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Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

An ordinance attempting to block Fort Meade Way from moving forward was denied in court for being unconstitutional.

An ending is finally in sight for the decades-long effort to complete Fort Meade Way, a road that would connect I-90 to the east side of Sturgis, SD. A decision issued on Monday, November 23 from South Dakota Fourth Circuit Court denied an attempt by opponents to keep the construction of this critically necessary road from happening. Following the decision, Meade County commissioners accepted a bid Tuesday, November 24 to begin construction on the road.



Published on Thursday, November 19, 2015

See how many of these August music festival legends you’ve heard before to determine whether or not you’re a legend of the Buffalo Chip.

The Chip is celebrating 35 years of its August music festival this year, and needless to say, there have been more than a few legendary happenings and tall tales told in that time. But where does the line between fact and fiction lie? Here are 27 legends that’ll bewilder Buffalo Chip beginners, but ought to be child’s play for seasoned badasses. Do you know which ones happened and which didn’t? Be sure to keep track of how many you get right to find out whether you’re a green baby buffalo or a seasoned party animal.



Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Concert Photos from Sturgis Buffalo Chip August Music Festival

Worried your hazy memories from the 75th rally anniversary party at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® might not last long enough to get you by until the Chip’s 35th? The legendary party brought out the very best in the performers, and the Chip’s photographers were there to capture the amazing concert photos that prove it. Transport yourself back to 32 of the festival’s most memorable musical moments here:



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Posted on November 24, 2015 11:01
Judge’s Ruling Clears the Road for Fort Meade Way Construction

Buffalo Chip, SD (November 23, 2015) – Circuit Judge Jerome Eckrich today denied an application for a Writ of Mandamus filed by a group opposing completion of Fort Meade Way. The Meade County road project offers an alternative route between I-90 Exit 37 and Highways 34 and 79, connecting Fort Meade Veterans Hospital, Bear Butte, and the rally campgrounds and concert venues east of Sturgis to I-90. The judge’s ruling kills the Meade County Taxpayers for Responsible Government’s efforts to force the County Commission to pass an ordinance outlawing the project, and it allows the Commission to award a construction bid. Judge Eckrich explained the denial stating the proposed ordinance would have allowed “the use of a person’s property to be held hostage by the will and whims of neighboring landowners without adherence or application of any standards or guidelines (and) is repugnant to the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”



Posted on November 23, 2015 19:41
Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Custom Motorcycle Build and Scholarship Program Registration Open to Black Hills Students

Spearfish, SD (November 24, 2015) – Black Hills area high school students are invited to apply for a position in the prestigious Buffalo Chip Challenge 2016 custom motorcycle build program with a chance at $8,500 in scholarships. Students accepted will learn valuable mechanical skills and customization techniques through hands-on instruction from industry professionals at Dakota V-Twin in Spearfish. The class will meet two to three days per week December through April during after-school hours and on weekends. A variety of criteria including level of participation, interest and improved abilities over the course of the program will determine the three scholarships to be awarded in May by Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. There is no fee for students to join the program, but space is limited. Interested students should visit to register before the Dec. 11, 2015 deadline.



Posted on November 17, 2015 02:20
Sturgis Students Learn Geometry Through Construction Project

Sturgis, SD (Nov. 17, 2015) –Sturgis Brown High School students enrolled in the Geometry in Construction class are taking advantage of learning tough math lessons through a new hands-on construction project. The class of 21 16- and 17-year-old students spend half their time in a classroom studying angles, theories and formulas and the other half outside measuring, figuring out how to create the correct configurations and then sawing and hammering. The construction project, fabricating two 16’ x 20’ cabins, is taking place just behind the main school building, next to a shop where construction tools are stored. 



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