Custer State Park

In The Moment ... December 14, 2017 Show 240 Hour 1 

SDPB's Lee Strubinger and SDPB's Brian Gevik offer updates on the Legion Lake Fire, including a look at what's being done to save the historic structures of Custer State Park.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 22, 2017 Show 161 Hour 2

The school supplies fly off the shelves, and the bulletin boards are stapled in place. Lori Simon is superintendent of the Rapid City School District. She joins us to talk about the districts new strategic plan.

Kobee Stadler is the new Visitor Services Program Manager at Custer State Park and Lydia Austin is the Interpretive Programs Manager. From the annual buffalo roundup to a new children’s center, they join us today for a look at what's ahead in Custer State Park.

Tony nominated Broadway lyricist and playwright Bill Russell was born in Deadwood and raised in Spearfish. His Broadway writing debut was with “Side Show” (music by Henry Krieger). This month he is working with the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park as guest artist for the production of “Pageant.” He joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about art, theater, and the journey from the Black Hills to Broadway.

Calving Starts in Custer

Apr 12, 2016
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

Bison calving season is starting in South Dakota.  That means there are baby buffalo frolicking around places like Custer State Park right now.

The first Custer State Park bison calf of the year was born on April fourth.   Officials say most newly born buffalo come in late April to early May.  They often weigh over 40 pounds at birth and are a light orange color before turning dark brown.

Gary Brendage is the Resource Program Manager for the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks. He says around 400 calves are born in an average season.

The Cold Fire continues to burn in the Black Hills near Pringle. Holly Legge, public information officer trainee for Cold Fire information, joins Dakota Midday for an update on road closures, resource challenges, and the risk of today's high winds on fire containment. 

For access information updates, visit Great Plains Fire Information. SDPB News continues to monitor the situation and provide you with updates.

Winds And Warm Weather Push Cold Fire

Apr 3, 2016
Jerry Krueger / Black Hills National Forest

A wildfire burning in the Southern Black Hills has now consumed about 1,900 acres.

The Cold Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon about four miles east of the town of Pringle near Highway 87.   

 High winds, low humidity and warmer than average weather fanned the flames and forced a rapid spread.  

Officials say, early on the fire posed an imminent threat to one ranch but crews were able to save the structures from burning.   

Currently several roads are closed in the affected area.  

South Dakota's legendary cowboy poet Badger Clark published his first collection, Sun and Saddle Leather, 100 years ago in 1915. It includes some of his best-known poems including "Ridin'," "The Glory Trail," and "A Roundup Lullaby."

Black Hills Playhouse Celebrates 70 Years

Jul 9, 2015
Black Hills Playhouse

Alumni from across the country are reuniting in the Black Hills region to celebrate years of live theatre. The Black Hills Playhouse is in its 70th anniversary season.

At the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park offer four summer productions. They include about 70 people from 22 states. Dan Workman is the artistic director. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Sioux Falls foundation is donating $1 million to help construct a new visitor center at Custer State Park. The grant comes from the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation.

Governor Dennis Daugaard calls it a substantial gift to constructing a $5 million world-class visitor center.

By Victoria Wicks  
   The Secretary of Game Fish and Parks is looking for state funding for three projects. Jeff Vonk appeared before to the Joint Appropriations Committee of the South Dakota legislature on Thursday, Jan. 10.
   If the legislature approves a new designation, South Dakota will have a new state park for the first time since 1973. Jeff Vonk says Blood Run near Sioux Falls is an early civilization cultural site significant to American Indians.