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Painter’s patriotism finds a home in Custer

Scott LoBaido is on a mission. 

That mission brought him to the VFW Post 3442 in Custer, where a large-scale mural of the Stars and Stripes was painted on the front of the building. The painting is part of LoBaido’s “Painting Flags Across America” tour, which will see him painting a mural of the flag on an American Legion or VFW post in all 50 states. 

“The flag is the greatest piece of artwork ever created. And it’s the most recognizable across the world,” said LoBaido, who is referred to as “America’s Artist.” 

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Girls finish fourth at BHC meet

The Custer High School girls track team placed fourth at last Thursday’s Black Hills Conference Meet, run on a wet, cold and windy day in Belle Fourche.

Although the conditions weren’t conducive to record-breaking performances, that didn’t prevent Julianne Thomsen from doing just that, as the sophomore hurdler once again broke her own record in the 300 hurdles, this time running the event in 46.22, just edging out her previous best time of 46.23.

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Custer graduate making waves in music world

Holly Lynn Smith, a 2006 graduate of Custer High School, has been selected to join 40 young orchestral musicians and 40 opera vocalists from around the world to participate in the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival to be held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, from June 7 through July 6. 

Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, the company responsible for running Prague Summer Nights, explained that the program gives students an incomparable experience in performing and producing a full-length opera in one of the world’s most historic venues. Participants will learn from world-famous performers, singers and conductors making this experience even more invaluable.

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Name change is getting confusing                   &nbs

The S.D. Board of Geographic Names came up with a doozie of a recommendation following a recent series of five public hearings on a proposed name change for Harney Peak. One of those public meetings was held April 28, at the Custer County Annex. Black Elk Peak and Harmony Peak were two of the names recommended at the Custer meeting.

Remarkably, the board came up with a proposed name change of Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga, which supposedly translates to Making of Owls. This reportedly is the name originally referred to the peak by native people. We never heard of that before. Maybe this name came up at one of the other public hearings.

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