Burning a beetle to blast the past in Custer - KOTA Territory News

Burning a beetle to blast the past in Custer



The beetle fight has left physical scars on our forests and emotional scars on our minds. But one group has plans to bonfire a beetle to overcome the past. 

For the past four weeks, Karl Svensson, a builder, has been working on a creating a gigantic beetle, made out of the wood the beetles took over. 

Frank Carroll, Bark Beetle Blues committee member, says the group has been holding a series of events to help the community through the stages of grief, in regards to the pine beetle devastation.  

Carroll says the final stage is acceptance and moving on, and burning the wooden beetle will help do that. "We'll burn this beetle symbolically, tossing out the old bringing in the new, so we're excited," said Carroll. 



Svensson has spent around 100 hours building the beetle. Is it going to be hard for him to burn it? "No, it's meant to be burnt and it's going to be fun, really fun, absolutely," said Svensson.
Svensson says the community donated the materials used to build the beetle.

The Burning Beetle Festivities begin Saturday January 18 at 4:00 at the Custer High School Theater.


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