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Harney Peak name to change

Nearly two years after the original request was made, the decision to rename Harney Peak is now a reality. 

During its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 11, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names (BGN) made the unanimous decision to rename Harney Peak— the highest peak east of the Rockies—to Black Elk Peak. The summit has been named Harney Peak on federal maps since 1896, having been named in 1864 or 1865.

“The current name is painful and distressing to the tribal people,” said a member of the BGN during the lengthy deliberation.

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YMCA celebrates 30 years in Custer

While some may lament over hitting the big 3-0, the numerous employees, volunteers and supporters of the Custer YMCA are throwing a party. 

On Saturday, Aug. 20,  three days before the charter of the YMCA in 1986,  there will be food, fun and fellowship with a 30th anniversary party. From 2 to 4 p.m., where will be games, jump castles and program demonstrations. A picnic will follow at 4 p.m., with a short program to be held at 5 p.m. After the program, a street dance will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The day’s events are free for everyone and are a way for organizers to show their support to volunteers, YMCA members and the community. 

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Gold Discovery Days results listed

Charlie’s Angels, the team of Jake Roddy, Jordyn Lewis, Luke Roddy and Bethany Liebig were the winner’s of this year’s Gold Discovery Days volleyball tournament. Runners up were S..T.A.K.ed (Austin Bauer, Taylor Neugebauer and Katlyn Nieces) Other prize winners were:

Best Costume — The Princess and Her Court: Destinee Fish, Blake Frybarger, Taylar Grable, Anthony Jones and Maegan Scherer.

Best Team Name — Orville Ready Blockers: Jason Ferguson, JoAnn Cain, Bobby Cain, Baylee Ferguson, Logan Cain and Caylah Meek.

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Anderson to vie for outstanding teen

Lizzie Anderson, 16, of Custer, will compete  for the title of Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen next June. The title holder will compete at nationals in Orlando, Fla., in July 2017.

Anderson won the local title of 2016 Miss Siouxland’s Outstanding Teen at the University of Sioux Falls in Miss Siouxland’s Scholarship Pageant last month. She received scholarship money for the title and her top talent award, for her musical theatre jazz dance, “Mein Herr.”

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Meth education is badly needed in our schools

Gov. Dennis Daugaard wrote a column last week entitled “Meth Changes Everything,” citing the fact that South Dakota has seen a rise in the use of the illegal drug methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, in the past several years. Especially alarming is the use of meth by our high school students. If smoking is bad for your health, meth is much more addictive, fast-acting and deadly.

The governor said 3.8 percent of South Dakota high school students have tried meth, which is just slightly higher than the national average of 3 percent. About 15,000 South Dakotans age 12 and up were dependent on or abused illicit drugs in 2015. This included meth.

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Should the state disobey the federal decree to change the name of Harney Peak?
Yes 27 Votes
No 9 Votes