Buffalo Gap, SD

Take a Trip to the ‘Fountain of Youth’ in South Dakota

You might think that the fountain of youth is a myth, but if you look close enough, it can be found right here in the Mount Rushmore State. Certain types of water have been long thought to have healing powers for the human body. And there's one spot in South Dakota where you can see for yourself just how much these mystical waters can help. As long as you're willing to take a plunge.
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Injured hikers keep SAR hopping

With summer here and large numbers of visitors pouring in from all over the country, Custer County Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers have been predictably busy over the past few days. Accidents on the much-traveled hiking trails around Sylvan Lake and Black Elk Peak have been the source of several of the calls for assistance.
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Large hail causes extensive property damage in Hot Springs area

The home of Brad Appleby, who lives at the corner of Detroit and 16th Street, was one of hundreds of homes in and around Hot Springs which saw significant damage following a storm carrying large hail hit around 9 p.m. on Monday, June 13. Appleby said their garage protected their truck and RV but the vinyl siding on their house took a beating. He said their home’s roof was good too, which however was not the case for several local residents.

Rounds: Realignment of veterans’ healthcare facilities on hold

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Proposed changes in veterans’ healthcare facilities in South Dakota and elsewhere are on hold for now. Some U.S. senators, including South Dakota’s Mike Rounds (pictured) and John Thune, have agreed to dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out closures, downsizing and other significant changes to medical facilities.

Wildfire south of Custer draws airpower and other resources

CUSTER, S.D. – Reported at 11:25 AM Wednesday morning, the Elephant fire is estimated to be at 3 acres, approximately 7 miles south of Custer. Local, state and federal resources are being used to attack the fire, including a type 3 helicopter, air attack plane, 2 single engine air tankers and one hotshot crew. As more information becomes available, we will update this page.

Renaissance Festival brings medieval fun to Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS – The Southern Hills Renaissance Festival achieved their goal of creating an atmosphere where history and fantasy meet at the Mueller Center, last Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, filling the event center with an eclectic array of artisans, performers and revelry. Hosted by the Save Our Sandstone,...

Crews respond to 2 small fires near Custer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Temperatures are heating up across much of KELOLAND. Highs are expected to climb into the upper 90s and even the 100s. That has officials in western South Dakota warning people about the high fire danger and red flag warnings. The Interior Fire Department turned...

Cody Barker Memorial 5K increases participation

EDGEMONT – A toasty Saturday morning, June 18, greeted those who walked or ran in the 3rd Annual Cody Barker Memorial 5K. Many participants were ready and off well in advance of the official 10 a.m. scheduled start time due to the anticipated high temperature of 100 degrees for the day.

Let’s celebrate America!

It’s often been said that there are many more things that unite us than divide us in America, and never has this been more in evidence than on the annual July 4th holiday when so much patriotism is on display. July 4th marks another milestone in the relatively short history of our great country, the United States of America!

Robert Studt

Robert George “Bob’ Studt, 75, of Custer, S.D., passed away June 25, 2022, at Monument Health Sturgis (S.D.) Care Center after several years of health issues. Bob was born in Presho, S.D., to John and Della (Quillin) Studt Nov. 6, 1946, the second of seven children. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith and was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer, S.D. He attended the New Lincoln Country Grade School through sixth grade, spent his seventh grade at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., due to physical disabilities, finished eighth grade back at New Lincoln Country Grade School and graduated from Kennebec (S.D.) High School.

Arlene Reetz

Arlene Reetz was born Aug. 8, 1940, to Marion and Katherine Hoover in Appleton, Wis. She was the second of six children. Arle grew up outside of Neenah, Wis., on the shores of Lake Winnebago. It was there that she found her passion for the outdoors and animals. She enjoyed swimming, waterskiing, hunting, fishing and raising pheasants. She worked in the family bakery where she developed a love of helping people and conveying love through the expression of food.

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