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Jim Holland

It's the end of an era, not the end for Neugebauer's Fine Jewelry in downtown Rapid City.

The bright yellow signs posted on the former Pennington County Bank building suggest the business, which dates back to 1945 in Sturgis, is closing for good.

But that's not the case. What is true is that longtime jeweler Rich Bauman, 67, is retiring and the third-generation family-owned store began a sell-off of inventory on Thursday.

Future plans aren’t being revealed just yet, but the Neugebauer’s name and downtown location will remain, said Rich’s wife, Barbara Bauman.

“The family will move forward with the business,” she said.

The Bauman family partnered with the buyer of the original Sturgis store — long since closed — for a move to the Rushmore Mall in 1982.

Bauman and his father took over Neugebauer’s completely later that year, just before Bauman’s father was diagnosed and later died from cancer.

The store stayed at the mall for 14 years, before moving to the corner of Main and Sixth streets in 1996.

“That was probably the best move we ever did,” Rich said.

Besides Rich and Barbara, the family operation includes son Mike Bauman, step-daughter Madeline and her husband, senior bench jeweler Matthew Mauffort.

Rich’s retirement celebration and the inventory sell-down continues until after Christmas. Plans going forward will be revealed in January, Rich said.

Rare coins, action figures

Nathan Harding and Don Smith have years of combined interest and experience with rare coins, precious metals, video games and toys.

They have teamed up to open two stores in one location, Rushmore Coin, dealing coins, bullion and precious metals, and Heroes & Villains, featuring comics, toys and video games, at 524 Sixth St. across from the Alex Johnson Hotel in downtown Rapid City.

Harding knows coins and has a knack for video games. Smith adds an interest for comic books and toys and also has more than a decade of experience with national and international coin shows.

They buy from and sell to the public, Harding said.

“Whether you have a single ounce of gold or one action figure or a huge collection, we can handle all that,” Harding said. “We’ve got an international clientele for coins and bullion and we’re working on it with some of the comics.”

The stores opened on Nov. 13. They are already planning to add to their inventory and expand, perhaps adding video game tournaments and other public functions.

Oldest city realty firm changes name

What is said to be the oldest real estate company in Rapid City has changed its name.

The new sign for Sun Real Estate, formerly Rossum & Neal Realtors, went up on Nov. 8 at 2111 Jackson Boulevard, according to owner/broker Kathy Sundby.

The firm’s roots go back to 1950 and founder Lawrence Rossum. His son, Bob Rossum, joined in 1952 and Bob’s brother-in-law, Gene Neal, came on board in 1959.

The Sundby family connection started with John Sundby who spent his entire 51-year career with Rossum & Neal from 1966 until his death earlier this year.

Kathy Sundby has been with the firm for 41 years, with son Bobby Sundby adding another 22 years of experience.

“Bob Rossum and Gene Neal were great mentors and community leaders. They have been gone for some years so the realtors decided it was time to change the name of our company,” Kathy Sundby said in an email.

Call Sun Real Estate at 605-342-9112 for more information.

BH Surgical Hospital recognized

Black Hills Surgical Hospital (BHSH) has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a high performing hospital for orthopedic specialties. The annual U.S. News rankings recognize hospitals that excel in providing quality care to patients.

The hospital is ranked for orthopedic specialties for both knee and hip replacement surgeries, placing the hospital in the top 10 percent of nearly 5,000 hospitals in the country for providing quality care, according a BHSH release

“To be recognized as a high performing hospital by U.S. News and World Report is a national recognition that highlights the quality and expertise that BHSH provides to its orthopedic patients, Bill May, BHSH CEO, said in a release.

The USN&WR Best Hospital rankings were determined by objective public data, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as survey responses from patients and medical specialists.

The physician-owned Black Hills Surgical Hospital is located at 216 Anamaria Drive.

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