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is the VP of Marketing for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. By accident he ended up in sales and marketing; Mike's education and background is in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. Having spent most of his life in various east-river South Dakota towns like Huron, Vermillion, Brookings and Pierre, Mike followed a girl west to Spearfish and has thoroughly enjoyed the past eight years there. What he loves most is time spent around the Hills with his family, whether it's in Spearfish Canyon, at a Black Hills attraction or at Spearfish City Park and the DC Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery. Mike also loves dusting off his camera every now and then for a shoot, making a good meal and washing it down with a great beer. Google+ Email this author




A Steakhouse That’s Worth It – Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City

By • Dec 12th, 2013 • Category: Dining

Here in the Black Hills, we know our beef. Lots of local folks raise it, some know how to ride, wrestle or rope it, most know how to cook it (with respect for the hard work that got it there), and everyone knows how they like it. Ag is one of South Dakota‘s biggest industries; […]



The Legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Equally Legendary Rides

By • Jul 16th, 2013 • Category: Culture, Events

Google One of the largest and longest-running motorcycle events found anywhere; this world-famous biker party has every thing. Huge nightly concerts with some of the biggest names in music, beautiful drives, an amazing gathering of custom bikes and riders to match, biker bars and venues like the Buffalo Chip and Full-Throttle Saloon the size of […]



The Historic Days of ’76

By • Jul 14th, 2013 • Category: Culture, Events

If there is one event that truly exemplifies the Black Hills – the natural beauty, the history and stories, the characters past and present, the families and traditions – the Days of ’76 is it. It’s sport and competition, parades and a party. It’s no bull, honest Americana. And coming up next weekend, it’s a […]



Lightning Awareness 2013

By • Jul 2nd, 2013 • Category: Culture, Outdoor Adventure

  Last week was the National Weather Service Lightning Safety Week, and afternoon thunderstorms and lightning can occur frequently in the higher elevation areas of the Black Hills like Custer or Spearfish Canyon. These storms can pose some danger to exposed hikers and visitors enjoying the many outdoor attractions found here. Black Hills storms produce […]



4th of July in the Black Hills

By • Jun 28th, 2013 • Category: Culture, Events

American pride. There’s no shortage of that commodity here in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Of course, it starts with Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where thousands renew their patriotism every year during two days of July 4 ceremonial activities. Almost every town has a parade, and most of them have fireworks, too. Old […]



Seeing Eye to Eye With a Legend | Crazy Horse Volksmarch (June 1-2, 2013)

By • May 31st, 2013 • Category: Culture, Events, Outdoor Adventure

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch held the first full weekend in June (June 1-2, 2013) is considered one of the most popular organized hikes in the United States with over 10,000 annually making the trek. There’s a start, and a finish line 10 kilometers away but when you arrive at either one isn’t the point of […]



Hiking Custer State Park: An abundance of wildlife

By • May 21st, 2013 • Category: Culture

South Dakota was recently named one of 10 best destinations in the world for wildlife viewing and Custer State Park is the main reason it made such an exclusive list. A drive on the Wildlife Loop Road through the park almost never disappoints but with over 71,000 acres to explore its best to park the […]



Spearfish Canyon Colors Peaking Early

By • Sep 19th, 2012 • Category: Culture, Events

Around our office there has been a lot of talk about fall which I’m learning is a favorite season for many. Especially after the hot, windy summer we experienced like most of the country, the cooler days that peak in the 70′s and the even cooler nights are a welcome relief. Also like most of […]