EXPECT DELAYS HEADING TO RAPID CITY STARTING APRIL 9th AT CATRON BOULEVARD AND HIGHWAY 16

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is scheduled to begin Monday, April 9, at the intersection of Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard in Rapid City.

Work being done includes median modifications, lighting, signals and pavement markings to add a second left turn lane for westbound traffic on Catron Boulevard turning left towards Mount Rushmore.

Motorists will see crews working in the median on the north side of the intersection installing a footing and electrical conduit for a new signal pole that will be installed later in the month.

Driving lanes will be reduced to one in each direction on Catron Boulevard in conjunction with the traffic control set up for the city resurfacing project on Catron Boulevard heading west from Highway 16.

Muth Electric, Inc., of Rapid City is the prime contractor on this $280,000 contract.  The overall completion date for the project is May 18, 2018.

For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511.

New SDDOT Tow Plows To Service Yankton – Rapid City – Hot Springs Roadways

 

SDDOT lead highway maintenance worker Tom Nowell from Rapid City maintenance unit 452 stands in front of the tow-plow he will be operating on the Interstate and highways around Rapid City. Photo: SDDOT

November 6, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation has expanded its snowplow fleet by adding three new tow-plows for the 2017-2018 winter season.

The new plows will be used to clear roadways in Yankton, Rapid City and Hot Springs. The first tow plow was deployed last year in Sioux Falls with great success, according to SDDOT Secretary Darin Bergquist.

A tow-plow is pulled by a snowplow truck and, along with the front plow on the truck, can clear widths up to 25 feet by allowing the operator to remove snow from one lane and the shoulder in one pass.

“The tow plow has been proven to save wear and tear on equipment, and save on fuel and labor costs. It also allows crews to get the roadway cleared more quickly and efficiently,” Bergquist said.

When the driver deploys the bi-directional tow plow, the wheels turn as much as 30 degrees in either direction, which causes the tow-plow to steer to the right or left of the truck. The tow plow works similarly to a wing plow but with a much greater reach to clear more surface area.

The department’s tow plows will have different set-ups for material that can be used to more effectively treat road surfaces. The two different set-ups the SDDOT will be using can apply a direct liquid spray or a pre-wetting salt application.

To see the tow-plow in action and get more information from an interview with the Sioux Falls tow-plow driver, visit the SDDOT YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/SouthDakotaDOT.

For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511.

 

35TH ANNUAL BLACK HILLS SPORT SHOW AND OUTDOOR EXPO IMAGES

35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Saturday, February 11, 2017
All Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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White Water “Retro” Camper at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Interior of the White Water “Retro” Camper at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press
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Mom and daughter check out the Interior of the White Water “Retro” Camper at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The climbing wall keeps the kid occupied at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Customers look at a pontoon boat at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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One of the many vendors at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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173 HP Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Polaris Slingshot engine at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Seen at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Canadian Fishing, Hunting Adventures at the 35th Annual Black Hills Sport Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth Images Saturday, February 11, 2017

Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth Images
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Weather: Cold, Windy and Overcast.
Walkers,Volunteers and Sponsors: Warm, Cheerful, Caring  and Enthusiastic.
Purpose: To help those in financial need heat their homes in the coldest months of winter and cool their homes in the extreme heat of summer.

Black Hills Energy will match donations up to $10,000. Funds raised during Walk for Warmth benefit the energy assistance programs of the Salvation Army of the Black Hills and Rapid City’s Church Response organization. Any energy customer, regardless of their provider, may seek to qualify for energy assistance.

 

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Hunter Widvey and Alexia Wright, Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teens, pose for pictures Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017. as the wait for the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A group of walkers leave Main St. Square Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017, at the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A group of walkers leave Main St. Square Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017, at the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A group of walkers leave Main St. Square Saturday afternoon at Main St. Square in Rapid City February 11, 2017, at the start of the Black Hills Energy Walk For Warmth. Photo :Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Over 1,000 Women Children and Men March In Rapid City Women’s March on Washington

 

by Herb Ryan
January 22, 2017

RAPID CITY, SD – It’s was a beautiful sight to see Saturday morning January 21, 2017 as 1,000 – 1,500 concerned citizens, women, children and men marched up 6th street, and placed a ” what I want for women” scarf on the statue of George Washington at the corner of 6th and St. Joseph streets. The march then continued  back down 6th street, crossed Omaha street and a rally was held near the revolving stone in Memorial Park. This was a clear celebration by diverse groups of people who gathered to show overwhelming support for women’s rights and other issues.

March facilitator Dorothy ” Rowdy” Berwick  said, “many of us were discouraged and are apprehensive about the future plans of the Trump administration”. We needed a way to show the community that there are many of us who believe in basic human rights for all. Berwick continued, “we will defend our rights if they are in jeopardy” this march is just a declaration that we should defend the rights of all people within our borders.

Wiyaka Hudson, a nurse at Regional Hospital said she was very worried about what is going to happen with the Affordable Care Act, Women’s Rights and the environment. ” My people are currently fighting the DAPL pipeline in North Dakota because of possible water contamination, and the Indian Health Service is another serious issue that needs to be resolved” she said.

 

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A woman fills out a ” what I want for women” tag at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The extended Hudson family from Rapid City holding signs at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Dorothy”Rowdy” Brewick (with bullhorn) rallies marchers at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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“What I Want For Women” scarf on the statue of George Washington on the corner of 6th and St. Joseph street at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Marchers gather for a rally in Memorial Park at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Nicole Heenan

 

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Marchers gather for a rally in Memorial Park at the Rapid City Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

 

BHSU-Rapid City Community Lecture Series to Include Sessions on Racial, Gender Disparities

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Black Hills State University – Rapid City announces the line-up for the spring 2017 community lecture series. All lectures free, open to the public, and will be held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room 112 at BHSU-Rapid City. The first lecture Jan. 23 features Hayley Brooks, a genocide studies advocate, examining bystanders as perhaps the largest group of perpetrators during the Holocaust.   

SPEARFISH… The Black Hills State University-Rapid City community lecture series returns in 2017 with a line-up of speakers and topics to provoke thought and challenge perspectives.

The lecture series begins Jan. 23 and features 11 lectures by BHSU professors along with area educators and regional activists. All presentations are scheduled for Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at BHSU-Rapid City (4300 Cheyenne Boulevard), room 112. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Gene Bilodeau, executive director of BHSU-Rapid City, said he welcomes and encourages all students, faculty, staff, and community members to attend the lectures.

“We’re offering this lecture series to give students and community members the opportunity to enhance their lives beyond their normal classroom, home or workplace boundaries,” said Bilodeau. “We hope to engage individuals with thought provoking information which allows them to interact with the presenters in a question and answer period at the end of each presentation.”

The lecture series will kick off Monday, Jan. 23 with Hayley Brooks, a genocide study advocate. Brooks will focus on bystanders as perhaps the largest group of perpetrators in the Holocaust. Using inspiration from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum temporary exhibit “Some were Neighbors” and from the personal story of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish nurse who aided persecuted Jews, Brooks will focus on choices people made during the Holocaust and highlight lessons learned from their stories.

The BHSU-RC community lecture series schedule:

·         Jan. 23, “Holocaust Choices,” Hayley Brooks, genocide study advocate

·         Jan. 30, “All We Are Saying: Activism in Music,” Dr. Trenton Ellis, assistant professor of human services at BHSU; and Dr. Dan May, assistant professor of mathematics at BHSU.

·         Feb. 6, “Impacting Perceptions,” Hailima Yates, community member

·         Feb. 13, “Madness: Women in Popular Culture,” Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, professor of sociology, BHSU

·         Feb. 27, “Dialect Discrimination from Disney to Django: How Hollywood Uses Language to Reinforce Racial Stereotypes,” Lindsey Clouse, instructor of composition and humanities, BHSU.

·         March 13, “Rise of the Third Reich,” Robert Haivala, adjunct professor at BHSU and assistant attorney general of South Dakota.

·         March 20, “Historical and present racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system,” Joshua Houy, Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice, University of South Dakota

·         March 27, “The Video Game Monologues,” William Cockrell, instructor of behavioral sciences at BHSU.

·         April 3, “Who is the Reluctant Celebrity? – Crazy Horse, Korczak Ziolkowski, Chief Henry Standing Bear,” Dr. Jeffrey Wehrung, assistant professor of management, BHSU.

·         April 10, “Transgender 101,” Terri Bruce, transgender rights advocate

·         April 24, “LGBTQ+: Fleshing Out the Acronym,” Dr. William Cockrell, instructor of behavioral sciences; Dr. Lesleigh Owen, instructor of behavioral sciences; Terri Bruce, transgender rights advocate; Dr. Emilia Flint, associate professor of behavioral sciences.

For details on each lecture topic, visit the BHSU Campus Calendar at http://www.BHSU.edu/events. Contact Gene Bilodeau at Gene.Bilodeau@BHSU.edu with questions.

2016 Lakota National Art Show – Rapid City South Dakota

A sampling of the art at the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City December 15, 2016.

 

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” Rabbit Dance” by Riley Yellow Cloud, Little Wound School. Riley is a 14 year old student who wanted to put a twist on ledger work and tell a story. The rabbit is teaching the world song to dance too. At the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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“Healing Mother Earth” by Tamiera Garter, Mobridge-Pollock School. At the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The Origami Environment” by Xonthus, Isna Wica Owayawa School. At the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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“Dancer” by Jasmine Kills in Water, St. Francis Indian School. At the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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“38” by Whisper Crow Dog, St. Francis Indian School. At the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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“Dancing Together” Olivia Red Tomahawk, St. Francis Indian School. At the 2016 Lakota National Art Show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Interstate 90 Closed From Spearfish to Rapid City White-Out Conditions

Interstate 90 Closed From Spearfish to Rapid City;

Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow

RAPID CITY, S.D. – State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between Exit 10 at Spearfish and Exit 55 at Rapid City effective immediately on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29.

Officials with the state Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say at least one multiple vehicle accident, along with white-out conditions with zero to near zero visibility, icy roads and drifting snow are making safe travel almost impossible along this stretch of I-90.

That segment of Interstate will remain closed until conditions improve and crews are able to clear the roadway.  Snow and strong winds are not expected to die down until later in the day on Wednesday and it will take time to clear the roadway.

Officials are also cautioning drivers in other areas of the state that strong winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph are making travel extremely difficult, especially for semi-trucks and other high profile vehicles.

Winter maintenance has been suspended in some areas where it is too dangerous for the plows to be on the roadway. Operations will resume once it is safe to do so.

Officials are asking motorists and semi-truck drivers to consider changing travel plans until conditions improve.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning remains in effect through tonight for snow and blowing snow. Travel will be difficult, especially over and near the northern Black Hills on I-90. A high wind warning is in effect for the Rapid City and Hermosa area through this evening for 60 mph wind gusts. A winter weather advisory is in effect for portions of northwest into central parts of the state for snow and blowing snow and travel will be hazardous.

Several “No Travel Advisories” are in effect for various areas of the state. Motorists are encouraged to check conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511 before heading out.