THE GOOD: When Main Street Square chose Berkeley, Calif., artist Masayuki Nagase to sculpt the granite spires and blocks at the square, he was largely unknown in the Black Hills. But he is quickly making himself known in the area before he begins his work at the square later this year. Nagase has been busy conducting workshops to explain his vision for the square, "Passage of Wind and Water." On Feb. 1, Nagase met with the Rapid City Academy art class, and on Saturday, Feb. 2, he traveled to the Pine Ridge reservation for a couple of workshops. He also did community workshops at a senior citizens center, the Dahl Arts Center and Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
THE GOOD: Black Hills Stock Show horse and livestock auction sales received good prices this year, and in the case of horse sales, animals were selling for about $1,000 more than last year.
THE BAD: The flu season in South Dakota has so far claimed 22 lives, the latest a 1-year-old child. As of Jan. 26, there have been 719 reported influenza cases in the state, compared with only 33 cases at this time last year.
THE GOOD: A $3.3 million federal grant will be used to pay for children's dental care on American Indian reservations. The "Circle of Smiles" project has hired dental hygienists and health coordinators, who will visit clinics, schools and other agencies to urge preventive care and provide dental checkups.
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THE GOOD: Congratulations to Command Sgt. Maj. Susan Shoe of Rapid City, who has been named the top non-commissioned officer in the South Dakota National Guard, and the first female to serve in that capacity in South Dakota. Shoe has 23 years of military service and has served 16 years in the Army National Guard.
THE BAD: A woman living on North Maple Avenue in Rapid City was unharmed when a car drove through her house on Saturday, Feb. 2. Jamie Tom, 20, was charged with driving under the influence when her car jumped the curb and stopped in the home's bedroom.
THE UGLY: Art Alley in downtown Rapid City is supposed to be a place for street artists to paint and people could stroll through the alley and admire their work. Lately, the area has been used for graffiti and some offensive images.