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Spearfish Offers a Surprising Array of Shopping Choices

As a “micropolitan” community, Spearfish offers big city shopping and services in a small town environment, boasting over 40 unique specialty shops. Shopkeepers in Spearfish are well known for going the extra mile with friendly, personal service. Browse through...

Hospitality, Variety Abounds with Lodging and Dining

Options exist for lodging Spearfish and the surrounding Black Hills area offer many beautiful lodging options for your visit. Whether you are looking for the coziness of a bed and breakfast or the privacy of a vacation home or cabin, a hotel in town, or a place to...

Serving the Community through Worship and Services

A community known for reaching out to its neighbors, Spearfish is spiritually and socially active. Spearfish is home to over 30 different houses of worship that represent most major denominations and include numerous independent congregations, each working toward the...

Natural Beauty and Unique Scenery Highlight Spearfish Area

SPEARFISH CANYON Spearfish Canyon has a beauty unique to each season. Fall dazzles with great colors when the aspen and birch turn golden yellow and the oak and sumac flame shades of red. The Canyon is equally awe-inspiring in winter when heavy wet snow piles up on...

The Black Hills: Your Backyard Playground

From hiking, biking and climbing to skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, the Black Hills National Forest offers recreational activities for all ages, stages and interests. “We are lucky enough that we can go skiing, ice climbing and biking all in one day living in...

Progressive Community Exceeds your Expectations

When Tony Schavone moved to Spearfish with his wife Alyce in 1957, to teach at Black Hills State University, there were only three paved roads – Highway 16 (Colorado Boulevard/North Main) passing through town, Jackson Boulevard to University Street, and University...

Main Street Project Helped Downtown Strive

Streetlights, people, flowers and traffic; these are all in abundance in downtown Spearfish. Day or night, Main Street is a bustling place. “The Main Street Project really helped encourage business owners to come and fill any void we had,” said Downtown Business...

Shaping History

Prior to the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876, the Dakota Territory area, now known as Spearfish, was used by Native Americans (primarily bands of Sioux but others also ranged through the area) who would spear fish in the creek, hence the name of the creek and...

Spearfish Arts and Attractions

A vibrant arts and cultural community, Spearfish is home to many artisans. From world renown to local talents, there are sculptors, potters, woodworkers, painters, photographers, jewelers, singers, song-writers, actors and dancers, all working to make Spearfish a hub...

Health and Wellness in Spearfish

Plenty of lifestyle choices promote As lives grow busier, the need to make time for exercise, eating right and spending time with family and friends becomes more important. The Spearfish area is home to an eclectic blend of choices for a healthy lifestyle. It’s been...

Education Options Span Lifetime

From preschool to primary and secondary to higher to continuing education Quality Education is a corner stone of the Spearfish community. Since the settling of the town, citizens have placed high emphasis on education, as witnessed by the founding of the Black Hills...

Dining in Spearfish

When Bonnie and Bob Dardis opened the McDonald’s on North Avenue in Spearfish in August 1981, they were a little nervous. “They knew it was a small town for a McDonald’s,” explained their son, Calvin Dardis. “My dad kept his job as a milkman for Brown & Swiss for...

Town, Park, Creek and Canyon

Recently National Geographic’s Adventure Magazine selected Spearfish as one of the “Top 50 Best Places to Live and Play” and also one of only eight cities selected as a “Hot Spot” in America. Spearfish takes pride in its extensive and progressive parks and recreation...

Economic Growth of Spearfish

People live in Spearfish for its quality of life, diverse economy, good transportation system, comprehensive health care offerings, and strong educational system, including the university presence. “We have the beauty of the Black Hills as a background, as well,” said...

Spearfish Serves as Health Care Hub

Spearfish’s geographic location has served the community well – and not just for tourism. For folks living in western South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, quite often Spearfish is the closest option for health care, according to Larry Vietz,...

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  • 'Tis the season of giving. Supporting our neighbors. Here is a fun way to do just that!

    This Saturday, we are excited to bring you the Christmas Movie Food Drive brought to you by Northern Hills Technology. Join us for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on the big screen at 10AM and 1PM. Just bring 1 non-perishable food item per person for admittance. We look forward to seeing you!

    This Saturday, we are excited to bring you the Christmas Movie Food Drive brought to you by Northern Hills Technology. Join us for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on the big screen at 10AM and 1PM. Just bring 1 non-perishable food item per person for admittance. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Happy Holidays to all :)

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  • Check out the video for information on one lane traffic on Colorado Blvd for one day only, Sunday, December 4th. There are also additional updates included. Thank you once again to Bryan Lessly for these great video updates! https://www.youtube.com/embed/ohws_ePiB5U

    Exit 14 Update- Spearfish Dec 2, 2016 I’m Bryan Lessly with a Black Hills Channel update on the construction of the new Exit 14 on I-90 at Spearfish for the ...

    Exit 14 Update- Spearfish Dec 2, 2016 I’m Bryan Lessly with a Black Hills Channel update on the construction of the new Exit 14 on I-90 at Spearfish for the ...

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    Oh yes 😄 Love a little word play 😊

  • We have voted as a board and decided that YouthWise in Spearfish and the TEAMMATES program will be the benefactor of the Spearfish Chocolate Festival. Below is a summary of what they do! Congrats YouthWise! YouthWise is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that has been in operation since 2007. The mission of YouthWise is to support education and advocacy for youth and families who experience mild, moderate, or severe, mental health trauma, conditions, or brain disease, along with substance abuse and misuse. YouthWise has (4) comprehensive programs that address these issues k-college. The first is a 26 year collaboration with BHSU and the Spearfish School District. This program is a unique school based mentorship program that allows college students the opportunity to mentor youth in the Spearfish School District k-12 one hour a week for 36 weeks during the school year. Every semester 45 mentors go through the process of DCI and FBI background checks and a three hour orientation to prepare to become a TEAMMATE. About 20 hours and $25 dollars is dedicated from each new Mentor to begin the clearance process. This collaboration also takes many hours of planning from school counselors, teachers, and college professors. As a result 90 children receive a special young adult in their life for that can last 4 months to 3 years. This adds up to hundreds of hours of mentorship time with each child who needs that extra positive influence in their life. Research proves if a child who is at risk for additional "attention" receives that "need" through an "other than family significant adult", the higher the protection and resiliency of that child's progress into adulthood. Others studies have shown school based mentoring lowers school drop out rates, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, teen suicide, and encourages academic success. If YouthWise is awarded the opportunity to receive funds gained from the 2017 Chocolate Festival it will be utilized directly for the $300.00 per match fee that is needed to sustain the TEAMMATES program. Each year $27,000 is needed in local donations and fundraising each year to sustain the 90 mentors working with children k-12 in the Spearfish School District. Cost include the coordination fee, recruitment fee, processing fee, fingerprinting fee's and equipment along with games and supplies needed for the engagement of the matched pair. Please consider helping us out by distributing and hanging flyers for this year's event!

    We have voted as a board and decided that YouthWise in Spearfish and the TEAMMATES program will be the benefactor of the Spearfish Chocolate Festival. Below is a summary of what they do! Congrats YouthWise!
YouthWise is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that has been in operation since 2007. The mission of YouthWise is to support education and advocacy for youth and families who experience mild, moderate, or severe, mental health trauma, conditions, or brain disease, along with substance abuse and misuse. YouthWise has (4) comprehensive programs that address these issues k-college. The first is a 26 year collaboration with BHSU and the Spearfish School District. This program is a unique school based mentorship program that allows college students the opportunity to mentor youth in the Spearfish School District k-12 one hour a week for 36 weeks during the school year. Every semester 45 mentors go through the process of DCI and FBI background checks and a three hour orientation to prepare to become a TEAMMATE. About 20 hours and $25 dollars is dedicated from each new Mentor to begin the clearance process. This collaboration also takes many hours of planning from school counselors, teachers, and college professors. As a result 90 children receive a special young adult in their life for that can last 4 months to 3 years. This adds up to hundreds of hours of mentorship time with each child who needs that extra positive influence in their life. Research proves if a child who is at risk for additional "attention" receives that "need" through an "other than family significant adult", the higher the protection and resiliency of that child's progress into adulthood. Others studies have shown school based mentoring lowers school drop out rates, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, teen suicide, and encourages academic success.
If YouthWise is awarded the opportunity to receive funds gained from the 2017 Chocolate Festival it will be utilized directly for the $300.00 per match fee that is needed to sustain the TEAMMATES program. Each year $27,000 is needed in local donations and fundraising each year to sustain the 90 mentors working with children k-12 in the Spearfish School District. Cost include the coordination fee, recruitment fee, processing fee, fingerprinting fee's and equipment along with games and supplies needed for the engagement of the matched pair.

Please consider helping us out by distributing and hanging flyers for this year's event!