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Merchants want changes on snow ordinance

It’s only September and snow has fallen only once this summer, but a handful of downtown merchants were before the Custer City Council at Monday night’s council meeting — as many have been before them — questioning the way the city’s snow ordinance is written, complaining about fines and asking the council to reconsider the ordinance as it stands. 

This time, Barb Edwards of the Gold Pan Saloon, Jim Understock of Frontier Photo and Robert Paceley of Custer Industrial led the objections to the ordinance.

Edwards read a letter to the council, in which she said she felt “preyed upon like an animal by the city.”

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Flying high at 91

After the selling of her property, Marie “Grammie” Kimmey wanted to take a big jump into her next adventure — literally. 

The 91-year-old former resident of Buffalo Gap took to the skies Saturday, Aug. 30, in Ogden, Utah, where she and her family went skydiving, an idea that came about after watching former president George H.W. Bush skydive in honor of his birthday.

“I told my grandson, Tyler, that I could do that,” Kimmey said. “We talked about it and decided that if my rental property in Buffalo Gap sold, I would take everyone skydiving.”

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Girls place second at Sioux Falls

Just as they did last week, the Custer High School girls cross country team made its home on the podium, taking second place at the Nike Heartland Invitational in Sioux Falls on Saturday, Sept. 13.

All nine of the girls ran in the race, taking 84 points and second place over Garretson, the defending state champion. Madison, which is one of the favorites in the state meet in class “A,” beat the Wildcats by just 10 points.

“This not only showed our depth (scoring five runners again at this meet), but also showed us that we are capable of doing well against statewide competition,” said coach Karen Karim.

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Senior project to assist Haitian school

While Custer High School senior Sidney Snyder’s senior project is a mandatory step toward her graduation in May, the assistance it will provide will stretch far beyond the hallways of Custer High School, the City of Custer and even the state of South Dakota.

That’s because Snyder has chosen to adopt a school in the poverty-ravaged country of Haiti and throughout this semester she will collect money and school supplies to assist children ages 4 to 14 in the school she adopted—Ecole nationale Republique des Etats-Unis. The school is a primary school with around 1,000 students.

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Unusual Global Warming event last Thursday

Well so much for so-called Global Warming, in this part of the woods anyway. Last year we had 18 inches to three feet of snow, depending where you were in the Hills, from a storm that started Oct. 4, which pretty much put a halt to all activity. Cattle wet from the initial rain perished when temperatures dropped and snow drove them into low spots where they were buried and suffocated. Everyone thought Oct. 4 was a bit early for such a winter event and many were caught off guard.

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