Grain bins increasing across Dakota landscape

A brand-new grain bin on the Paul Fergen farm in southeastern Davison (S.D.) County has helped ease the pressure of harvest for Fergen and family members. Because the new bin contains a dryer, Fergen is able to harvest earlier in the season, while his brother's corn must dry out before it can be harvested. This year has been dubbed "the grain bin year" by some farmers and contractors in the Dakotafire region, as more and more bins are being erected, so farmers can store their grains due to a combination of low market prices and shipping issues related to the transportation of crude oil from North Dakota. Photo by Wendy Royston/Dakotafire Media

“This has been the grain bin year.” Frankie Rollins, who has built grain bins for the past six years with Hart Steel, said the company has been busier than normal in 2014, and that more and more bidding competition is emerging in southeastern South Dakota. “I hear of a lot of new crews starting up, so it sounds to me like this year has been the grain bin year,” he said. Read More »

Fired Up: Gearing up to go local

Just seven?! As I plan for going “hardcore” local in the Dakota Local Food Challenge, that’s the first seemingly insurmountable task. How can I narrow down the exceptions to the local food rule to just seven? Here’s what I have so far. You’ll notice I’m stretching the definition of an “item” a bit already. Coffee. Non-negotiable. Salt and spices. I ... Read More »

Rural ambulances face their own emergency

The Douglas County Ambulance. Photo by The Corsica Globe

Rural ambulance departments across the Dakotas, which have struggled for years to have enough volunteer EMTs, are hitting a tipping point: Some are not able to continue as they have for decades. Others will face decisions in the next few years. What’s changed? How will it affect rural communities? How are people thinking differently about how to treat medical emergencies in rural communities? Read More »

Visiting alumni are potential returnees, researcher suggests

By Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media Reporting by Doug Card, Britton Journal   Scott Amundson left Langford when he went to college at Black Hills State, and stayed in the Black Hills for his first working years. But when he wanted to relax and recharge, he headed east. “Every time I had a vacation I came to Langford to be with ... Read More »

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