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28 These six nurses

have gone above and beyond – earning the title of Black Hills Parent’s 2016 Nurses of Excellence.

SUMMER 2016 CONTENTS 6 What’s Happening

Live life local together, and take in what’s happening all around the Hills.

8 Family Health

All about the rare diagnosis you’ve probably never heard of that is affecting this local family and more.

10 Childhood Education

An alternative route of schooling that this kindergartner’s family jumped on.

12 Cover Mom A Day in the Life Raising two girls, backyard chickens and blogging are just a few things our cover mom Sarah Koontz is doing.

14 Mom Next Door

Whether it’s being a counselor at law or taking on the title of mom – Jennifer Tomac is a mom next door to meet.

18 A Dad’s Life

Exploring the great outdoors is easy with tips from Rapid City dad Chad Tussing.

20 Camping Success 101

Explore the area with a complete guide to a stress-free camping trip your family will enjoy this summer.

22 What I Did Over Summer Vacation

Have something for them to write about when they go back to school with this fun bucket list.

26 Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care Centers With the multitude of choices, it’s easy to become confused. Here’s a clear list of when to visit each.


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28 Meet the 2016 Nurses of Excellence

These six nurses have gone above and beyond – earning the title of Black Hills Parent’s 2016 Nurses of Excellence.

34 The Blink of an Eye


Is all it takes and as Jace Wasserburger knows – life as you once knew it can change.

38 Money-Making Ideas for the Young Entrepreneur

Instilling the love of entrepreneurship in your teens as they earn some cash over the summer months.

40 Eating Organic Food on a Budget

It’s possible to eat organic for less, and it’s simpler than you may think.

42 Making an Impact

Raising two girls, backyard chickens and blogging are just a few things our cover mom Sarah Koontz is doing.

Gregson’s Gardens and Black Hills Works have teamed up to bring fresh, organic produce to the surrounding area.

45 Sarah’s Baby Greens Salad

Combine fresh spring lettuces with a zingy minted orange dressing for a refreshing take on a summer salad.

52 A Matter of Law

46 Whine Will Not Be Served Tonight

53 Black Hills Cuties

Little tricks to get even the pickiest eater to say, “More please!”

48 Pantone’s Colors of the Year Spruce up the home décor this year with the first-ever two-color pantone mix.

50 Fleas and Ticks

How dangerous these parasites can truly be to your pets and your family.

Breaking down South Dakota family law with answers to frequently asked questions.

55 Vickie Powers Memorial Park A 5.5-acre playground north of I-90 in Rapid City built by the community.

57 Calendar 63 Party Planning 64 Summer Fun Page


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something else…

Urban dictionary defines this as, “Someone or something that cannot be described in words. It’s not a good thing, but a great one.” I’ve found myself saying this phrase a lot lately — to the point I’m hyper-aware of when I say it. It’s all I can come up with when there are truly no words to describe what I am feeling or what’s happening at the time.

In April, we had the opportunity to meet the Wasserburger family. As we were introduced to the seven of them, I knew I was in the presence of a family who had experienced many miracles. Jace was in an accident last Father’s Day with little hope given for recovery beyond a wheelchair, let alone survival. Their story (p. 34) will leave you saying, “Wow, that’s really something else.”

Inside this Health and Well-being issue you will find more “something else” stories than ever before — six amazing nurses (p. 28), Jennifer, the Mom Next Door (p. 14), the Dad’s Life of Chad (p. 18), A Day in The Life of Sarah (p. 12), and the Gregsons who are Making an Impact (p. 42). It is our pleasure to introduce these remarkable people to you. If you have ever noticed the quality of our work, you know the staff of Black Hills Parent must be “something else” too. We were all brought to Rapid City for a purpose — from Nebraska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, rural and eastern South Dakota, Wyoming, and even London, England. Without each one of them, the magazine would certainly be “something else” — just not in the same great way it is now. Lately, most of my conversations have gone like this: Everyone: So do you like being a gramma? Me: Have you seen my posts? Everyone: Yes, I have. Me: Mmmm, she is just something else! Here’s hoping for a superblessed summer for you and your family — one that will include lots of “something else” in it. Until Next Issue,

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Gather your family, friends and co-workers to assemble a team to help put a stop to child abuse and be a hero for a child. On July 9 at Spearfish City Park through the Spearfish Canyon, teams will run for a cause in support of the Northern Hills CASA. Dress up and head to the park by 6 a.m. for check in with the 5K beginning at 7. Groups will follow the bike path making a loop back to the beginning. For registration and more information – go to


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For all the summer’s fun events, use the calendar at Family-friendly happenings are added frequently with all of the dates and details.

Do something special and plan to go to a movie showing outside in Rapid City and Spearfish. Every Monday night around 8:30 in Rapid City, a family-friendly film will be showing at Main Street Square starting on June 6. If you’re in the northern Hills, the Movies in the Parks series will be starting June 9 in Spearfish. All of these events are free and a great way to enjoy the warm summer nights. Grab a blanket and enjoy a film outside together.


What’s better than an authentic ride on the Black Hills’s very own steam-engine locomotive? Celebrate Mom and Dad with a ride of their own at the 1880 Train’s special events. On May 8, the Mother’s Day Express will be a treat to the mom in your life on a ride throughout the Black Hills. Then, on June 19, take Dad for a ride at a child’s price and encounter a train robbery. For more special events at the 1880 Train, check out


Providing the landscape for life, LifeScape in Rapid City provides therapy and psychological services for children on an outpatient and outreach basis. But, it doesn’t stop there. This organization provides educational events throughout



Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation proudly presents Kenadi’s Karnival Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spearfish High School. All proceeds will go towards building an all-inclusive playground destination, which will accommodate children of all abilities to live, love, learn and grow side-by-side. Come for the fun and entertainment full of bounce castles, Strider Bike courses, balloons, a petting zoo and so much more.


See for movie dates and details.

Main Street Square is the place to be on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families can enjoy games, crafts, entertainers, train rides and educational booths at the Kids Carnival – held in conjunction with “Don’t Thump Your Melon".



On May 19 at Black Hills State University, the annual South Dakota Special Olympics Summer Games will be holding its opening ceremonies kicking off the weekend of events. Athletes from across the state will be competing in various Olympic-type sports giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and demonstrate courage. Closing ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 22.

the year covering everything from Power Reading and Spelling camp (June and July) and Handwriting 101 (June 20-23 and 27-30) to Yoga for Kids (June 6, 13, 20 and 27) and beyond. Don’t miss out on these education classes this summer and see our calendar in the back for more details.


Bring your lawn chairs, water and sunscreen, and head to Memorial Park July 15-17 for Hills Alive. This free, family-friendly concert includes big name headliners in the Christian music industry like Casting Crowns, Sidewalk Prophets and Building 429. Stroll through vendor booths, merchandise tents and play areas amongst the park while you listen to upbeat rhythms with a positive message.

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EVER HEARD OF PFAPA SYNDROME? Written by Brionna Cline Pictured above is five-year old Kaylee who has PFAPA (Periodic Fever, Apthous Stomatitis, Pharyngitis, Adenitis) Syndrome. I wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it before. Many people, including doctors, are unfamiliar with this particular syndrome. That’s because it affects 3 out of 10,000 children, and one of them lives here in the Black Hills. Kaylee was three months old when the syndrome started. Every month, she would spike a temperature that ranged 8

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In an ideal world, we all have balanced microbiomes and there is no need for supplementation. Unfortunately, our modern diet full of processed foods, the overuse of antibiotics, the daily stress in our lives and several other lifestyle factors deplete our microbiomes. Adding a high-quality, natural probiotic (the good bacteria residing mostly in your gut) supplement to your family’s healthy eating plan can replenish good bacteria, improve digestion, enhance immune function, increase your energy levels, optimize nutrient absorption for proper growth and development and help put you on the path to your healthiest, most vibrant days. Source:

from 103-106 degrees lasting four to six days. Blood work, urinalysis and x-rays became a routine for us, and each time the tests came back normal. Kaylee’s pediatrician finally diagnosed her with PFAPA syndrome. She began taking Prednisone at the onset of a fever. One dose was usually sufficient to stop the fever in its tracks and the doctor discussed the possibility of a tonsillectomy. He stated that four out of five children who undergo a tonsillectomy are cured from this syndrome. Kaylee had her tonsils removed in March; now, we are crossing our fingers. My hope is to inform people about this rare – but real – syndrome and to encourage parents to talk to a pediatrician if their child is experiencing these symptoms.


There are variations between types, but the gummy delivery system is lower in both the number of different vitamins, as well as the amount of vitamins included. Additionally, there are only a select few gummies that include much (if any) iron, an important mineral that many children are deficient in. No matter your stance, one thing nutritionists agree on is: if you decide to give a gummy vitamin, don’t treat them like a pack of Sour Patch Kids. They should not be eaten like candy.


•H elp them drink enough water! By giving your child water, you can help them repel the cavities that sugar-laden drinks such as juice and soda can foster. •F eed them healthy, summer snacks such as cheese sticks, veggie sticks, fresh fruit and trail mix with nuts and dried fruits. It will give them the energy they need and keep their teeth safe at the same time. •G et a protective mouth guard for your child if they are active in sports. • In an emergency, seek care immediately. If your child breaks a tooth or has pain in their mouth, seek treatment right away. •S chedule your child’s dental check-up.


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How can my child’s health benefit from taking probiotics?


According to WebMD, for every one human cell there are ten microbial cells (bacteria). That means we have ten times more bacteria in our body than human cells. Think about that! You would have to add all your red blood cells, white blood cells, etc., take the sum and multiply it by ten to equal the number of microbial (bacteria) in your body. So the question is: Does the bacteria run us, or do we run it? It is important to keep a balance of good bacteria to help with food digestion, vitamin B and K production, aiding in the production of chemicals that communicate with the brain (emotional issues) and strengthening the immune system (80% of our immune system is in our gut).

Gut bacterium plays an important roll in overall health not only in children but in everyone. To strengthen gut bacteria, reduce sugar and processed food intake, increase fiber through fruit and vegetable consumption, take a probiotic with at least 15 billion CFU’s and 9 different types of bacteria strains, exercise, reduce stress, increase fermented foods, breastfeed your children and limit the use of unnecessary antibiotics. Gut bacteria can be evaluated by doing an advanced stool analysis. Dr. Robert Kuyper D.C. Alternative Health Care Center 343 Quincy Street, Suite 100 Rapid City, SD 605-341-4850

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Last year, Rapid City residents Shannon Mojica and Tyler Liebsch made the decision to homeschool their son Tristin (now 6) for kindergarten. That was, until they did research and found out how expensive it would be to fund. “After learning that homeschooling would not work, we began to explore other options,” explained Shannon. The family needed something flexible to fit their ever-changing schedule, so they enrolled Tristin in the K12 online program. “The courses are half online and half offline,” said Shannon, “and we are able to work anywhere, at any time.” The K12 online program is 10

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considered a public option for students, providing all the supplies and curriculum families will need for their lessons and schooling. It allows for custom scheduling of courses on a daily basis and Tristin can work at his own pace. He is even allowed to work ahead and easily gets extra practice when he needs it. Alternative schooling has been great for Shannon and Tyler while they balance their schedules. Tyler is studying for his PhD in Physics at SDSM&T and Shannon working towards her BA in Business Administration at NAU. “Tristin will be going back for first grade this fall, and we are all excited how well this schooling has worked for us,” said Shannon.

WHAT’S APP? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has changed their screen time recommendations, doing away with the two-hour-a-day limit. Instead focusing more on quality of screen time rather than quantity. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research validates their quality; choose wisely.

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BOOKWORM Ages 5+ $1.99 iPhone iPad An awardwinning intuitive vocabularybuilding wordsearch game for new readers and word lovers alike.

STACK THE STATES Ages 9 to 11 $1.99 iPhone, iPad, Android Learn state shapes, capitals and abbreviations in games and puzzles.

10 BEST TV SHOWS Once children are into the preschool years, even the AAP says that an hour of television is ok, as long as it’s “high-quality content,” which includes being educational (building content knowledge in science, history, literature, art, or music, though teaching social or emotional skills is good, too) Some of the best television shows for two- and three-year-olds include: Little Einsteins (Disney Jr. and Netflix), Blue’s Clues (Nick Jr. and Netflix), Doc McStuffins and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney Jr.), Curious George (PBS Kids and Netflix). Television shows for four- and five-year-olds include: Backyardigans (Netflix), Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train, Arthur and Super Why! (PBS Kids and Netflix).

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A DAY IN THE LIFE SARAH KOONTZ Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer, inspirational speaker and stay-at-home mom to daughters Anya (8) and Nadia (7). She’s been married to her husband, Ryan, a Mechanical Engineer at SDSM&T for 12 years. They live in a quiet spot just outside of Rapid City with plenty of room for Sarah to garden, raise chickens and write for her blog at

6:09 AM The beams of light sneaking through my blackout shades wake me from a dreamy sleep. 6:18 AM I grab my fluffy red robe and shuffle to the kitchen to start the coffee. I hear my two girls playing in their room, even though it’s Saturday and I was hoping they’d sleep in. 12

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6:22 AM I quickly check on the baby chicks in the garage and grab my first cup of coffee before settling into my morning routine of updating social media, replying to e-mails and writing a post for my blog. 6:45 AM Work is interrupted when I hear one of my girls shout, “I’m gonna huff, puff and blow your house down!” Out of curiosity, I peek in

their room and am greeted with an enthusiastic invitation to watch their reenactment of the Three Little Pigs. How could I possibly say no? 7:43 AM Breakfast is ready. I love my husband (for cooking) and my hens (for laying delicious eggs). Once breakfast is done, Daddy and the girls finish last night’s movie while I wrap up my computer work for the day. 8:46 AM The closing credits of Star Wars beckon me out of the office. 9:18 AM After cleaning the kitchen, mediating two fights, starting the ninth load of laundry for the week and grabbing my second cup of coffee in a to-go cup, I trot outside to help my husband in the garden. 9:36 AM The kids join us outside and I get to referee fight number three.

10:05 AM Children, weary of garden chores, are tasked with transporting our twelve baby chicks from the garage to the outdoor baby coop to enjoy the sunny day. 10:45 AM Kids convince me to take a short break to join them on the trampoline with the sprinkler on. But first, we’ve got to get all the bugs off! So I catch Maddi (our beetle loving hen) and task her with the job. 11:18 AM With the garden watered and weeded, the rocks picked and the raspberry plants transplanted, we pile into the car and head to town for some errands.

12:14 PM They have the cutest baby ducks at the feed store. We contemplate buying a few. 12:15 PM We realize that an impulse purchase of waterfowl will most likely end in a case of buyer’s remorse. 12:42 PM Run into my blogging partner (and best friend) Sammi at our favorite burrito place. She giggles while I strike a pose in my garden overalls, dirt-smudged, makeup-less face. No, I wasn’t planning on seeing anyone I knew on this trip to town. 1:23 PM After a stop at the dollar store for the kids to spend the $1 they earned working in the garden this

morning, I discover that I have food stuck in my teeth (neither my best friend nor husband said a thing). Nice! 2:16 PM While the rest of the family enjoys some computer time (and Daddy arbitrates fight number five), I run a hot bath and rest a while. 3:52 PM Ding Dong! My aunt shows up to play with the kids and I get busy preparing dinner. I revel in the sound of merriment as my girls reenact the Three Little Pigs for their new audience. 5:30 PM Finally pass dinner prep to my husband, the “Grill Master,” and agree to a quick game of Mario Party while we wait for our dinner guests to arrive. 6:06 PM Our next-door neighbors (also known as Grandma and Grandpa) show up just in time to enjoy a feast of homegrown beets, turkey burgers and Greek salad. 6:49 PM Gluten-free Chocolate Cake! I’m in heaven… 7:15 PM Hugs and kisses to our extended family and it’s snuggle time on the couch. Tonight, we’re watching the newest episode of Fixer Upper. 8:06 PM Kids are in bed. After tidying up the kitchen and living room, watering plants, grabbing eggs and locking up the hens, my husband and I call it a day. I do my very best not to think about the seven loads of laundry I had intended to fold today. 9:47 PM I drift to sleep while my husband watches a re-run of the Office.

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What she’s reading: Unstuffed: Decluttering your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup Favorite indulgence: Getting a massage Signature meal: Sweet and Spicy Chili Hidden talent: I can make a flower with my tongue Biggest challenge: Living with fibromyalgia. It forces me to say no when I want to say yes and keeps me humble. Favorite quote: “God never said it would be easy, He just said He would go with me.” – JG Holland On her iPod: Taylor Swift, Norah Jones Workout she manages to squeeze in: Jumping on the trampoline with my kids Personal hero: My father On her nightstand: Essential oil diffuser Can’t miss TV shows: Covert Affairs, Fixer Upper Favorite movie: Anne of Green Gables Favorite family outing: Fishing • (605) 342-2210

Your Amazing Life (Yes, this applies to you. Or, you can nominate someone you know.)

“A DAY IN THE LIFE” An hour by hour snapshot of your day.

“A DAD’S LIFE” A great dad with a unique story.

• Choose a day •J ournal your timeline and type in a Word file. • Photograph the day as you would for your posts on Facebook or Instagram. • Submit the Word file and 1-2 pictures. (if selected you will submit the remaining photos)

“MOM NEXT DOOR” A small business owner’s Q&A. • Email your name (and business) • Include family, volunteer work, etc. information. • Tell us what makes the story unique and interesting.

If you meet Sarah (p. 12), Jennifer (p. 14) or Chad (p. 18), thank them for sharing their amazing life story. Share with Black Hills Parent how the stories impact you.

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MOM NEXT DOOR JENNIFER TOMAC ATTORNEY AT LAW TOMAC & TOMAC, PLLC Interview by Lisa DenHerder Photography by Legacy


ennifer Tomac is a woman always in motion, constantly on the go from the law offices of Tomac & Tomac in Rapid City, to meetings with clients, to after-school pickups, to volunteering her time and parenting four boys: Ethan, (14) Drew (11), Jonah (7) and Jeremiah (4), all in a single day. In 2013, the Rapid City Stevens grad founded her own practice in Virginia after working five years for the Fairfax County Probate Office. The practice soon had more work than time, and she became partners with her attorney husband. For eight years, Jennifer and Jared have lived and breathed all things Tomac & Tomac. As described by her husband, Jennifer is driven, as is evidenced by expanding their legal practice back to their South Dakota roots, facilitating a parenting small group at her church and serving as a board member with the Allied Arts Fund. And if that is not enough, she is developing a list of businesses (to be published on the RCAS website) that offer discounts to teachers, a project sparked by her passion for education and helping teachers. It’s a full day-to-day agenda, but a steadfast work ethic, a relentless positive attitude and an infectious laugh all work together to propel her through it all. 14

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What were you doing just before I arrived? Cleaning the bathroom. How did you choose to become a lawyer? I always thought I wanted to be a teacher, but one day in class at Black Hills State, a Spearfish lawyer was speaking to us. While listening to him, I remember saying to myself, “I think I should do this”. So, I transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder and then went to Regent University, Virginia Beach for law school. I still love teaching and think I will go back to it some day, in some way. What is your favorite part of law? I went to work in Washington D.C. in 2008 and my first job was as a staff attorney for the Fairfax County Probate Office. I absolutely fell in love with that area of the law. I was there for five years, so I reviewed, approved, examined and researched hundreds of thousands of wills, powers of attorney, trusts, conservatorships and guardianships. It was just fascinating to me on so many levels – all the way down to the tiny little details where you find out how words are so important. I love how I get to be an attorney, and, as it used to be called, a “Counselor at Law” helping people with these issues. How did you start your own law firm? About three years into my job at the probate office I started coming home frustrated and something needed to change. Jared was still in law school, so it was a little scary. But, I decided

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to start my own practice and began doing probate cases and filing with my old office. Not long after, we got into the planning side to help clients avoid making their family go through the same probate experience they had just been through. By adding that into my practice I got really busy and needed to hire someone. At this point, Jared had graduated law school, was working in a large firm, working 65 hours a week and we had four kids. We prayed about it for a long time, because one person self-employed is different than both in the family being self-employed, particularly when you have four kids and student loans. But, we decided to go for it – and that is when we became Tomac & Tomac. When did you move back to Rapid City? We moved back in July of 2015. It was the age of the kids that really forced our hand to make the move. We knew we didn’t want to move Ethan during high school. It was hard enough to do it when we did it. It was now or never. What’s it like to work so closely with Jared? We have a really great relationship. It’s the Ying and the Yang. We both are very aware of what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are and they are the opposite of each other. The books and numbers, the spreadsheets – are not my thing – and Jared loves that stuff. Me, I like going out and talking to people. We make it work that way. What do your kids think about the family business? They love it and think it would be fun if we had a bakery, too. They think this is normal, that everyone should have their own family business. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? I drink a big glass of water. We’re on a 30-day cleanse to get healthier and are doing a clean eating challenge. Then I help get school lunches ready for everybody and get the little one dressed. What time does your alarm go off? 6:30 a.m. What does a typical day look like for you? I get the big kids on the bus; drop Jeremiah off at preschool at 8 a.m. Work from 8-11:45 a.m., then leave to pick up Jeremiah at noon. Run kids around in the afternoon. Make dinner, help with homework, play a few board games and snuggle until 8 p.m. Then, I work again from about 8-10 p.m. Last thing you do before going to bed? Pray. What books on your iPad/Kindle? I still like books actually. I’m reading two right now: Loving Our Kids on Purpose, as well as How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. And music? I love everything. We are big music people. We have everything from show tunes to pop to country to the golden age of 1950s and ‘60s country. Just the other night, the family sang karaoke in the living room. 16

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Three things in your purse besides your cell phone and wallet. I don’t carry a purse any more, but in my workbag I have a journal, lip gloss and a Hot Wheels car. There’s a story behind the car; I was going through security to get into court one day. I knew the person scanning the bags because I’m in there enough. He smiled when it scanned and said, “I hope that Hot Wheel helps with your argument counselor.” I assured him it would. A word to describe being the mom of four boys? Fun. Three words to describe yourself. Creative, giving and thoughtful. One thing you can’t live without. My phone. It keeps me connected to everybody and everything. Favorite way to spend your family time. We love to go out in the Hills with the boys. How do you manage to keep everything balanced? It’s a constant adjustment. What’s your number one rule for the boys? Be kind. It helps with everything in life, from my relationship with them to their relationship with each other to their relationship with people at school. It’s the root of everything. Favorite meal to cook at home. We like to grill a lot – grilled chicken and salmon. Favorite places to frequent. With the boys, the Elks Movie Theatre, the new Sugar Sweets candy store and Sylvan Lake. I love the Wine Cellar when it’s just Jared and me. Good habit you’d like to pass on to the boys. Tithing. Any bad habits? I’m messy. Jared says that’s the perfect one to say because something’s got to give, and in our house, that’s what gives – and we are both ok with it. Except I feel hypocritical because I ask them to pick up their stuff and then I’m not always good at picking mine up. The hardest part about being a mom. Balance. Best part about being a mom. Tiny feet, big hearts, bear hugs, amazing discoveries, games, rock climbing, rock collecting, music, dancing, reading, love. Last gift you gave? We gave my niece a kitty cat hat for her birthday. Last gift you received. My 7 year-old gave me a dandelion last week; he said it was “the first flower of Spring.” A superpower you wish you had? Flying. Favorite vacation destination. Disney World. Since the interview, and a half hour before the photo session, Jennifer was at the courthouse being sworn in, finally having received her letter of acceptance from the South Dakota State Bar – just another ordinary, busy day in the life of this Mom Next Door you will just have to meet.

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A DAD’S LIFE: CHAD TUSSING Written by Jenna Carda


had Tussing (too-sing), Director of Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, is an outdoor dad who grew up exploring all nature had to offer in his hometown near the Ohio River. “Many times, I would get home from school when I was growing up, let the dog out and we would just explore,” said Chad. “It was about what we could find: tracks, birds, squirrels, etc. Then, I’d come home and it was dinner time.” From overturning rocks in the creek on outings with his dad to seeing animals on his after-school adventures – the love of being outside has never left Chad.


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Following his explorative nature, he went to school for Fisheries Management at Ohio State University. Now, Chad oversees the operations, programming, classes and events at the hands-on facility. Much like his time with family growing up, Chad and his three children, Ethan (13), Elisa (11) and Wil (8) try to spend as much time outside together as possible – regardless of their busy schedules. “My kids are active in basketball and band and those school activities take time,” said Chad. “Sometimes, they’re in three different places all at once, but as their parent, I think it is important to be involved with all the things they are going through.” Every year, the family plans at least one vacation trip, with multiple other

outings scattered throughout the year. “As a family, we are committed to spending time together so that goes on the calendar. If you want something to happen, you have to write it down.” When the Tussings are off on one of their many camping trips throughout the Hills, the family of four will hike, canoe and kayak, but most importantly, they will play. “It’s important for adults to separate a kid outing vs. an adult outing,” said Chad. “With kids, the most important thing is to focus on the experience. Have fun and make it positive, asking yourself: ‘What can we find?’ ‘What can we learn?’ and ‘How can we just have an enjoyable time together?’” If you’ve been outside of city limits anywhere in the Black Hills, you know that cell service is poor and there’s oftentimes no wifi – which can be awesome, not just for your kids, but for you, too. Take time to unplug to get plugged in to your family, creating memories your children will keep for a lifetime. “I hope my kids will look back as adults and remember all the fun times we had when we went camping,” said Chad, “or the time we got caught in the rainstorm when we were out hiking and had to dash all the way back. I hope they appreciate the outdoors for its existence and for what it can offer – finding their place in it, too.” You don’t need to take a week off of work and pack up the kids for a


hiking or camping trip. Start with a short, easy outing to a local trail like Devils Bathtub in Spearfish Canyon, Iron Creek Trail in Custer State Park or M Hill in Rapid City. Here are a few of Chad’s tips on completing a successful family outing into nature. Make lots of lists and check it off as you go. As your kids begin to grow older, hand off some of the tasks like packing some of their own things. Of course, double-check their packing for key items depending on your outing. Pack lots of snacks. Whether your crew is out hiking for the day or you’re camping over night, snacks will make life a lot easier. Don’t put a time or mileage on your outing, especially with young children. Adventure is about the experience and what you will be doing along the way.

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“Your kids are going to ask questions,” said Chad, “and it’s ok to not know the answer. Take a picture of the feather or track you have questions on and look it up when you get home – learn about your finds together.” Every outdoor family needs to start somewhere. And although it may seem daunting, there are many resources to help you along the way. Take a class The Outdoor Campus West holds numerous hands-on classes ranging from hunting and fishing to skills and knowledge. This past year, over 24 thousand people took a class from the Campus ranging from age three and up. If you’re out and about, many of the state parks offer classes, including an annual state Game, Fish and Parks event is held called “Becoming an Outdoors Family” which will be happening East River this year in Grenville, SD, July 27-29. It’s on the Internet From blogs, vlogs and articles, you are bound to find anything you are looking for on the web. Be it trail heads, licensing information or how to set up a tent and line a fishing pole – there are many resources available to you. Visit with friends Out of all the people you know in the Black Hills, there is more than likely someone who has spent a day or two outside hitting the local trails or camping amongst the trees. Ask your friends for some tips and tricks to make getting outside with your family for the first time a breeze.

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very year, more than 30 million Americans leave the comfort of their homes to sleep in a tent, RV or simply under the stars. There are lots of reasons to rough it on a good-old fashioned camping trip, from physical health benefits to stress relief. Follow this guide below to fully enjoy the great outdoors. PICK A PLACE: The first step along the path to becoming a happy camper is to decide where to pitch that tent. Review the campgrounds in the area to find out what amenities are provided; most sites have grills, and some have showers and even wifi. Remember to call ahead and reserve a spot, especially for the weekend. GEAR UP: Figure out what to bring based on how much room you have and how long 20

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you’ll be gone. If hiking to the campsite, be mindful about weight and bulk. SLEEP WELL: Don’t forget the tent, sleeping bag and pillow. Choose your tent based on how many people are coming with, and be sure to check if it’s weather resistant. FIRE UP: Bring along some charcoal (for campsite grills), fire starters, wood, newspaper, matches, propane stove, skillet, pot, utensils and cups/bowls/ plates. Always check to see if the site allows campfires. Keep sand and water nearby in case the fire needs to be put out quickly. CHOW DOWN: Food options include granola bars, peanut butter, beef jerky, canned beans and soup, trail mix, drink powders and coffee or tea. They won’t spoil, and don’t require any cooking.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: Cotton is not your friend in the woods. Instead, choose moisture-wicking clothes and synthetic or wool socks to keep dry and sweat-free. Don’t forget to pack rain gear, a sun hat, hiking boots and a swimsuit. GRAB THE GADGETS: No, not video games. Having a flashlight (or headlamp or lantern), extra batteries, a multi-tool and phone charger (for emergencies) all make camping much safer and easier. KEEP CLEAN: Obviously you’re going to get dirty in the woods, but you will want to bring soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet paper. Use baby wipes to get rid of dirt, carry hand sanitizer and bring garbage bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. STAY SAFE: Safety is no joke. Bring along a well-stocked first-aid kit, creams for blisters and insect bites, sunscreen and any other personal medications. ADD SOME EXTRAS: Bring a set of binoculars, maps, books, folding chair, cooler and chapstick to make your trip in the woods more enjoyable. SET UP CAMP: Once at the campsite, find level ground to pitch the tent. Set it up (some extra hands will help!) and make sure to use a tent cover in case of rain. Pick a place that’s close enough to running water for easy access when you’re ready to clean the dishes, shower and fill up the water bottles. STAY SAFE IN THE SUN: Slather on the sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun out. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, too. AVOID TICKS: Wear high socks, use repellent and avoid high grass to keep ticks away. If a tick attacks, carefully pull it out with tweezers, making sure not to squeeze or crush the bug. BREAK IT DOWN: Most importantly, leave the campsite as you found it! Throw away any trash around your site (that might mean bringing it home with you), make sure the fire is out, and pack your gear into a backpack, trunk or RV. PLAY IT SAFE: Following the tips listed above should make any camping experience smooth sailing, but remember that it’s best to camp with others so someone can always call for help in an emergency. With common sense, the right equipment and a positive attitude, Mother Nature will quickly become your second home. Now you’re all set to become a happy camper.

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Participate in a Fun Run or 5k Walk for a great family experience. Learn how to perfect your cartwheel. Rent a tandem bike and enjoy the benefits of teamwork. Bounce on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath for a fun way to cool off. Try your hand at jump rope.

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Set up a photo scavenger hunt at the mall. Head to the arcade. Make a maze or fort using cardboard boxes. Start a summer fun journal or scrapbook. Race cars and play lazer tag at the indoor amusement park. Go visit the wildlife at many attractions. Play miniature golf.


Take forced perspective photos to make objects appear larger or smaller than normal. Have a paint war with goggles and nontoxic paints. Check out what really happens when you mix Coke and Mentos (with supervision).

Host a Pot Luck BBQ. Everyone brings their own meat and a side dish to pass. Enjoy curly fries, a corndog and fresh-squeezed lemonade at the County Fair. Invite the neighborhood kids to participate in a watermelon eating contest. Make your own snow cones with Kool-Aid® and shaved ice. Roast hotdogs over the fire for dinner and make s’mores for a delicious dessert.



Watch a parade from the sidewalk or watch the spectators while walking in the parade. See an outdoor summer concert or play. Hit the trails on horseback and let someone else do the walking. Take a monumental tour.

Explore the Children’s Museum. Cheer for the home team at a ball game. Ride the Ferris wheel at the carnival. Feed the goats at the petting zoo. Watch the fish at a local hatchery. See crocodiles up close.


Go to a Drive In movie. Catch fireflies in a jar, but let them get back to their families when the night is over. Sit on the porch and watch the sun set. Write your name in the dark with sparklers. Tell stories by flashlight.


Fold paper airplanes and test the best designs. Make colorful candles with leftover crayons. Enhance your wardrobe with custom-made tie-dye shirts. Design your own fireworks t-shirts with glue lines and lots of glitter. Show off your artistic skills by DIY face painting or making a mask for the day.

GO SHOPPING Bargain hunt at garage sales, you never know what you might find. Head to Dollar Tree and play “How much can you buy with $5”. Rummage through the booths at outdoor flea markets.


Have a water balloon relay race. Head to the indoor ice rink and play a pick up hockey game. Set up a bicycle washing station for friends. Wade in a creek and skip stones. Start a battle of the water guns – kids vs. parents. Beat the heat at the library and join the summer reading club. Slip and slide at Watiki Water Park or float at the nearby lake.


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Does a broken arm require a trip to the emergency room (ER) or can you visit a local urgent care center? What should you do for high fevers? With the multitude of choices, it’s easy to become confused.


are intended to treat potentially life-threatening conditions and are open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Since patients with serious conditions are treated first, those with less urgent needs often wait longer to see a doctor. Although many healthcare plans cover a portion of an ER visit, you may have a co-payment, out-of-network charge, or physician charge—all of which generally cost more than urgent care centers. Medical emergencies that require a trip to the ER include persistent chest pain or shortness of breath, symptoms of heart attack or stroke, loss of balance, fainting, difficulty speaking, weakness or paralysis, severe heart palpitations, severe headache, as well as sudden testicular pain and swelling. Emergency rooms also treat head and eye injuries, deep cuts that require stitches, vision loss, intestinal bleeding, vaginal bleeding with pregnancy, infants with a fever, fever with rash, serious burns, repeated vomiting, seizures or severe pain.


are designed to provide treatment to patients with less serious conditions. These centers have extended hours but are not equipped to handle major medical traumas or conditions. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll likely experience shorter wait times than if you were to go to the ER where the most seriously ill are seen first. You should visit an urgent care center if you have a condition that needs to be treated quickly, but is not an emergency. Typical symptoms treated in urgent care centers include a fever without a rash, a common sprain, painful urination, diarrhea, severe sore throat, vomiting, urinary tract infections, mild asthma or broken bones of the wrist, hand, ankle or foot. Additionally, these centers treat patients who experience a gradual onset of symptoms, or if they already know the problem but can’t meet with their primary care physician. It is recommended that patients connect with a primary care physician for follow-up, even if they don’t already have one.

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Nurses of Excellence Black Hills Parent – in association with Black Hills Surgical Hospital and Rapid City Medial Center – celebrate these exceptional nursing professionals. Written by Jenna Carda A nurse, by definition, is someone who is trained to care for sick or injured people (Merriam-Webster). But they are so much more than the people who work long hours and heal us up. Nurses see us when we are in need of help and they are the ones who are there with open arms. Some nurses we cross paths with stand out against the rest. They go above and beyond their call of duty and provide medical attention that is phenomenally comforting in our pain and distress. Here are six professionals in the Black Hills who have earned the title of a Nurse of Excellence.


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Doing the best you can in the field you love is something Wendy Crews exuberates each and every day. Nearly 18 years ago, Wendy went into nursing after watching her mother die of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Seeing great nurses take care of her mom gave Wendy inspiration to have the knowledge and the skills to take care of others. Now, Wendy is carrying out what brought her into the field – supporting patients who need her most. Her level of commitment goes above and beyond and is appreciated by many. As a registered nurse in wound care at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Wendy sees her fair share of hurt. Patients come into their office with fear and anxiety accompanying their diagnosis and illness, but Wendy seizes this time to make an impact on their life. “What I love about nursing is the ability to meet a patient where they are,” said Wendy, “and make them laugh a little, help them cry a little or whatever they need at the time to make them feel better.” Whether it is staying late to visit with her patient’s family members and bringing them dinner, or supporting a coworker’s spouse who is ill and in need of help – Wendy is a nurse of excellence making a difference in people’s lives.





Carisa hadn’t always seen herself as a nurse. Starting school, she was learning the ins and outs of law as a paralegal, later deciding that career path didn’t fit. It wasn’t until her second son was born at 28 weeks and spent three months in the NICU that Carisa stepped into the medical world. In May 2014 she graduated from nursing school and two weeks later was hired by Rapid City Medical Center as an LPN. By December 2014, Carisa joined the Internal Medicine team in Dr. Traub’s office. “Carisa makes a difference in the lives of her patient’s every day,” said Dr. Douglas Traub. “She has a wonderful sixth sense in helping them with their needs and turns a potentially uncomfortable, long morning into a great day.” Carisa’s job in Internal Medicine is extremely busy caring for many adults with chronic medical problems – checking vital signs, helping with medication authorizations and giving immunizations. But, no matter how busy her schedule is, Carisa finds the time to treat each patient with the caring heart they deserve. “Carisa is always reliably there to help,” said Dr. Traub. “She doesn’t just tell patients where to go, but she shows them with a friendly smile and an arm for the patient to lean on as they walk to the lab for testing.” Carisa is remarkable when caring for her patients, but to her – she’s just doing her job. “I do my best to accomplish [exceptional work] on a daily basis,” said Carisa, “both with my patients and the team I work with.”


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Growing up in Spearfish, Hali Olson is working in a field she loves at Black Hills Urgent Care in Rapid City. “I’ve always been interested in the medical field,” said Hali. “Nursing is always changing, allowing me to constantly learn new things.” Hali has worked at the Urgent Care for two years and is already making strides in her roles. Though her job description holds many tasks that Hali has to cover, she makes a conscious effort to put her patients first. “She demonstrates the whole package and care that patients deserve,” said supervisor and coworker Danielle Shafer. Putting a smile on her patients’ faces is something Hali shoots for every day. Though she has many administrative duties and is busy training new nurses, she still finds time to care for each patient she comes in contact with and tries to make their day a little better. A few years ago, Hali cared for an elderly woman who was confused and tearful. Nothing the team of nurses would do seemed to help, so Hali took action. “It was breaking my heart to see her so upset,” said Hali. “So, I walked across the street on my lunch break and bought a bottle of nail polish.” With a low number of patients that day, Hali sat down with the patient and spent time with her. For the rest of her shift, the patient’s smile filled the room and her day was a little brighter. “It’s situations like this that make me love what I do,” said Hali. Even though nursing is a tiring position filled with a constant pace of things to do, Hali is finding little ways to make a difference in her patients’ lives.

Gloria went into the field of nursing right out of high school and has been enjoying it ever since. “I like helping people,” said Gloria. “As a nurse, you have the opportunity to help people in difficult situations.” Co-workers and supervisors will tell you Gloria is a hard worker maintaining compassion and kindness to her patients. She goes above and beyond staying later, coming in early and sacrificing her days off to make sure things flow smoothly around the facility. When a patient is facing difficulties, Gloria is there to help. When a patient wouldn’t eat anything before her blood transfusion, Gloria was puzzled. The patient had to get something in her stomach before proceeding. So, during her break, Gloria ran home and brought her patient two slices of homemade chocolate cake she had made the night before. “She didn’t hesitate to eat every bit of that cake,” said Gloria smiling. After 42 years of nursing, Gloria has acquired excellent skills and experience in her field – gaining many memories of those she has helped along the way.



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Gaile Eckert began her nursing career in 1965 and has recently retired from nursing. Since graduating from LPN school, Gaile started her first job with an OB/ GYN specialist, working first hand with her physician, assisting in the clinic as well as in the delivery room. After 26 years of obstetrics and eight years with a cardiovascular surgeon, Gaile spent the next 16 years working in Internal Medicine at Rapid City Medical Center, the same clinic that had hired her at the beginning 50 years ago. With her can-do attitude and her passion for getting patients the prompt treatment they needed, Gaile has left a mark on countless lives of people in and throughout the Black Hills area. “She was known as “Granma Gaile” to my children,” explained Dr. Kevin Weiland, “and I could not have practiced medicine in this community without her.” From taking in pets of residents that had been hospitalized for long periods of time to taking care of Dr. Weiland’s children at the office while they were sick, Gaile has demonstrated exceptional nursing time and time again. But, if you ask, she will tell you, “I just love the people.” As for her favorite part of nursing, Gaile’s time in labor and delivery has followed her. The babies she had the opportunity to help deliver are now patients she works with. “I was there when they were born,” said Gaile, “and now I get to see how they have grown up and have become prosperous men and women.” Nursing has been a part of Gaile’s life for many years. Now, she is home with her husband of 50 years working in the garden. And, although she is no longer working with doctors, her dedication to the field has left a legacy and has been appreciated. “Gaile’s skill, passion and experience has allowed me to be more than just a physician,” said Dr. Weiland, “but a husband and a father to my family, as well.”


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Teaching has always been a passion of Lisa Engler’s, and after taking a nurses’ aide class in high school, her outlook of what nursing can offer gained a new perspective. As a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Lisa is able to find her niche that combines her love of teaching, answering questions and caring for others. “My delivery was long and challenging,” said Christina Schmit, a former patient of Lisa’s. “I remember being tired and out of energy then being greeted by an upbeat nurse with kind and encouraging eyes.” Throughout Christina’s laboring process, Lisa was there as a soft-spoken, gentle coach who was personable and a great source of comfort to the new mom. Not only is Lisa helping mothers through labor and delivery, but she also teaches monthly classes. Additionally, she has developed training modules and tools for new nurses who are coming on board at the hospital to help orient them to the nursing work environment. With a love of sharing her knowledge with others, Lisa is able to explain the lofty medical terms and make them understandable to everyone involved, as well as making both new parents and new employees comfortable with their transition. “I love answering questions and discussing options for their plan of care” said Lisa when asked about her favorite thing about nursing. “It’s a unique opportunity to really get to know your patients and their families.” “In my mind, Lisa is one of the best nurses I have had,” said Christina. “She is very passionate about what she does and you can tell just being in her presence.”


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Ward and Randee’s children and their friends have actively redefined the stereotype that can come along with the sport of motocross — staying out of trouble and mentoring each other. “Jace is a sensitive, caring, big-hearted young man,” Randee said. Proof of that showed when many people came to visit him in the hospital.




he world of motocross has been a central part of the Wasserburger family since Ward Wasserburger was a child himself. Racing took a back seat as he built his adult life, but after he met and married Randee, the couple left their home and business in Chadron, Nebraska and moved back to the Black Hills in 2008 where motocross again emerged at the center stage of their lives. Racing quickly became a family event, Ward and Randee loading up all five “Burger kids” and hauling off to watch Joel compete all over the region. “It was pretty much every weekend,” Randee says with a warm smile. The family grew closer during those trips, often with a friend along for the ride, enjoying the laughter and chatter from the back seats. Jace adored his older brother Joel and was just three years old when he took up the family sport. “He’s a daredevil,” his father says, and a natural, earning the nickname “Woog” because “Jace is always going,” Ward laughs. He was 15 years old and had been racing for just four years when the family set out for the SDMA (South Dakota Motocross Association) registration race in Sturgis, South Dakota on Father’s Day of 2015. Jace’s bike wasn’t running quite right, but he lined up anyway for his first race of the day. It was the first jump on the first lap that changed the Wasserburger family forever. The bike cut out while Jace was in the air, some 25 feet above the jump, and bogged, pitching Jace forward over the handlebars. His head hit the hard-

packed dirt first, and the 160-pound bike came down on top of him. He was immediately rushed by ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital where the Wasserburgers first began to understand the severity of the damage. The ER doctor told the family that Jace’s brain had a couple of “bleeds” on it, but they could be fixed. After the neurosurgeon examined him, he gave Ward and Randee the devastating truth of the situation. Jace didn’t have a couple of brain bleeds – he had hundreds; and complicating matters further, he had suffered brain shearing. Like when you drop jello on the ground, the doctor explained, it shakes and it breaks. The surgeon told the family as gently as possible that from his experience, patients with these injuries don’t make it. Within a couple of hours the motocross community back at the track in Sturgis heard the news. Track personnel canceled the race and nearly the entire motocross community packed up and headed for Rapid City. They

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gathered in a family waiting room, some kids still in their racing gear, and they prayed. A family friend set up a Facebook page – Prayers for Jace – and thousands added their loving thoughts to the chorus. Doctors explained Jace’s body would handle the injury in the same way it handled a bruise; the brain would swell, hit a peak and then go back down. As long as the pressure didn’t stay high for too long, there was hope. A bolt was inserted into Jace’s skull to monitor the pressure and for the next several days everyone watched and waited. Jace’s brain did swell some, but the pressure never stayed too high. The Wednesday after the accident was the first good news – Jace was breathing along with the respirator indicating he wasn’t brain dead, and the Wasserburgers were told there was a 99% chance he would wake up. But, doctors cautioned, he would need a tremendous amount of care and therapy Rapid City Regional wasn’t equipped to provide. They encouraged Ward and Randee to talk about rehab facilities and suggested one in particular: Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado. On Sunday, June 28 – exactly a week and five minutes after the tragic accident – doctors backed off the sedation medication and Jace Wasserburger woke up. Many in the motocross family were gathered in the hallway waiting while hospital staff removed the breathing tube, and when the doctor asked Jace what they called him on the racetrack, the whole crew heard his weak but enthusiastic response: “Woog!” 36

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Three months to the date – Jace stands on the spot where he laid that day. The Wasserburgers have a one year anniversary event planned: a celebration of Jace’s recovery, the power of prayer, the family’s gratitude for the many doctors and medical staff involved and the support of one big, motor-sport loving family.

“We thought he was going to be fine,” Randee says of the memory. “We didn’t know then that he wasn’t going to remember.” Jace’s brain had suffered a lot of damage and while his survival alone was a huge step forward, they weren’t out of the woods yet. It didn’t deter the Wasserburgers, though. “We didn’t care if we had to change diapers for the rest of his life,” Randee says, her eyes misting, “we just wanted him.” In the early days of August, Randee flew down to Denver to join Jace at Craig Hospital and there

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Team Wasserburger: Preslee (12), Paige (21), Joel (18), Kasen (3), Randee, Jace (16) and Ward. Pose in this April 2016 family photo.

they began the long road to recovery. Jace was assigned a full team of medical professionals devoted to his recovery, but they were cautious with their optimism. He couldn’t stand, he couldn’t walk and he couldn’t remember. They were told it would be three months minimum and no one knew how much anything might change. The Wasserburgers prepared for the reality of bringing Jace home in a wheelchair. In true Wasserburger style though, Jace shocked them all. In August of 2015, just 10 weeks after starting rehab and only two months after the accident, Jace came home – unbound to a wheelchair. “Wow,” Dr. Monasky of Rapid City kept saying when he saw Jace the first time. “Wow. God has special plans for you.” Now, less than a year after the accident Jace is not fully recovered, not by a long shot; but, his parents say with a grin, he certainly has his personality back. The family has taken it upon themselves to continue his therapy – with the help of Dr. Kim at Bahr Chiropractic Wellness Center – even after the insurance money ran out; and with their undying support, he’s gotten back to school through a home-bound program with Stevens and passed the test to drive again with flying colors. He desperately misses his motocross days, but his brother and his friends make sure he doesn’t miss out entirely; Jace attends practice and race sessions, taking photographs and cheering everyone on. “He’s really more worried about other people,” Randee says. “He’s just this incredible kid with this huge heart and resilient spirit.” “If you didn’t know Jace,” a family friend commented, “you wouldn’t know anything is wrong.” While no one knows what Jace’s future looks like, for the Wasserburgers, it doesn’t really matter. A photo taken in October of 2015 hangs above the fireplace – a stunning sunset silhouettes each of the seven Wasserburgers, standing together on a ridge, holding hands. Randee nods at it, choking back tears. “It just wouldn’t be the same if that kid weren’t in there.”

Congratulations on your recovery Jace! We are blessed to be a part of it. Dr. Kim Bahr and Staff

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ccording the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, only 60% of teens were employed last summer compared to 75% in 1983. Without a job, where will they get the money to buy a car, save for college or even have a little spending money? Entrepreneurship is the answer. Take a look at some of these ideas and see if they would be a good fit for your teen. Pet Sitting: This job involves caring for pets and includes: giving fresh food and water, walking dogs and cleaning out litter boxes. Pet sitters need to be early risers and have the ability to get to the pet’s home three or four times each day. They may also get the mail, water plants or take the garbage to the curb.


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Summer Nanny: Babysitters are needed for both working and stay at home parents during the summer months. For parents who work at home, they need a Mother’s Helper to entertain the children. Babysitting is not only for teenage girls. Mothers of boys often look for an older boy who can relate to their sons’ interests. Tutor: If your teen plays an instrument, he can work with younger students to keep up their skills over the summer and improve their technique. Teens who play sports can share their talents with younger athletes who need to improve their throwing, hitting or dribbling techniques. And of course, academic tutors are needed to help with math, reading or ACT prep.

Online Jobs: Fiverr – Teens can sell their product or service for $5 ($4 after Fiverr takes their fees). Use your skills to proofread papers, design a logo or provide SEO analysis. Check out what others are doing and set up your own shop easily. Slice the Pie – Get paid to rate music. This is perfect for the teen in your life. The starting pay is terribly low (2 cents per review), but your rank and pay increases with the quality of your reviews bringing you up to 20 cents per review. Payout to PayPal when your account reaches $10. Parents: Please read several reviews and search for scams before allowing your teen to sign up for an online job. Never pay for membership to start working for an online business.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS Your child can receive money for their services through PayPal and access it from a PayPal debit card. If you’re already a member, you can set up an account for your child who is 13 or older by clicking “Get a Student Account” under the Products and Services tab. Your child will not be able to spend more than the account balance. As the parent, you can add money, make transfers, set spending limits, as well as monitor all transactions.

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monetary contribution is $15 and is generally worth $50 retail. Organic baskets require a contribution of $25. To participate visit and check the schedule to see when your area is available to make your monetary contribution using a debit or credit card. Then, pick up your basket on Saturday morning at the time and place you chose when you made your contribution.

Many parents ask if it’s possible to buy organic on budget. Yes it is; give it a try by following these tips: BUY IN BULK Items

purchased in bulk tend to be less costly than those packaged in smaller amounts with brand names and is the same for organic produce. While this won’t always be the case, on the whole, bulk is cheaper. Search to find health food stores, markets and specialty grocery stores that carry bulk organic basics in your area. BUY IN SEASON Seasonal

produce will always be more affordable. Do a Google search for what’s in season right now and find recipes for using them. Keep in mind that what’s in season varies around the country. SHOP LOCALLY The benefits

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narrowed down your shopping options to a few key, ideal places near you. BEFRIEND A GARDENER OR FARMER Knowing

someone who is growing food organically can help to reduce the costs. You might even get produce for free if you barter something in return, such as your services to weed or harvest or offering your professional services. BOUNTIFUL BASKETS FOOD CO-OP The co-op

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Making your meals at home is not only frugal, but also healthier. You know exactly what is going into your food – avoiding the unknown additives, preservatives and origins of mixed foods. If don’t have any extra space to grow, see if there’s a local community garden plot near you that might have some room available.

GROWING LOCAL The General Beadle Community Garden is entering its fifth season under the direction of Morgan Von Haden, North Rapid Community Coordinator. “Our school garden has truly become a highlight of our neighborhood and school. The kids, families, staff and community are all part of making it happen,“ said Von Haden. In 2014, the General Beadle Community Gardens project received the Sustainability Award given by the city of Rapid City. The award recognized the Garden for providing community involvement, environmental education, gardening skills, plant stewardship, community identity and civic engagement. The gardens also use existing land in a new way, utilize land efficiently and encourage interaction across multiple generations. Von Haden estimates that 140 families were fed with the harvest in 2015. The group predicts they’ll again produce more than 700 pounds of food, a measurement taken in 2014.

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GREGSON’S GARDENS Todd, MaryAnn, Kelly Gregson Owners/Producers

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Black Hills Works and Gregson’s Gardens work together to plant a new garden. Written by Jenna Carda Photos by David Schmalz


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“Black Hills boys” Todd and Kelly Gregson of Hill City grew up around gardening. Their grandparents guided their growth in agriculture and taught them a lot of the tricks they know, starting with digging up the garden in the spring all the way through harvesting in the fall. Now, later in life, the brothers have come back together making a hobby into a sustainable masterpiece. “I worked in film as a costume pattern

BLACK HILLS WORKS The partnership between Gregson’s Gardens and Black Hills Works is truly unique. Built on the agreement of the greenhouse providing opportunities to adults with disabilities, the producers of this joint venture have gone above and beyond by designing a sixstep apprentice module on how to grow hydroponically. “The longer-term goal is giving some of the people who have the ability and

maker for about 20 years,” said Kelly, “living in New York and Los Angeles.” After his brother – a teacher of 25 years, at the time – called and asked if he wanted to start a hydroponic garden, Kelly packed up and headed back home. “I went from building costumes to building structures,” Kelly said as he pointed to the vertical gardens of white pipe covered with strawberry plants. “It’s all about design; it doesn’t matter what medium you’re using.” And a beautiful design it is. As you walk into the enclosed, plastic structure, you emerge into a lush garden of greens, yellows, purples and reds. White pipe is transformed into watering channels for over 14 thousand plants, weaving and winding their way through the greenhouse located at 3609 Range Rd. in Rapid City (behind West Middle School). But, Gregson’s Gardens isn’t just any greenhouse. The Gregsons have introduced a new, sustainable way of gardening called hydroponics – growing produce

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desire to garden the chance to operate their own micro-business,” explained Marty, the Vice President of Vocational Services at Black Hills Works. The first employee with a disability started in January, with plans to add more

to the staff shortly. “I hope we are putting together a program that lasts longer than we do,” said Todd. “That’s our whole dream – that we can start this business and get a person served.”

without soil. “This is the way agriculture is going to change,” said Todd. “Expanding traditional farming methods is the way we can make a difference.” And after 13 years of research, trial and error and practice, making a difference is exactly what the Gregson’s are doing – not only in planting produce, but teaching others about gardening. “We do a lot of outreach programs,” said Todd. “We work with the schools and teach them about growing.” Hill City third graders got to see the production in action when Gregsons Gardens gave students the opportunity to grow their own lettuce hydroponically. “We sent them a link to a weekly video [explaining the process of their lettuce growing] and in November they harvested and got to eat their produce.” But, it doesn’t stop there. Gregson’s Gardens has teamed up with Marty Krause, Black Hills Works Vice President of Vocational Services and his team giving Black Hills Parent




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the opportunity to disabled adults to be served and work at the greenhouse. In May of 2015, the Board of Directors at Black Hills Services, Inc. explored the options of hydroponic gardening to utilize their existing greenhouse. After meeting with the Gregsons, everything began to fall into place. “We talked about our vision for the future, and their mission aligned perfectly with ours,” said Marty. “Talks proceeded very quickly, and by four weeks we had an official agreement.” They began using the little greenhouse and by July, Black Hills Works and Gregson’s Gardens began remodeling. By October they were growing, and a mere six months later – harvesting their first crops in November 2015. What started out as a hobby, the Gregsons are excited to see what the future holds for the greenhouse venture. And with the support of their family and their partnership with Black Hills Works, this area is just beginning to see the impact this local business will make on our community.

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While every parent wishes their child would be an adventurous eater, some children are just picky. However you slice it, dice it and mix it, they just won’t try it. If you have a picky eater in your house, here are a few creative ideas to help them expand their food horizon.





In the beginning, allow excess dips, sauces and spices to mask the full flavor of the new item. Then, slowly cut back on how much is allowed. A warm sauce of melted Velveeta cheese works wonders on steamed broccoli.

Try something “new” every night, ranging from new vegetables and fruits to different casseroles to eating something raw that they normally only eat cooked. For example, try going from frozen broccoli to steamed fresh, then to raw with dip, finally moving to plain raw.

This is key to getting a picky eater’s mind around a new food. Have them try just a spoonful of butternut squash. Teach them to use, “May I have a small portion, please?” which is helpful when having dinner at a friend’s house and inevitably something new is being served. You can also require a “No thank you.” bite. They can say, “No thank you.” after they have tried it. Teach them to use these phrases to show respect, and at the same time, not get overwhelmed by the new food.

Plant a vegetable garden with a huge variety of produce, from red cabbage and kale to carrots and potatoes. Having kids involved in the process, picking out seedlings and sections of their own gets them more excited about fresh broccoli and sugar snap peas.

The American Heart Association recommends 4-5 servings per day of both fruits and vegetables. Play with food. Cook together and let them smell the food. Try raw ingredients (where possible) before cooking them, and let them be the boss in the vegetable aisle when shopping. Tell stories about the food. (e.g. All the peas are having a party in your stomach, now the carrots want to have a party, too.)


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Tastes change. If foods are rejected at a very young age, all is not lost. Just cultivate the idea of always “checking in” on bad foods. Try again in a while; you may find that cooked peas will still be denied, but potato salad may end up being great.

Say the word. Toddlers learn by developing categories – and it is unfortunate when “vegetables” become a known category. If “eating your veggies” is important to you, never say it. Say “eat your beans” or “eat your carrots” etc. If not, your child might start out not liking their beans or their carrots and all of a sudden say: “I don’t like veggies.”

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We all know that fleas and ticks cause a lot of harm for our beloved pets, but how much do you really know about these dangerous parasites?

Fact 1: Ticks do not fly, jump or fall from trees. They generally crawl up their hosts from the tips of grasses and shrubs. What to do: Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after spending time outdoors. Avoid heavily wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Walk in the center of trails. Fact 2: The saliva in many hard ticks acts like cement, anchoring it in place and making it harder to remove from the surface. What to do: Use fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin. Use a slow, steady pressure. Avoid crushing, twisting or jerking as these motions can cause parts of the tick to remain embedded. Fact 3: Signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after a tick bite. What to do: Watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite. If you suspect a tick bite, see your vet for an exam.

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Fact 4: A female flea will lay at least 20 eggs a day. Half of the eggs will be female, which can eventually produce about 20,000 new fleas in 60 days. The shortest life span of a flea is 21 days. What to do: Quarantine infested pets until they are treated. Wash all bedding, rugs and throws in soapy water. Vacuum everything and have the carpets steam cleaned. Fact 5: Fleas can jump 110 times their length, which is like an average-sized human jumping over a 30-story building. Signs of flea activity: Pets that repeatedly scratch and groom themselves due to the discomfort of the flea activity as adult fleas feed on the pet’s blood. Fact 6: Fleas require 50% or higher relative humidity to live. Flea eggs develop rapidly in warm, humid environments. They’ll hatch within 1.5 days when temperatures are near 89.6°F and between 75% and 92% relative humidity. What to do: Use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your room under 50% for two days. This will kill adult fleas and larva and stop flea eggs from hatching.

LANDSCAPING TECHNIQUES TO HELP REDUCE TICK POPULATIONS: • Remove leaf litter. • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns. • Place a three-foot wide barrier of wood chips or

gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration. • Mow the lawn frequently. • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area. • Keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from yard edges and trees. • Discourage unwelcomed animals (such as deer and raccoons) by constructing a fence.

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A Matter of Law Answers Every Parent Should Know


ike every other state in the nation, South Dakota has a host of laws that affect you as a parent. Some may enhance your parental rights, while others could land you in jail or create other civil or criminal liabilities if they are not obeyed. But how is one to know what’s the law? What’s rumor, and what’s just plain bad assumptions? We turned to a network of experts – those in the know of what the country, state and city require of parents – to help clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about South Dakota law.


IF I DON’T HAVE A WILL, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY ASSETS – WILL THEY AUTOMATICALLY GO TO MY KIDS? If a parent dies without a valid Will your assets will be distributed to your legal heirs, as defined by South Dakota law, explains Jennifer Tomac, attorney and founder of Tomac & Tomac, PLLC. Most people are surprised to learn that just because you are married does not mean that your husband/wife will inherit everything. If the deceased and the spouse have children together and the deceased does not have children from a previous relationship, the surviving spouse will receive the entirety of the estate. “However,” Terri Williams, a partner of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, Ashmore, LLP goes on to explain, “if the deceased has children from another relationship, the surviving spouse will receive the first $100,000 of the probate estate and 50 percent of the remainder. The decedent children will share the remaining 50 percent.” In the event that both parents die and there’s no Will, the probate court will appoint a guardian for the minor child. There is not a priority of appointment, any interested party may bring a petition and request appointment. The Court will determine the appointment based upon the best interest of the child, guided by consideration of the child’s temporal, 52

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mental and moral welfare. “Thus, it is imperative parents consider executing wills to ensure their intentions concerning the care of their children are met in the event each parent passes away prior to the children reaching the age of majority,” said Williams.

respond to an emergency; and whether the child has any mental, physical or medical disabilities. Children should be instructed to check in immediately upon arriving home, advises the council.

MY EX ISN’T PAYING CHILD SUPPORT. CAN I REFUSE TO ALLOW HER TO SEE OUR KIDS UNTIL SHE PAYS UP? No. Child support is an obligation not tied to visitation. Williams explains it this way, “Parents have rights to parent their children and responsibilities to support their children. If a parent is not meeting his or her obligation to support a child, the custodial parent does not have the right to restrict parenting time.”

HOW LONG CAN I KEEP MY KIDS HOME WITH ME BEFORE I HAVE TO SEND THEM TO SCHOOL? South Dakota law states that kindergarten is mandatory before moving on to first grade, with all children being required to attend kindergarten before the age of 7. To be eligible for kindergarten, a student must have turned the age of 5 on or before September 1 of that same school year.


HOW OLD DO MY KIDS NEED TO BE BEFORE THEY CAN BE LEFT HOME ALONE BY THEMSELVES? South Dakota law provides no specific recommendations, according to South Dakota Safety Council. However, the council recommends taking several factors into consideration before leaving a child home alone, including: the age, emotional maturity and capability of the child; the layout and safety of the home or play area; the child’s ability to


CAN I HOMESCHOOL MY KIDS? The South Dakota Department of Education says you must file an Application for Public School Exemption Certificate, teach the required subjects, teach for an equivalent period of time to the public schools, submit standardized test results to your school district, keep good records and respond to any requests for records by the secretary of education. Parents are not required to have teaching certificates or college degrees in order to homeschool their children.

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Vickie Powers Memorial Park In 2010, Vickie Powers Memorial Park was built in Rapid City at 940 Kathryn Avenue (just north of Lowes and Best Buy). Named for longtime resident Vickie Powers who lost her battle to cancer in 1995, this 26-acre park offers a unique 5.5-acre playground experience

for children in the Black Hills. Nearly 850 volunteers gathered over five days to create the park and playground, according to Black Hills Homebuilders. Member donated materials, man power and time to help finish the first city park located north of Interstate 90.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO FIND AT THE PARK? • Walking paths • Picnic areas • Restrooms • A playground with area for younger kids • Rubber fall surfacing

• Open field play area • Small parking area (There is plenty of space on adjacent streets.)

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KIDS + PARTICIPATION IN ARTS = SMARTER, MORE CONFIDENT KIDS Looking for something unique and fun for kids ages 10-14 to do this summer? Consider sending them to a Black Hills Playhouse theatre camp! Choosing an educational summer activity will help jumpstart their imagination and prepare them for the coming school year; it’s a fact.


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Kids who participate in the arts have longer attention spans learn to use their imaginations in positive ways and are smarter, braver humans who approach life with confidence and improved self-esteem. Longitudinal data of 25,000 students involved in the arts,

conducted at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education by Dr. James Catterall, shows that consistent participation greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Tuition assistance is available for this unique experience in the Hills where kids will gather to make lifelong friends and learn performing skills. Students will act out classic skits, write their own and be guided in designing and constructing costumes and sets. Participants will interact with professional actors and technicians from the Black Hills Playhouse and visit the BHP to see The Addams Family. Camp is open to any student interested in performing arts and having an awesome summer camp experience. For more information, visit or call 605 255.4910.

SUMMER CALENDAR JULY JUNE MAY Saturday 28 Storybook Island Opening Weekend Kick off the summer season with a fun-filled weekend for all ages. Come see characters from your favorite childhood stories and take a ride on the train. The Grand Magic Show will also be performed this weekend. Admission to the park is free. Donations in all amounts are accepted to help with the on-going maintenance of the park. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.,1301 Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City, 605.342.6357


Various Dates Child and Youth Dance Camps From Elsa and Olaf Camp and Waltzing Princesses, enjoy a summer of dance with the Academy of Dance in Rapid City and Sturgis. Select a class by matching ages and levels of your child then, register by emailing, calling or stopping by. 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 1401 Lazelle, Sturgis 605.342.4426

Friday 1-4 Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo The Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo is a three-day event held each year over the 4th of July. Eight classic events will be featured. Enjoy other competitions like mutton bustin’ and a ranch rodeo, too. All Day, 415 5th Ave., Belle Fourche, 605.723.2010


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Every Tuesday

FREE-Book Buddies A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Every Wednesday

FREE-Tiny Tales Library story time will entertain children with storytelling, flannel boards, puppetry & music! Age: 0-5, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Every Early-Release Wednesday

Every Thursday

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FREE-Baby Bookworms Enchanting talks for familes Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Wildfire Awareness Week Kick Off Fun-filled events bring attention to the dangers of wild fires through displays and activities 1-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

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Young Explorers 4 Explore your wild side as you befriend Paul Bunyan’s blue ox and tumble on a tornado with Pecos Bill. Age: 2-5, 2-3 p.m., The Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Home School Art 4 From da Vinci to Picasso, explore a range of styles, techniques and concepts in art and art history. Age: 2-5, 10:30-11:15 a.m., The Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101



Elsa & Olaf Camp Age: 3-4, 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

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FREE-After School is Cool! Join the fun with craft of the week, coloring pages, board games & gaming. Age: 5-13, Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., Rapid City, 605.394.4171

Saturday 7

Once Upon A Time Passages Enjoy performances by students at Academy of Dance Arts blending styles of classic ballet, modern, tap and hip-hop. 1 p.m. Childhood Matinee, 6 p.m. Feature Performance Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 1.800.GOT.MINE

Saturday 7

Hill City Art Extravaganza Artists and musicians will be showing their skills throughout the day in downtown Hill City. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hill City, 605.574.2368

Sunday 8 Mother’s Day

Sunday 8

Mother’s Day Express Treat mom to a steam ride through the Black Hills and a 45-minute layover in Keystone to shop. 1:15 p.m., 1880 Train, Hill City, 605.574.2222

Monday 9-12

Tiny Totz Ballet Age: 2-4, 5:30-6 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

Thursday 12

Bottled Nebulas Bring a little bit of outer space into your life. Explore texture, weight and mysterious movement by creating our own bottled nebula. Age: 2-5, 10:30-11:15 a.m., The Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101



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FREE-Walk for Wishes Join this nationwide Make-AWish® fundraiser to celebrate past, present and future wishes. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Kids Cooking: Comfort Food Aspiring young chefs will whip up a nice meal that they’ll be able to reproduce at home. Age: 9-14, 9:30-11 a.m., Someone’s in the Kitchen, Rapid City, 605.341.5044

FREE-Family Paddling Learn basic paddling skills and safety instruction with your choice of canoes or kayaks. Age: 4+, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310


FREE-Family Fishing Basics Learn how to rig and cast a pole, to identify fish, and learn basic fishing regulations. Age: 4+, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

Pizzeria Style Pizza at Home Simple, traditional pizza instruction to prepare for your family. Age: Adults, 6-9 p.m., Someone’s in the Kitchen, Rapid City, 605.341.5044

FREE-Family Climbing Fun Take your turn scaling our portable climbing wall. All safety equipment will be provided. Sturdy shoes required. Age: 8+, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

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FREE-Open House & Free Fishing Weekend Visit the park and fish without a license! All day, All weekend, Custer State Park, 605.773.3391

1880 Train’s Appreciation Day Ride the train and enjoy live music. Active military and kids 12 & under ride for free. 10 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. in Hill City or 11:15 a.m. in Keystone, 1880 Train, 605.574.2222

Saturday 21

FREE-Frühlingsfest and Spring Market Includes local foods, crafts and other items. The event features a microbrew tasting, live music and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Custer BBQ Festival Taste the best BBQ in the Black Hills during the Custer BBQ Festival. Live music entertainment and more. All day, Custer, 605.673.2244

Soda Bottle Boats Using recycled materials create your vey own boat. Once the boat building is complete put your boat to the test by entering it into the boat contest. Age: 2-5, 10:30-11:15 a.m., The Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

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Every Monday

Yoga for Kids Camp Age: 4-12, LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7406

Every Monday

FREE-Movies Under the Stars Visit Main Street Square to check out a movie on the big screen. 8:30 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Every Tuesday & Thursday

Kids Get Fit Camp A physical therapist will work with kids to develop safe, fun fitness programs that they can perform daily. 8-9 a.m., LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7406

Wednesday 1-2

BHSU Boys Basketball Day Camp This day camp is organized for younger campers, covering all the fundamentals while incorporating games and competitions. Grades: K-6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Black Hills State University, Spearfish, 605.642.6959

Wednesday 1-2

BHSU Girls Basketball Day Camp This day develops basic basketball skills including shooting and dribbling while incorporating individual contests and teamwork. Grades: K-5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Black Hills State University, Spearfish, 605.642.6959




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Thursday 2

Summer Concert Series Kickoff Featuring live bands, kids’ activities, food and an assortment of refreshments in the beverage garden. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Saturday 4

FREE-Kids Carnival Enjoy games, crafts, entertainers, train rides and educational booths. The fountain will be on for a quick cool down. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Saturday 4-5

Crazy Horse Volksmarch The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is a 10K or 6.2-mile hike to the world’s largest mountain carving in process. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Crazy Horse Memorial, 605.673.4681

Monday 6-8

Power Reading & Spelling Mini Camp Geared towards children who are at-risk or struggling with any aspect of reading or spelling. Call for an appointment. Age: Preschool-5th Grade, LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7406

Monday 6-10

Clothe-A-Kid Registration Love INC, Bethel Assembly of God, 1202 N. Maple Ave., Rapid City

Tuesday 7-9

Prairies to Peaks Iron Horse Rail Summer Camp Teaches 11-15 year olds rail safety and operations and exposes them to the rail industry. 1880 Train, Hill City, 605.574.2222

Thursday 9

FREE-Movie at Brady Park Grab a lawn chair and watch a family-friendly movie. Sunset, Brady Park, 510 Meier Ave., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Thursday 9

Clothe-A-Kid Registration Love INC, Sturgis United Methodist Church, 1755 Ballpark Rd., Sturgis

Saturday 11

Art & Wine Festival With wine glass in hand, shop, enjoy live music, and bid at a wine auction. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979



Saturday 11

Clothe-A-Kid Registration Love INC, Sturgis United Methodist Church, 1755 Ballpark Rd., Sturgis

Monday 13-15

Power Reading & Spelling Mini Camp Geared towards children who are at-risk or struggling with any aspect of reading or spelling. Call for an appointment. Age: Preschool-5th Grade, LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7406

Monday 13-16

Me & My Tot Age: 2-3, 10-10:30 a.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

Monday 13-16

Elsa & Olaf Camp Age: 3-4, 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., Age: 5-7, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

Tuesday 14

Life INC Summer Session classes begin South Maple United Methodist Church, 202 E Indiana Street, Rapid City

Wednesday 15

Flick & Float Pool Party Grab a floatie and watch a movie in the pool. Water park opens at 8 p.m. 8:45-10 p.m., Spearfish Rec Center, 122 Recreation Ln., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Thursday 16

Life INC Speaker Series begins First Presbyterian Church, 1319 Junction Ave., Sturgis

Sunday 19 Father’s Day

Sunday 19

Father’s Day Special Dads ride for the price of a child when riding with a family member. 1:15 p.m., 1880 Train, Hill City, 605.574.2222

Monday 20-22

Power Reading & Spelling Mini Camp Geared towards children who are at-risk or struggling with any aspect of reading or spelling. Call for an appointment. Age: Preschool-5th Grade, LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7406

Monday 20-23

Waltzing Princesses Age: 3-4, 10 a.m-12 p.m., Age: 5-7, 12-2 p.m., Academy of Dance Arts, 4251 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 605.342.4426

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35+ FREnEal educatio for concertss! all age Musical Story Times Autism Programs Children's Concerts Musical Petting Zoos Master Classes

Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills

Handwriting 101 Camp Using the Handwriting Without Tears program, this camp will help prepare children for the upcoming school year. Age: Entering1st-2nd Grade, LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7400

Thursday 23

FREE-Movie at Lions Park Grab a lawn chair and watch a family-friendly movie. Sunset, Lions Park, 1025 N. 3rd St., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Thursday 23

Life INC Speaker Series begins Bethel Assembly of God Church, 1202 N. Maple Ave., Rapid City

Friday 17-19

Gift from Mother Earth Art Show Makers of custom-made clothing, jewelry and other items for sale, fill much of the visitor complex. 8 a.m., Crazy Horse Memorial, 605.673.4681



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Summer Concert Series Featuring live bands, kids’ activities, food and an assortment of refreshments in the beverage garden. 6-9 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

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Black Hills Roundup Weekend festival with a cattle drive, BBQ, parade, rodeo, and fireworks. All weekend, Roundup Grounds, Belle Fourche

Wednesday 6

Flick & Float Pool Party Grab a floatie and watch a movie in the pool. Water park opens at 8 p.m. 8:45-10 p.m., Spearfish Rec Center, 122 Recreation Ln., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Sunday 10

FREE-Cruiser Car Show Classic cars roll into Downtown. Shop, play in the Kidz Zone and grab something to eat. Don’t miss the afternoon concert. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

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Power Reading & Spelling Intensive Camp For children who are struggling with reading or spelling. Other dates include July 18-20 and July 25-27. Call for an appointment. Age: Preschool-5th Grade, LifeScape, 7110 Jordan Dr., Rapid City, 605.791.7406





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FREE-Movie at Mountain Shadows Grab a lawn chair and watch a family-friendly movie. Sunset, Mountain Shadows, 320 Terry Peak Ct., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

FREE-Hills Alive Featuring top names in the Christian music industry including live music, children’s activities, shopping, great food and more! Memorial Park, Rapid City, 605.342.6822

Saturday 16

Madness Equals Genius Vincent Van Gogh and the music of his time is performed by the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. 7 p.m., Rapid City Performing Arts Center, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786


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FREE-People of the Plains “A Gathering of Arts and Culture” Featuring original artwork for sale by Great Plains Native artists ending with a day of performances. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

Flick & Float Pool Party Grab a floatie and watch a movie in the pool. Water park opens at 8 p.m. 8:45-10 p.m., Spearfish Rec Center, 122 Recreation Ln., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Vivaldi Four Seasons A classical concert featuring Tamas Kocsis, concertmaster of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast: Rapid City’s favorite Hungarian Irishman. 7 p.m., Dahl Fine Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

Thursday 28

FREE-Movie at Jorgensen Park Grab a lawn chair and watch a family-friendly movie. Sunset, Jorgensen Park, 2361 Canyon St., Spearfish, 605.722.1430

Saturday 30

FREE-Black Hills Music & Food Festival Enjoy a summer time festival filled with some of the best drinks, food and music that our area has to offer. 2-10 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979




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IT’S PARTY TIME! Your party supply checklist from Dakota Party. Stationery

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SUMMER 2016 PROGRAMS Join us for a unique journey unlike anything you've ever experienced. What makes Keys of Mind unlike other Summer programs? We're different because we do not work solely for profit, from aged methodologies, or believe that a student is only as good as their practice shows. We believe in learning and laughing with each and every artist…and providing them with the tools, support and opportunities needed to go after their dreams. No matter their experience, age, income or "talent".


Acting, singing, musical arranging, movement, stage tech and wardrobe design with public performances of our full scale production! • Children and Teens • No experience required Camps: June 13th - July 28th. Public Performances: Aug. 12th - 14th


Baby & Me Summer Adventure This three week session will engage both parent and baby in a wide variety of musical, rhythmic, and tonal experiences! Tiny Artist Music Summer Adventure This three week journey into the arts will encourage your Tiny Artist to express themselves, socialize with peers and dive right into the arts and more! Additional Offerings:

• Comedy Follies: And Evening at the Club • Intro to Digital Recording • The Art of Slam • Family Yoga & Music • Workshops and More!

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1301 West Omaha Street, Suite 101 • (605)342-5000 • toll free 800-658-5501 Check out for our summer workshops and activities for ALL AGES!