Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe Specialty License Plates Available May 1st, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Revenue will begin offering Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe specialty license plates May 1.

Vehicle owners may apply for the new tribal license plates at any time by visiting their local county treasurer’s office or online at https://mysdcars.sd.gov during their renewal period. The plates will be available for the cost of $10 plus a $5 mailing fee.

“We are pleased to add the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s specialty plate, as we now offer plates representing all nine tribes in South Dakota,” Motor Vehicle Division Director Lisa Weyer said. “The $10 fee associated with these plates is dispersed to the designated tribe for the maintenance, construction and supervision of tribal highways and bridges.”

The new plates will be a part of South Dakota’s plate on-demand program. The plates will be printed after the application is submitted, and residents will receive their plates by mail within 10 business days.

The Department of Revenue also offers standard and veteran tribal license plates for the following tribes:

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Yankton Sioux Tribe

For a tutorial on how to order these plates online, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOZEWUzjqZ0


THE MATTHEWS returns to the Golden Era of Radio with “KMOH Variety Review: Live Radio Play”


SPEARFISH, SD – It’s radio you can see. The Matthews’ community theater presents  “KMOH Variety Review: A Live Radio Play,” directed by Max G. Merchen. The performance runs May 3-6. The Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 adults, $10 subscribers, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. Tickets are available at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Buy tickets online at www.matthewsopera.com.

During the Golden Days of Radio, movie stars, radio actors, musicians, and sound effects men broadcast live in front of audiences on radio stations heard throughout America. “KMOH Variety: A Live Radio Play” turns The Matthews stage into the famous radio station — KMOH.

“Although each generation has its own pressures and exigencies. We tend to look back longingly at the generations that came before us and long for the good old days,” comments Max G. Merchen, director. “There will be no digital remastering, no computer-generated images, no tweets, no gigabytes, no smartphones, or Ipads. Get ready to enjoy some cornball humor and a lot of wholesome entertainment the entire family can enjoy.”

The cast will be playing several characters from different radio skits. The KMOH cast is comprised of Sandy Nauman, Roger O’Dea, Bart Willuweit, Mikayla Wetz, Dwight Myers, Lynn Pederson, Deb Brunette, John Eisenbraun, David Nickel, Grant Binkleman, Pam Wegner, Kathy Johnston, Max G. Merchen, and Pat Yanzik.

L-R Mikayla Wetz, Roger O”Dea, Sandi Nauman

The cast takes on famous skits by Abbott and Costello, The Thin Man, Fibber McGee & Molly, and Burns & Allen. Between acts, the cast performs “on air” commercials promoting local Black Hills businesses that support The Matthews.

The radio play lineup features “Cleaning out the Closet” by Fibber McGee and Molly, “The Case of the Goofy Groom” from The Adventures of the Thin Man, “Gracie takes up Crime Solving” and “The Case of the Punctured Plumber” by Burns and Allen, and one of the most famous radio skits ever to be performed, “Who’s on First, by Abbott and Costello.

An added bonus will be live musical entertainment that changes every evening. The musicians featured are Gerry Bennett on May 3, Kaleb Carlin on May 4, Scott Simpson on May 5, and Lyle Barry on May 6.

The next event for The Matthews is the children’s theater production of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” June 22-24. Tickets on sale now. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.MatthewsOpera.com.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 612 N. Main Street in Spearfish, South Dakota. To learn more about The Matthews either contact by phone, at 605.642.7973 or their website at www.MatthewsOpera.com.



Pierre—The Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council is seeking applicants to serve on the State
Investment Council. The Investment Council is responsible for investing state revenues and pension funds, and
determining state investment policies.

Individuals who are trained in the field of investment and finance but who are not engaged in the sale of
marketable or public securities to the state may apply for this appointment. Statute requires that no more than
four of the appointed members may be of the same political party. This year, the appointment may be from a
registered member of any political party, or no political party.

Applications may be obtained at the following link:
The deadline for submitting applications is May 10, 2018

Construction Work to Limit Parking at South Dakota Minuteman Missile National Historic Site’s Delta-01 and Delta-09 Sites


Cactus Flat, SD –  Work begins this month on a project to construct modern parking lots and restroom facilities a short distance away from both the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and the Delta-09 missile silo. When completed at the end of the summer, these facilities will better allow access to the two sites for the visiting public with ample parking for buses and RVs.

At each location the new facilities will include a parking lot with car, bus and RV spaces, a comfort station, interpretive shelter, and pedestrian pathway connecting to the historic sites. These new facilities will be situated a respectful distance away from each site in order to preserve the historic landscape.

Visitors are advised that parking will be severely limited and large vehicle turnarounds will be difficult at both sites during this time. At Delta-01 visitors may park in four paved parking spaces. At Delta-09, parking will be limited to the driveway to the silo.

“These two facilities were built by the Air Force for a nuclear deterrence mission, and never intended for the public to see. This work is necessary to ensure that the historic sites are both better preserved and easier to access by the visiting public,” said Superintendent Eric Leonard, “We regret the inconvenience to the visiting public during the summer season.” To stay informed about this work and other news about Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, the public can visit our Facebook page or the park website for more information.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site’s headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America’s nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. The park is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. More information about the park can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimiranger

Absentee Voting begins April 20th for South Dakota Primary Election


PIERRE, SD – Absentee voting will begin for registered voters in South Dakota on Friday, April 20th, 46 days prior to the primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Registered voters can vote in person at their County Auditor’s office by bringing a photo Identification Card (ID) such as:

  • a South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver identification card,
  • a passport or an identification card issued by an agency of the United States government,
  • a tribal identification card; or
  • a current student identification card issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota.

If a voter does not have a photo ID, they must be given the option to sign a personal identification affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

Voters wishing to vote absentee by mail must fill out an absentee ballot application and have their signature notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification. Voters must mail or turn this application into their County Auditor’s office. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Monday, June 4 at 5 PM.

To register to vote, fill out the voter registration form and mail or turn it in to your County Auditor. Your Voter Registration form must be received by the auditor 15 days before any election if you wish to vote in that election.

The Democrat primary election is open to registered Democrats and registered Independents or those with No Party Affiliation. Republicans have a closed primary and only registered Republicans will be able to participate in that primary election. All registered voters in South Dakota including those registered as Libertarian, Constitution and Other will be eligible for a ballot during the 2018 primary election due to Constitutional Amendment Y creating a Non-Political ballot statewide.


Absentee Ballot Application Link: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/AbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf
Voter Registration Form Link: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/VoterRegistrationFormFillable.pdf


Buffalo tours at Custer State Park. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography – 2017


PIERRE, S.D. – In 2017, visitor spending in South Dakota reached $3.85 billion, resulting in $2.59 billion in GDP and more than $290 million in state and local tax revenue. It was the eighth straight year of record growth in the state. A recent analysis shows that more than half of the counties in South Dakota saw an increase in visitor spending over 2016.

The detailed analysis, done by Tourism Economics, indicates a majority of visitor activity took place in Minnehaha, Pennington, Lawrence, Brown and Custer counties, making up 66 percent of all visitor spending. While these five counties received the majority of spending from visitors in 2017, more than half of the counties in South Dakota saw an increase over 2016. The counties that experienced the largest year-over-year growth were Sully (8.7 percent), Lincoln (5.9 percent), Hutchinson (5.2 percent), Lake (5.1 percent), and Aurora (4.8 percent).

“The impact these visitors have on communities across our state is significant. These visitors come to enjoy the beauty of our open prairies, fish our pristine lakes and abundant rivers, hunt our bountiful fields and stand in awe at our monuments. These visitors support the diners, marinas, hotels and attractions in communities large and small. Tourism is and always will be an incredibly important part of the South Dakota economy,” said James Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism.

Along with other industries, the tourism industry felt the indirect effects of a struggling agriculture economy across the Midwest and the decreased discretionary income of households in the region.

“Despite local and regional challenges, our visitors return year after year to experience our well-known hospitality and diverse tourism offerings,” said Hagen. “Hospitality workers and residents all go out of their way to welcome visitors, and that’s what sets us apart from our competition,” continued Hagen.


Pre-tourist season, a great time to mosey around the Black Hills without very much traffic. All images taken Monday, April 16, 2018 in the early afternoon. Actually, tourist are coming into the area–Spoke to a few Czechoslovakian tourist near Mt.Rushmore and a few Canadians down by Sylvan Lake.


The boys at Mt. Rushmore are none the worst for our South Dakota winter weather.


Hoodoos near Mt. Rushmore…..


Android cell phone shot on Palmer Gulch Creek Road. Black Elk Peak tower is way out there near the snow mass.


Black Elk Peak Tower shot around the corner from picture above with my long lense. B&W because exposure was way off, bright sunny day with lots of haze around the peak…


Progress continues on the arm of the Crazy Horse Sculpture in Custer, SD.

Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online


Collection Includes Copies of First Continental Congress Petition to King George III, Drafts of the Treaty of Paris, Diplomatic Correspondence, Notes on Electricity and Drawing of Bifocals

This print shows Benjamin Franklin seated at a desk, looking to his right at an electrical device. In his left hand are papers upon which he is taking notes, and visible through a window to his left is lightning striking a building. (Edward Fisher, engraver, after a painting by Mason Chamberlin, 1763. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.

The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin, then a colonial diplomat in London, to deliver to King George III; letterbooks Franklin kept as he negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War; drafts of the treaty; notes documenting his scientific observations, and correspondence with fellow scientists.

The collection is online at: loc.gov/collections/benjamin-franklin-papers/about-this-collection.

“Benjamin Franklin made history and won respect around the world as a diplomat, publisher, scientist and scholar,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “We are thrilled to make this collection of documents by one of the nation’s founding fathers available to highlight his unique role in American history.”

Highlights of the Franklin papers include:

  • Two copies of the petition the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin to present to King George III in 1774 “to lay our grievances before the throne.”
  • Franklin’s scientific speculation on the speed of ships in 1775 while on board a vessel returning from England to America just before the Revolutionary War.
  • Correspondence with John Adams, King George III, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington, among others.
  • Franklin’s Craven Street letterbook, one of the few pre-Revolutionary letterbooks from Franklin to survive, documenting his life as a colonial diplomat in London.
  • Letters exchanged with his wife, Deborah Read Franklin, and his son, loyalist William Franklin, before their estrangement.
  • Franklin’s drawing of bifocal glasses, which he is credited with inventing.
  • Franklin’s letter explaining the effects of lightning on a church steeple.

The Franklin papers have been at the Library of Congress for more than 100 years but had a turbulent history. Many of Franklin’s early papers were scattered and damaged, though he accumulated many more. When he died in 1790, Franklin left his papers to his grandson, William Temple Franklin, who published some of them as the “Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin” in 1817-1818. Some of the papers Temple Franklin published were later found cut up in a London tailor shop. The papers were eventually returned to the U.S., purchased by the U.S. government and kept at the U.S. State Department until the early 20thcentury, when they were transferred to the Library of Congress.

Additional Franklin papers are held by the American Philosophical Society and the University of Pennsylvania, both of which Franklin founded in Philadelphia.

The digitization of the Franklin papers is part of a larger effort to make historical materials available online. Other newly digitized collections include the papers of U.S. Presidents James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James K. Polk, and the papers of Alexander Hamilton, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.