Free Assistance During Medicare Open Enrollment Still Available

November 9, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program would like to remind all seniors there is still time to receive free assistance during the Medicare open enrollment period.

Individuals taking advantage of the free one-on-one counseling should bring their Medicare card and a current list of medications.

To schedule a meeting with a volunteer in your community visit or contact one of the following regional offices:

  • Eastern Region: 1-800-536-8197
  • Central Region: 1-877-331-4834
  • Western Region: 1-877-286-9072

The Medicare open enrollment period ends on Dec. 7.

Custer South Dakota Photographer Paul Horsted Announces New National Parks Book


Travel back in time and place to experience the grandeur and history of 24 of our most spectacular National Parks “then and now”. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the Yosemite valley, from the shorelines of Acadia and Olympic to Yellowstone’s geysers, join photographer Paul Horsted in tracking down the sites where pioneering photographers set up their cameras long ago. In precisely-matched photo pairs you’ll see the beauty and history of our parks as they appear now and as they looked 75, 100, or even 150 years ago. GPS data is provided to guide you on your own National Park adventure! This beautiful, oversize 240-page book is an invaluable record of our parks for today, as well as a future reference for anyone who cares about these treasured landscapes. Available at

CUSTER, SD – “Treasures of the National Parks Yesterday and Today” is the title of a new coffee-table book from Custer-area photographer Paul Horsted. Horsted is known regionally for his books about the 1874 Custer Expedition, as well as his earlier “re-photography” of historic photo sites around the Black Hills and Yellowstone.

The photographer has now taken his skills on a cross-country trip, visiting 24 National Parks over a period of five years. He researched and located historic photo sites in each park, then created a new photo that matches exactly the angle and view of the old ones. Some of the sites were along roads or at popular overlooks, while others were in the backcountry, requiring overnight stays at remote locations in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and elsewhere.

“I really enjoy tracking down these old photo sites, each one is like a treasure hunt”, said Horsted, adding “I think these ‘then and now’ images will interest anyone who loves our National Parks. It’s fun to look for changes and similarities between past and present.” GPS data is provided with each photo pair so anyone can now locate these historic places at each National Park in the book.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

Horsted will give a free presentation about the project at the Custer County Library (in the Pine Room) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. A book signing will follow, and there will also be door prizes. He’s also signing books at Art Expressions Gallery in downtown Custer on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4-5:30 p.m.

The new book was designed by Horsted’s partner and wife, Camille Riner. It’s the fifth book of this type that the couple has produced in the past 15 years; with 240 pages in full color it retails at $45.00. It’s available at local art galleries and bookstores as well as at

Shipping book orders at the Custer, S.D. post office loading dock. (L-R) Camille Riner, Postmaster Larry Stalder and Paul Horsted. Photo: Paul Horsted/

Free Black Hills National Forest App Available



Custer, SD – A new and Free Black Hills National Forest phone app is available for download.

The official Black Hills National Forest app provides essential information about the forest including recreational activities and sites, wildfire, alerts, maps, news, events, directions and contact information. Plan and prepare your visit to the Forest with the many great tools and features such as “Things to Know”, “Things to See”, “Things to Do” and “Near Me”.

“This app will enhance the users experience while enjoying the beauty and charm of the Black Hills National Forest,” said Scott Jacobson, Black Hills National Forest Public Affairs Officer.

The app is compatible with iOS mobile devices (iPhone and iPad) and is available for Free download from the App Store at: An Android version of the app is scheduled to be released soon.

The Black Hills National Forest, in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide. Described as an “Island in the Plains,” the Forest has diverse wildlife and plants reaching from the eastern forests to the western plains. The Forest is a multiple-use Forest with activities ranging from timber production, grazing, to hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mining, wildlife viewing and many others.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest call (605) 673-9200 or visit,

31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD

By Herb Ryan

The 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park in Rapid City was a hub of activity when I arrives at 5:00 pm saturday afternoon. Finding parking was difficult, but that was a good thing for the event.  At 5:20, a light rain started falling and the event safety crew cancelled all live shows on both stages. Those that could, found shelter. Around 5:30, a strong wind whipped through the festival grounds upsetting tents and blowing over displays. God’s wrath, hardly, just the usual South Dakota Black Hills weather. I left the event at 6:00 pm and the weather started to brighten as more people arrived for the evenings entertainment. The event offered a chance to connect to a christian faith through prayer and community with a prayer tent where people will pray with you, or just take your time for quiet reflection. For the second year in a row a Water Baptism was offered in Memorial Lake.

Lydecker Bass player does his best Gene Simmons as lead singer Dewey Lydecker rips it at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD (not pictured is drummer Chris Scooter) Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer free Press



Dewey Lydecker plays to a packed crowd under a vendor tent as the rains pours down at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Wind damage at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Vendors scramble to secure their tents as high winds whip through Memorial Park saturday at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press