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

Black Hills State University Announces Date For “Scrubs Camp”

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High school students are invited to participate in Scrubs Camp, a free health care skills fair for high school students Saturday, Feb. 18 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Register for Scrubs Camp at BHSU by Feb. 16 at http://www.scrubscamps.sd.gov. Photo: BHSU

 February 10, 2017

SPEARFISH, SD – Black Hills State University announces its date for Scrubs Camp and invites all local high school students to attend this event Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 305 on the BHSU campus in Spearfish.

The event, which is free to attend, provides high school students with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of health careers through hands-on activities and discussions. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Register for Scrubs Camp at BHSU by Feb. 16 at www.scrubscamps.sd.gov.

Janet Crawford, Scrubs Camp coordinator at BHSU, said this is the ninth year that the University has provided this camp for students.

“This year we have presenters speaking about emergency room (ER) / intensive care unit nursing, biotechnology research and development, pharmacy, respiratory care therapy, psychology, physical therapy, dental hygiene, plastic surgery, anesthesia, EMS and career guidance/field experience,” says Crawford.

The goal of Scrubs Camp is to provide an opportunity for students to explore a variety of healthcare careers. The hope is that by exposing high school students to many different areas of healthcare they will ultimately pursue a healthcare career.

For more information contact Janet.Crawford@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6262

“Cardboard Chaos” an Interactive Creative Makerspace to open in Spearfish

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Photo: The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center

SPEARFISH, SD – The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, through the work of ArtCentral, will host Cardboard Chaos, an interactive creative makerspace for all ages, in the Matthews’ Art Gallery.

Cardboard Chaos will have an opening event at 3-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, in the art gallery. Normal hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from February 4-25. The event is free and open to everyone.

Cardboard Chaos is an interactive creative makerspace where children and adults can delve into their imaginations to construct artwork, invent toys, and build play areas out of cardboard. Cardboard, tools, and an assortment of other materials to unleash creativity will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center was selected in 2016 as a recipient of a $200,000 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant for ArtCentral, a community collaboration to centralize the arts as an integrated asset for inclusivity, economic development, and sustained outreach in the Spearfish community. Community Innovation grants support organizations, working in collaboration with others, to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions for challenges that face their communities.

“I am so excited for this project,” said Kate Kelley, Cardboard Chaos committee chair. “This will be a fun place for people to come and use their imaginations by creating whatever they want using cardboard and simple craft tools. It is the first project to come out of ArtCentral, which is funded by a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. If Cardboard Chaos is well-received, then we hope to offer this event in other locations for our community to enjoy during winter months.”

“The ArtCentral Committee has been working hard over the last several months. It is great to see our discussions transition into actions,” said Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Manager. “This project is just the beginning of our work and I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact of the arts on our community.” Cardboard Chaos is funded through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. Donated materials and volunteer time from local community members are also key to the success of this project.

About the Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. We encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. Since it was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation has invested nearly one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals. Website: http://www.bushfoundation.org.

The next event for The Matthews is the comedy-drama play, “Steel Magnolias,” Feb. 16-19. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit http://www.MatthewsOpera.com.

BHSU Photography Student Caleb Munger To Be Featured in Dahl Arts Center Emerging Artists Gallery

 

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Photo: Caleb Munger

January 23, 2017

SPEARFISH… Black Hills State University photography student Caleb Munger has an exhibition Thursday, Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the Emerging Artists Gallery at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Caleb is a firefighter from Newcastle, Wyo. and has spent the past year creating a body of work illustrating the perils, triumphs, and human experience from the perspective of the firefighters themselves. His work gives us a glimpse into the realm of firefighting, which is not often seen.

Portion of Artist Statement: “As a photographer I want to document the world of firefighting. Being a third-generation volunteer fire fighter, as well as a seasonal fire fighter with the US Forest Service, has had an enormous influence on my work. The fire service is filled with adrenaline, excitement, and devastation. I want to show the primal beauty of fire while showing the dangerous and courageous acts of firefighters and firefighting.”

THE MATTHEWS Brings Comedy-Drama “Steel Magnolias” To The Stage

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Cast L-R: Mikayla Lemaster, Pat Rogge, Sydney Bridgeport, Alexandra Schoenberner, Amy Ruff, Deb Brunette. Photo: supplied by The Matthews

January 23, 2017

SPEARFISH, SD – Warm your insides with laughter and tears this cold February in Spearfish. The ensemble cast of talented Black Hills’ actors takes The Matthews’ stage, Feb. 16-19. The play is directed by Joanna Mechaley. The Thursday-Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show is at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for $15 adults, $10 subscribers, and $5 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 anytime at www.matthewsopera.com.

The cast is comprised of Amy Ruff as Truvy, Mikayla Lemaster as Annelle, Sydney Bridgeport as Clairee, Alexandria Schoenberner as Shelby, Deb Brunette as M’Lynn, and Pat Rogge as Ouiser.

The play opens with a discussion of Shelby’s wedding day to her fiancé, Jackson, in the fictional northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin at Truvy’s in-home beauty parlor where the women regularly gather.

It covers events over the next three years with Shelby’s Type 1 diabetes and how the women interact at times with conflict, but in the end resolved as friends. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M’Lynn, and Shelby’s medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama.

Director, Joanna Mechaley remarks, “’This is a show that is both heartbreaking and side-achingly funny. “Steel Magnolias” has become an iconic portrait of women and the bonds they form with each other.”

“It has been such a privilege to work with this cast of women. Each of them has woven a bit of themselves with a dash of the only-imagined to create, beyond expectation, a cast of characters that is endearing and amusing and all-together familiar,” continues Mechaley.

The next event for The Matthews is the inaugural concert of the Club Matthews Jazz Sessions series, by JAS Quintet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 2. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.MatthewsOpera.com.

“Steel Magnolias” is a 1987 stage play by American writer, Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister’s death in 1985. The play is a comedy–drama about the bond amongst a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The title suggests the “female characters are as delicate as magnolias, but as tough as steel.” The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about at the beginning.

WORLD FAMOUS “BURNING BEETLE” SPECTACULAR – IMAGES – JANUARY 21, 2017

It was a large appreciative crowd that was entertained by the many hard working volunteers of the “2017 Burning Beetle Spectacular” Please enjoy the photos and feel free to share. Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The beetle burns and fumes at the 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday evening at Pageant Hill in Custer South Dakota. Special dental design by Custer DR. Rebecca Kretschmar ? Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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A group of Custer High School drummer’s and nefarious torch carrying citizens from far and wide descend on the hapless Beetle effigy at the 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday evening at Pageant Hill in Custer South Dakota. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Custer Volunteer Fire Department Cadets keep an eye on the crowd at the 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday evening at Pageant Hill in Custer South Dakota. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Beetle Burn volunteer Paul Horsted (bending over) lights the fireworks fuse at the 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday evening at Pageant Hill in Custer South Dakota. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Fireworks display at the 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday evening at Pageant Hill in Custer South Dakota. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Custer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joel Behlings keeps a watchful eye at the 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday evening at Pageant Hill in Custer South Dakota. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Keith Burden entertains earlier in the afternoon at the Custer High School 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday. Burden was one of several performers who keep the blood thirsty crowd under control before the beetle burn march. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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L-R, Pat Baird, Jeff Baird, Hank Fridell and Marianne Fridell perform earlier in the afternoon at the Custer High School 2017 Beetle Burn Saturday. The group was one of several performers who keep the blood thirsty crowd under control before the beetle burn march. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

Storm Update Sunday – December 25, 2016

National Weather Service

Safe Travel USA for current road conditions and closures.

Custer SD
43.76°N 103.6°W (Elev. 5417 ft)
6:44 am MST Dec 25, 2016
Christmas Day
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Areas of blowing snow after 4pm. Temperature rising to near 29 by 11am, then falling to around 14 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values between -6 and 4. Northeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Tonight
Snow, mainly before 11pm. Areas of blowing snow. Low around 5. Wind chill values between -11 and -18. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Monday
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values between -9 and 1. West wind 9 to 13 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Wind chill values between zero and 5. West wind around 8 mph.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 13.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 31.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 16.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Saturday
A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 31.

THE MATTHEWS OPERA HOUSE AND ARTS CENTER to Host The 38th Annual Winter Art Show,

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An all age, all media, art show in The Matthews Art Gallery

December 23, 2016

SPEARFISH, SD –  In its 38th year, The Matthews Art Gallery will play host to the annual Winter Art Show, Jan. 18-26.  The show is open for public viewing during gallery business hours, 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The artist reception and awards ceremony takes place 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, in the gallery. These events are free and open to the public.

“The Winter Art Show is a community tradition and a chance for artists of all media to be recognized,” according to Mary Deichert, gallery manager at The Matthews. “It is an opportunity to showcase the great talent we have in our area. An added bonus is that many times we find new gallery artists during this show. We encourage artists of all ages to either stop in the gallery to get an application, or go to our website and download the form.”

This popular event is open to any artist, amateur or professional, who wishes to participate. The categories are divided by age ranges from pre-Kindergarten, grade school, high school, through adults. Show registration is not limited to geographical location.

Deichert adds, “This year we have lowered the application fee in several categories in order for more students to be able to submit their work. Even better, we’ve increased the cash prize in the Best of Show and High School categories!”

Cash prizes are awarded to first place in each age category. Other cash awards are Best of Show and People’s Choice. The visiting public are encouraged to cast their votes for their favorite works of art. On the final day of the show, Jan. 26, the People’s Choice award winner will be announced.

The judges for the 38th Winter Art Show are Ann Porter, BHSU art professor; Bonny Fleming, photographer, and Jim Knutson, retired BHSU Art professor.

Registration:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday, Jan. 11-14, in the art gallery. No late entries will be accepted. Winter Art Show applications are available online or in the art gallery during business hours, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The next event at The Matthews is a live concert by The Ennis Sisters on Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. This is a subscription series event. Tickets may be purchased individually at the Matthews Art Gallery or online at www.Matthewsopera.com. For more information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.matthewsopera.com.

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Overdoers Unite!

Overdoers Unite
By Peg Ryan
Mile High Pilates and Yoga

This morning I checked the outdoor thermometer and saw that it read 9 degrees.  The wind was howling through the trees as they swayed to the sounds sending cascades of snow in clouds through the air.  Still the sun was out, although it was having no effect on the snow-covered ground.  Although 9 degrees is, indeed, cold it was still a major improvement over the -20 degree reading of yesterday. (That’s right: 20 degrees below zero!) After a mesmerizing extended Fall, winter has clearly arrived.

During the winter my mantra has always been “There is no bad weather; there are only poor clothing choices.”  I know how to dress for the cold and I usually enjoy being outdoors regardless of the weather.  But I’ve had a couple of relentlessly busy weeks that have left me feeling tired and sore.  Still, deciding not to go out for some kind of exercise is a major hurdle for me.

In this blog I spend a lot of time addressing those of you who need some extra prodding to maintain a consistent exercise practice.  Most people can easily talk themselves out of exercise for any reason or no reason at all.  Reminders of how to overcome those objections and stay motivated are helpful and necessary.  However, there are some of us, myself included, who need the opposite motivation –  permission to rest.

So today’s message is for the over-doers who adhere to their own internal schedules no matter what their bodies may be telling them.  Both over- and under-exercisers generally suffer from a similar problem – lack of balance.  We are the essence of extremes on one side or the other.  In the philosophies of traditional medicine there are the concepts of yin and yang.  These are terms for the fundamental principle that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites.  For example, there is light and dark, masculine and feminine, night and day, warmth and cold, positive and negative, etc.  Theoretically all of these opposites exist to varying degrees in everything. Within ourselves balancing these opposing forces requires attention and effort.  An article in Yoga Journal titled “Staying Healthy During Winter” talks about these two energies and how we tend to buck them at this time of year in particular.  Winter should be a season for hunkering down and conserving energy.  Yet we seem to find ourselves doing exactly the opposite during the holiday season.

For over-achievers, this is not just a holiday problem, but a chronic condition.  Even when we commit to slowing down, we find ourselves gradually falling back into the old groove: over-scheduling,  making too many commitments and still trying to maintain our own physical well-being.  We rationalize and tell ourselves convincing stories about how we really have slowed down.  Eventually, though, if we actually face reality, the stories begin to hollow out.  Something has to give.  For me, it begins with my attitude.  I find myself becoming tense and irritable.  Little things that usually don’t bother me get on my nerves. Physical manifestations come next.  Simple movements become difficult.  This makes me unhappy which fuels more tension and irritability.  A vicious cycle ensues.  A dear friend of mine says that most of us won’t change anything until the need is “right in front of your face” and you can’t get past the wall it creates without accepting change.  It might be as simple as a change of attitude.  But usually by the time the cycle becomes that extreme, a stronger change is needed.  For an over-doer, that can mean actually stopping and accepting the need for rest no matter how foreign that concept might seem.

Rest is an alien concept for some of us.  But rest can also be taken to extremes.  As I’ve said many times in this blog there is a danger in resting too much.  It can become so difficult to get moving again that inertia takes over and decline begins.  Another vicious cycle: the less you move, the less you want to move so motivation to start moving again becomes that much more difficult. Once again, it is a matter of balance.  Finding that balance between rest and activity is a delicate dance.  Rest might not mean staying in bed or sitting on the couch.  It might mean simply changing your routine or at least becoming more mindful about the choices you make.  Perhaps a particular activity is causing pain.  Instead of automatically adhering to your daily running routine regardless of how your body is feeling, try allowing yourself a shorter, slower session or eliminating the offending activity entirely.  Maybe try walking instead of running, or hiking a flat stretch instead of a strenuous hill climb.  This morning I opted for a gentle restorative yoga session instead of piling on the clothing and pushing myself outdoors.  For an over-doer, active rest like this might be enough to slow things down and encourage balance.

But sometimes what feels like slowing down might not be enough. There are times when extra sleep or sitting with your feet up might be the right prescription. Prioritizing commitments and deciding what is really important and what can be released is another way to face reality and take care of your own energy.  Learn to say “no” by considering honestly what you might have to sacrifice if you don’t.  Taking the time to weigh the pros and cons of any action can be a useful and surprising exercise. Another friend of mine talks about how protective she is of her time, especially as she ages.  Time is a finite commodity for humans.  Having the option to decide how to spend it is an important gift not to be taken lightly.  That choice might be taken from us at any time or at least limited by circumstances beyond our control.  It is incumbent upon us to use that decision-making capability wisely and thoughtfully.

When I first discovered running and the endorphin rush it gave me, it became almost an addiction.  If I had to take a day or two off for any reason I would become anxious, fearful that I would lose the gains I had made and have difficulty getting them back.  It took many years and assorted injuries and other challenges to finally convince me that it was OK to back off every now and then.  These days I am better about accepting my limitations, but I still can fall into the trap of over-doing and expecting too much of myself.  There is another good article in Yoga Journal on this subject called “Being vs. Doing” which is definitely worth checking out for all you over-doers.

Finding that balance is different for each of us and one more aspect of life that is always changing. Just when you think you’ve found the right mix circumstances change and adjustments are once again needed.  A good place to start is to be honest about your current reality.  Accept where you’re at today and find the rhythm that works for you right now. That in itself requires daily practice since it will probably be different tomorrow.

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party – Custer Area Chamber Of Commerce Mixer

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party at Crazy Horse Memorial, Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Photos: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press
Crazy Horse Memorial

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Viga Ziolkowski speaking at Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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(L-R) Jeff Hermouson , Jim Lee, Pattie Lee and John Kirk enjoying drinks at the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Mary Scull (Foundation Board Member) Jim Scull, Debi Shelton, Wes Shelton (Foundation Board Member) Jolene Dobbs, Joe Dobbs (Foundation Board Member) enjoy a relaxing evening at the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Jim Frank and Colleen Hennessy donors to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and members of the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce attended the Crazy Horse Foundation Christmas Party and the Chamber Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

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Custer Chamber Mixer at Crazy Horse Memorial December 16, 2016

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Custer Chamber staffers Dawn Murray and Dolsee Davenport were awaiting Santa’s call to take photos and hand out cash at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Kevin Teasley, Santa, aka Adam Ziolkowski, Mrs and Mr Michael Jacobsat the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Jumbo Stahl, Ann Allen, Janet Boyer, Jim Ashmore, Brian Boyer at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Lindsey and Haven Hildebrand, Santa aka Adam Ziolkowski and Jody and Norma Horkey at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Pat Baird, Iona Fejfar, Janet Cook, Don Cook, Jeff Baird, John Fejfar at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press