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Third time’s the charm for the City of Custer as the council approved the hire of a new planning administrator during its Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting. 

Scott Simianer was recommended by the interview committee to hire as planning administrator and will begin work with the City of Custer Monday, Feb. 2. Simianer, who lives in Custer County, currently works for the City of Hot Springs. 

“He is well versed in that position that we were looking to fulfill and he has a lot of certifications that we have been desiring,” said city alderman Corbin Herman. “I am pretty confident in this hiring.”


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$11.5 million sought for CSP upgrades

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GFP) is asking the South Dakota State Legislature for $11.5 million in bonds to finance a program for improvements and additions to Custer State Park’s (CSP) facilities. The improvements, GF&P and CSP officials say, are needed to meet and exceed the traveling public’s expectations when visiting the park.


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Girls corral Bison, lose to ’Saders

For four quarters last Saturday evening, it looked as if the Custer High School girls basketball team would spring one of the biggest upsets of the season. Or, perhaps with the way the team is playing as of late, it wouldn’t have been that much of an upset.

In a game that was back and forth and close throughout, the Wildcats lost a close 63-59 game at the Armory to the visiting Red Cloud Crusaders, a team that played in the championship game of the Lakota Nation Invitational in December.

Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said the close loss shows just how far her team has come from the start of the season.


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Custer elementary students ‘D.A.R.E.’ to be different

It was a gym full of celebrations on Tuesday, Dec. 9, after the fifth and sixth grade classes — 104 kids in total — celebrated their graduation from D.A.R.E.

“You should be very proud of all you have done,” said Custer County Sheriff’s Office deputy Matt Haugen, one of the instructors of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in Custer.

Haugen and U.S. Forest Service patrol captain Nancy Martinz led the students in the 10-week D.A.R.E. program, where they learned how to make the safest possible choices when it comes to drugs, alcohol and violence. D.A.R.E., which was developed in 1983 to prevent drug use in young adults, is active in all 50 states and 49 countries.


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Debating the merit of ‘American Sniper’

Every few years, a movie is released that rises to a level of national discussion. Typically, the movie does so because of its message—or perceived message—and because it is political in some way. Since its release a couple of weeks ago, “American Sniper” has been that movie.

The rhetoric started when Michael Moore said he thought snipers were “cowards” who basically shot people in the back. Seth Rogen added fuel to the fire when he likened the movie to a propaganda piece the Nazis used in the movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Reaction was swift, as military members and military defenders swooped in, questioning the patriotism of Moore (which happens all the time) and Rogen (who is actually Canadian but has dual-citizenship) and decrying snipers as heroes who defend our freedom. It was also suggested Moore and Rogen pick up a weapon and serve in the military if they have all the answers. Which side is right? I guess it depends on whether you watch Fox News or MSNBC.


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