Hi, I also live in the Black Hills just south of Rapid City. I had read that article as well and I am glad you posted it here.
I carry regularly in the state as well as when I venture over to Wyoming. It is amazing how few people in South Dakota are not aware one can openly carry legally. Most know you can carry concealed with a permit but not aware of open carry.
Yes, the Rapid City Journal is somewhat liberal and their anti-gun posture occasionally shows in their paper. Did they need to discourage people from taking the responsibility for protecting themselves? I think not!
Self defense is a right in South Dakota just as voting is. Do they also discourage folks from voting? They need to report the facts without slanting the view in their direction. Perhaps one of us needs to write them with an opposing point of view and see if they can get on the opinion page so we have some fair and balanced reporting.
Better yet, it would be nice to have an open carry picnic in a down town Rapid City park and get some news coverage that way.