Cabela’s Springs into Summer with Camping Classic


Rapid City, SD. (April 20, 2016) – Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is helping its customers kick off the summer camping season with the Cabela’s Camping Classic at its Rapid City location, Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 8.

Cabela’s Camping Classic sale and event will offer customers the opportunity to stock up on the latest and greatest camping equipment in a variety of categories, including tents, sleeping bags, coolers, outdoor cooking and more.

The event also will include free seminars designed to show customers camping tips and tactics to get the most out of their outdoor experiences.

Free camping seminars will be presented Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.
At noon and again at 2 p.m. each day, Cabela’s Outfitters will present two different seminars: “How to Pick the Perfect Tent” and “Camp Cooking Essentials.”

In addition, we will perform seminars on Day Hike Essentials, Solar-Powered Gadgets, Safe Drinking Water and Knife Sharpening. The Boy Scouts will also be making an appearance while teaching us how to make our own paracord bracelets.

More information about Cabela’s Camping Classic sales and weekend activities can be found online at

Rockin’ Rushmore at the Journey Museum


RAPID CITY, SD – On Sunday, April 24 at 2 pm, award-winning children’s writer Jean Patrick presents the Learning Forum Series event titled “Rockin’ Rushmore” as a run-up for Mount Rushmore’s 75th Anniversary of completion this summer.

In this visual and interactive presentation designed especially for parents, grandparents and children as well as teachers, Jean describes how and why Mount Rushmore was carved. “I also emphasize the power of dynamite, teamwork, and democracy,” she says.

How did a Mitchell, SD, children’s writer come to write best-selling books on Mount Rushmore? “They recruited me to do the text for an illustrated book for kids called Who Carved the Mountain, a book that could be read to a child in 10 minutes,” Jean says. “How hard could that be, I thought. Little did I know what a rich story Mount Rushmore was.”

Those stories led to Jean’s book for older children called Face to Face with Mount Rushmore. Using actual questions from young people, this interactive book includes photographs, letters, quizzes, and trivia to help readers explore one of the world’s most famous memorials.

Jean will show lots of pictures and primary source materials. Mount Rushmore Memories, edited with Debbie Ketel, was developed from one hundred memories from visitors, employees, local residents, National Park Service employees, politicians, a former Rushmore carver, and the grandchildren of Doane Robinson, Charles Buell and Gutzon Borglum.

“One big hit with kids is actual Rushmore tools I have on loan that people can touch. I have a tiny drill bit that was used on Washington’s face. Kids get it when they hold something that touched George Washington’s nose on Mount Rushmore. My goal is to help them literally see that they can touch the piece of history, actually connecting themselves with the mountain.”

Jean’s most recent book, Four Famous Faces illustrated by Renee Graef, leads readers through the famous parks, memorials, and monuments of the Badlands and Black Hills region, including Mount Rushmore.

“I thought Mount Rushmore going to be about one thing,” says Jean Patrick. I don’t even know the questions to ask until I’m in the thick of research. Without that approach, you miss the good stuff. I tell children and others thinking about any topic that the best thing they can do is to ask, ask questions, ask questions!”

Jean will be available to answer questions, visit with teachers and autograph all four Mount Rushmore titles after her 2 pm presentation in the Wells Fargo Theater at The Journey Museum & Learning Center.

Jean is a guest speaker and storyteller at schools, libraries, and conferences throughout the United States. She is a Scholar and presenter for the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. A graduate of Luther College. Decorah, Iowa, with a Master’s Degree in English from Kansas State University, Jean broke into non-fiction writing with her award-winning Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth.

Learn more about Jean Patrick at
“Rockin’ Rushmore” is brought to you in part by the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, & half-off for members (includes museum admission).
For more information and details about this event or other items, be sure to call (605) 394-6923 or email

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!


77th Annual Disabled American Veterans State Convention



In South Dakota Governor’s opening remarks at the 77 Annual Disabled American Veterans State Convention and 65th Annual State Auxiliary Convention in Rapid City he said: “It’s an honor to be in a room full of heroes like you. I’m really here to extend a message of thanks to honor all those who have served. Please know the State Veterans Office in Pierre is there for you. I value the freedoms that were won by your sacrifices”. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


L-R: Alan Ochsner from Aberdeen a US Army Veteran of 32 years,7 months and 21 years served in Vietnam 1969 -1970, 5th Special Forces .Chuck Webster, Adjutant/ Treasurer for chapter 13 in Aberdeen. Chuck Webster was a 20 year Naval Aviator with three tours in Vietnam flying A-4 and A-7 carrier capable attack aircraft. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press








Construction Continues on Mt. Rushmore Road in Rapid City


Lauren Morrison a construction worker with Reed Construction of Aberdeen, controls traffic entering Mt. Rushmore Road Friday afternoon. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Heavy equipment digs up Mt Rushmore Road Friday afternoon in preparation for new sewer lines and underground burial of utilities. The completed construction will improve the aesthetics of the road considerably and provide improved driver safety. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press 

Cabela’s Fishing Classic Rapid City


Rapid City, SD. – Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, today announced plans to celebrate Cabela’s Fishing Classic with sales, guest appearances, seminars, product demonstrations and more at its Rapid City location, April 14-24

Cabela’s Fishing Classic event will offer customers special deals on fishing gear, as well as educational seminars and exhibits from Cabela’s staff.

Free fishing seminars will be presented on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.
At noon on both days, a seminar titled “Home-Water Opportunities” will give customers the chance to learn from local angling experts who will talk about the best fishing spots in the area. They’ll discuss a variety of local fishing resources, and what each has to offer anglers.
At 2 p.m. on both days, experienced local anglers will cover the latest gear and techniques in a seminar titled “Fishing Tips & Tactics.”

Cabela’s Fishing Classic also will feature a reel trade-in program, April 14-17. During that time, customers may trade in lightly used reels in working condition and receive a 20-percent discount on the purchase of a new reel. All traded in reels will be donated to a local youth-fishing charity.

Other events will include: Meeting our Conservation Leaders, Kids Casting, Sonar Technology Tips, Cabela’s Guide Wear Series and a Youth Aquarium Scavenger Hunt.

During the entire event, all customers will receive free shipping on rods and reels purchased online at More information about Cabela’s Fishing Classic sales and weekend activities can be found online at

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program


RAPID CITY, S.D. – With the recent fire activity in the Black Hills, now is the best time to mitigate the fire threat and lower the risk of catastrophic fire to your property. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire (SDWF) Division reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.

The program is to create or enhance survivable space around homes, reducing the spread rate and intensity in the event of a fire. Treatment will promote forest health by mimicking the effects that fire would have on the landscape by removing unhealthy tree, resulting in a variety of stronger trees that will reduce competition for nourishment and create a healthier forest.

Mitigation will target and remove deformed, diseased, damaged, and broken topped coniferous trees while encouraging growth of deciduous. Remaining conifers will be removed until an average spacing of 30 feet between the crowns and limbed at least 10 feet from the ground.

SDWF is unable to cost share projects consisting of select tree removal due to various forms of tree mortality (i.e. bug tree removal) or cleanup of slash piles, chip piles or cut and chunk material that has been left from previous treatments. Treatments larger than 6.5 acres are typically not eligible under this program, unless specifically targeted as a necessary mitigation effort for a high-risk interface area.

To determine if you are eligible for participation, please contact Cassie Christy, urban interface technician with SDWF at 605.394.5203. For more information on mitigating fire threats around your home,

Follow South Dakota Wildland Fire on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at find us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Best Buffalo Meat in The Known Universe.

A jovial Bruce Anderson, owner of Western Buffalo Company in Rapid City gets the look from a Buffalo out of the Custer State Park herd. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

When the Custer County Market was destroyed by fire on December 20, 2015, the prime retail source for Western Buffalo Company meat dried up in Custer. Western Buffalo Company continues to deliver to local restaurants but, the magic is in the meat and the cooking. Sorry Chef, but I don’t trust my Buffalo meat with anyone but me, and my CharBroil grille.

Gail Hise, who has been working at Western Buffalo Company for 34 years explained the different options available. There is a small freezer in the customer service area that has Buffalo T-bone steaks, patties, sausage, chuck roast, round roast, rib eye. Buffalo Salami, hot dogs, bratwurst and more. Buffalo sides, hind quarter, and front quarters can be ordered. There is an average waiting period of ten to fourteen days after you place your order. The Buffalo  are 2 year old corn-fed heifers. It is recommended you call  for specific product availability.

Western Buffalo Company
1015 E.St. Patrick St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Western Buffalo Company

Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Students’ Hard Work Pays Off at Donnie Smith Show


Rapid City, SD (April 4, 2016) – Months of hard work paid off for a group of Black Hills area high school students this weekend. The group, participating in the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challengeearned two first place awards April 2 at the prestigious Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in St. Paul, Minn. The student-built Buffalo Chip Challenge bikes, a fully customized 2016 Victory Cross Country and 2015 Indian Chief Classic each earned first place honors in the open class. The students competed against professional custom bike builders, which makes winning these awards an even more remarkable achievement.

“Winning first place in competition against professionals was really exciting,” said Calvin Tohm, a junior from Spearfish Senior High School and member of Team Indian. “All of the hard work became worth it when they called us up there to accept the award. Going to the Donnie Smith Show taught me how to make a good first impression, and winning that award taught me to make the most of every opportunity.”

The program, developed by Sturgis Buffalo Chip® president Rod Woodruff and coordinated by Keith Terry of Terry Components, was designed to prepare the next generation of American motorcycle experts and cultivate motorcycle industry economic development.  Mentors Randy Cramer of Dakota V-Twin and Chris Malo of Baggster provided hands-on instruction to students from start to finish to create signature builds that fit the style of their teams’ esteemed captains, Rusty Jones of Rusty Jones Customs and John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts.

“The students worked very hard to prepare for the Donnie Smith Show,” said Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “The kids definitely earned those first place trophies. Rarely have students stood together more proudly than this group did when they accepted those first place awards on the Donnie Smith Show Stage.”

Students participating in the Buffalo Chip Challenge program are also eligible to earn $8,500 in scholarships with $5,000 going to first place, $2,500 to second and $1,000 to third. The awards, presented by Buffalo Chip President, Rod Woodruff, will be announced in April.

The two award-winning custom motorcycles will be auctioned in support of the Buffalo Chip’s signature Legends Ride® charity event on Deadwood’s Main Street on Monday, Aug. 8.

The Buffalo Chip Challenge is a collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin, Baggster and a large group of industry-leading sponsors. This is the sixth consecutive year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has led the regional program focused on American innovation and craftsmanship. The Buffalo Chip Challenge bikes have won top awards in the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show every year they have been entered.    

Many of the motorcycle industry’s top companies continue to supply world-class parts and services for the Buffalo Chip’s build program each year, recognizing its significance as part of the growth and success in American custom bike building. Special thanks to American Iron Magazine, Baggster, Dakota V-Twin, Dirty Bird Concepts, Hot Leathers, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis, Rusty Jones Customs, Terry Components, Arlen Ness Enterprises, Carl Brouhard Designs, CT Designs, Flat Earth Art, Hawg Halters, Inc., Jamie’s Repair, KewlMetal, Kreun Kustom, Legend Suspensions, Lloyd’z Motor Workz, MTX Audio, RC Components, Sturdevant’s Refinish Supply Center, Trask Performance, and Vee Rubber America for contributing to the program.

Those interested in bidding to win one of these award-winning bikes can visit or call (605) 347-9000                                                                                                                                                      

About the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge™

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its sixth annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders Keith Terry, Randy Cramer and Chris Malo to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing two stock motorcycles. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation. Throughout the years, the custom creations produced in the Buffalo Chip Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions, including winning multiple first place trophies at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.


About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Guests from all 50 states and 22 countries have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling powersports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at