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What happened to Meshell?

This is the first in a series on the death of Custer resident Meshell Will and the investigation into her death.

On Aug. 24, 2013, Meshell Will sent a text message to her sister, Amanda Dillon, telling her she was headed to Keystone and would talk to her later.

A week later, on Aug. 31, Will’s decomposed body was found just off Iron Mountain Road by a tourist who was taking pictures in the area. The body was found near mile post 54, in a wooded area between the higher and lower part of the road near one of the road’s famous “pigtail”â��bridges.

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Secrets to longevity shared

Want to know how to live to 100? According to Elsie Calabrese, a local resident who will turn 100 on Thursday, Aug. 21, the key is hard work and good food— in that order.

Elsie has worked ever since she was a little girl, she said. She started working for her parents at a very early age and didn’t stop until she had to. She was born in Lesterville, a small town not far from Yankton. She was born by the railroad station where her father was employed.â��When she was 12, she moved to Tripp and eventually on to Yankton where she began her first of many housekeeping jobs.

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Burns, Green win Fun Run

Logan Burns of Custer, at a time of 18:10, and Allison Green of Sturgis, at a time of 20:36, were the overall winners of the Gold Discovery Days Fun Run last Sunday morning. Other results are as follows:

Female Master’s Division

Beth Hollick, Custer, 24:36

Male Master’s Division

Monni Karim,

Custer, 21:39

Female 13 and Under

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Hermosa adds four new teachers

Fourteen new faces can be found across the Custer School District this school year. Four of the new teachers will be at Hermosa School. 

Mattie Ingram will teach sixth through eighth grade English, as well as social science at Hermosa. 

Tiffany Trotter will be the newest kindergarten teacher, but isn’t exactly new to Hermosa School. While Trotter was attending Black Hills State University for her teaching degree, she student-taught at Hermosa in Sandy Crown’s first grade class. After graduating in December 2013, Trotter knew she wanted to return to Hermosa.

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Military police state becoming more evident

It is disturbing to watch scenes like those coming from Ferguson, Mo., last week where there were five nights of rioting due to unrest over a black 18-year-old being shot by a white police officer. The young man reportedly was unarmed and shot several times by the police officer.

When local police show up in black or camouflaged SWAT military garb from head to toe, backed up by surplus armored military equipment, it seems to incite an already angry crowd of demonstrators. People gathering on the street no longer feel safe in practicing their freedom to peacefully assemble, which is guaranteed in the Constitution.

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