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 »

Grow South Dakota and Dakotafire Media receive Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

Organizations involved in the Prairie Idea Exchange

GROW South Dakota, in partnership with Dakotafire Media, has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for the implementation of a two-year project called the Prairie Idea Exchange. This goal of the project is sparking regionwide conversations to help rural communities, especially those in northeastern South Dakota, be more successful in their efforts to create positive change. The project will make use of the expertise of the region’s economic development leaders to start the conversations, and it will use the journalism skills and reach of Dakotafire magazine to explain those ideas and spread them across the region. These conversations will continue in online forums and at community events, which will add the voices of community members to the exchange of ideas. Read More »

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