Photos by Walter Sprague/NLJ

The Black Hills South Dakota Tractor Run group decided to come into Newcastle for lunch at Pizza Hut on Thursday, Sept. 8. Since the tractors can only go about 15 miles per hour, the run into Newcastle and back took about eight hours. Above, participants as they get ready to have lunch at Pizza Hut in Newcastle. Below, a vintage tractor is carefully backed into a space at the Pizza Hut parking lot.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, Newcastle was mildly overrun by a slow-moving and colorful invasion from the east. For the first time in four years, the Black Hills South Dakota Tractor Run came to town. It tries to do one every two years, but its last run was in 2018. When COVID hit, the organization had to...
The Hell Canyon Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest began burning part of the 2,797 acres in the Anti-horse prescribed fire project on March 20. The purpose of the project is to reduce hazardous fuels on National Forest System lands. The Anti-horse project area is located...
ALTA CUNNINGHAM May 6, 1926– Alta Myrl Cunningham was born on May 6, 1926, in Custer, S.D., to Merle and Alta M. Barnes. She was the oldest and only girl with four brothers, and they grew up in the Black Hills area. Her father, Merle Barnes, was killed in a mining accident when she was 7, and she...
Helen Lorraine Doll Weyrich was born in her grandmother’s bedroom on Oct. 14, 1929, near Custer, S.D. She started school in 1937 at the Alkali School, a one-room school house with a wood stove for heat and two outhouses in the back. The school also had a swing set, where the kids could go out and...

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