Amy Varland

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.

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 1

Oct 10, 2014

This concert is the first of a two-part program featuring Albert and Gage with special guest Kenny Putnam, recorded July 27th at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Christine Albert and Chris Gage formed their duo in 1997 after Albert saw her future partner perform with West Texas alt-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  Albert moved to Austin, Texas in 1982.  Among her credentials are a trio of "Franco-Lone Star" fusion albums and an appearance on Austin City Limits.  Gage's roots are in South Dakota where he led the Red Willow Band in the mid-70's and early 80's.  He appear

Cold Spurs Peak Colors In Spearfish Canyon

Sep 12, 2014
Jerry Boyer

It's time for a visit to Spearfish Canyon.   The early snow and cold snap are quickening the annual fall colors.

Each year Jerry Boyer a Spearfish resident issues a prediction for the best time to see peak colors in the canyon.    Boyer says right now fall colors are at about 45%.  He says this year the cold has pushed the peak timing up.  

Boyer notes that last year fall colors were near their peak on October 5th when winter storm Atlas dumped up to 5 feet of snow on the Northern Black Hills.  

Original Historical Musical Staged in Spearfish

Jul 3, 2014
Matthews Opera House

Throughout July in Spearfish, the Matthews Opera House in staging the original musical, Deadeye’s Wild West – or Subterfuge in Spearfish. It takes place around 1903 and tells the story of a young singer from the Black Hills who wants to join a traveling Wild West show that comes through town.

Courtesy High Plains Western Heritage Center

As citizens across the country celebrate our nation’s independence tomorrow, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is also putting time aside to recognize the American Cowboy. We visited the Spearfish museum to learn what it was like to raise cattle for a living and to discuss efforts by a 9-state coalition to mark the historic trail that brought cattle north from Texas to South Dakota and beyond.

Heavy Runoff Overwhelms WHARF Pollution Control

May 21, 2014
Amy Varland

WHARF Resources is making an emergency discharge of water out of a containment pond at its surface gold mine in the Northern Black Hills this week.  The lined holding pond catches potentially polluted water that is normally treated before release into the Spearfish Creek watershed.   The extra heavy snow pack this year means high levels of runoff are overwhelming the mine’s containment system.   

Ashwin Batish Ensemble In Spearfish

Apr 10, 2014

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish presents a live performance by the Ashwin Batish Ensemble on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The band members are in Spearfish classrooms today and tomorrow explaining the origins of their instruments and Indian music. Ashwin Batish is a sitarist and table player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso and funk.

CALJE Performing In Spearfish

Mar 24, 2014

The band CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble) is performing at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm. CALJE is regarded as the new and innovative force on the Latin Jazz scene. With a global sound and ensemble, this band represents Afro-Cuban Jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. They incorporate traditional Cuban rhythms as son, guaguanco, and clave negra with modern Jazz harmony.

The Good Lovelies Play Spearfish

Jan 23, 2014

The Good Lovelies perform at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The funny and upbeat Canadian trio bring textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter with just a pinch of sass to their shows.  Lighthearted songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made The Good Lovelies the darlings of the summer festival circuit, including spots at the storied Mariposa and Hillside Festivals and the Montreal Jazz Festival.  In 2010, they received a Juno Award for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year for their self-titled full-le

Listen For Life's Middle Grounds

Nov 14, 2013

Israeli born Ronit Widmann-Levy performs Saturday night with Listen For Life's Middle Grounds at the Matthews Opera House.  The project is a group of international musicians championing peace and unity through music.  It brings together five acclaimed artists from the conflict countries of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria.  They are bound by a belief that these countries share a heritage that transcends political, religious and geographic boundaries.  The Middle Grounds musicians' artistic repertoire includes Middle Eastern instruments like the oud, santur, rahaba and variati

Spearfish Cleans Up After Damaging Storm

Oct 9, 2013

Spearfish city officials say the town was hit hard by wind and heavy snow from the storm that swept across the Black Hills last weekend. Now that the snow storm has passed residents are kicking clean-up efforts into high gear.

Winter came in with a bang and dumped more than three feet of snow in some parts of the Northern Hills. City officials say although there was relatively little structural damage in Spearfish – the town’s trees experienced significant damage. Many trees snapped at the trunk while others had branches break off from the weight of the snow.

National Day Of The American Cowboy

Jul 19, 2013
Courtesy High Plains Western Heritage Center



The Eighth Annual National Day of the American Cowboy takes place on Saturday at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish. The nationwide celebration acknowledges the contributions of cowboys to the American culture.



Western Heritage Center spokesperson Peggy Ables says a ranching state like South Dakota owes a lot to the cowboy.

Spearfish National Fish Hatchery

Jul 2, 2013

Established in 1896, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, formerly Spearfish National Fish Hatchery, is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country. Dedicated to fish culture and resource management, the hatchery was constructed to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.

Electric Violinist Tracy Silverman

May 17, 2013

Classically trained at Julliard, Tracy Silverman is the world's first concert electric violinist.  He built one of the first-ever six-string violins shortly after graduating in 1980.  Silverman's unique performances demonstrate his "strum bowing" method on both fretted and fretless six-string violins.  He has recorded with a virtual who's who of the new music, jazz and rock world and established a long-standing relationship with Windham Hill Records.

This episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars Tracy Silverman in his April 26, 2013, concert at the Spearfish Arts Center.

Guys With Guitars

Mar 1, 2013

Guys With Guitars played the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on January 26, 2013.  Guys With Guitars is made up of Doug Wood on the six-string acoustic guitar, Darren Frate on the electric bass and Neil Jacobs on 12-string guitar.

We The People Winners

Dec 17, 2012

Spearfish High School took first place at the 2012 South Dakota We the People competition in Pierre last month.  It was the school's second win in a row.  They'll compete at the National We the People Finals in Washington, D.C., in April, 2013.  Spearfish High School seniors Elise Reid and Brady Jones joined Dakota Midday along with instructor Patrick Gainey.