CUSTER COUNTY LIBRARY AMONG TWELVE NEWLY ACCREDITED PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO BE HONORED IN CAPITAL ROTUNDA


PIERRE, S.D. – Twelve South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2018. They will be honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Feb. 13, at 3:15 pm CST. This event is held in conjunction with the annual South Dakota Library Association Library Legislative Day.

Accredited libraries demonstrate that they meet important benchmarks for providing high quality library services to their communities. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Libraries are evaluated in the following areas, as outlined in South Dakota Public Library Standards: governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology and public relations.

The following libraries have been accredited:

  • Canton Public Library – Enhanced
  • Cozard Memorial Library (Chamberlain) – Essential
  • Custer County Library (Custer) – Exemplary
  • Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library – Enhanced
  • Gregory Public Library – Exemplary
  • Hot Springs Public Library – Enhanced
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Free Library (Lead) – Essential
  • Piedmont Valley Library – Essential
  • Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre) – Exemplary
  • Tripp County Grossenberg Memorial Library (Winner) – Essential
  • Wall Community Library – Essential
  • Yankton Community Library – Exemplary

 

Detailed requirements for each level of tiered accreditation, as well as a complete list of all currently accredited libraries, are available on the South Dakota State Library’s website at library.sd.gov.

2018 BARK BEETLE BLUES DRAWS LARGE CROWD

Bark Beetle Blues Bug Burn on Pageant Hill in Custer, SD Friday January 20, 2018. Photo:@paulhorsted.com

Yet another outstanding effort by local volunteers, the variety show had everything from jazz ballet, music, an “Air Guitar Band” and a dog doing tricks accompanied by Anna Marie Riner on the flute. The torch march was epic, enraged citizens marching in cold, snowy icy conditions towards the beetle effigy with kerosene soaked torches. The somewhat smaller beetle, representing the diminished beetle threat to our beloved pine trees glowed with orange flame as the sky was illuminated with exploding fireworks and their resounding boom, warning the pine bark beetle family to bug off.
The beetle burn was followed by a “Bug Crawl” in Custer City featuring local artist.

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Santa Claus Pronounces 25th Annual “Christmas For Kids” in Custer SD Huge Success

Custer, SD – Saturday afternoon was the 25 Annual “Christmas For Kids” at the Jr/Sr High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer. Hundreds of children and their parents enjoyed  free hot dogs and drinks as they waited their turn to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. The event is paid for through auctions, local donations and the efforts of many volunteers and sponsors. This year $10,000 dollars was raised to purchase toys for the event. The children were excited to meet Santa, AKA Arvon Hamilton and Mrs. Claus, AKA Ann Hamilton and all Santa’s helpers, but most of all, they were happy for the early christmas presents.

 

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A Custer family waits to meet Santa at the 25 Annual “Christmas For Kids” held at the Jr/Sr High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer, SD Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Children who were given numbers earlier, wait for their turn to visit Santa at the 25 Annual “Christmas For Kids” held at the Jr/Sr  High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer, SD, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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One of Santa’s elves organizes a massive pile of presents backstage at the theatre at the 25 Annual “Christmas For Kids” held at the Jr/Sr High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer, SD, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Santa’s local helpers (l-r)-Betty Sowder, Susan Swindal and Shirley Parsons working in the kitchen serving free hot dogs, chips and drinks at the 25 Annual “Christmas For Kids” held at the Jr/Sr High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer, SD, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Two happy boys with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 25 Annual “Christmas For Kids” held  at the Jr/Sr High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer, SD, Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of John Glenn

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of John Glenn

PIERRE, S.D. – The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of John Glenn.

President Obama calls for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance.

At the President’s request, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn, starting immediately, until the day of his interment.

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