21Jan/17

Winterfest Olympics

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Kids get to examine the tools of the trade with the SD Highway Patrol

Saturday’s balmy weather made for perfect ice skating conditions at Wyler Park, and conditions were set for fun at the other Winterfest Olympic locations as well. The Belle Fourche Chamber’s Winterfest campaign designed to help businesses create fun winter activities and events hosted its first Winterfest Olympic games last week. Ski’s Pizzeria held a cribbage tournament, Grap’s Burgers & Brews had an intense battle of cornhole, while Patty’s Place put on a Jenga competition. Prizes were awarded the winners and runners up at each tournament.

Down at Wyler park, Drug Screening Services co-hosted a Family Ice Skating day with the SD Highway Patrol. Kids and families came to enjoy the ice and get an up-close look at a real patrol car. Drug Screening Services served hot cocoa and cookies, saying ‘Being drug free is sweet!’

The Winterfest Olympics were also sponsored by Wells Fargo and Black Hills Energy.

20Jan/17

Winterfest Ladies Night Out

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The Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce is encouraging ladies to have a night out on the town this Friday, for the Winterfest Ladies Night Out. Several Chamber businesses will be open late and hosting specials, chocolate and wine tastings, giving away prizes, and more. Participating businesses also are helping women to make Valentine wishlists in their stores with Ladies’ Night Out Wishlist cards, to aid the men in their lives in picking out the perfect gift next month.

Along with the shopping, ladies can make a night of it, Starting with the Tri-State Museum’s new exhibit reception for ‘Keep It Clean’ at 5:30pm, an authentic Chinese New Year Dinner at American West Grill, served 4pm to close, and cap it all off with a Wine Tasting at The Wine Room on National 6:30-9pm.

18Jan/17

Business of the Week: Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company

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Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company

Jim Benning began working in the construction industry in 1962.  He starting out as a laborer and worked his way up to construction superintendent.

In January, 1974, he purchased Ainsworth Builders from Lyle Ainsworth after working for the company for nine years. The name of the company was then changed to Ainsworth-Benning Construction and was incorporated in 1976.

Jim had successfully built his firm into one of the most recognized construction firms in the northern Black Hills.  In May of 2016, Jim sold the company assets to Journey Group located in Sioux Falls, SD.  The company now does business as Ainsworth- Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company.

As Jim began his transition out of the business in 2016, the new President, William (Will) R. McElroy, stepped in to oversee the management of Ainsworth-Benning Construction.  Prior to taking on this new role, Will was the Director of Underground Access at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD since 2009. Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company competes in the traditional general contracting and design/bid/build (hard bid) market as well as the negotiated market through the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method.   CMAR is a delivery method where Ainsworth-Benning Construction takes part in a customer’s project very early in the design process to help manage project scope, budget and schedule.  Unlike the traditional hard bid delivery method, the CMAR method is heavily based upon building lasting relationships with owners, architects, engineers, sub-contractors and suppliers so that a “best value” project will be the result.

Ainsworth-Benning Construction leads in its ability to successfully execute CMAR in this region. The mission of Ainsworth-Benning Construction is to positively impact lives by building community.  That can mean different things to different people.  At the heart of our mission, we value our customers and our people.  We take very seriously the responsibility we have with being good fiscal stewards for our customer’s dollars.  We will grow our business based upon our integrity and relationships that we build throughout the area.

11Jan/17

January Chamber Luncheon

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The Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce held their monthly luncheon Wednesday at Grap’s Burgers & Brews, and featured guest speaker Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel of Lead. Heupel is owner of Lotus Up Espresso and Deli in Lead, and an active member of the Lead community, sitting on several board of directors including the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Lead Kiwanis, and the Resource Development Committee for the Lead Area Boys and Girls Club.

  Heupel’s passion and vision for her business and her community is obvious, and her story of building Lotus Up and the support she received from the community she continues to give back to is one for City of Lead history books.
05Dec/16

Business of the Week: Belle Estate Senior Living

Picture left to right: Certified Medication Aide, Megin Lang; Certified Medication Aide, Alissa Koski; Director of Nursing, Leann Hintz, Certified Medication Aide, Haley Tschetter, Administrator, Lindsey Sainsbury, Certified Medication Aide, Deanna Mickelson; and Cook, Lil Odell.

Picture left to right: Certified Medication Aide, Megin Lang; Certified Medication Aide, Alissa Koski; Director of Nursing, Leann Hintz, Certified Medication Aide, Haley Tschetter, Administrator, Lindsey Sainsbury, Certified Medication Aide, Deanna Mickelson; and Cook, Lil Odell.

Belle Estate Senior Living was started with the purpose to provide the best care possible to the seniors in Belle Fourche and the surrounding areas. Giving them a beautiful option for when additional care is needed.

“What sets Belle Estate apart is the personalized care we provide for our residents and the support we offer to their families.  Our smaller size and compassionate staff allow us to provide the one-on-one care that every elderly person deserves.  Our beautiful, bright building helps deliver a happy and inviting environment to all that occupy our cozy community.

“Our mission is to make each day beautiful – not just for our residents and their families, but for our staff as well. “

21Nov/16

Business of the Week: Richard Pluimer, Attorney

Richard “Dick” Pluimer was born and raised in Belle Fourche, and attended college in Eugene, Oregon and Spearfish, South Dakota. Pluimer graduated from Creighton University Law School in Omaha, NE in 1979.  He started his law practice with Stephens, Quinn, Carr, Tschetter & Buckmaster in 1979 – 1982.  In 1982, Dick and Tom Carr formed their partnership with Larry Zastrow which continued until Tom Carr retired from the practice of law in 1997.  Dick continued his practice in Belle Fourche until 2001 when he joined with Tom Brady to form the Spearfish law firm of Brady Pluimer, P.C.  That practice continued for 15 years until the spring of 2016, at which time Dick went back into practice on his own.

Dick has served as City Attorney for the City of Spearfish for 8 years; as attorney for Black Hills Special Services Cooperative for 30 years; and, as school attorney for the Harding County and Edgemont School Districts for over 20 years.

“I am fortunate that I can now focus my practice on the areas of the law that I have truly enjoyed, with the clients I enjoy working with,” Pluimer said. “Our goal is to continue to provide the best legal services for the clients that we have served for more than 30 years.”

21Oct/16

Business of the Week: Butte County Post

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The Butte County Post is today’s official newspaper for Belle Fourche and Butte County.

With roots dating back to 1891, today’s Butte County Post is the current operation of newspapers in Belle Fourche and Newell that dates back to the Belle Fourche Bee, a weekly newspaper begun with typesetting on a hotel floor in May of 1891.

The Bee continued as a weekly newspaper for decades, even as it changed ownership to the Belle Fourche Post and continued under several owners.

The Post had name changes, but continued into the early 1990s when new owners published it as the Belle Fourche Post and Belle Fourche Bee in a twice-weekly operation.

The Newell Irrigator operated from 1910 in various forms until it was merged with the Belle Fourche Post as the Butte County Post.

Today the newspaper serves the entire county under general manager Mona Heimbaugh and editor Milo Dailey.

Heimbaugh is an experienced media consultant for the Northern Hills and Dailey has more than 50 years in news reporting and editing, most headquartered with South Dakota-based publications.

Through the years, the local newspaper covered news in the county and carried minutes from local governing bodies.

Major changes in the newspaper operations have been the result of changes in technology from when metal type printed on low-quality paper to today’s computer-based editing and color photos on high quality newsprint.

Dailey said, “The biggest real change besides the natural changes in personnel through nearly a century and a quarter has been the huge benefit of higher quality printing and computer editing.”

But, Heimbaugh said, “The thing that hasn’t changed in well over a century is the commitment to offering our readers the most timely and accurate news and advertising services in the Northern Hills region.”

10Oct/16

Business of the Week: Ainsworth-Benning, a Journey Company

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Jim Benning began working in the construction industry in 1962. He starting out as a laborer and worked his way up to construction superintendent. In January, 1974, he purchased Ainsworth Builders from Lyle Ainsworth after working for the company for nine years. The name of the company was then changed to Ainsworth-Benning Construction and was incorporated in 1976. Jim had successfully built his firm into one of the most recognized construction firms in the northern Black Hills. In May of 2016, Jim sold the company assets to Journey Group located in Sioux Falls, SD. The company now does business as Ainsworth- Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company.

As Jim began his transition out of the business in 2016, the new President, William (Will) R. McElroy, stepped in to oversee the management of Ainsworth-Benning Construction. Prior to taking on this new role, Will was the Director of Underground Access at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD since 2009. Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company competes in the traditional general contracting and design/bid/build (hard bid) market as well as the negotiated market through the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method.

CMAR is a delivery method where Ainsworth-Benning Construction takes part in a customer’s project very early in the design process to help manage project scope, budget and schedule. Unlike the traditional hard bid delivery method, the CMAR method is heavily based upon building lasting relationships with owners, architects, engineers, sub-contractors and suppliers so that a “best value” project will be the result. Ainsworth- Benning Construction leads in its ability to successfully execute CMAR in this region.

The mission of Ainsworth-Benning Construction is to positively impact lives by building community. That can mean different things to different people. At the heart of our mission, we value our customers and our people.

We take very seriously the responsibility we have with being good fiscal stewards for our customer’s dollars. We will grow our business based upon our integrity and relationships that we build throughout the area.

08Oct/16

Manufacturers Day & Industrial Rail Park Dedication

 

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Photo credit: Milo Dailey, Butte County Post

October 6th was Belle Fourche’s first Manufacturer’s Day and the Industrial Rail Park dedication. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Sen. John Thune both spoke at the event, hosted by Permian Tank, both citing the importance of manufacturing and  the railroads in South Dakota economy. The ribbon for the new industrial park was cut in industrial fashion with a train engine driving through the banner.Afterwards, Permian Tank gave the first Manufacturing Day tour through their vast facility, followed by tours of Ring Container, New Generation Feeds, Design Tanks, and Gillette Fence. Those on the tours enjoyed learning about these local manufacturers and expressed amazement at the scope of operations happening in ‘little’ Belle Fourche.

Thank you Permian Tank, Ring Container, New Generation Feeds, Design Tanks, and Gillette Fence Manufacturing for giving excellent tours and making this first Belle Fourche Manufacturer’s Day a success!
 Photo credit: Milo Dailey, Butte County Post. Chamber Director Gary Wood and Belle Fourche EDC Executive Director Hollie Stalder stand with Senator John Thune at the Industrial Rail Park ribbon cutting.

Photo credit: Milo Dailey, Butte County Post. Chamber Director Gary Wood and Belle Fourche EDC Executive Director Hollie Stalder stand with Senator John Thune at the Industrial Rail Park ribbon cutting.

Additional coverage of the event:

Black Hills Fox News/KEVN (Video)

Butte County Post

Tri-State Livestock News

Black Hills Pioneer

Rushmore Region

24Sep/16

Runnings Grand Opening

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Photo: Chamber board member Kayla Kinard and Chamber president Jay Cordell hold the ribbon as Runnings manager Brandon Freed cuts the ribbon on the new Belle Fourche location Friday.

The new Runnings store in Belle Fourche hosted its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

Representatives from the City Council Kayla Kinard, James Ager, and Jim Smit, as well as the Chamber of Commerce Board and the Belle Fourche EDC, welcomed Runnings owners Dennis and Adele Reed, and their son Brian Odegaard, and thanked them and manager Brandon Freed for investing and expanding in Belle Fourche.

The Grand Opening continues through October 2nd, with more activities planned throughout the weekend.