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Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery, Kyle, SD 7/10/14

Oglala Sioux tribal officials, veterans and spectators gathered Wednesday on a hilltop east of Kyle to dedicate the Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery, the second of its kind in the nation.

Two iron gates adorned with metal eagle feathers greet visitors who can then view a driveway lined with American flags. An information and visitors center sits at the end of the drive. 

The cemetery has 320 burials vaults, a traditional burial ground where graves will be dug by hand and a shelter for urns. It consists of 18 acres on a 63-acre site.

The site was made possible by a $6.5 million grant by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is the second in the nation to be built since 2006, when the VA opened its cemetery grants program to tribal governments. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe completed the first one in 2012 with a $7 million grant.

Ghost Bear / Kurtz Joint Venture thanks Oglala Sioux Tribe for including us on their team to make the Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery a reality!

Tribal members carry staffs and flags Wednesday into the Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery eight miles east of Kyle for a dedication ceremony. The tribal veterans cemetery is the second of its kind in the nation and was funded by a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tribal members carry staffs and flags Wednesday into the Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery eight miles east of Kyle for a dedication ceremony. The tribal veterans cemetery is the second of its kind in the nation and was funded by a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

An information and visitors center is one of the features at the new Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery, which is eight miles east of Kyle.

An information and visitors center is one of the features at the new Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery, which is eight miles east of Kyle.

 

Color guard members hold flags Wednesday morning during the Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery dedication.

Members of American Legion Post 269 in Wanblee raise the flag during the dedication of the Akicita Owicahe Lakota Freedom Veterans Cemetery.

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Theta Tau Remodel, Rapid City, South Dakota 7/3/14

Theta tau fraternity house remodel.  DKC is remodeling roughly 4000 sf of living space consisting of all new plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, drywall and interior finishes.

 

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Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country Office Addition, Rapid City , SD 6/19/14

As the existing building demolition and removal near completion the footing and foundation for the Coca Cola Addition project will start being placed. The east side pavement removals are nearly complete. Grading, new retaining walls, and pavement at the east loading dock will start showing progress as well. The project is schedule to be complete by April 21, 2015.

 

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Thrivent Financial, Rapid City, SD 6/13/14

Dean Kurtz Construction crews are wrapping up tile installation and grouting at Thrivent Financial. In this photo Cory is cleaning out grout joints to ensure proper grout bond. Wood trim and doors are next on the list! 

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NEW URGENT CARE OPENING ON JACKSON BOULEVARD

Regional Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine will open a new clinic at 2116 Jackson Blvd. on June 17.

The 5,000 square foot space replaces the previous location at 2201 Jackson Blvd., and includes six exam rooms, on-site lab and X-ray, parking and an open, modern design.

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Crow Peak Hall, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD 6/5/14

A stair tower was installed as a temporary emergency egress. While the new stair tower is being constructed. Footing/Foundation Placements continue on the Crow Peak Hall project in Spearfish SD. Footings and Foundations are nearly 50% complete, Engineered fill is being placed below the floor slab and Mechanical rough-ins are starting. The irrigation channel that flows through the site (diverts water for lawn irrigation off of Spearfish Creek) has been completed. 

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