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No change to Harney Peak name

After much debate and comment, the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names recommended in its Monday afternoon meeting that the Harney Peak name should remain for the popular Black Hills landmark.

This recommendation, which was made June 29 in Pierre, was revised from the board’s initial recommendation of renaming Harney Peak to “Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls).”

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At last

It was a rainy morning Thursday, June 4, but if you asked the 183 people receiving U.S. citizenship at Mount Rushmore, they probably wouldn’t have even noticed. 

Of the 183 people receiving citizenship — coming from 49 homelands as far away Belarus, Bhutan, Burma, Cote D’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Liberia, Panama, Philippines, South Korea, Ukraine and Zaire and even as close as Canada and Mexico — was Maria Lyndoe of Custer.

“I didn’t know what to expect of the ceremony. I thought I was going to have to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance; I was nervous,” she said. “I’m really so excited to finally be a citizen. It’s been such a long process.”

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Two cowgirls qualify for state finals

Custer High School students Ashlee Kritenbrink, Rachael McCoy and Rowdy Schlechter all competed at Sturgis Regional Rodeo last weekend for another shot at qualifying for South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo.

Kritenbrink was entered in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping with partner Cassidy March  of Hot Springs.  McCoy entered the barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping.  Schlechter entered the tie-down roping.

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Wicks makes debut at BH Playhouse

Summer is just starting and soon-to-be sixth grader Kelley Wicks isn’t wasting any time on living it up. However, this summer will be much different than summers past. This year, she’ll kick off her break on the stage of the Black Hills Playhouse. 

Wicks, daughter of Tim and Tammy Wicks of Custer, will play Scout in the opening performance of the Black Hills Playhouse’s 70th season, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on the great American novel by Harper Lee. 

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God governs the affairs of men

In the dawning moments of our new Republic, on the morning of April 30, 1789, President George Washington swore his oath of office with his hand placed upon the Holy Bible - opened to the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy.   

With the clear understanding that God governs over the daily affairs of man and rules over the destiny of nations, Washington avowed shortly thereafter in his inaugural address, “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained...”

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