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In The Moment ... November 14, 2017 Show 219 Hour 1 

"Loving Vincent" is the story of the death, and more importantly, the life, of artist Vincent van Gogh. It's the world's first oil painted film. More than 125 professional oil painters created 65,000 individually painted frames for animation. Nothing you see in the film is computer generated.

It plays at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish this weekend, November 17 to 19. Cinema Falls brings it to the Washington Pavilion Belbas Theatre on Sunday, December 3.

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In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 2

If you love food, especially fresh, locally sourced food, you probably already have a Deborah Madison cookbook in your collection. She's an icon in American food culture, known for bringing vegetarian food into the mainstream and for championing the farmers who grow it. Her latest book is called "In My Kitchen." She's coming to Spearfish next week for the South Dakota Local Foods Conference. We're also joined by Kim Brannen, president of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association.

Smoke Covering Black Hills From Montana Fire

Jul 21, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Smoke from several fires in Montana is blanketing the Black Hills this afternoon.

Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says the northern hills have experienced thick smoke all morning.

That smoke started creeping into Rapid City around noon.

Sachara says the smoke is from a 30,000 acre fire.

“That fire is by Miles City. That’s the one that’s predominantly sending the smoke our way. With that many fires across the whole part of Montana, the wind is aligned just perfectly. It brought the smoke our way.”

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In The Moment ... June 2, 2017 Show 106 Hour 1

If you're in Spearfish tonight you can head over to the False Bottom Bar to hear today's first guest. Dan McGuinness plays immediately following Downtown Friday Night. He also tours with Credence Clearwater Revisited through September. But first, he joins us for Moment in Sound.

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In The Moment ... May 15, 2017 Show 093 Hour 2

Dr. Michael Mullin is a professor of history at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, where he serves as National Endowment for the Humanities Chair of Regional History. His recent article in the current issue of South Dakota history journal explores the role of Senator R.F. Pettigrew in national (and international politics) as the debate around the annexation of Hawaii unfolded.

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In The Moment ... May 12, 2017 Show 092 Hour 1

Today for Moment in Sound, we welcome Harland Allen and Kim Bachman otherwise known as Aces and Eights. They kick off the "Black Hills Opry" classic country theater at the Homestake Opera House this  month in Lead.

In The Moment ... May 5, 2017 Show 087 Hour 1

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In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

Crow Peak Wildfire 100 Percent Contained

Jul 5, 2016
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Officials say the Crow Peak Wildfire is contained. On Independence Day, crews achieved 100 percent containment. The fire burned around 2,700 acres but no structures were lost. Officials say that almost 530,000 gallons of water were dropped on the fire and personnel worked a total of 32,000 hours. All evacuations in the area have been lifted but parts of Higgins Gulch Road, Crow Peak Bench Road and Crow Creek Road remain closed.

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Tony nominated Broadway lyricist and playwright Bill Russell was born in Deadwood and raised in Spearfish. His Broadway writing debut was with “Side Show” (music by Henry Krieger). This month he is working with the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park as guest artist for the production of “Pageant.” He joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about art, theater, and the journey from the Black Hills to Broadway.

BHSU Hosts Indigenous Women’s Conference

Jun 9, 2016
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An indigenous women’s organization is targeting justice issues for Native people, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, environmental protection and human trafficking.

The North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) conference starts June 12 in Spearfish.

Jace DeCory, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, uses a mix of Lakota and English to explain the theme of the North American Indian Women’s Association conference.

Todo Mundo - Part 2

May 10, 2016
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Todo Mundo's mission states, "One day, all of humanity will understand that we are ONE.  Inside each of us, there is an indestructible beauty that strongly connects us, no matter where we come from, no matter what we do, believe or think.  Our diversity unites us all as equals.  We are all one heartbeat, a beating pulse in this life.  One connection...all of us are Todo Muno."

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joins Dakota Midday today for an extended conversation. Today's topics include: the possibility of a special session of the SD Legislature to address Medicaid expansion, an explanation of Daugaard's role at the Republican National Convention as a delegate, an update on a state park in Spearfish Canyon, and whether or not the current governor of South Dakota might consider a run from Congress once his time in the governor's mansion comes to a close.

The musicians of Mipso have been called "renegade traditionalists," and they don't mind that label at all. Jacob Sharp and Joseph Terrell talk with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about songwriting, touring, and how putting in the proverbial 10,000 hours of performance helps the band create melodies and rhythms that are fresh and intelligent.

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center continues its Big Read celebration of "The Maltese Falcon" with a live performance by Tomáš Kubínek.

Kubínek talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about the influence of artists such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the connection between artist and audience, and his evolving relationship with trust as he endeavors to "master the impossible."

 

 

The Maltese Falcon lands in Spearfish this weekend as a community gathers to read Dashiell Hammett's classic novel of intrigue. Jayne Rose, with the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center discusses the Spearfish Big Read celebration. From scavenger hunts to origami falcons, readers brave winter in South Dakota by embracing the arts.

Spearfish Local Aims To Grow Business

Oct 14, 2015
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A program through Black Hills State University has landed $100 thousand dollar USDA grant to put more local food on the menu in Spearfish.  

The grant helps build a new business that can move fresh local fruits and vegetables from farmers to cafeterias at nearby schools, hospitals, and other facilities.

Communist Daughter

Aug 21, 2015
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Twin Cities indie band Communist Daughter opened the first ever Black Hills Music Festival, presented by Ginger Gray Entertainment, on May 23.  Band leader Johnny Solomon began to assemble a group of Twin Cities musicians in 2009.  As Solomon explains, when Molly Moore (who married Solomon in 2013) joined the band, Communist Daughter had found the sound they wanted.

The Barefoot Movement - Part 1

May 21, 2015
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Young and shoeless, The Barefoot Movement has gained much attention and acclaim in a very short time.  The diversity of The Barefoot Movement draws in fans of bluegrass, folk, indie and rock and roll.  Singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall began to piece the band together when she met mandolin player Tommy Norris in high school.  Wall found an upright bass player in Hasee Ciaccio when they were classmates at East Tennessee State University.  Just last week, Ciaccio completed her BA in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music with a minor in App

Communist Daughter To Open BHMF

May 19, 2015
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Communist Daughter opens the Black Hills Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at Elkorn Ridge RV Resort near Spearfish.  The band was founded in 2009 by John Solomon in Prescott, Wisconsin.  He joined with several Twin Cities musicians to create an indie/folk/rock sound filled with harmonies that range from beautiful to haunting.  Their second full-length CD is in the works while the band hits the road this week with stops in Lincoln and Denver before their Black Hills Music Festival gig.  Solomon visited about Communist Daughter's music Tuesday on Dakota Midday.

Over the past two decades, the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series has compiled inspirational, true stories from regular people’s lives. The latest edition in the series, Time to Thrive: 101 Inspiring Stories about Growth, Wisdom and Dreams, includes a story by Marsha Warren Mittman about her bold decision to move to Spearfish. Friends and family took bets on how quickly she’d return home to New York City. 17 years later, she’s still in South Dakota.

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Last summer, according to the American Brewers Association, the number breweries in the U.S. topped 3,000 for probably the first time since the 1870s. The majority of them are small, local craft breweries and numbers are expected to increase as the resurgence in American brewing continues to grow. South Dakota has at least fourteen microbreweries and brew pubs.

Spearfish Canyon Tours

After taking a guided tour of Glacier National Park in Montana, Jon Pochop was struck by the lack of a guided tour of the natural beauty of the northern Black Hills. So last year the Spearfish businessman started Spearfish Canyon Tours. He worked with local author and historian Paul Higbee to give guides the local stories and historical background of the Spearfish area.

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Local writer and historian Paul Higbee says Spearfish is the most western town he knows. Although it doesn’t dress “cowboy,” it was founded on the gold mining, cattle and lumber economies of the Old West and prospers in the farming and tourism economies of the New West.

Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

The Matthews Opera House in Spearfish was built in 1906 for stage productions and traveling shows. By the 1920s, it was primarily a movie house. After a new movie theater was opened down the street, the opera house was used as everything from a shooting gallery to a practice basketball court. By the mid-1950s, the building was falling into disrepair.

Fassbender Collection

Five years ago the cities of Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish purchased the Fassbender photo collection. The  800,000 Black Hills photographs capture historic events such as presidential visits and the Spearfish Canyon Road grand opening as well as day-to-day life in the gold mines and on reservations. There are also wedding, graduation and family photos.

Amy Varland

The Good Shepherd Clinic in Spearfish offers free walk-in healthcare to residents of the Northern Black Hills that do not have health insurance.

Kay Cox is the President of the clinic. She says many people, including many with jobs, cannot afford even the most basic health care services.

Cox says at the Good Shepherd Clinic certified local healthcare professionals offer their services for free to those who need it most.

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The Good Shepherd Clinic in Spearfish helps residents of the Northern Black Hills that do not have health insurance get access to basic health care services. SDPB’s Amy Varland has the story on how volunteers in South Dakota’s medical profession are lending their talents to charity.

The Black Hills Travelin' Medicine Show

Nov 13, 2014

The Black Hills Travelin' Medicine Show is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  They variety show "with attitude" features well-knows South Dakota entertainers Gordy Pratt, Kenny Putnam and Paul Larson along with Markie Scholz of Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions and Sue Hey and Leonard Running of Butterfly Puppet Theatre.  The performers joined Dakota Midday from SDPB's Rapid City studio to give listeners a flavor of the show.

Dick Fort is an environmental activist who has been called the caretaker of Spearfish Canyon. He’s also a painter, sculptor composer, teacher, cross-country skier, fly fisherman, World War Two code breaker and winemaker. He was born in Mitchell in 1922 and was a professor of humanities at Chicago City college for 28 years. He is well known for his efforts to protect the beauty of the Black Hills as the founder of ACTion for the Environment.

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