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Holy cow! It’s Holy Terror time again

Thursday, September 8, 2016

By Bev Pechan
Get ready for Keystone’s 34th annual  “redneck rendezvous” on Saturday, Sept. 10 – Keystone’s official year-end celebration of the busy tourist season and time to let it all hang out just for the heck of it.

There will be two major changes this year: the three-day weekend will return to its original one-day format, due primarily to lack of volunteers and the discontinuation of the Ugly Truck Contest, due to dwindling entries.

“There were just the same contestants entering each year,” said Sandi McLain, one of the organizers of the event. McLain also told the Prevailer that the nonprofit Holy Terror Days Association, which has sponsored the event since  2006, has once again been turned over to Keystone’s fire department as a fundraiser.

“We don’t need the money,” McLain said. “The Halloween haunting has become our major source of income.”

McLain said some residents were not pleased with the larger venues in past years and felt the celebration should concentrate more on being a hometown day of fun and family entertainment.
Holy Terror Day was originally revived in 1982 by the newly-formed Keystone Area Historical Society and later turned over to the fire department, which dropped its sponsorship when they formed a fire district contract was formed with Pennington County a decade ago. The Holy Terror Days Association was then formed to ensure that the venue would continue. Ownership has now come full circle and is once again looking to the future.

The schedule for Saturday’s events is:

8:30 a.m. — Parade lineup in the Keystone Mall area.
10 a.m. — Parade begins from the mall to the downtown area, ending at Keystone Community Center.  Parade entries are encouraged to remain in the Watson Park area for viewing and photo ops.
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Keystone Senior Citizen’s free-will donation lunch at Keystone Fire Department building; preview of Holy Terror Day auction items, Keystone Fire Department staging area.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. —  Holy Terror Day auction at the fire department, proceeds to Keystone Fire Department.
3-7 p.m. — Gold panning contest at Big Thunder Mine.
6 p.m. — Kids’ old-time 1890s carnival and games at Big Thunder Mine; free dance and concerts featuring the River Liffey Boys and The Darnng Hearts, also at Big Thunder Mine.

 For more information, contact Sandi McLain at 666-4847.


As fall approaches, think about quilts

Made with love — Sue Anderson displays a number of pillowcases which will go to local children. The pillow cases will be on display at the Hill City Outdoor Quilt Show this weekend. [Submitted Photo]

By Carol Walker

As evenings cool down and fall approaches, many people begin to think quilts. In Hill City, that means the Hill City Outdoor Quilt Show and Sale, an event that has warmed the hearts and delighted the eyes of people for many years. This fall the cavalcade of colorful fabric and stitching is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with more than 250 quilts in the high school, middle school and up and down Main Street.

Categories include Bed Quilts/Throws, (machine quilted); Wall Quilts/Art Quilts; Applique; Hand Quilted; Modern Quilts; Baby/Children Quilts; Miscellaneous (such as totes and bags, garments, wearable art and table runners, etc.) and Juniors, up to age 18. Quilts in all categories will be vying for first place and an overall Best of Show based on the votes cast by the people who come to the event. Last year more than 1,000 people attended the quilt show.

Throughout the weekend vendor booths will be available for people to purchase their quilt-related items. In addition, there will be a “Quilt Tile Block Scavenger Hunt” at participating merchants in Hill City.

On Saturday at 4 p.m. doors open at the Hill City Senior Center for a 5 p.m. dinner, served by members of Xi Alpha Chi Sorority, and there will be a trunk show and open mic show-and-tell about quilts. Marilyn Bates of Sturgis and Deb McGaugh of Rapid City will be the featured guests at the dinner, sharing stories behind some of their favorite fabric works of art.

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A ‘Patchwork of Books’

FAME GOES WORLDWIDE — The Patchwork of Books sale will take place this Saturday near the Hill City Public Library and, prior to the event, two baskets are on display at the library, giving individuals the opportunity to view the items and make a bid as part of the silent auction for the baskets. Right are Rafael and Sarita Reinicke from Brazil who came into the library with Glenise and Ken Miller, left, who hosted Sarita as an exchange student 19 years ago. [PN Photo/CAROL WALKER]­

By Carol Walker

The Friends of the Hill City Library organization is gearing up for one of two annual book sales this Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. near the Hill City Public Library. The group is calling it “A Patchwork of Books” and there will likely be something for everyone.

Anyone in attendance at the Hill City Quilt Show will be able to look across the street from the Hill City Middle School and see the banner on the library building announcing the book sale. There will be a booth in the front yard and lots of books for adults, youth and children in the garage behind the library. In the garage will be a special section that will include a bag of books for $2.

The book sale includes gently read fiction and non-fiction books. There are publications on many topics including cooking, gardening, crafts, photography, self-help, animals, travel and a substantial number of war and history-related books. Anyone interested in something for young people will find young adult books as well as a variety of children’s books, board books and puzzles.

Also included in the sale will be a silent auction for two “Baskets of Books.” One of the baskets has a theme “For Wee Ones” and is overflowing with books for young children as well as a stuffed animal, puppets, candy and games. The other basket carries the theme “Everything Coming Up Roses” and is filled with books on romance and gardening and gift items related to that theme.

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President Obama says to find a new business model

By Carol Walker 

“If you’re making that profit by trapping hard-working Americans into a vicious cycle of debt, you’ve got to find a new business model.” - President Barack Obama.

On this point, I have to agree with the president. He’s referring to payday loans, the short-term loans which charge $300 or more in interest, require no credit check but require the borrower to sign a check or document giving the lender the ability to pull payment out of the borrower’s account. Sometimes the borrower hands over the title to his or her car.

One in six Americans have taken out such a loan. Four out of five who have signed up for such a loan re-borrowed again in a month. According to a Pew Charitable Trust report from 2012, the typical payday borrower takes out eight $375 loans in a year. If they can’t pay it in the required time, they renew it, which adds on additional fees. Of those who sign over their car title, one in five have their car or truck seized.

Who takes out these loans? Half of them are in the ages of 25-44, more whites than blacks, but of those, one in eight are African American and one in 25 are whites. They tend to be low income, unemployed, disabled, separated or divorced. These are people who feel overwhelmed by basic needs, forced into doing something to meet their expenses. I know people who have felt that desperate.

It’s encouraging that 15 states do not allow payday loans, but on the other hand, 28 states have no restrictions on the lenders and the rest have moderate regulation. Our state sets a limit on the size of the loan, $500, and it can only be rolled over only four times, but it appears there are no restrictions on the finance rate fees or finance charges for a 14-day loan.

Initiated Measure 21, which will be voted on by the people of South Dakota in November, would prohibit money lenders from making a loan that “imposes total interest, fees and charges at an annual percentage rate greater than 36 percent.” According to Steve Hickey, co-chair of South Dakotans for Responsible Lending and a proponent of this legislation, the average payday loan in South Dakota charges a rate of 574 percent.

John Tsitriano of Rapid City opposes the legislation, saying this will cause payday loans to disappear in South Dakota. He cites a University of Washington study that states “without payday loans, consumers likely use overdrafts, pawnshop loans and late bill payment to cover short run but credit needs.”

But in a pawn shop loan, if a consumer can’t pay back, it is like selling off something of value, not getting tied to a cycle of loan and debt. Even using a credit card offers a better rate of interest than payday loans.  Also, I read about two organizations that help people in dire need of money. The Lending Club can provide loans with a much lower rate of interest. Wealthy people donate to this organization specifically to provide loans to people in need. Another possibility is My Cash Borrow, a site that helps people find lower interest loans. I can’t vouch for how these work, but it’s worth a try.
Payday loans are big business. The Community Financial Services Association of America, the organization for payday loan businesses, has 20,000 member locations across America. This is bigger than Starbucks or McDonalds.

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is proposing more regulation for these lenders on a national level. They want to require lenders to check income, expenses and debts of borrowers, limit the number of consecutive loans and force them to notify borrowers before pulling money out of their accounts.

 I am glad South Dakota is attempting to do something about this business model that preys on people in need. Don’t forget to vote in November.


Foundation awards $30K to nonprofits

Ranger Field donation — Members of the Ranger Field Renovation committee accept a check from the South Dakota Community Foundation to help with the field renovation project. From left are Pat Wiederhold, Ranger Field Renovation committee member, Beth Massa, South Dakota Community Foundation West River program and development officer, Stacia Peters and Mike Welu, Ranger Field Renovation committee members and Norbert Sebade, South Dakota Community Foundation board of directors member. [Submitted Photo]

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the Ranger Field Renovation Committee to receive South Dakota Fund grants in its latest round of grant awards. The South Dakota Fund helps meet the diverse needs of people across the state through grants to nonprofits in culture, economic development, education, health and human services.

“Recent South Dakota Fund grants are helping residents of Hill City revitalize a sports complex, give Native American students a valuable educational experience and enhance the careers of hard-working South Dakotans,” says Beth Massa, West River program and development officer at SDCF. “These nonprofits are making a positive impact on the Black Hills and the South Dakota Community Foundation is excited to partner with the organizations.”

A $15,000 South Dakota Fund grant will assist the Ranger Field Renovation Committee in raising $1.2 million to renovate the track and field facility in Hill City. Improvements will include the installation of a new six-lane track, bleacher seating and an asphalt parking area. The community will also replace the existing concession and restroom building with new facilities.

“The Ranger Field Renovation is going to be a great improvement to Hill City and the surrounding area,” says Pat Wiederhold, Ranger Field Renovation committee member. “The grant we received from the South Dakota Fund is helping make this dream a reality.”

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation received a $10,000 grant to support its upper-level summer university program offered through Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation's Indian University of North America. The program provides an educational opportunity to young American Indians who will successfully complete college and return to their communities to give back as teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners, etc. The program is offered in partnership with the University of South Dakota.

“This grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation along with other generous gifts make it possible to offer a summer, upper-level academic experience to sophomore/junior-level students which includes a paid internship,” says Dr. Laurie Becvar, president and chief operating officer of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. “Students enrolled in the program gain valuable work experience and learn about leadership and team building while honing their job-seeking skills.”

With its $5,000 South Dakota Fund grant, the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills, an affiliate of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, will develop a Workforce Development Preparation Project for the GED students served in its Adult Education Program. The project will provide a Career Pathway Plan for GED students, leading to their identified high demand/high wage career goal. This pilot program will be developed in partnership with Western Dakota Tech and will be offered in the communities of Hot Springs, Custer, Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish and Belle Fourche.

“The goal of the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills’ new initiative is to create a ‘stackable credential’ program. A sequence of credentials will be accumulated over time to build an individual's qualifications and help them move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to different and potentially higher-paying jobs,” says Gloria Pluimer, Black Hills Special Services board member. “The program will help individuals understand that obtaining a GED is only the first step in a career pathway.”

The South Dakota Community Foundation awards South Dakota Fund grants on an ongoing basis. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit


Wine, Brew & BBQ fires up a big crowd

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Best Brisket — Tony Bala of Rapid City and his family accept the blue ribbon for the best brisket category of the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition. Bala's barbeque outfit is called the Lone Star Smoke Rangers. [PN Photo/Kacie Svoboda]­

By Kacie Svoboda

Hill City’s fourth annual Wine, Brew & BBQ last weekend saw what event coordinator Bob Stanfiel believes are record-breaking numbers, though he admits that there is no way to know for sure.

“I thought we filled every nook and cranny last year,” he said. “But they were parked everywhere this year.”

Stanfiel estimates that the Wine, Brew & BBQ brought in between 6,500 and 8,000 people over the two-day period, up from his usual estimate of between 6,000 and 7,500 attendees.

With this sort of turn out, it’s no wonder that Stanfiel calls the Wine, Brew & BBQ the “largest event that comes to town.” When asked if he envisioned this event getting so big, Stanfiel admitted that this was exactly how he dreamed it, though he wants everyone to know that he doesn’t do it alone.

“There’s a great group of men and women who are silently behind the scenes of this production,” he explained. “We don’t give up. We make things happen and we make it work. We do the best we can with everything we’ve got.”

In addition to this core group of volunteers, the Wine, Brew & BBQ saw a lot of new people and organizations who helped out this year, including the Ladies Auxiliary, the Hill City Fire Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department.

“I was blown away by the number of volunteers from Hill City and outside of Hill City who stepped up and helped out,” he said. “Shane (Alexander) ran the volunteer schedule and he had people calling him from Custer, Rapid City and Hermosa. It’s awesome to see a little town, little community pull together and put the Wine, Brew & BBQ on.”

In addition to the larger crowds, there were also more competitors this year, with 31 teams from “California to Kentucky and everywhere in between” contending for top honors in the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s four standard categories — chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder or butt and beef brisket. Approximately five of these teams are ranked in the top 15 in the country.

Teams pay a $260 entry fee to compete, which is combined with sponsorships to make up the $10,000 total prize purse. This year, however, the event garnered so many volunteers that the Wine, Brew & BBQ was able to offer over $13,000 in cash prizes. Stanfiel was especially proud that over 90 percent of this year’s sponsorships were by local citizens and businesses.

Stanfiel has been competing in similar barbecue contests around the country for the past two years and now enjoys seeing his fellow competitors succeed more than any other aspect of the Wine, Brew & BBQ.

“Barbecue is like a big family,” he explained. “You walk into it and it’s like you’re the long-lost cousin and by the end of the season if you’re consistently competing, you become family of one kind or another. They’re just good, hard-working people, who all have an addiction to perfection and wanting to cook and compete.”

Approximately 40 certified barbecue judges from across the country were in charge of choosing the winners this year, with Parrothead Smokers of Dakota Dunes, S.D., sweeping the competition in overall points to be the 2016 grand champion. Parrothead was followed in the overall rankings by Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, Scorch and Rescue, the Last Call Heros, Smoke on the Prairie, Sin Circle BBQ, JoeBob’s BBQ, Big Pappa Smokers, Montana Outlaw BBQ and the Charcoal Loungers.

Parrothead also took first in the pork category, while Rollin’ Smoke’s chicken scored a “perfect perfect” to take home the blue ribbon. Scorch and Rescue topped the pork rib category, the Lone Star Smoke Rangers had the best brisket and Rapid City’s ArribaQ again won People’s Choice.

Both competitors and eaters seemed to enjoy this year’s Wine, Brew & BBQ and Stanfiel credits the active involvement of several dedicated individuals and the community for its success.

“On behalf of the Wine, Brew & BBQ committee — consisting of Moni Matush, Shane Alexander and myself — we would like to say thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and the community for their great support of this wonderful event.”