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Letter: CenturyLink still alive and well

More than 70 years ago, CenturyTel began delivering communications services to about 75 people in a small but vibrant town. In 1997, the company began offering phone service to Rushmore as CenturyTel (after purchasing the area from Qwest).

Over the years, you have seen many changes -- from the addition to dial-up and later high-speed Internet, and even a new name, CenturyLink. One thing that won't change: CenturyLink's connection and commitment to its customers.

I have received a few calls recently where customers have asked why we are leaving Rushmore and if we have sold our business to a competitor. The answer: No. We are proud to do business here and enjoy working with each and every one of you.

While you may still be getting used to the new name, it's hard not to recognize that familiar face: Chad Loosbrock. Chad is CenturyLink's technician in the Rushmore area. Many of you have called him for assistance with setting up your Internet or phone services. I hope that you continue to call on him, and for those of you who do not know Chad, I am certain he looks forward to the opportunity of working with you in the future.