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STAR�employees have soft landing

Although there is never an ideal time to lose your job, what happened earlier this month is probably as close as you will ever see.

That’s because, just as the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy was set to close, costing 64 people their jobs with the State of South Dakota, 32.5 jobs were opening 30 miles south in Hot Springs, thanks to some last-minute legislation passed during this year’s session.

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Custer Leo Club chartered

Custer is already home to a number of good-doer citizens and service organizations, but is adding one more to that group.

On Saturday, April 16, 21 members of the Custer Leo Club were inducted into their chapter. In addition, the Leo Club was chartered as a sub-club under the Custer Lions Club. In order to be a Leo Club member, students must be at least 12 years old. After 18 years of age, they can transition into the Lions Club.

Althought it was just chartered last Saturday, the club has already been active in its few months of organizing.

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Wildcat girls win home meet

The Custer High School girls track team ran, jumped and threw its way to a first place finish at last Friday’s Custer Invitational Track Meet, piling up 114 points to second place finishing Newcastle, Wyo.’s 110 points on a picture-perfect day for a track meet at Wildcat Field.

Many of those in attendance gathered to see a pair of showdowns between Custer’s Tori Glazier and Newcastle’s Calbi Ausmann, the reigning Wyoming 3A state cross country champion who also placed second in both the 800 and 1600 at the Wyoming 3A state track meet a year ago.

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Hiltunen named ‘Rookie of the Year’

While she may not have a batting average or scored hundreds of free throws, Custer Elementary School Principal Heather Hiltunen is the newest Rookie of the Year. 

Hiltunen was named “Rookie of the Year” by the South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals (SDAESP) during its state conference in Huron April 6-8. Hiltunen was nominated for the award by Custer School District superintendent Mark Naugle, who praised her for the programs and activities she implemented at the school.

“I was surprised and humbled to get the award,” Hiltunen said. “I go to the conferences and sit around people I idolize. I’m very honored.”

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Don't thank Obama for low gas prices

The price of gasoline is at a record low—and President Obama wants to take credit. At a recent speech the president told the crowd “you’re welcome” for the fact that “a lot of families are saving a lot of money at the gas pump.”

That’s a slick move. President Obama is like a mayor who ignored years of pleas to repair giant potholes and then shows up at the auto repair shop to say “you’re welcome” after you pay for the new suspension and rims because of those potholes. 

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