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Contributors David Super is a storyteller with roots in America’s High Plains, seasoned by three decades of living in the Washington, D.C., region. His career began as a newspaper reporter/photographer in Sturgis, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, followed by military service, then information technology jobs. Super now lives in Rapid City where he works as a freelance writer and tour guide. Kate Najacht moved to the Black Hills in June 2014 after living in a small college town in Ohio for 30 years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English litera- ture and popular culture in 2004 and worked at an academic library. She loves God and her family. Carrie Moore is a former reporter for the Custer County Chronicle and Down Country Roads. In 2013, she was named South Dakota’s Outstanding Young Jour- nalist for weekly newspapers in the S.D. Newspaper Association Better Newspa- pers Contest. Moore graduated from South Dakota State University in 2011 with a degree in journalism and lives in Custer with her parents, cats and chinchilla. She works at Jenny’s Floral in Custer. Elaine K. Andersen has lived in the Black Hills her entire adult life, writing poetry and creative non-fiction about the Western landscape and its emotional con- nection with the people who live here. She attended Eastern Wyoming College and Southwest Baptist University in Missouri and has spent many years practicing and promoting home education and teaching piano. She enjoys reading, gardening, photography and road trips from her canyon home in western Custer County. Carol Walker grew up on a farm in Min- nesota and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota. After teaching for a couple of years in Minnesota, she married Ron Walker and moved to South Dakota. While raising their three children, one of her pas- times was writing children’s plays. She taught for several years in the Custer School Dis- trict. She writes for the Hill City Prevailer N ews. 4 DOWN COUNTRY ROADS Jason Ferguson has been writing for the better part of 20 years and has won dozens of South Dakota Press Associa- tion awards, including being named the state's Outstanding Young Journalist in 2002. Ferguson has a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Chadron State College. He enjoys movies, exer- cising and struggling mightly at golf in his free time. Joshua Najacht grew up in Hot Springs, S.D., but moved to Broken Bow, Neb., when he was in the fourth grade. He spent 16 years in Bowling Green, Ohio and then moved back to the Black Hills in 2014. He spends much of his time enjoying his native Black Hills and his son, Isaiah.