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.”


Business of the Week: Butte County Post


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.”


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


Manufacturers Day & Industrial Rail Park Dedication



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


Runnings Grand Opening


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.


Business of the Week: Black Hills Team


BHTeam Pic. 10-20-16Owner Renee Bisgaard has been a licensed Realtor for the since 1981. Renee started and owned Century 21, Dakota Belle, Inc. for approximately 18 years, and then decided to sell it and worked back for Century 21 seven more years before creating her own Black Hills Team.

When asked what sets her business apart, Renee cites having a committed staff who will go above and beyond to serve clients.

“We are all very compassionate, committed and hard working. We always look for the best in humanity and try to serve clients the best we can. I love working with clients and matching people to properties. There is no property too small nor income too low that we won’t work with. I believe in this business and I believe in the “American Dream” of home ownership for all.

“[We want to] Provide service, friendship and expertise to anyone wanting to sell or invest in real estate. To provide clients with a high level of service, understanding and professionalism to help make the best choice when selling or purchasing real estate.”


Business of the Week: Coca-Cola Bottling Company-High Country



Founded in 1956 by L.E. “Mike” Messinger (1st generation) and has remained family owned for 60 years (currently in the 3rd generation). Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country is a family owned, regional Coca-Cola Bottler serving portions of Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The company distributes hundreds of different varieties of sparkling soft drinks and a vast array of still beverages including sports drinks, bottled waters, juices and juice drinks, teas, energy drinks and coffee.

We believe what sets us apart is our great employees, our great brands and our highest principle: Honor God in All That We Do

Our mission is to create long term value for our shareowners, employees, customers and communities by providing beverage refreshment to consumers in partnership with our retail customers.


Business of the Week: Johnson Electric & Phone

Photo credit: Milo Daily, Butte County PostJohnson Electric & Phone is the Chamber’s Business of the Week. Owner Charlie Johnson was born and raised in Belle Fourche, and trained as an electrician under Charlie Bruggmon and Harry Chapman. In 1986, Johnson put out his shingle for Johnson Electric and has been in business ever since. Johnson stated that his business is set apart for being friendly and prompt, and takes pride in the quality of service it provides customers.

Photo credit: Milo Daily, Butte County Post

Photo credit: Milo Daily, Butte County Post


Business of the Week: The Olive Branch


Aspen Hanson

Aspen Hanson

The Olive Branch has 7 owners: Debra McCart, The Olive Branch; LaRae Hanson, Express Yourself; Aspen Hanson, Country Roots; Nina Finkbeiner, Nina’s; Heidi Woelber, Calamity Jane’s; Jan Stansberry, Intentional Knots; George Wilson, Cowboys Too

How did The Olive Branch get started?

The Olive Branch was started as an idea that we (a group of owners) could do collectively what each of us individually would have found difficult.  We each work one day weekly, which allows owners to be involved in other activities.

What sets The Olive Branch apart?

The Olive Branch is unique in their ability to offer something for everyone—men, women & children.  They have unique gift ideas and merchandise you cannot fine anywhere else—one of a kind.

What is The Olive Branch’s mission?

The Olive Branch strives to be a blessing to the community and wants all their customers to feel blessed as well.


Business of the Week: Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning

kathy harvey plant manager, patti blake, lead presser, and laci ginsbach, presser

kathy harvey plant manager, patti blake, lead presser, and laci ginsbach, presser

Owners: Cathy and Clark Sowers


After selling Sowers Sanitation, Sowers thought Belle Fourche could support a dry cleaning business since the town already had two drop stores for dry cleaning businesses in Spearfish.  Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning was one of only four dry cleaning businesses in the Northern Black Hills at the time.  As of 2016 it is the only dry cleaning business in the Northern Hills.

When asked what sets his business apart, Sowers described it as having “an emphasis on quality and dependability, with great employees that live this as well.”

Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning currently employs ten people at the dry cleaning plant and laundromat in Belle Fourche, and nine others at the Spearfish and Sturgis locations.

Sowers stated that his goal for Black Hills Laundry & Dry Cleaning in the community is to “own and operate a store whose primary concern is the highest quality of customer service and satisfaction.” And that, “It is imperative for the owners, managers and employees to commit to these goals. The foundation of which will be to provide honest and reliable service and work for the customer, to the employee and the employer.

“We pledge to be an example of new and aspiring businesses in Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Sturgis and the entire Northern Black Hills.”