City of Custer sings the Bark Beetle Blues - KOTA Territory News

City of Custer sings the Bark Beetle Blues

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The pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills has taken its toll on area residents, that's why they're singing the blues.
 
An event, dubbed the Bark Beetle Blues, brought locals dealing with the infestation together for what some may call a 'break.'

Local musicians played at the Naked Winery, The Bugling Bull, and the Bank Coffee House, singing original songs with lyrics focused on their feelings on the changing forest.

The event featured more than a dozen artists, plus an open mic session.

Hank Fridell, who has had to remove hundreds of trees from his property, says it takes a toll him.
 
"It's not just an impact on the forest. It's an impact on the people and this an opportunity now, to get together with our neighbors and our friends, and celebrate the Black Hills," says Fridell.
 
"Life simply goes on, and we're here to celebrate this stage of the life of the forest," says Linde Manlove.

Fridell says this is the first of five beetle themed events that will take place in the next year.

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