CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a small early morning earthquake rumbled in the Black Hills. KOTA radio reports that sensors detected the quake in Custer State Park near the Black Hills Playhouse and Center Lake at about 2:45 this morning. The location is about 8 miles south of Mount Rushmore, or 20 miles south-southwest of Rapid City. It registered 3.5 on the Richter scale at a depth of 4 kilometers.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is providing money for prescribed burns to improve wildlife habitat in western South Dakota's Black Hills. The Rapid City Journal reports the foundation has approved $71,000 in grants for burns on the southwest corner of Custer State Park, the northwest corner of Wind Cave National Park and portions of U.S. Forest Service and private land in the region.
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) - TransCanada officials say today they won't construct a crew camp in Butte County. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Butte County commissioners continue to look at a proposed ordinance to regulate crew housing facilities.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has pledged a $10 million matching grant to speed work on the mammoth Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving. The gift announced today follows a $10 million matching pledge he made in 2007 that helped raise another $10 million for the ongoing project in South Dakota's Black Hills. Work on the carving has been going on since 1948.
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