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THE GOOD: You can now take a virtual tour of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, thanks to CyArk, a nonprofit project of the Kacyra Family Foundation in Orinda, Calif. In collaboration with the National Park Service, CyArk used three-dimension laser scans of the memorial to create 3-D images of the four presidential faces on the memorial, and other locations at the memorial, including the Hall of Records behind the presidents’ heads. Go to archive.cyark.org/mount-rushmore-national-memorial-intro.

THE GOOD: Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries announced it would expand to Black Hills Business Development Center on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The company manufactures high-tech agricultural equipment.

THE BAD: A popular steakhouse in Quinn burned down Jan. 6. Owners of the Two Bit Bar and Saloon vowed to rebuild the business, and loyal customers set up an account for the business at area First Interstate banks. The Two Bit was one of only two businesses remaining in the east Pennington County town of 50.

THE GOOD: The annual Fort Robinson Spiritual Run ended Saturday at Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The run involves Native American youth who are commemorating the 1879 outbreak by the Cheyenne tribe from Fort Robinson in the Nebraska Panhandle. The spiritual run retraces their flight through the Black Hills to the Cheyenne’s traditional homeland in southeast Montana.

THE BAD: Add Butte County and Pennington County as targets of mystifying letters and packages from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church, whose spiritual leader Warren Jeffs is imprisoned in Texas, has a compound near Pringle, although the letters did not originate from South Dakota. Custer County also has received correspondence from the FLDS.

THE GOOD: A state trooper stopped a speeding pickup on Interstate 90 near Rapid City on Jan. 6 and found nearly a half-ton of marijuana in the bed. The illegal cargo was spotted by a service dog and is the largest pot bust from a traffic stop in state history. It had an estimated street value of $3.9 million.

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THE UGLY: A high-speed chase through Rapid City nearly turned deadly when a Wyoming man wanted on a fugitive warrant fled from a traffic stop, emerged from his vehicle after its tires were spiked and fired on police. Fortunately, Leslie Baker Jr., 41, missed and he was hospitalized when hit by return fire.

 

 

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