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'Go-to person for Custer County history' dies

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CUSTER (AP) -- The woman some called the "go-to person for Custer County history" will be remembered Tuesday.

Jessie Sundstrom was the former publisher of the Custer County Chronicle newspaper and a Custer County Historical Society member for over 65 years.

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KOTA-TV reports she died Thursday at her home at age 91.

Many remember the Rapid City native for her stories and editorials about 1970s racial unrest in Custer, including a riot that damaged the courthouse and drew national media attention.

Sundstrom is credited with helping preserve the historical landmark and later managed the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the museum in Custer.

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