Claremont bank, Langford restaurant vie for funding in national competition


First State Bank of Claremont and Langford to Compete for $15,000 Strong Communities Award (Langford, S.D.) –  First State Bank of Claremont and the community of Langford have been selected as one of seven Strong Communities Award finalists vying for the opportunity to receive $15,000 for The Front Porch, a community investor-owned business development project. The Federal Home Loan Bank ... Read More »

Consolidated celebrations bring new traditions

High school homecoming traditions are changing due to consolidations and sports cooperatives. Here, Frederick High School students are crowned during a homecoming coronation. (photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media)

Editor’s Note: See related story here. by Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media with additional reporting by Sheila Ring, Onida Watchman; Kim Ehlers, Standard Publishing; and Ken Schmierer, for the Dickey County Leader Consolidations of schools and sports teams are common across both Dakotas, and they often change the way homecoming unfolds in those schools and communities. Corsica and Stickney, S.D., will ... Read More »

Homecoming could have a stronger call to ‘come home,’ expert says

Elementary students march through a homecoming parade in Frederick, S.D. Community-building experts say bringing young adults back into the community starts with events such as homecoming, when alumni are back in town to visit.

Editor’s Note: See related story here. by Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media with additional reporting by Sheila Ring, Onida Watchman, and Ken Schmierer, for The Dickey County Leader The word “homecoming” suggests the original intent of the fall celebrations was to bring graduates—and the focus of the community—back to the school. In many towns today, that call to come home is ... Read More »

Dakota Local Food Challenge is underway!


The Dakota Local Food Challenge officially started on Saturday … but if you didn’t remember, didn’t get the memo, or just needed a little more time to gear up for it, it’s not to late to sign up! Head on over the main page for details: Read More »

Helping pollinators helps the whole system, advocate says

Pete Berthelsen spoke to more than 100 students, faculty and landowners at two lectures at South Dakota State University Sept. 9. As director of habitat partnerships for Pheasants Forever, he works to create strong habitats for pollinators and wild game and ultimately the entire ecosystem from, insects to people. (photo by Susan Smith)

by Susan Smith, Special to Dakotafire Media Populations of pollinating insects, such as monarch butterflies and bees, are considered a key indicator of overall environmental health. “They’re the canary in the coal mine,” said Peter Berthelsen during a presentation to students and landowners Sept. 9 at South Dakota State University. “We have to figure out how to make all things ... Read More »

Is this thing on?

Attendees at the National Rural Assembly heard from a variety of speakers and upper-level White House officials Sept. 8-10 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
(photo by Shawn Poynter, The Daily Yonder)

Top 10 quotable moments from National Rural Assembly 2015 In order to be heard, rural advocates must amplify their voices through powerful, impactful statements. At the 2015 National Rural Assembly, held Sept. 8-10 in on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., rural ideas were shared amid peers and top-ranking White House officials alike. A focus on youth in planning the infrastructure, ... Read More »

Effective framing paints clearer picture of rural issues

Approximately 25 young leaders, including Sarina Otaibi, ‎Director of Communications and Engagement at Clean Up the River Environment in Granite Falls, Minn. (left), and Rebecca Haider, Data Services and Outreach Coordinator
at the Center for Small Towns in Morris, Minn. (right), gathered Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C., to learn about framing rural issues in a way that grabs the attention of policymakers and grant gatekeepers. The event was a precursor to the National Rural Assembly. (photo by Shawn Poynter, The Daily Yonder)

What is rural? A table of six young leaders from across America hashed out the definition of the word “rural” during Young Leader’s Day at the National Rural Assembly in Washington, D.C. In a framing exercise, we discussed what we most want policymakers to know about the places that, to us, epitomize the institution of “rural,” as well as the ... Read More »

Innovative funding, outreach efforts sustain Willow Lake Lions through 50 years

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Willow Lake Lions Club on Aug. 20 started with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Photo by Kristin Brekke Vandersnick

  By Kristin Brekke Vandersnick, Special to Dakotafire Media At a time when many rural volunteer-driven groups are struggling to maintain their missions and memberships, the 50-year-old Willow Lake Lions Club is just reaching its stride. In 1965, 25 men signed their names as charter members of the club. Last month, nearly 250 people gathered in the Willow Lake auditorium ... Read More »

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.
submitted photo

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 »

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