Join us for the next Dakotafire Café in Miller, S.D.

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Our next Dakotafire Café event will be in Miller, S.D., where we gather in conversation around the topic of youth empowerment. This is the last event that is part of the Prairie Idea Exchange, a grant-funded projected intended to share fruitful, community-building ideas across northeastern South Dakota and beyond. Read on as Tammy Caffee, executive director of On Hand Development Corporation, ... Read More »

January/February 2016 issue: Building the Region

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The January/February 2016 issue of Dakotafire is the last issue of the Prairie Idea Exchange project. The final gathering of the Prairie Idea Exchange brought together people from around the region to talk about what kinds of efforts to look beyond their communities are working, what has torpedoed the regional reaches that didn’t work, and how other efforts could build ... Read More »

Dakotafire seeks images from artists, photographers

South Dakota gravel road during a mild winter. Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure.

Every other issue of Dakotafire magazine features a section called “Perspective.” The goal of this section is to highlight a scene or work of art that shows some insight into Dakota life. The section also includes space for the artist or photographer to share a little bit about his or her perspective on the world, and more specifically how he ... Read More »

Public invited to Prairie Idea Exchange about building the region

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The public is invited to the Prairie Idea Exchange (PIE), an event designed to get people talking about topics that matter, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen. The topic for this event is regionalism: How are we working beyond our communities to make the region better together? Regionalism has been suggested ... Read More »

Collaborative marketing creates local holiday shopping destinations

Shoppers take in the holiday displays at Fiksdal Furniture & Gifts during the Jingle & Mingle event on Nov. 21 in Webster. The eight shops that participated were bustling with activity during the six-hour promotion. (Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure/Dakotafire Media)

by Anna Jauhola and Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media Some entrepreneurs in the Dakotafire region are banding together to bring more of the thrill of the holiday shopping experience—and those who seek it—into their shops. “The experience … determines how long a customer stays around and how much shopping they’ll try to do while they’re in the store,” said Becky McCray, ... Read More »

Mothers can bring experience to classrooms through ‘encore careers’

Angie Baszler, 34, has been substitute teaching in DeSmet, S.D., while pursuing a teaching certificate online. Baszler, who has both bachelor's and master's degrees in business and held a prestigious position at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., before becoming a stay-at-home mom and working in economic development part-time in DeSmet, said she and other moms may be the answer to South Dakota's teacher shortage issue. (submitted photo)

by Anna Jauhola and Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media Perhaps the answer to South Dakota’s teacher shortage doesn’t lie in recruiting this year’s high school seniors to the profession or retaining next year’s education grads within our borders. Maybe the answer is sitting in homes and in offices throughout our state, already engaging with youth. “Being a teacher was not an ... Read More »

Changing the way we educate educators could be one answer

By Tasi Livermont, for Dakotafire with additional reporting by Doug Card, The Britton Journal and Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media Should future teachers have to spend as much time sitting in desks to earn the right to stand at the front of class? Some think the answer to South Dakota’s teacher shortage at least partly lies in reducing education expectations put ... Read More »

Some S.D. schools have given up on filling teacher vacancies

Some classrooms in South Dakota are making due without teachers this year, as approximately half as many teachers came out of college last spring as were needed to fill classrooms this fall.

By Tasi Livermont, for Dakotafire with additional reporting by Doug Card, The Britton Journal; Jody Moritz, Faulk County Record; and Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media With a hope and a prayer, school districts across South Dakota attempted to fill vacant teaching positions this year. “I must have prayed really hard,” said Monte Nipp, Langford (S.D.) Area School superintendent. “I was really ... Read More »

Communities mark Veterans Day with retirement ceremonies for Old Glory

Ellendale, N.D., residents gathered Monday at the school gym for a Veterans Day program. Across America, the service and sacrifice of veterans is celebrated officially on Nov. 11 each year.

By Kristin Vandersnick, for Dakotafire with additional reporting by Sheila Ring, Onida Watchman Veterans Day is about honoring those who have volunteered to serve their country, committed to giving even their lives, if asked. Many Dakota communities also take the day to honor Old Glory, the nation’s outward symbol of the freedoms veterans yearn to protect. “I look at it ... Read More »

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