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Summit to tackle summit name

In just a few days, the name of Harney Peak may change, based on the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names’ final recommendation of its name after a series of public hearings on the matter.

The recommendation, which will be made Monday, June 29, will be to either change the name of Harney Peak — named after Gen. William S. Harney — to “Hinhan Kaga,” which translates to “Making of Owls,” or to leave the name as is.

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Aviator stops in Custer

Look!â��Up in the sky!â��It’s a bird!â��It’s a plane!â��It’s....a bright yellow motorcycle-looking contraption flown by an Irish man who is either really brave, or really crazy!

Truth be told, Norman Surplus isn’t crazy. Rather, he is an aviation enthusiast flying a unique aircraft around the world on a quest to raise awareness about bowel cancer. Having already stared death in the face in his long struggle against the disease, the prospect of flying a wobbly  plane in the face of the elements really isn’t much of a challenge at all.

Custer was one of the stops on Surplus’ travels that will see him attempt to set a world record and fly his German gyrocopter registered G-YROX on a 7,500-mile flight across the North America and the Atlantic. 

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Two cowgirls qualify for state finals

Custer High School students Ashlee Kritenbrink, Rachael McCoy and Rowdy Schlechter all competed at Sturgis Regional Rodeo last weekend for another shot at qualifying for South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo.

Kritenbrink was entered in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping with partner Cassidy March  of Hot Springs.  McCoy entered the barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping.  Schlechter entered the tie-down roping.

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Wicks makes debut at BH Playhouse

Summer is just starting and soon-to-be sixth grader Kelley Wicks isn’t wasting any time on living it up. However, this summer will be much different than summers past. This year, she’ll kick off her break on the stage of the Black Hills Playhouse. 

Wicks, daughter of Tim and Tammy Wicks of Custer, will play Scout in the opening performance of the Black Hills Playhouse’s 70th season, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on the great American novel by Harper Lee. 

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Rainbows didn’t count on Lakota camp resistance

One thing is clear after the arrival of the Rainbow Family of Living Light’s advance contingent to the Black Hills. The hippie lifestyle group planning a massive July 1-7 gathering near here in the Black Hills National Forest did not count on the welcome mat being pulled out from under them by members of the Lakota Sioux Tribe.

The counter-culture lifestyle group has had confrontational encounters with local law enforcement and Forest Service personnel in whatever national forest they have chosen to hold their annual gathering. But they have never encountered the ire of Native Americans who claim they will be desecrating their holy lands. This had to come as a shock to them and may be the reason that some Rainbow members decided to meet elsewhere for their annual gathering this year.

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