Innovative funding, outreach efforts sustain Willow Lake Lions through 50 years

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Willow Lake Lions Club on Aug. 20 started with the Pledge of Allegiance.
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  By Kristin Brekke Vandersnick, Special to Dakotafire Media At a time when many rural volunteer-driven groups are struggling to maintain their missions and memberships, the 50-year-old Willow Lake Lions Club is just reaching its stride. In 1965, 25 men signed their names as charter members of the club. Last month, nearly 250 people gathered in the Willow Lake auditorium ... Read More »

Is your food ‘Dakota Fresh’?

Chef Stacy Stengle from HyVee prepared a meal for the Yankton, S.D., Meet-the-Farmer reception for Dakota Fresh Food Hub.
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The wheels are turning at the Dakota Fresh Food Hub, as producers gear up for delivery Spring 2016. Kari O’Neill, Community Development Field Specialist at South Dakota State University’s Extension Office, she considers herself a very active facilitator to the producers who are getting the hub up and running. “We decided from the beginning that we were going to start ... Read More »

A federal service, local customers and distant landlords: Ownership arrangements for post offices can be challenging

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by Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media staff writer with reports by Doug Card, Sarah Gackle and Bill Krikac Editor’s note: This is the first story in a two-part series. See the second story here. A small-town post office serves as a recognizable face of the local community. “It is an identity. Your ZIP code and your post office is your town,” ... Read More »

New S.D. Soil Health Coalition digging deeper into soil biology, sustainability

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What’s the state of the soil throughout the Dakotafire region? “There’s no way to know,” according to officials, but “there’s always room for improvement.” South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition have joined forces in a proactive attempt at ensuring the state’s soil is conducive to growing for the long haul, according to Sandy Smart, ... Read More »

New Langford restaurant to host Dakotafire Cafe conversation event Aug. 3

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The latest Dakotafire Café, a series of events intended to spark community and regional conversations, will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Front Porch restaurant in Langford, S.D. Dakotafire Cafés intend to get people talking about the topic presented in the latest issue of Dakotafire magazine, according to Dakotafire Publisher and Editor Heidi Marttila-Losure. “Most ... Read More »

A few spots left at Prairie Idea Exchange event June 10

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“How can agriculture help to create better communities, and how can communities help to create better agriculture?” You are invited to take part in a thought-provoking conversation Wednesday, June 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Dakota Event Center, 720 Lamont St. S., Aberdeen, S.D. (west of Target)   The next session of the Prairie Idea Exchange (P.I.E.) will explore the connection between agriculture ... Read More »

As cell phone use grows, some connections harder to make

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As cell phone use grows, some connections harder to make by Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media Additional reporting by Bill Krikac In today’s fast-paced, digital era, people are “connected” more than ever. But tasks that used to be simple—such as finding a phone number—are becoming more difficult. “Because there is not a published directory of wireless phone numbers, people are tougher ... Read More »

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