BHI gifted with skull of ‘Sue’

Thursday, December 18, 2014



Sue returns — A cast of Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex’s skull was donated by Nicholas Pritzker to the Black Hills Institute in Hill City on Dec. 13. The institute unveiled the piece in their packed museum and held a reception afterward to celebrate the return of part of their beloved dinosaur. [PN Photo/KACIE SVOBODA]


By Kacie Svoboda

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research (BHI) opened its doors to the public for a special unveiling. A skull cast of Sue, the famous Tyrannosaurus rex, was donated to the museum as a permanent part of its exhibit.

“This is the perfect time to welcome a part of Sue back home,” said Peter Larson, president of  Black Hills Institute. “This is a celebration which we have long awaited.”

This celebration is thanks to Nicholas Pritzker, vice president of the Pritzker Foundation and benefactor of the Field Museum of Natural History’s Sue exhibit, who contacted the institute earlier this year. Pritzker was moving from Chicago to San Francisco and wanted BHI to have his cast of Sue’s skull.

“We’re thankful to Nicholas Pritzker for his donation to our museum,” said Bob Farrar, co-owner of BHI.

The museum is excited to have this piece of Sue returning, especially as it is working toward bringing much more of Sue to BHI.

“I am happy to say that we are also in discussions with Dr. Richard Lariviere, CEO of the Field Museum, in an attempt to bring a cast of Sue’s complete skeleton back to South Dakota,” Larson said.

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Church Services Planned


Churches in Hill City and Keystone will host special services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The services are as follows:

Hill City
Lighthouse Assembly of God will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.
Community Lutheran Church will have a pancake supper on Dec. 17 at 6:15 p.m. followed by Advent Worship. On Christmas Eve, they will have worship at 5 and 7 p.m.
Little White Church will hold a candlelight service on Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hill City will have its worship service on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church will hold Christmas Mass on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 10 a.m.

Keystone
United Church of Christ will have a Christmas service at 7 p.m.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church will hold Christmas Mass on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.


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Keystone chamber plans for 2015


By Bev Pechan

At its last meeting for 2014 held Dec. 10, Keystone’s Chamber of Commerce board and audience discussed what worked over this year’s tourist season and what changes were in the works for next year.

Calling the meeting to order at 7 p.m., chamber president Ben Brink announced routine business, asked for approval of the November minutes and turned the floor over to the executive director Bonetta Eich-Nedved, who reported on memberships received for the coming year.

According to Eich-Nedved, there are 49 full members of the Keystone Chamber listed for 2015, plus two additional parties coming on board. Associate memberships for the coming year are at 36 and there are six non-profits groups and three Friends of the Chamber memberships confirmed, for a total of 94 memberships.

“We were right at 100 last year,” Eich-Nedved said, adding that she plans to do additional recruiting in the spring.

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Neighbors again

NEIGHBORS AGAIN — After more than half a century, Theresa Burden, left, and Agnes Wiederhold are neighbors again. They and their families used to live next door to each other in Hill City, and now the two live only inches apart at Wedgwood Assisted Living Center in Custer. [PN Photo/CAROL WALKER]

After decades apart, two Hill City residents live next to each other again.


By Carol Walker

Theresa Burden, resident of Wedgewood Assisted Living Center in Custer, said when Agnes Wiederhold moved into the Center on Dec. 1, it was a “hilarious time” for the two of them. The day was a cheerful reunion of two friends who lived next door to each other in Hill City more than a half-century ago, and now their doors are only inches apart at Wedgewood.

“It was fun to get together again after all these years, and we found out we both like to walk,” said Theresa.


Two days after the move, Agnes celebrated her 93rd birthday on Dec. 3, and daughter-in-law Carol Wiederhold snapped a picture to capture the happiness of celebrating a birthday with a friend she hadn’t been around for quite awhile.

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Rangers earn awards

Fall Awards Night —  At the Fall Awards Night on Dec. 8, student athletes were awarded for their accomplishments in their respective sports. From left are volleyball Senior Award honorees Sarah Price, Brianna Clemetson, Katie Triplett and Allison Henderson. [Submitted Photo]\

Ranger Fall Awards 2014-15

Volleyball Awards
2014 Sr. Captain:
Katie Triplett
Sarah Price
Brianna Clemetson
Allison Henderson
Most improved (Varsity):
Taylor Vaughn
Most Improved:
Nicole Ballard
Rookie of the Year:
Mckenzie Becker

Cross Country Awards
MVP Boys:
Caleb Yeargan
MVP Girls:
Taleigh Adrian
Heart of Ranger:
Skylar Ross
Most Improved Boys:
Drew Hanson
Most Improved Girls:
Kacie Gross
Cheerleading Awards
Most Spirit:
Jessica Houser
Most Improved:
Jasmine Britton

Football Awards
MVP:
Kenner Langenbau
Most Improved:
Ryan Skillingstad
Outstanding Lineman:
Mitchell Peterson
Outstanding Special Teams Player:
Shawn Kuhnel
Outstanding Back:
Francisco Escobar
Rookie of the Year:
Kalel Worischeck
Academic All-State:
Caiden Merritt
9AA All-State:
Kenner Langenbau

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Black Hills Institute unveils Sue addition

Thursday, December 11, 2014



Sue returns — A partial cast from Sue, the Tyrannosaurus rex, returns to the Black Hills Institute in Hill City on Dec. 13. Pictured from left to right: Peter Larson, Robert Farrar and Neal Larson with Sue’s skull in May of 1992. [Submitted Photo]


By Kacie Svoboda

On Saturday Dec. 13, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research (BHI) will be opening its doors to the public for a special unveiling. A piece of Sue, the famous Tyrannosaurus rex, is returning to Hill City as a permanent part of the museum, in the form of a cast created from a portion of the original dinosaur.

“This is the perfect time to welcome a part of Sue back home”, said the president of the Black Hills Institute Peter Larson. “This is a celebration which we have long awaited.”

This celebration is thanks to Nicholas Pritzker, vice president of the Pritzker Foundation and benefactor of the Field Museum of Natural History’s Sue exhibit, who presented the reproduction to the institute.
“We’re thankful to Nicholas Pritzker for his donation to our museum,” said co-owner of BHI Bob Farrar.

The museum is pleased to have this piece of Sue returning, especially as they are working toward bringing much more of Sue to BHI. “I am happy to say that we are also in discussions with Dr. Richard Lariviere, CEO of the Field Museum, in an attempt to bring a cast of Sue’s complete skeleton back to South Dakota,” Larson said.

The institute sent out 500 invitations to the event but everyone is welcome to attend.
“We hope to see a lot of people from around the area,” said Farrar.

Though the event centers on the announcement and unveiling at 3 p.m.—it will also offer behind the scenes tours and a look at the institute’s current projects. There will also be refreshments and hors d'oeuvres at the reception after the presentation but Farrar stressed that it would not be a formal affair.
Admission will be free all day with the museum opening at 9:30 a.m. and tours running from 1-3 p.m. Farrar also advocated for the showings of Dinosaur 13 on Dec. 11 and 14.

“I hope people watch Dinosaur 13 when it’s broadcast on CNN,” said Farrar.

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School Board addresses issues with fitness center access


By Kacie Svoboda

Hill City high school seniors have advocated for additional hours to be made available for the upper weight room. Several options were mentioned for addressing this problem. It was suggested that they could lower the age of those eligible to use the weight room unattended from 18 to 17 so that younger members of the senior class would be included. However, this suggestion was deemed too much of a liability. The other solution was to establish a stipend to fund a supervisor, instead of starting an hourly or salaried position to monitor the fitness facilities. It was stressed that the board wanted to find a solution to provide greater access for students.

In another fitness center issue, community members have wondered why the facilities are open only limited hours on Saturdays and closed entirely on Sundays. Superintendent Mike Hanson will consult with his administrative team to look at other scheduling possibilities.

Kerry Britton, introduced four of Hill City’s six, Special Olympic participants. The student’s participated in the new program as part of the bowling competition this fall. Both teams placed first and there were also individual medal winners. The students expressed their gratitude to being able to participate, showed off their medals and said what a fun time they had at the qualifying and state competitions. Britton notified the board that there are currently not enough funds in order for them to participate in the winter competition, which is basketball. Britton is not yet sure how the money will be raised in order for the Hill City Special Olympics program to continue.

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