The South Dakota National Guard's Golden Coyote training exercise brings more than soldiers to the Black Hills, it brings dollars.
With more than 3,500 service members in town from all over the world, many local stores, restaurants and tourist attractions are cashing in. Business owners on the Westside, near Camp Rapid, say they've seen a large increase in business since Golden Coyote began on Saturday.
According to Susan Duffy, manager at the West Main Street Big D, says business does consistently well when the training exercise in town.
"From what I've been told, the two weeks of guards brings in a lot of business to this station, and I know I've seen an increase. Just in the early morning, the guys coming in and getting coffee and sodas," Duffy said.
In addition to the shopping and sight seeing, the soldiers do on their own time with their own money, Major Angela King-Sweigart with the 109th Public Affairs Detachment says the National Guard buys many of the products used to feed the soldiers from local companies.