Rapid City jubilant over Ellsworth vote

By Chet Brokaw: The Associated Press RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two dozen people leaped to their feet, cheered and applauded early Friday when a federal commission voted to save Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure. “That’s a load off,” Pennington County Commissioner Ken Davis said. “This is about the most fantastic day for South Dakota […]

Ellsworth: ‘The best of champs’

SPECIAL TO FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t […]

ENMU freshman dies in rodeo accident

By Mike Linn Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — “Rojo,” to his friends — had a contagious, fun-loving spirit. “The memories we have of Rojo are sitting around on our balcony and telling stories and the guy didn’t stop laughing for an hour straight,” said Brett Trembly, president of Kappa Sigma, a fraternity to which Ellsworth had […]