National Register status can mean financial help for renovation projects

Having a building on the National Register of Historic Places can provide a point of pride for a community, as well as some financial benefits, according to state preservation officials. The register is the “official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation,” according to the register’s website ( To be eligible, a building has to meet at least ... Read More »

Community conversation event on rural health care is Nov. 18


The fourth in a series of regional events intended to spark community conversations sponsored by Dakotafire Media will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Springs Café in Wessington Springs, S.D. It will serve as the program for the regular meeting of the Springs Area Community Club, and the public is welcome to attend. Read More »

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 »

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