park
  • Size: 2,500 Acres
  • Resources: State and Federal
  • Cause: Human
  • Road Closures: Near Devil’s Triangle, including portions of Highways 16A and 87
  • Type 2 Incident Management Team Ordered
  • Location: 6 Miles North Custer, SD
  • Size: 12.5 Acres
  • Resources: State and Federal
  • Cause: Human

Cultural Programs at Crazy Horse Memorial Make Dreams Come True For Native Artist

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
December 7, 2017
CUSTER, SD – In 2018, Native performers, artists, and culture bearers can make their dreams come true by applying for six exciting Cultural Programs at Crazy Horse Memorial, in Custer, SD, which include Performers, the Talking Circle Speaker’s Series, Artist in Residence Fellowships, Artist Marketplace, the Mentor/Mentee program, and the Gift from Mother Earth Native and Western Art Show and Sale. Applications for these programs can be found at https://crazyhorsememorial.org/the-museums.html on the Crazy Horse Memorial website. Please return application materials, by email, to: loni.manning@crazyhorse.org or send to Loni Manning, Cultural Programs Manager, 12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD, 57730-8900. The deadline for all Cultural Program applications is January 31, 2018, excepting the Mentor/Mentee program which has a rolling deadline.

Individual or group dancers, musicians, singers, and other performers are invited to apply. State or federally enrolled tribal members from North America, including Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, or First Nations of Canada, and Mexico are invited to apply. Performers are needed from May through September for daily performances and for other special events.

Talking Circle Speaker’s Series
Native artists, musicians, actors, historians, cultural bearers, writers, and educators are encouraged to share their cultural knowledge and skill with visitors at Crazy Horse Memorial, through a 40-60 minute presentation on a Thursday evenings from June through August.

Artists in Residence Fellowships
Another exciting program being offered is the Artist in Residence Fellowship program for Native artists, musicians, and writers. Artists in Residence Fellows can sell their art to thousands of visitors, while sharing their art and culture in a workshop or lecture to the public. Artists may apply for one of the four one-month sessions between June and September. The artist is required to be present at the museum a minimum of 120 hours for the month.

Artists Marketplace
We are looking for highly qualified Native American artists, 18 years or older, to sell their authentic and reasonably-priced artwork to thousands of international visitors each day. Applicants must be members of a federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or certified as an Indian artisan. Indigenous artists from outside the United States, are also encouraged to apply for one or more of the five summer sessions between May and September. Artists are required to be on site from 10:00am – 7:00pm, 5 days each work week, with at least one of those days being Saturday or Sunday. Booth space in the Artist’s Marketplace is FREE.

This is a great opportunity for selected Native high school and/or college students to work with respected Native artists or culture bearers. Mentors will work with mentees for 100 hours of one-on-one or one-on-three learning in Traditional Arts, Storytelling, or Studio Arts. Applicants must be residing in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin or be enrolled members of a state or federally recognized American Indian tribe from those states.

Art Show and Sale
The 28th annual Gifts from Mother Earth Native and Western Art Show and Sale juried competition will be held June 15, 16 and 17, 2018. The show is open to all artists, 18 years or older, working in a western or Native-inspired theme.
If you have any questions regarding the application or the review process, please call Loni Manning at 605-673-4681, X 286.

Custer State Park Festival of Trees Voting Begins December 15

December 7, 2017

CUSTER, SD – The Custer State Park Festival of Trees event will be open for viewing and voting of “Favorite Tree” beginning Friday, December 15.  The Festival of Trees is an opportunity for local businesses, civic organizations, and individuals to display a tree at the Custer State Park Visitor Center throughout the holiday season.  A winner will be determined after the First Day Hike on Monday, January 1.

The following individuals or organizations that have a tree entered thus far are:  Hermosa Elementary Third Grade, Southern Hills Animal Clinic of Custer, Batchelder’s Studio of the Arts of Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Gallery On The Go of Rapid City, Good Karma Jewelry of Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Jean Mattheson of Custer, Allen Custom Airbrushing of Custer, Custer State Park Entrance Gate Staff, Hermosa Hiking Divas, Art Expressions Gallery of Custer, and Corral Drive Elementary Kindergarten of Rapid City.

There are spaces still available and any additional trees will need to be set up by Friday, December 15.  Please call 605-255-4515 to schedule a time to set up tree.

There is no fee to participate in the Custer State Park Festival of Trees or for the visitors to view the trees; however a park entrance license is required to enter the park.  All participants are responsible for tree removal the week of January 2-8.

Custer State Park Visitor Center hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm every day.  The visitor center will be closed on December 25-26 and open 9am – 1pm on December 24.





November 20th, 2017

Mayor Corbin Herman called to order the second meeting of the Common Council for the month of November 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.


Councilperson Fischer moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion unanimously carried.


Councilperson Nielsen moved, with a second by Councilperson Arseneault, to approve the minutes from the November 6th regular council meeting. The motion carried unanimously.


No conflicts of interest were stated.


            Councilperson Blom moved to adopt Ordinance #796, Water Rates. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion carried with Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault voting yes.


            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to adopt Ordinance #797, Wastewater Rates. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion carried with Councilpersons Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom, Arseneault and Maciejewski voting yes.


            Councilperson Blom moved to adopt Ordinance #798, Service Reduction Rates. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion carried with Councilpersons Nielsen, Fischer, Blom, Arseneault, Maciejewski and Heinrich voting yes.  


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


            Councilperson Nielsen moved to approve the Chamber’s request. With a second from Councilperson Blom, the motion carried unanimously. Councilperson Maciejewski stated that he would like to see the request verbiage updated to include all veteran’s being eligible to march in the parade, not just active or retired military personnel.


            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve change order #1 from RCS Construction for $2,310.72. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion carried with Councilpersons Fischer, Blom, Arseneault, Maciejewski, Heinrich and Nielsen voting yes.  


            Councilperson Fischer made a motion to move forward in securing a contract with Black Hills Council of Local Governments to update the Comprehensive Plan. Seconded by Councilperson Arseneault, the motion carried unanimously.


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

Albert Rodarte, Refund, $475.00

AE2S, Professional Fees, $3423.20

Audio-Video Solutions, Repair & Maintenance, $772.20

Banner Associates Inc, Capital Improvements, $4,995.63

BH Urgent Care, Safety, $440.00

Black Hills Energy, Utilities, $6,084.45

Community Partners Research INC, Housing Study, $1,875.00

Culligan, Repair & Maintenance, $18.50

Custer Chamber of Commerce, Sales Tax Subsidy, $22,002.78

Custer True Value, Repair & Maintenance, Supplies, $578.89

Fastenal, Supplies, $14.29

First Interstate Bank, $52.40

French Creek Supply, Supplies, Repair & Maintenance, $630.10

Harley, Julie, Reimbursement, $320.40

Harvey’s Lock Shop, Repair & Maintenance, $2,809.29

Hawkins, Supplies, $20.00

Kellogg, Scott, Reimbursement, $37.26

Kimball Midwest, Supplies, $208.24

Lynn’s Dakotamart, Supplies, $166.84

Mainline Contracting INC, Improvements, $146,551.05

Michael Todd & Company, Supplies, $60.69

Mid- American Research Chemical, Repair & Maintenance, $412.00

Midcontinent Testing Labs, Professional Fees, $389.00

Pace, Supplies, $236.82

Paypal, Supplies, $30.00

Petty Cash, Supplies, $116.00

Kothe, Rick, Reimbursement, $194.99

Rancher’s Feed & Supply, Supplies, $1,219.00

S & B Motors, Supplies, $277.08

Servall, Repairs & Maintenance, $163.02

State of SD, Sales Tax, $1,224.88

SD DOT, Abrasive, $4,760.00

SD DCI, Prints, $43.25

Bit Finance/State Long Distance, $30.83

USDA Loan Payments, $8,910.00

USA Bluebooks, Repair & Maintenance, $66.14

Wright Express, Charges, $814.70

Vandersys, Robin, Utilities Refund, $5.80

Total Claims, $210,429.72


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


With no further business, Councilperson Arseneault moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:21 p.m. Seconded by Councilperson Maciejewski, the motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:                                                                                            CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Lisa Trana                                                                             Corbin Herman

Deputy Finance Officer                                                                      Mayor

2018 Forest Day Use Passes on Sale – One Day Only – Friday, December 1, 2017

November 20, 2017

Custer, SD– On Friday, December 1, 2017, Forest Recreation Management (FRM) Day Use Passes for the 2018 season will be available for half price at several Black Hills National Forest offices including, the Bearlodge Ranger District office in Sundance, WY, the Northern Hills Ranger District office in Spearfish, SD, the Mystic Ranger District office in Rapid City, SD and the Forest Supervisors/Hell Canyon Ranger District office in Custer, SD.

These passes are for USDA Forest Service facilities located within the Black Hills National Forest fee areas and should not be confused with South Dakota State Park Passes.

The Premium passes (which includes the Sheridan and Pactola complexes) will be $17 (regularly $34), and the Standard passes (which are for all FRM operated day use areas except the Sheridan and Pactola complexes) will be $10 (regularly $20).  Please pay with cash or check.

Requests made by mail with postmarks between Dec.  1-3 to FRM, PO Box 1168, Hill City, SD 57745 will also be honored. Please include a check for the appropriate amount.

The number of passes available for purchase per individual is unlimited, making them great gifts for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges and prizes for drawings. No other discounts will be accepted with this offer and those with senior or access discounts can receive this reduced price any time.

Under a special use permit, FRM operates Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and other recreation facilities. FRM has been operating these facilities since 1999.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.




November 20th, 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 – November 6th, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings

a. Second Reading – Ordinance #796 – Water Rates

b. Second Reading – Ordinance #797 – Wastewater Rates

c. Second Reading – Ordinance #798 – Service Reduction (Water Off) Rates



6. Old Business




7. New Business

            a. Final Plat – Keupp Subdivision

            b. Old Time Country Fourth of July Request – Chamber of Commerce

            c. Water Treatment Improvements Change Order – RCS Construction

            d. Comprehensive Plan Update Proposal – Black Hills Council of Local Government


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 – November 21st, 2017 5:30 P.M.

Public Works Committee Meeting – December 4th, 2017 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – December 4th, 2017 5:30 P.M.

General Government Committee Meeting – December 11th, 2017 4:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Meeting – December 12th, 2017 5:00 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – December 18th, 2017 5:30 P.M.