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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Free at-home COVID testing kits available at Spearfish library

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SPEARFISH, SD – Free at-home COVID testing kits are available at Grace Balloch Memorial Library, located at 625 North Fifth Street, Spearfish.

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

EMS Week/EMS for Children Day, Law Enforcement Torch Run Week, and Poppy Days proclaimed

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD – Mayor John Senden made multiple proclamations Monday. He proclaimed May 15-22 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week; May 18 as EMS for Children Day; May 16-19 as Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Dakota Week...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

All users encouraged to know, use best practices regarding bicycle lanes on Jackson Boulevard

Bicycle turning signals

SPEARFISH, SD - The final phases of the Jackson Boulevard Project were completed in 2021 and include the addition of bicycle lanes from Fifth to University streets. This infrastructure provides a dedicated space on the road for bicyclists and other non-mo...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

City Council approves increasing SERF loan to finish office space in Atlas building

Exterior of Building Office

SPEARFISH, SD – The Spearfish City Council Monday approved increasing a previously approved $1.4 million Spearfish Economic Revolving Fund (SERF) loan to $2 million to allow the remaining office space in the Atlas building in the Spearfish Indus...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Outgoing Mayor recognized for years of service; Incoming Mayor takes oath of office

Mayor Boke with Spearfish City Council

SPEARFISH, SD – People gathered in Spearfish City Hall Monday to honor Mayor Dana Boke for her three terms of service and welcome incoming Mayor John Senden, who took the oath of office to begin his term.

Prior to the meeting, there was a reception with ca...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Road through Spearfish City Campground closed to through-traffic starting May 1

Campground

SPEARFISH, SD – Motorists are reminded that South Canyon Street between Spearfish City Campground and Winterville Drive is closed annually during camping season, May 1 through September 30.

Public Safety Director Pat Rotert explained that the Cit...

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

Municipal election results

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD - Voters cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, April 12, and the unofficial results of the 2022 municipal election are:

Mayor

  • John Senden - 1,210 
  • James Vande Hey - 393 

Ward 2

  • Larry Klarenbeek - 308
  • Gabe Bell - 184

Ward 3

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program launches at Spearfish library

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

SPEARFISH, SD – Grace Balloch Memorial Library has launched a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which encourages parents to read with their children at early ages.

“Reading to children when they are young helps develop a love of ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide detector

SPEARFISH, SD – The Spearfish Fire Department has responded to several calls for service involving carbon monoxide recently and encourages everyone to take preventative measures to protect themselves by installing carbon monoxide detectors in th...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Scooby, the station dog: Spearfish Police Department fosters long-term humane society resident

Scooby

SPEARFISH, SD – People may have noticed a new face at the Spearfish Police Department: Scooby, a dog currently being fostered, with the plan of being adopted by the department, who had been awaiting his forever home at the Western Hills Humane S...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Emerald Ash Borer not yet identified in Spearfish

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD – As spring begins and people’s thoughts turn to their gardens and outdoor spaces, the Spearfish Parks Department has fielded questions about the treatment of ash trees, in relation to emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic b...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

Public Works Project Engineer position created

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD – The Spearfish City Council Monday approved the position description for a project engineer, a new position within the Public Works Department, and authorized staff to begin recruiting candidates for the position.

The purpose of this positio...

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

Spearfish Fire Department celebrates successes of 2021 at annual banquet

Spearfish Fire Department members

SPEARFISH, SD – The Spearfish Fire Department gathered to celebrate the successes of 2021 during its annual banquet Saturday.

This is a time when we can get together to recognize the firefighters for all they’ve accomplished over the last year and thank t...

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

City employees honored for years of service

City employees who reached years of service milestones in 2021

SPEARFISH, SD – City of Spearfish employees were recognized during Monday’s City Council meeting for the years of service milestones they reached in 2021. 

Each received a certificate from Mayor Dana Boke and had a short biogra...

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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Construction updates - Dahl Road, Sandstone Hills

City of Spearfish

Work beginning on Dahl Road

 SPEARISH, SD - Work has begun on a sanitary sewer trunkline extension on Dahl Road starting at 11th Street and proceeding to Colorado Boulevard. 

A&L Contractors LLC is the prime contractor on the project.&...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Free at-home COVID testing kits available at Spearfish library

COVID-19

SPEARFISH, SD – Free at-home COVID-19 testing kits are available at Grace Balloch Memorial Library, located at 625 North Fifth Street, Spearfish.

The testing kits were provided by the South Dakota Department of Health for distribution to...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

New content streaming service available at Spearfish library

Grace Balloch Memorial Library's official logo

SPEARFISH, SD – On-demand streaming service, Hoopla Digital, is now available for free at Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish, giving library card holders immediate access to more than 1 million books, audiobooks, comics, movies, televis...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Sgt. Rosenau named 2021 Spearfish Police Department Officer of the Year

2021 Officer of the Year

SPEARFISH, SD – Sgt. Samantha Rosenau was recognized as the 2021 Spearfish Police Department Officer of the Year Wednesday.

Sgt. Rosenau’s standard for each day is her best,” Police Chief Curt Jaco...

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Posted on: February 7, 2022

Looking for a summer job? Fill out an application today for a seasonal position!

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD - The City of Spearfish is hiring for upcoming seasonal positions. Visit the Career Opportunities page for more information about each of the positions, listed below by department.

Fire Department Wildland Firefighters: 

$15.00 per ho...

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Posted on: February 8, 2022

Spearfish fills public works director position

Kyle Hinton

SPEARFISH, SD – The Spearfish City Council Monday approved the hire of Kyle Hinton as the public works director, effective March 14.

“I am very honored to be offered this position and am excited to get going,” Hinton said.

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Spearfish wins software subscription to support urban forestry

Urban forest

SPEARFISH, SD – The City of Spearfish will have better data about its urban forest in terms of diversity, planting density, condition, etc., thanks to winning $5,000 worth of software to continue the ongoing tree inventory project.

“Wit...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Chinook Day proclaimed in Spearfish, in perpetuity

Chinook Day proclamation

SPEARFISH, SD – Mayor Dana Boke proclaimed January 22 as Chinook Day in Spearfish, with the recognition to take place in perpetuity.

The proclamation took place during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and it reads:

Whereas, on January 22,...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Annual special maintenance fee approved

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SPEARFISH – The Spearfish City Council Monday approved a resolution levying the annual special maintenance fee, or front-foot assessment, for street surfaces. 

The front-foot assessment has been in place since 2000, and the 2022 annual m...

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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Spearfish sees record-breaking year with $98 million in total building project valuation

Construction at Sky Ridge

SPEARFISH, SD – It isn’t an exaggeration to describe 2021 as a record-breaking year for Spearfish in terms of total building project valuation, which came in over $98 million. 

This is the highest valuation total in ...

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Spearfish hires City Administrator

Steve McFarland

SPEARFISH, SD – In the new year, Spearfish will have a new City Administrator.

The Spearfish City Council Wednesday voted to hire Steve McFarland, effective on or after February 1, 2022.

We are looking forward to welcoming Steve and his...

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Posted on: December 22, 2021

Ice rink in Spearfish City Campground officially open

Madison Ice Rink in Spearfish City Campground

SPEARFISH, SD – The Madison Ice Rink in Spearfish City Campground is officially open for ice skaters.

Parks, Recreation, and Forestry staff flooded the rink recently, with “keep off the ice” signs posted until the rink froze t...

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Posted on: November 29, 2021

Utility rate changes take effect January 1

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SPEARFISH, SD – The Spearfish City Council approved a utility rate change, effective January 1, 2022.

The impact to the average residential utility customer (which uses 5,000 gallons of water a month) would be $4.38 per month.

Residential rates, b...

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Posted on: December 22, 2021

2 recent structure fires keep Spearfish Fire Department busy

Firefighters battled 2 recent structure fires.

SPEARFISH, SD – It was a busy start and end to the weekend for the Spearfish Fire Department, which responded to a structure fire Friday afternoon and another Monday morning.

The fire Friday was reported around 12:15 p.m. at one of the Iron Creek...

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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Hall recognized for years of service to Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Advisory Board

Nancy Hall was presented a plaque for her years of service.

SPEARFISH, SD – Nancy Hall, second from left, was recognized for her years of service to the Spearfish Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Advisory Board during its December 13th meeting.

Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Ehnes, left, Justin Griffi...

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Option to donate to Spearfish Community Foundation through utility bill now available

Spearfish Community Foundation

SPEARFISH, SD – A new option to donate to the Spearfish Community Foundation is now available.

The Spearfish City Council approved a cooperative donation effort on November 1 to allow residents to donate to the foundation, which allocates funds t...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Construction begins on 1st home at Sky Ridge

Groundbreaking

SPEARFISH, SD – Construction for the first home at Sky Ridge, a workforce housing development and adjacent sports complex near Exit 17, began Thursday morning during a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating this milestone to create affordable housi...

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Posted on: December 6, 2021

Get notifications sent to your inbox for City news, calendar items, and more!

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SPEARFISH, SD – Anyone wishing to get email or text notifications about City news, calendar items, meeting agendas, or bid postings can sign up through the Notify Me option on the City’s website. This tool is one more way to keep citiz...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Facility Maintenance Superintendent recognized for commitment to safety

Facility Maintenance Superintendent Gary Hargens

SPEARFISH, SD Facility Maintenance Superintendent Gary Hargens was recognized with a City of Spearfish Award for Safety Excellence  on November 17.

The award, presented during the City’s first Safety Stand-Down Day, was in rec...

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