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DALLAS — A lock of blond hair that experts believe came from Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, the flamboyant officer who perished at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, was sold at auction Saturday for $12,500. Heritage Auctions said the lock came from the collection of a man who spent decades amassing artifacts related to the battle in what is now Montana between federal troops led by Custer and Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Custer's troops were quickly overwhelmed in what became known as Custer's Last Stand.


(Information in the following story is from: Black Hills Pioneer,

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The city of Spearfish is leasing space at its airport for Black Hills Life Flight. The Spearfish City Council recently approved a lease agreement between the city and Air Methods Corporation. The agreement says Air Methods would locate a doublewide trailer or modular building to the airport, which would be used by the Life Flight crew. It also says that the use and occupancy of the property would comply with the airport rules, regulations, and minimum standards.


BEAR CUBS CAPTURED— Two young Montana bears separated from their mother by eager photographers are back in the wild. Game wardens and a wildlife biologist released the yearling cubs in south-central Montana earlier this week. They were last spotted climbing into a big pine tree.


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