JIM HOLLAND / Rapid City Journal
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Amid a storm of protest, including threats to his personal well-being, John L. Johnson of Rapid City is scrapping plans to open a museum honoring recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, which had been slated for Aug. 1 at the Rushmore Mall. Instead, Johnson said Tuesday he plans to open an art gallery for Native American artists on that date in the same space planned for the museum.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — For John L. Johnson, an almost single-handed effort to establish a public museum in Rapid City to honor U.S. Medal of Honor recipients is a labor of love — and more. It’s a duty to remember and honor an important part of the nation’s military history he believes is being lost. “I felt it was something that needed to be done,” Johnson said. “We simply don’t know our history.” Johnson’s South Dakota Museum to the Medal of Honor is scheduled to open Aug. 1 at the Rushmore Mall.
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Ahmed Rasheed was all but predestined to bring a subsidiary of the family mineral and chemical business to western South Dakota, he said. Rasheed, director of Rasheed Performance Minerals and IDIC Specialty Drilling Chemicals, both based in Alexandria, Egypt, announced Thursday, March 28, plans to transform a former fiberglass plant here into a facility making products used in the drilling of oil and gas wells.
STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis is proposing fees — as high as $5,100 in some cases — that would have to be paid in advance by campgrounds outside city limits if they want ambulance service at this year's Sturgis motorcycle rally. The proposed fees range from $300 to $5,100 and are based on the number of ambulance calls to the campgrounds during the 2018 rally, Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie said at a Feb. 19 special meeting in Sturgis with campground owners.
DEADWOOD, S.D. - Anyone turning over little more than a shovelful of dirt in the historic town of Deadwood can expect to have an archaeologist peering over their shoulders in case any artifacts from the city’s past are unearthed. OK, that’s an exaggeration. But while residents are safe from having their flower and vegetable garden plots scrutinized, any private or public construction project requiring excavation is required to have a state archaeologist monitor it in most of the town, which was named a national historic landmark in 1961.