Svoboda joins the Prevailer family

Monday, October 20, 2014

There's a new face at the Prevailer News in Hill City.

Kacie Svoboda has been named the full-time editor of the local newspaper, according to an announcement by publisher Charley Najacht.

“We are pleased to have a person with such a varied background on the staff of the Prevailer News,” said Najacht.

Svoboda most recently honed her journalism skills at Black Hills State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a journalism emphasis. While a student there, she worked as a Jacket Journal page and copy editor and helped develop as the online editor. Svoboda has directed page editors, students and other staff in page and online design. She also developed her skills in graphic design and looks forward to being able to help design ads for the Prevailer News.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to run with this job and learn all that I can from it,” Svoboda said.
Svoboda also worked as an intern for 605 Magazine, contacting sources and writing stories—including a few centered around Hill City. She earlier graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a double major in creative writing/Asian studies. Svoboda studied abroad in six countries and has picked up six languages, including Thai and Spanish.

"We look forward to working with Kacie and welcome her to the Southern Hills Publishing, Inc., team," Najacht said.

Svoboda was born in Norfolk, Neb., and has lived in 12 towns around the Midwest. She graduated from high school in Pocahontas, Iowa.

Reporters Carol Walker and Bev Pechan will continue to work for the Prevailer News part-time.


Board talks lights at football field

By Carol Walker

Watching a football game on a balmy afternoon is pretty pleasant compared to shivering through an evening game on a cold, fall night. But parents and other football fans unable to get off work early enough for a 3:30 p.m. game would like to bring back nighttime games so they can watch the home team on the gridiron under the lights.

The problem is, the lights on the Hill City field are not operational.

At the Hill City school board meeting on Monday night, Oct. 13, Jeff Anderson passed on a proposal given to him by Steve Orf of Kilowatt Electric in Rapid City, which would involve a new electric panel on the “crow’s nest” as well as new wires installed underground across the field. The price tag would be under $20,000, according to Orf.

School board member Mike Welu asked for the number of home games during a season and was told there are four.

“That’s about $5,000 per game and if we get a new field, does it all get torn down? That’s a pretty expensive Band-aid,” said Welu.

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Dakota Smiles program set to stop in Hill City

By Carrie Moore

The Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental program will be in Hill City Nov. 10-14, thanks to numerous local sponsors. The program, which includes two trucks are fully-equipped with dental offices on wheels, has been in Hill City before, where it saw a large volume of children.

“Your child’s teeth are important,” organizers said. “Dental disease (cavities) can threaten a child’s health, well being and achievement. Children with oral health problems can have difficulty eating and sleeping and paying attention in school.”

By participating in the Dakota Smiles program, children can receive quality oral health services, including cleanings, preventative services, fillings and oral health education. The program is unable to do root canals, orthodontics or whitening of teeth. Parents need to bring their child’s immunization records.

The staff and volunteers of the Dakota Smiles program will treat children ages 0-21 who do not have a dental home (children who have not seen a dentist for two years or live more than 85 miles from a dentist). If families participated last year, they are still eligible this year and no child will be turned away for inability to pay.

Sponsors of the Dakota Smiles program are First Interstate Bank and First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, Tin City Masonic Lodge 112 of Hill City and the Boys & Girls Club of the Black Hills.
For more information or to pick up a registration form, contact Marian at (605) 574-2010.


Shane Alexander wins the president’s award

President’s Award — Hill City Area Chamber board president Bob Stanfiel presents the 2014
President’s Award to Shane Alexander. [PN Photo/Kacie Svoboda]

By Kacie Svoboda

The newly constructed events center at Prairie Berry was full of people, laughter and a touch of sadness at the annual Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

The chamber brought back the President’s Award  to honor Shane Alexander for his service to the community. This honor was bestowed at the end of an emotional week as the town mourned the loss of Alexander family patriarch 76-year-old Warren Alexander. Warren was known for always being willing to lend a helping hand around the community.

“At his (Warren’s) service, the statement was made that he was one of the ‘go-to guys’ in our town,” Bob Stanfiel said. “Our community should be proud of the next generation of ‘go-to guys’ because this gentleman (Shane) has already proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is a ‘go-to guy.”

Stanfiel’s tearful presentation was met with a standing ovation from the other attendees.

Stanfiel wanted the award to go to someone well rounded in both family and community and who is at every community event. He also acknowledged the importance of the President’s Award recipient being dedicated to helping Hill City grow and prosper.

“Shane does a lot of stuff behind the scenes and I wanted the community to recognize that,” said Stanfiel.

The Alexander family was well represented as Warren’s son, Dallas Alexander, was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award.

According to Stanfiel, it’s town members like Shane, Dallas and the other award-winners that will continue to drive Hill City to be the best community in the Black Hills.

Other winners at the annual dinner were: Holly House Bed & Breakfast, Governor’s Service award; Hill City Mercantile, Hill City Retail Business of the Year award; Black Hills Plumbing, Hill City Service Business of the Year; Dakota Stone, Hill City Employer of the Year; Harney Peak Inn, Hill City Community Pride award; Rod Shaffer as the second Hill City Volunteer(s) of the Year award winner; Dan Dickey, Vic Jepsen award; Pete Larson, Neil Larson and Bob Farrar, Lifetime Achievement award; and Doug and Anita Peters, Prairie Business Family award.


Obituaries for Oct. 15

William Robert “Beck” Vanderbeek died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, S.D. Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills.

To read the full obituary, pick up the Oct. 15 issue of the Hill City Prevailer. To subscribe, call 605.574.2538.


Reigning supreme

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reigning supreme — Chris Blumer and Brianna Clemetson were named the 2014 homecoming king and queen during Monday night’s coronation at Hill City High School. The two were chosen for the honor by their peers; they will preside over homecoming week. Joining Clemetson and Blumer, middle, are pages, from left, Jaelyn Peters, Caleb Sobolik, Nicholas Schroeder and Grace Peckosh. For more photos of Homecoming week, pick up the Oct. 15 issue of the Prevailer News. [PN Photo/CAROL WALKER]


Native American Day events Oct. 13

“We can’t turn back the clock. We can only turn to the future together. What we can do as leaders, both Native American and white, is teach others that we can change attitudes.”

These were the words of South Dakota Governor George S. Mickelson at the very first Native Americans’ Day, which was hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial, Oct. 8, 1990. The event was attended by more than 1,200 people and was prompted by two Lakota educators — Bill Kills Straight and Tim Giago — and echoed the cross-cultural understanding found in an unlikely friendship that developed between a Lakota Chieftain, Henry Standing Bear and a Polish-American sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski.

Monday Oct. 13, Native Americans’ Day will be celebrated at Crazy Horse Memorial with a program starting at 9 a.m. honoring the Native American culture and history, Indian dancing, craft activities and Native American music and dance. There will be a special blast (weather permitting) at 11 a.m. after the program and buffalo stew will be served before a special musical program featuring the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m.

There will be many activities including making corn husk dolls, a bead table and Native American storytelling by Lula Red Cloud. The Crazy Horse Artist in Residence, Mike Marshall, will demonstrate traditional games. The public is invited to attend and enjoy this special observance of Native Americans’ Day at Crazy Horse Memorial.