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Dennis Daugaard

Spearfish Canyon could become South Dakota's next state park

An area of the northern Black Hills that architect Frank Lloyd Wright once called more miraculous than the Grand Canyon may soon become part of South Dakota's next state park.

The Spearfish Canyon Foundation is writing a $750,000 check to Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp., covering most of the $800,000 needed to buy the 72 acres of former Homestake Mine property showcasing picturesque Spearfish Falls. The foundation will eventually hand title to the state of South Dakota, allowing the Game, Fish & Parks Department to repair a washed-out bridge and improve trails to reach the falls, said parks and recreation director Doug Hofer.

Foundation president Susan Johnson said...