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Patchwork of the Prairie

BELLE FOURCHE | The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center’s April First Saturday Brunch on April 7 will feature a presentation by Yvonne Hollenbeck, entitled “Patchwork of the Prairie.”

Hollenbeck’s presentation includes a trunk show of some 40 quilts, made by five generations of her South Dakota and Nebraska-based family, as well as a slide show of images and stories about their lives.

The brunch, served at 10 a.m., is $5 or free with museum membership; the presentation at 10:30 is free to all.

For more information about this and additional programming at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, call 605-723-1200 or visit online at

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is located at 415 Fifth Avenue in Belle Fourche.

Clinic’s lab earns national accreditation

BELLE FOURCHE | A national health care accreditation organization, COLA, announced that Regional Health Medical Clinic laboratory in Belle Fourche has earned COLA Laboratory Accreditation.

According to a Regional Health release, accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.

This is the first time that the Belle Fourche laboratory has been accredited by COLA. The process took almost 11 months, including an onsite inspection in January of this year. The lab provides a variety of testing services for the health care providers at the Belle Fourche primary care, family medicine clinic.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine.

Spearfish Sasquatch open inaugural season May 25

SPEARFISH | The Spearfish Sasquatch of the Expedition Baseball League open play on May 25, with home games played at Black Hills Energy Stadium.

In 2018 the league will feature 8 teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.

The Expedition League emulates minor league baseball with players using wood bats and playing 6 games per week. Players are top-tier collegiate athletes from across the country who are looking to gain exposure to professional scouts.

In 2019, the league is projected to expand to 10-16 teams, adding franchises in Montana and Canada. Each team plays a 64-game schedule with 32 home and 32 away contests.

The Spearfish Sasquatch will play at the 754-seat Black Hills Energy Stadium in Spearfish, SD from May 25th - August 1st. The American Legion Post 164 Baseball Team also calls BHE Stadium home and will host 12 games plus potential post-season games this summer.

Song and Rhyme, Cowboy style

LEAD | The Homestake Opera House will host the Black Hills Great American Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering, with 15 award-winning poets & musicians from five states, on Saturday, April 7, at the opera house at 313 W. Street in Lead.

The gathering will spotlight authentic cowboy music and beautiful, funny (and mostly true) stories of ranching families and friends.

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The day sessions begin at high noon, and feature Robert Dennis & three generations of The Dennis family, Pegie Douglas, Brad & Bonnie Jo Exton, Jim Hamilton, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Roy & Marcia Kenobbie, Allen & Jill Kirkham, Chuck Larsen, and Abby Carr Maginnis.

The evening show begins at 7 p.m. and feature Almeda Bradshaw, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chuck Larsen, Jim Hamilton, & The Campfire Concerto of Paul Larson, Kenny Putnam, & Boyd Bristow.

Admission is $15 each for daytime or evening, or a $25 all-day wristband is available. Purchase tickets at the door, or 605-584-2067, or

Clinic appoints board of directors

SPEARFISH | The Good Samaritan Clinic’s stated mission is to provide quality medical and emergency dental care for people without health insurance and to take the light of Christ into the community.

The free walk-in clinic, for the Northern Hills financially qualified patients ages 19-64 is located at 1020 State St., in Spearfish.

The clinic is open on Monday evenings (except for the month of August and major holidays) with check in from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Patients who are eligible for or have any of the following do not qualify to receive GSC’s services: health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, Veterans Assistance, Indian Health Services or CHIP.

Recently appointees to the Good Shepherd Clinic Board of Directors are Annette Johnson, Angie Leonard, Peg Holmquest (Vice President), Kendra Beringer (Treasurer), Tammy Stewart, Father Bunker Hill (Secretary), Tammy Silvernagel, Steve Chase (Pharmacy Co-Coordinator), Rita Stacey (President), TJ Gusso, Dr. Todd Jones, Mavis Jewitt and Helene Eddy.

Additional GSC Leadership: Dr. Margaret Becker (Medical Director); Dr. Tom Brady (Ex-Officio); Tom Worsley (Ex-Officio); Myrna Schamber (Co-Medical Coordinator); Lee Cordell (Pharmacy Co-Coordinator); John Frederickson (Legal Counsel); Jerri Heggem (Volunteer Co-Coordinator; Dawn Wood (Recording Secretary; Lynette Wyatt (Technology/Archiving); Julie Walkins (GSC Newsletter/Recording Secretary); Erika Young (PR & Marketing Chair); Sue Konstant (GSC Fund Development Chair).

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