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Past articles by Max:

New lease on life, with help from James Taylor

Jeanne Apelseth and Michael Brunick had seen James Taylor perform before, but they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last week when they were able to thank him for helping save Brunick's → Read More

Building women-driven theater

Lisa McNulty had a simple answer for what makes her theater company different from others: "Chicks!" → Read More


The internet was set ablaze last year when writer/director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “Spy,” the TV cult classic “Freaks and Geeks”) would direct an all-female remake of “Ghostbusters,” so it’s no surprise when one of the film’s better throwaway jokes sees the new Ghostbusters dealing with so… → Read More

Playground memorial project reaches goal

A tragedy in February brought a community together for a way to keep children safe while they play. → Read More

Oglala Sioux activist wins award for 'sticking neck out'

It takes a lot of courage to stick your neck out, but one Rapid City resident has been dubbed a hero for doing just that. → Read More

Pokemon Go has fans gathering around town

A 20-year-old video game has found new life in Rapid City and across the country with "Pokemon Go," the new augmented reality version of the popular series. → Read More

Artist blends Betty Crocker and Bettie Page

From far away, Klaire B.L. Pearson's art — specially-designed aprons and dresses — looks like a poppier, brightly-colored approach to feminine garb. Look closer, however, and you'll find something unexpected, → Read More

Artist mixes message and humor

Dwayne Wilcox has always shown his sense of humor in his art, and he's tried to find a way into viewers' lives with it. In one drawing, "Going Out for → Read More

Five questions with comic artist Tom Rasch

Tom Rasch has come a long way from doodling in his notebook at Central High School. A Rapid City native born on Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rasch, 50, has risen → Read More

235 new U.S. citizens welcomed at Mount Rushmore

They came from all over the world — Belarus and Honduras, Laos and Liberia, South Sudan and South Korea, Columbia and Canada — but they all had a common purpose → Read More

5 questions with Miss SD Outstanding Teen Hunter Widvey

Hunter Widvey didn't have as much experience in the pageant world as some of her fellow contestants. But on June 4, the judges still crowned the Rapid City teen as → Read More

Lakota institute brings language to life

It is estimated that only 2,000 people continue to speak the Lakota language, down from 6,000 since 2005. Yet one growing organization is doing its part to keep their heritage → Read More

Community theater does first original show with 'Isolated'

In any given season, fans depend on the Black Hills Community Theater for strong performances of crowd-pleasers like "Mary Poppins" and "The Producers" and bigger plays like "The Glass Menagerie." → Read More

Local woman was a makeup artist for late pop icon Prince on movie "Purple Rain"

Susan Wenzel, of Rapid City, was watching MSNBC when the news broke of music superstar Prince's death last week. → Read More

Documentary screened locally will shed light on campus sexual assault

In recognition of April as national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a local women's group believes the community should have the chance to watch a film that gives stunning insight into → Read More

Rapid City students make 'Native Lives Matter' a presidential issue

"Native Lives Matter" is a mantra heard often in reservation areas of South Dakota, but not often on the campaign trail. → Read More

Small venues driving resurgence of Rapid City's music scene

It wasn't long ago that Rapid City drew up-and-coming bands that soon became superstars. → Read More

A casualty of political unrest, Coyle family leaves Bible school in Ukraine

A Bible school in a faraway land has little chance against political upheaval. → Read More

Grant to fund local indigenous artists

The "starving artists" maxim is often true, but three local Native American artists will now have a little extra money to help them pursue their artistic passions. → Read More

Tube park 'makes you feel like a kid again'

The rush is real as you speed down the hill faster and faster, wind in your face, snow kicking up behind you. → Read More