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City braces for huge influx of bikers

Preparation for the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—expected to be the largest such Rally in history—began across the state virtually the minute last year’s Rally came to a close. Among the entities preparing for the crush of humanity expected to flood the Hills during the Rally is the City of Custer, which addressed a pair of Rally-related topics at its Feb. 17 meeting.

City officials have been meeting with representatives from the South Dakota Department of Transportation, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Custer County Sheriff’s Department to discuss how to deal with the swarm of bikers, which is expected to push one million Hills-wide. The typical Rally is 300,000 to 400,000.

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Local steakhouse named best in SD

The Black Hills has yet another claim to fame, this time with Dakotah Steakhouse. 

The Rapid City-based eatery was named the best restaurant in South Dakota by Business Insider. The recognition was also re-posted on MSN.com and other publications. 

“Everyone involved with Dakotah Steakhouse is extremely excited about receiving this honor and recognition,” said Phil Lampert of Custer, one of the steakhouse’s partners. “There are many, many great dining establishments in our state, so being identified as number one in South Dakota is truly quite an honor.”

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One wrestler qualifies for state

One lone wrestler will represent Custer in the State Class “B” tournament this weekend in Rapid City. 

Senior wrestler David Sigdestad (195 pounds) punched his ticket to the state meet after taking second place in the Region 4B tournament this past Saturday, Feb. 21. The top four placers in each weight class will go on to the state meet. 

“I was happy with how he kept moving and taking shots,” said coach Jared Webster. “He wrestled the whole time.”

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Block earns religious scouting emblem

Logan Block of Boy Scout Troop 25 recently earned the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem from the Diocese of Rapid City.  The award is the highest religious honor for Catholic Scouts.  Working with local counselor Mary Eide, Block spent nearly two years working through an activity booklet and taking part in several meetings.  On Scout Sunday, Feb. 8, he received the award in front of his congregation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

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Global warming being debunked

If you happen to mention global warming to some 100 million Americans who have been subject to record snowfalls and freezing temperatures for the past three or four weeks, you are liable to end up with your head stuck in one of those eight-foot tall snowbanks. The state of Massachusetts and entire northeastern part of the country has been especially hard hit. We can’t imagine the hardships our fellow Americans in that part of the country are facing after being  socked in for so long.

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