Zonta of the Southern Black Hills Seeks Worthy Causes

August 2 2017
Custer, SD – Zonta of the Southern Black Hills is asking to hear from local community organizations in need of funds.
Every year, Zonta of the Southern Black Hills donates to a number of local organizations, all benefiting women in the community, with proceeds from the chapter’s monthly planner and Custer business telephone directory. In the past, organizations such as Women Escaping A Violent Environment, the Storehouse, Mammo or Bust, the Custer Library and Girls In Science have all received a donation from the Zonta chapter. Over $60,000 has been given away in Zonta’s 22 year history to organizations and groups benefiting women in the community.
Organizations, groups and people who wish to receive a grant should submit a short request detailing the organization and its projects, as well as the amount of funds needed to fulfill the project(s) and how the organization/project benefits women in the Custer and Southern Black Hills community.
All submissions must benefit women, which coincides with Zonta’s mission to empower and help women. All organizations in the Southern Black Hills are eligible to apply, including those serving Custer, Hermosa, Hill City, Keystone, Hot Springs and Edgemont.
Requests may be emailed to southernblackhillszonta@ gmail.com or mailed to P.O. Box 28 Custer, S.D., 57730. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 15. Members of Zonta of the Southern Black Hills’ service dollar committee will look over the submissions and alert the organization of their selection, with funds to be given away at the end of October.
For questions or for more information, email southernblackhillszonta@ gmail.com.

Run For The Rangers In Hill City South Dakota

 

RUN FOR THE RANGERS 2017
3-Mile Run/Walk
Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Sure, you could procrastinate and register the day of the event, but then you wouldn’t be guaranteed to get your official 2017 Run for the Rangers race t-shirt! We only have limited quantities & sizes available, so REGISTER NOW to make sure you get one!

Race-Day Check-In/Registration: 11:45am – 12:45pm at Granite Sports

Race starts at 1:00pm

Pick up registration form at Granite Sports
(201 Main St., Hill City), print here, or register online.
Registration fee is $30

Please make checks payable to Granite Sports, Inc.

ALL PROCEEDS FUND
HILL CITY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS!

**RACE T-SHIRT!**

**POST-RACE FEED!**

**OVER $10,000 IN DOOR PRIZES!**

9th Annual Run for the Hill City “Rangers” – 3 Mile Run – Walk

 

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It’s time to register for the 
NINTH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE RANGERS!
Click the link below to register online,
or fill out a registration form at Granite Sports.
 Call us at (605)574-2121 with any questions!

REGISTER ONLINE!

RUN FOR THE RANGERS 2017
3-Mile Run/Walk
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Race-Day Check-In/Registration: 11:45am – 12:45pm 
at Granite Sports
Race starts at 1:00pm

Pre-registration is $25 received at Granite Sports, or paid online, by Feb. 25th.
After Feb. 25th registration fee is $30

Pick up registration form at Granite Sports
(201 Main St., Hill City), print here, or register online.
Please make checks payable to Granite Sports, Inc.

ALL PROCEEDS FUND
HILL CITY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS!

**RACE T-SHIRT!**
**POST-RACE FEED!**
**OVER $10,000 IN DOOR PRIZES!**
Thank you to all our generous sponsors!
Merrell, Marmot, Camelbak, Prana, Sherpani, Patagonia, Keen, Toad & Co., Wallaroo Hat Co., Mammut, Darn Tough, Joshua Tree, ENO, Teva, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, OBOZ, Buff, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, DMM, Red Chili, Petzl, Smartwool, Kuhl, Woolrich, Pistil, Hydro Flask, Salomon, Granger, Kiss My Face, Osprey & Krull’s Market.

US Forest Service To Burn Slash Piles in Black Hills National Forest West of Hill City

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January 9, 2017

Hill City, SD  – Forest Managers are continuing to reduce hazardous fuels across the Black Hills National Forest.
Starting tomorrow & continuing through the week, Mystic fire will be burning piles located 1/2 – 1 mile west of Hill City, SD.

Smoke will be visible and may impact local communities, including Hill City, SD. Smoldering material may continue to burn days after burning operations are completed and firefighters will monitor and check the piles for several days after they have been lit.

Piles are created from timber sale slash and tree thinning operations.

Officials appreciate the support from local communities and said that reducing fuels this time of year makes fire suppression operations safer during the summer months.

Burning operations will continue across the Black Hills National Forest this winter as conditions permit.
Public safety and firefighter safety are the top priority when considering any prescribed burn operation on the landscape.

Bearlodge fire is burning piles 10 miles south east of Sundance, WY today, 1/9/17.

For pile burning notifications, sign up at http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.

A New Venue For Hill City’s Open Stage

A new venue for Open Stage!

Hill City, SD – Open Stage, Hill City’s popular winter tradition that connects performing artists with enthusiastic audiences, will begin a new era when it opens its 2017 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Dakota Hall of High Country Guest Ranch. Admission is free, but donations support an annual scholarship program for Hill City High School and other Hill City Arts Council educational initiatives.

The Open Stage series will continue with events at High Country, off Deerfield Road just four miles west of Hill City, on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and 25, and March 11 and 25. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and musician sign-up will start at 5:15. The number of performers will be limited, so that the events can conclude by 10 p.m. For parking, follow the signs.

The recent closing of Chute Rooster displaced Open Stage from its comfortable setting of many years, but the Hill City Arts Council is excited about the new partnership with High County Guest Ranch. Most aspects of the 2017 events will be familiar: Dan Dickey will return as the emcee, Crow Ridge Productions will manage the sound, and the stage will be filled, as always, with a mix of established performers and emerging talent.

But there will be some changes. The new venue will be much more accessible to people with disabilities, with ground-floor entrance through the High Country store and accessible restrooms. Dakota Hall will also nearly double the capacity of the events. Food service, 5:30-7 p.m. (or when the food runs out), will be buffet style, as is customary at Dakota Hall. Buffet prices range from $13.50 to $19.50 ($5 off for kids 12 and under). Beverages will be available throughout the events. And out a side exit a blazing fire ring will be inviting for fresh air and star-gazing.

Open Stage has become a favorite of both artists and audiences because of the event’s tradition of providing a comfortable venue for performances, with an audience that comes to listen. The event has become a launching pad for many performers, and has become a model for other open-mic events in the region.

 

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An Excellent Day’s Fishing on Stockade Lake

By Herb Ryan
December 20,2016

CUSTER -Most fishermen will tell you, there are no bad days. Some are good, and some are not so good. But the thing of it is, it’s pure enjoyment. The fresh caught fish cooking in the pan is not always guaranteed, even for the best of them. Brothers Joe and Jared Noyes were on the full pan side of the quest today. After a fruitless outing on Sheridan Lake the other day, the brothers decide to try their luck at Stockade Lake in Custer State Park today. The telltale shout of “I got one” by an excited Joe Noyes signaled the success the brothers were having on the lake. An area of roughly 30 feet was covered with fishing holes drilled in the ice. Sometimes this is necessary to find that sweet spot where the fishing is outstanding. Success. Around 2:30 pm, Joe and Jared had not reached their legal limit but decided to pack up their gear and head on out with the catch of yellow perch, black crappie and bluegill.

 

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Joe Noyes with a fish he just pulled out of Stockade Lake in Custer State Park, Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Jared Noyes jigging for a fish on Stockade Lake in Custer State Park, Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Yellow Perch, Black Crappie and Bluegill caught by Joe and Jared Noyes at Stockade Lake in Custer State Park, Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Joe Noyes holds a freshly caught yellow perch at Stockade Lake in Custer State Park, Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

Hill City SD -Old Tyme Christmas Parade – Photos – Friday November 25, 2016

By Herb Ryan
Custer Free Press
November 25, 2016
All Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Custer SD – At 5:00 pm Friday evening in Hill City, music was playing on the veranda of the Alpine Inn as the gathering festive crowd savored hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies, and roasted chestnuts. Kid’s enjoyed the parade that featured lighted floats, fire trucks and candy, plenty of candy for the kid’s and adults who helped pick up the candy that was thrown from vehicles and little people on floats. The crowd was well dressed for the chilly weather and all appeared to be having a great time. Following the parade, Santa Claus (AKA John Crane) made an appearance at the South Dakota Railroad Museum and spent as much time as possible talking with  good little boys and girls about their Christmas wishes.

 

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A festive crowd gathers in Hill City for the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A vintage fire truck drives down Historic Main Street in Hill City for the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A team of mules pull a lighted wagon down Historic Main Street in Hill City for the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Smiling on the veranda of the Alpine Inn waiting for the for the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Listening to music being played on the veranda of the Alpine Inn as people wait for the for the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade to start, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Santa’s helper looking for the next child to talk with Santa in the South Dakota Railroad Museum following the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Santa, AKA John Crane of Hill City, is all smiles as a young child poses for a picture in the South Dakota Railroad Museum following the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Santa and Buehler Mason discuss Christmas list options in the South Dakota Railroad Museum following the Ole Tyme Christmas Parade, Friday November 25, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Mixed up some photo identification information on names, most regrettable but – you know who you are. Happy Holidays and thank you for your understanding.. Herb Ryan

 

 

Long Draw Prescribed Fire Planned Tuesday, November 1, 2016 near Hill City, SD

Rapid City, SD, October 31, 2016 Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite 1,100 acres on the Long Draw project on Tuesday, November 1, weather permitting.

This project is located approximately 5 miles south west of Hill City, SD near Newton Fork Road, south of Reno Gulch road, Odakota Mountain and west of the Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Camp.

The goal of the Long Draw Prescribed Fire is to establish and maintain a mosaic of vegetation conditions over the project area. This project will lessen the severity and extent of future wildfires in the project area by breaking up the continuity of dead, downed fuels, ultimately reducing fuel loads. Fire will also be utilized as a tool to thin pine regeneration and increase canopy base heights. Additionally, the burn will stimulate browse for big game species.

“Low intensity fire benefits the landscape by cleaning the forest floor and destroys diseases and insects that prey on trees,” said Adam Ziegler, Burn Boss Trainee. “It provides valuable nutrients that enrich the soil and heat needed for seed germination.”

Fire reduces competition for nutrients by removing debris and weaker trees and allows established trees to grow stronger and healthier.

The water supply is increased when fire removes a thick stand of shrubs. With fewer plants absorbing water, streams have more water to benefit plants and animals.

Smoke will be visible from Rapid City, Hill City, Custer, SD, surrounding areas and from Highway 16/385.  Smoke will be visible in the days following ignition and firefighters will remain on scene monitoring the burn for as long as needed.

Weather conditions will be monitored closely to assure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visithttp://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=STELPRDB5112694

State Railroad Museum Overflows With Visitors For Reception of Caboose No. 1208

By Herb Ryan

Hill City, SD – Over a year in the planning, The South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City formally welcomed Caboose 1208 and generous donor Jeanne Bauder. Jeanne’s father and other relatives worked for the Chicago and North Western Railroad (C&NW) in South Dakota for decades and since childhood she had dreamed of owning her own caboose. That dream was realized when Jeanne and her husband Herman purchased the retired 1947 classic caboose No. 1208 and moved it to their backyard in Huron, SD where it was used as a hospitality center and private museum for their family and the Huron community. Jeanne also donated a large collection of memorabilia to the museum that will be displayed along with the caboose inside the museum building.

“I would have liked to move the 1208 to Hill City by railroad, but logistics just did not allow that” said Rick Mills, Director of The South Dakota State Railroad Museum. The move was made by truck on a two day trip across the state, roughly paralleling the tracks that the caboose once traveled when it was in service on the C&NW in the 1960″

“The caboose holds so many fond memories for our family over the years, now it is in a home where it can be preserved inside the museum for a new generation of visitors to see and enjoy,” remarked Jeanne Bauder.

South Dakota State Railroad Museum

 

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Jeanne Bauder donor of a classic 1947 C&NW Caboose greets visitors after the welcome ceremonies at the State Railroad Museum in Hill City Saturday October 29, 2016, Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Jeanne Bauder donor of a classic 1947 C&NW Caboose relaxes in caboose No. 1208 after the welcome ceremonies at the State Railroad Museum in Hill City Saturday October 29, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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(L-R) Arnie Anderson, Jeanne Bauder and nephew Scott Smith reminisce in caboose No. 1208 after the welcome ceremonies at the State Railroad Museum in Hill City Saturday October 29, 2016, Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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John and Sarah Murphy along with inquisitive son Robert traveled down from Sturgis to enjoy the festivities at the State Railroad Museum in Hill City Saturday October 29, 2016, Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A portion of the train layout at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Ten Area Students Receive Build Dakota Scholarships

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced

for 2016-17 School Year

PIERRE, S.D. – The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 300 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year.

The scholarships cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related program expenses for eligible programs within eight high-need industry areas at South Dakota’s four technical institutes. Recipients were selected from a total of 1,300 applications.

The Build Dakota Scholarship program was announced in late 2014. The scholarship is funded by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and $25 million in future funds committed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Build Dakota aims to support students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical career fields with skilled professionals. The $50 million will provide approximately 300 full scholarships annually in each of the first five years of the scholarship program. From 2020 on, an endowment will continue to award approximately 50 scholarships per year.

In-state and out-of-state students are eligible to apply. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into their program of interest. Recipients of the scholarship must enroll full-time and complete their educational program on schedule. Scholarship recipients must commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.

Applications for the 2017-18 school year open in January 2017. Find more information at builddakotascholarships.com.

Mitchell Technical School:

Lane Robb – Custer, SD – Electrical Technician
Tristan Madsen – Hot Springs, SD – Welding and Manufacturing
Scott Lawrence – Hot Springs, SD – Telecommunications

Western Dakota Tech:

Micah Grace – Custer – Environmental Engineering Technician
Anthony Jones – Custer – Welding and Fabrication
Halee Matlock – Hill City – Medical Laboratory Technician
Jordan Rhew – Hot Springs – Medical Laboratory Technician
Mikayla Stevens – Hot Springs – Medical Laboratory Technician
Dale Ruhoff – Hot Springs – Welding and Fabrication
Cole Rothleutner – Pringle – Transportation Technology Light Duty