Is your food ‘Dakota Fresh’?

Chef Stacy Stengle from HyVee prepared a meal for the Yankton, S.D., Meet-the-Farmer reception for Dakota Fresh Food Hub.
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The wheels are turning at the Dakota Fresh Food Hub, as producers gear up for delivery Spring 2016. Kari O’Neill, Community Development Field Specialist at South Dakota State University’s Extension Office, she considers herself a very active facilitator to the producers who are getting the hub up and running. “We decided from the beginning that we were going to start ... Read More »

A federal service, local customers and distant landlords: Ownership arrangements for post offices can be challenging

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by Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media staff writer with reports by Doug Card, Sarah Gackle and Bill Krikac Editor’s note: This is the first story in a two-part series. See the second story here. A small-town post office serves as a recognizable face of the local community. “It is an identity. Your ZIP code and your post office is your town,” ... Read More »

New S.D. Soil Health Coalition digging deeper into soil biology, sustainability

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What’s the state of the soil throughout the Dakotafire region? “There’s no way to know,” according to officials, but “there’s always room for improvement.” South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition have joined forces in a proactive attempt at ensuring the state’s soil is conducive to growing for the long haul, according to Sandy Smart, ... Read More »

New Langford restaurant to host Dakotafire Cafe conversation event Aug. 3

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The latest Dakotafire Café, a series of events intended to spark community and regional conversations, will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Front Porch restaurant in Langford, 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. “Most ... Read More »

A few spots left at Prairie Idea Exchange event June 10

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“How can agriculture help to create better communities, and how can communities help to create better agriculture?” You are invited to take part in a thought-provoking conversation Wednesday, June 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Dakota Event Center, 720 Lamont St. S., Aberdeen, S.D. (west of Target)   The next session of the Prairie Idea Exchange (P.I.E.) will explore the connection between agriculture ... Read More »

As cell phone use grows, some connections harder to make

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As cell phone use grows, some connections harder to make by Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media Additional reporting by Bill Krikac In today’s fast-paced, digital era, people are “connected” more than ever. But tasks that used to be simple—such as finding a phone number—are becoming more difficult. “Because there is not a published directory of wireless phone numbers, people are tougher ... Read More »

Social networking bridges gaps between people, communities

Max, Gemma and GiannaMaria Stangeland of Valley City, N.D., proudly display the Catholic saint peg dolls made by their mother, Barb Stangeland, and 19 other mothers across the country. The women connected through a Facebook group for Catholic moms, and each hand-painted 20 “copies” of one saint, then sent them to a woman in Kansas, who boxed up sets and shipped them to each family, for either play or to be put on display. Stangeland, who works from home for Humana and has moved from Brookings, S.D., to Salem, S.D., to Valley City, N.D., due to her husband’s career changes in the past two years, said social networking has helped keep her connected to friends and family, as well as grow her faith, hobbies and interests, in ways that otherwise would be difficult. Photo by Jenney Grover

by Wendy Royston, with additional reporting by Doug Card The Dakotas may be geographically secluded, but technology has made rural life less isolated. “(Facebook) is a way for me to stay connected to the world, because I don’t leave the house to go to a place where there are other people,” said Barb Stangeland, who works as a care manager ... Read More »

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