Dakotafire staffers among recognized Press Women

Dakotafire staffers among recognized Press Women

Staff of Dakotafire Media were recognized for their work at the South Dakota Press Women convention in Deadwood last month. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Heidi Marttila-Losure: Publications Regularly Edited by Entrant: 1st “Clean and appealing design, feels very professional without being too ‘slick,’” the judge wrote. Editorial Opinion: 1st Place, for her September/October editorial from the energy edition, entitled “Power people.” ... Read More »

Community centers provide home for histories, futures

The community of Ethan, S.D., will come together Friday evening, to create a space for future gatherings in the town of 330 in southeastern South Dakota. The City of Ethan purchased the 4,800-square-foot building that housed the town’s Catholic church last year, to renovate it into a community center. Committee members (back row, left to right) Shane Comp, Don Jarvis, Marty Royston (front row, left to right) Leah Mellegaard, Michele Pollreisz, Annie Haag and Michelle Klumb (not pictured) will present their plans to the community and formally begin the process of raising funds for the renovation project. (photo by Wendy Royston, managing editor)

with additional reporting by Sheila Ring, Onida Watchman, Doug Card, Britton Journal, and Gloria Duenwald, Hoven Review From baby showers to funerals and everything in between, community centers are where memories are made among neighbors in rural communities. “The community center is the kitchen of the community, and I think that’s both literal and figurative in many instances,” said Tom ... Read More »

Join a conversation about housing April 6

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The latest Dakotafire Café, a series of events intended to spark community and regional conversations, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Milbank Visitor Center in Milbank, 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. ... Read More »

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 »

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