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Historic Valhalla cabin in Custer State Park opened for second season

PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced this week that Valhalla, a historic cabin in Custer State Park, will again be opened to the public for the summer season.

"I'm pleased to open this rustic landmark to the public," the governor said. "Valhalla is truly a gem in the heart of one of the most spectacular state parks in the nation."

The cabin will be available on a limited basis for public tours, day rentals, business meetings and retreats. Public tours will begin during the state park system's annual Open-House Weekend May 18-20; thereafter, tours will be allowed two Mondays each month through September.

Valhalla was built in the late 1920s by Peter Norbeck , who served stints as a governor and U.S. senator and is considered the father of Custer State Park.

Prior to 2011, use of Valhalla had been limited to South Dakota governors and their guests. Daugaard opened Valhalla last year for limited public use and viewing.