State Rep. Craig Tieszen Dies Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff

 

State Rep. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City.

November 23, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – State Rep. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, in a drowning accident in the Cook Islands, where Tieszen, 68, was attending a family wedding. The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific, approximately 3,000 miles south of Hawaii. Tieszen’s brother-in-law, Brent Moline, 61, of Rapid City, also died in the accident.      

Tieszen was in his first term representing District 34 in the State House of Representatives, after having served in the State Senate from 2009-16. Prior to his legislative service, Tieszen spent 32 years in law enforcement, retiring as Rapid City Chief of Police

“Craig Tieszen was a good man and a dedicated public servant, and his loss is very sad,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Craig Tieszen spent his life serving the public. He was a thoughtful and conscientious legislator, and a leader on criminal justice issues. More importantly, he was a true gentleman who was respected by all who knew him. Linda and I offer our deepest sympathies to the Tieszen and Moline families during this difficult time.”

Gov. Daugaard will order flags to fly at half-staff statewide in honor of Rep. Tieszen on the day of his funeral, which has yet to be determined.

BHSU-Rapid City to host Bully Prevention and Intervention lecture by internationally renowned researcher

Dr. Dorothy Espelage. (submitted photo)

November 6, 2017

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Internationally known researcher and speaker Dr. Dorothy Espelage will deliver a lecture on “Bully Prevention and Intervention: Translating Research to Practice” at Black Hills State University- Rapid City room 112 on Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. All community members, including practitioners, educators, parents, and youth are invited.

“Preventing bullying and adverse outcomes associated with it, like depression and suicidal behaviors, is a public concern among our youth, but it is a problem that needs to be addressed by all community members,” says Espelage.

The event will be a lecture and informal colloquium hosted by Youth Voices in Prevention, Rapid City Area Schools, and BHSU-RC. The public is invited to attend and learn more about issues that impact all aspects of our community.

“If you interact at all with youth in your community then you owe to yourself and them to learn about the challenges that youth are facing at school and online as it relates to bullying,” says Espelage. “Once we understand these challenges then we can help these youth overcome them.”

Espelage is a professor of psychology at the University of Florida. She was the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy.

For more information, contact Youth Voices in Prevention at Youth.VIP@unh.edu or call 605-381-2568 or Jacob Hamik, admissions coordinator at BHSU-RC, at Jacob.Hamik@BHSU.edu or 605-718-4194.

35TH ANNUAL BLACK HILLS SPORT SHOW AND OUTDOOR EXPO IMAGES

35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Saturday, February 11, 2017
All Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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White Water “Retro” Camper at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Interior of the White Water “Retro” Camper at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press
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Mom and daughter check out the Interior of the White Water “Retro” Camper at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The climbing wall keeps the kid occupied at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Customers look at a pontoon boat at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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One of the many vendors at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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173 HP Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Polaris Slingshot engine at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Seen at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Canadian Fishing, Hunting Adventures at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth Images Saturday, February 11, 2017

Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth Images
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Weather: Cold, Windy and Overcast.
Walkers,Volunteers and Sponsors: Warm, Cheerful, Caring  and Enthusiastic.
Purpose: To help those in financial need heat their homes in the coldest months of winter and cool their homes in the extreme heat of summer.

Black Hills Energy will match donations up to $10,000. Funds raised during Walk for Warmth benefit the energy assistance programs of the Salvation Army of the Black Hills and Rapid City’s Church Response organization. Any energy customer, regardless of their provider, may seek to qualify for energy assistance.

 

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Hunter Widvey and Alexia Wright, Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teens, pose for pictures Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017. as the wait for the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A group of walkers leave Main St. Square Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017, at the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A group of walkers leave Main St. Square Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017, at the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A group of walkers leave Main St. Square Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017, at the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

The Journey Museum and Learning Forum Series ‘American Bison – A Survival Story’ Presented By Susan Ricci

 

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Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

February 2, 2017

RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Feb. 12 titled ‘American Bison – A Survival Story’. Susan Ricci, museum director of the Museum of the American Bison, will take audience members through the incredible survival story of the buffalo, an animal that was once 60 million strong.

‘American Bison – A Survival Story’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. Susan Ricci, museum director of the Museum of the American Bison, will discuss the early decline of buffalo, its cultural significance to the tribes of North America, and the eventual restoration and efforts that saved the animal from extinction.

The buffalo once numbered almost 60 million strong across North America but by the end of the 1800s, there were less than 1000 buffalo left. Susan’s presentation will follow the early decline of the buffalo from the fur trade to its near extermination during western settlement. Susan will explore the cultural significance of the buffalo to the tribes of North America and the impact that the loss of these animals had on Native people. Susan will also discuss the eventual restoration of the buffalo and the efforts of a few men and women that saved this animal from extinction.

Susan Ricci developed the Museum of the American Bison, a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Plains bison from its prehistoric beginnings to its near extermination and subsequent restoration in North America. The museum is located at Crazy Horse Memorial Mountain.

Susan provides mobile bison museum presentations to schools in Montana and South Dakota and has been providing lectures on bison restoration and Native American buffalo culture at wildlife conferences and community events across the country for the past 15 years.

Susan received a Bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University, where she majored in History and Sociology with a minor in American Indian Studies. She currently works as a grant writer at Crazy Horse.

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a fortyfive minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, and a student is FREE with an accompanying paid adult/senior admission (includes museum).

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 http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Black Hills Cares Walk For Warmth

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Help those in financial need heat their homes in the coldest months of winter and cool their homes in the extreme heat of summer. Join us for the 2017 Black Hills Cares Walk for Warmth.

Black Hills Energy will match donations up to $10,000. Funds raised during Walk for Warmth benefit the energy assistance programs of the Salvation Army of the Black Hills and Rapid City’s Church Response organization. Any energy customer, regardless of their provider, may seek to qualify for energy assistance.

Find more information and register for the event atwww.blackhillsenergy.com/walkforwarmth.

Come Visit South Dakota Farm Bureau at Black Hills Stock Show

By Brenda Dreyer
January 26, 2017

HURON, SD – South Dakota Farm Bureau will have a strong presence at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (BHSS) taking place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Central States Fairgrounds Jan. 27 – Feb. 4 in Rapid City.

Livestock shows and sales, professional rodeos, trade show and educational activities are just a few of the events on tap at the event that draws close to 300,000 attendees during the nine-day show.

“We are excited to be part of this annual event to share more about the benefits of being a Farm Bureau member as well as visit with attendees about our Centennial Community Initiative,” said Krystil Smit, SDFB Executive Director.

The Centennial Community Initiative is a grant program for community projects that make a difference, have high visibility and reflect Farm Bureau’s mission and vision. SDFB will be reinvesting $100,000 in local communities for community improvement projects in 2017 as part of the organization’s centennial year.

Also during the BHSS, the SDFB Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) will offer educational activities in the Civic Center for area middle school students.

“The WLT is teaching an educational session on poultry and eggs as well as helping with sessions on beef during the show,” added Smit. “They are expecting 700 students from area schools during the event.”

SDFB will be in LaCroix Hall at the Civic Center in booths #17 and #18. The SDFB Young Farmers & Ranchers will be selling raffle tickets for two Henry Golden Rifles. The rifle drawing will take place at the SDFB Centennial Convention November 17-18 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

A special event at BHSS is a Rancher Appreciation Social, sponsored by the Pennington/Jackson County Farm Bureau, which takes place on Monday, January 30, 2017. For tickets, stop by the SDFB booth at BHSS.

For more information on the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo visit www.blackhillsstoccckssshow.com. For more information on South Dakota Farm Bureau visit www.sdfbf.org.

BHSU Photography Student Caleb Munger To Be Featured in Dahl Arts Center Emerging Artists Gallery

 

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Photo: Caleb Munger

January 23, 2017

SPEARFISH… Black Hills State University photography student Caleb Munger has an exhibition Thursday, Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the Emerging Artists Gallery at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Caleb is a firefighter from Newcastle, Wyo. and has spent the past year creating a body of work illustrating the perils, triumphs, and human experience from the perspective of the firefighters themselves. His work gives us a glimpse into the realm of firefighting, which is not often seen.

Portion of Artist Statement: “As a photographer I want to document the world of firefighting. Being a third-generation volunteer fire fighter, as well as a seasonal fire fighter with the US Forest Service, has had an enormous influence on my work. The fire service is filled with adrenaline, excitement, and devastation. I want to show the primal beauty of fire while showing the dangerous and courageous acts of firefighters and firefighting.”

Trump to Nominate School of Mines President Heather Wilson to Serve as Secretary of the Air Force

January. 23, 2017

Thune Statement on Heather Wilson’s Nomination to Serve as Secretary of the Air Force

“As an Air Force veteran, former member of Congress, and now leader of one of the nation’s top science and engineering schools, Heather Wilson is uniquely qualified to help lead America’s airmen …”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after the White House announced that President Trump will nominate South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) President Heather Wilson to serve as the next secretary of the Air Force:

wilsonsmmini“As an Air Force veteran, former member of Congress, and now leader of one of the nation’s top science and engineering schools, Heather Wilson is uniquely qualified to help lead America’s airmen, and I look forward to supporting her nomination,” said Thune. “Our military requires strong and bold leadership, particularly in the early stages of a new administration, and Heather is exactly what the Air Force needs.”

Wilson served in the Air Force from 1982-1989 and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and served until 2009. In 2013, Wilson became president of SDSM&T, which is just miles away from Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Wilson was instrumental in applying cutting-edge technologies that were developed at SDSM&T to solve B1-B Bombers maintenance issues at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

 

Over 1,000 Women Children and Men March In Rapid City Women’s March on Washington

 

by Herb Ryan
January 22, 2017

RAPID CITY, SD – It’s was a beautiful sight to see Saturday morning January 21, 2017 as 1,000 – 1,500 concerned citizens, women, children and men marched up 6th street, and placed a ” what I want for women” scarf on the statue of George Washington at the corner of 6th and St. Joseph streets. The march then continued  back down 6th street, crossed Omaha street and a rally was held near the revolving stone in Memorial Park. This was a clear celebration by diverse groups of people who gathered to show overwhelming support for women’s rights and other issues.

March facilitator Dorothy ” Rowdy” Berwick  said, “many of us were discouraged and are apprehensive about the future plans of the Trump administration”. We needed a way to show the community that there are many of us who believe in basic human rights for all. Berwick continued, “we will defend our rights if they are in jeopardy” this march is just a declaration that we should defend the rights of all people within our borders.

Wiyaka Hudson, a nurse at Regional Hospital said she was very worried about what is going to happen with the Affordable Care Act, Women’s Rights and the environment. ” My people are currently fighting the DAPL pipeline in North Dakota because of possible water contamination, and the Indian Health Service is another serious issue that needs to be resolved” she said.

 

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A woman fills out a ” what I want for women” tag at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The extended Hudson family from Rapid City holding signs at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Dorothy”Rowdy” Brewick (with bullhorn) rallies marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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“What I Want For Women” scarf on the statue of George Washington on the corner of 6th and St. Joseph street at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers gather for a rally in Memorial Park at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Nicole Heenan

 

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Marchers gather for a rally in Memorial Park at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press