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Lightning Sparks Wildfire in Custer State Park

CUSTER, S.D.- A Wildfire 2 miles east of Center Lake in Custer State Park was reported Saturday at 12:58 PM. The size right now is estimated to be 8 acres, with lightning thought to be the cause of the fire. Resources including single-engine air tankers, an air attack plane and...
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Custer starts weekend of festivities with Arts & Craft Fair

CUSTER, S.D. — Arts & Crafts kicked off the weekend’s Old Time Country Fair Saturday, July 2, at the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer. The yard surrounding the museum was filled with close to 30 vendors, selling their handmade items like photos, jewelry, ceramics, quilting and much more.
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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.

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.

Local nurse honored as people’s choice for excellence

Allison Farella just always knew she wanted to be a nurse. With a desire to help people and a natural caring personality, it only seemed natural. Now, after being a nurse for over a decade, she was recently honored for excellence in her field. Farella is a registered nurse, and...

Hamlet celebrates eight decades with party

Not many can say they have lived through eight decades, but Ernie Hamlet reached that milestone on May 11, still in “spectacular health,” according to his youngest daughter, Polly Liggett. To celebrate, Hamlet’s three children threw him a birthday party with his friends and families at the Newcastle...

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.

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.

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...