Keystone, S.D. – In commemoration of Veterans Day, on Saturday November 11 parking fees will be waived for veterans visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
The National Park Service and parking concession operator Xanterra are pleased to offer free parking for all veterans on Veterans Day. “We are honored to offer our thanks to the brave men and women who have given so much for their country. We invite veterans to spend part of their special day at the Shrine of Democracy,” stated Superintendent Schreier. Throughout the summer season staff at Mount Rushmore National Memorial endeavor to commemorate and celebrate our veterans. On Veterans Day we are pleased to offer them this small token of thanks. Throughout the year active duty members of the military are offered free parking on a daily basis.
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.
KEYSTONE, SD – Celebrate President’s Day at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and enjoy the sounds of Offutt Brass. The brass ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will be performing in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center Theater from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on February 20, 2017.
Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, the band is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion. They perform a wide variety of music from classical to jazz and popular music. According to the band, “These talented Airman musicians proudly represent the more than 313,000 Air Force professionals around the world who relentlessly protect and defend the freedoms we cherish.”
There is no fee for the concert, however the $10 parking fee will be in effect. Active duty military personnel will park for free and parking for seniors is half price. Keep the parking receipt; it is valid for one year of parking at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
For additional information about the site please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s official website at http://www.nps.gov/moru or call (605) 574-2523.
The dates, times and locations for performances includes February:
18, 7:30 p.m. – Community Center Theatre, Belle Fourche
19, 4 p.m. – Community Center Theater, Sturgis
20, Noon – Mount Rushmore National Memorial amphitheater
20, 7:30 p.m. – Mueller Civic Center, Hot Springs
21, 7 p.m. – Douglas High School Auditorium, Box Elder
22, 7 p.m. – Performing Arts Center Historic Theater, Rapid City
23, 7:30 p.m. – Meier Recital Hall, Black Hills State University, Spearfish
Band officials noted that the performances are made possible through the support provided by local area partners including various local newspapers, city facilities and area arts councils. A short musical program will also be performed at Mount Rushmore on Presidents Day. In addition, Offutt Brass will perform master classes for music students at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University.
SPEARFISH – Students from Black Hills State University worked with the city of Keystone Chamber of Commerce recently to increase awareness of Keystone, SD as a primary tourism destination in the Black Hills and to increase the length of tourists’ stays.
Over the course of a semester, students in Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto’s Tourism Planning and Development course completed a comprehensive tourism development plan for the town that Mt. Rushmore calls home.
Kirk Hulstein, industry outreach and development director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism, attended the students’ presentation. He said, as a result of the students’ work, Keystone community members walk away with actionable steps they can implement to maximize their potential and position themselves as a tourism destination.
“This type of in-depth research is invaluable as the students take a deep dive approach into the community’s unique opportunities and challenges and provide honest feedback about how visitors perceive their community,” said Hulstein.
The students conducted visitor and resident surveys, interviewed key informants, and tracked online activity throughout the semester. Students also completed a marketing analysis and a plan of action to implement their recommendations.
Jesse Gramm, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Burlington, Colo., said this project was especially meaningful because tourism is so important to the state of South Dakota.
“This project better prepared me for my future job by providing me an opportunity to get hands-on experience outside the classroom by working with a real community and preparing a detailed proposal,” said Gramm.
The students also competed an environmental analysis looking at industry, economic and technology trends with impact on Keystone.
Several strengths for Keystone that emerged from the analysis included the lodging accommodations, food and beverage options, and outdoor landscape, along with proximity to Mount Rushmore. A key challenge the students noted was that Keystone is known to tourists as only a daytrip, not an overnight destination. Survey results also noted limits on parking space.
“We suggested the use of parking meters to fund and perhaps expand parking options in the future,” said Gramm.
The BHSU students provided suggestions for Keystone including increasing winter sports, adding additional outdoor recreation areas, marketing Keystone as “the Black Hills Hub,” and incorporating bus tours. Key recommendations by the students included outdoor map design, Snapchat Geofilters, and landmarks or outdoor frames for photo opportunities.
Cameron Fullerton, operations manager for Rushmore Tramway Adventures, attended the students’ final presentation. He said the customer survey portion of the students’ work was the most impactful.
“This information has helped Rushmore Tramway Adventures rethink the placement of our promotions. We have been utilizing many platforms but the direction has lacked purpose and this project helped redirect our efforts,” said Fullerton. “It has been very valuable working with these students since they carry fresh perspectives. Without fresh perspectives, it is easy to continue plans that may be outdated and ineffective.”
BHSU students who worked on the project included:
Heidi Huether, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Wall
Jessie Gramm, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Burlington, Colo.
Kie Tatsukawa, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Japan
Michael Cook, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Gillette, Wyo.
Logan Miller, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Chester
Max Bergstrom, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Sturgis
The BHSU School of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management Program will conduct a similar community-based project in fall 2017 and is currently looking for a partner community. Communities interested in partnering with BHSU to develop a strategic plan to foster tourism in their community should contact Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor and program coordinator, at Ignatius.Cahyanto@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6876.