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Wildlife recreation: Part of Dakota life and an economic booster

In the United States, about 38 percent of people participate in recreation that’s associated with wildlife, according to a 2012 survey. That figure is higher in South Dakota, where 54 percent of the population takes part in such recreation. Retail sales for hunting in South Dakota were estimated at $723 million in 2011. Retail sales for fishing in South Dakota ... Read More »

Dakotafire guide to ballot measures

OK, folks, roll up your sleeves: It’s time to dig into your democratic duty. North Dakota has five ballot measures this year; South Dakota has 10. (One additional measure, to allow corporate farming, was on the ballot in North Dakota’s primary in June. Voters rejected the measure.) You can find the exact text of the ballot measures, plus explanations by ... Read More »

A taste of Dakota festivals

Wild West Days in Faulkton, S.D. Photo courtesy Faulk County Record

TABOR, S.D. Czech Days For nearly 70 years, the community of Tabor, S.D., has celebrated its predominantly Czechoslovakian heritage around farmers’ schedules, with a Czech pioneer village, kolache baking, polka dance-off, and Czech Days queen, prince and princess pageants. The two-day festival benefits Tabor’s economy and sense of community. “Almost every resident has a part doing something, whether it’s working ... Read More »

Restaurant focuses on local flavor

In addition to cooking from scratch, Grant and Courtney Greenlund grow much of the produce served at The Field. Photo by Suzy Giovannettone Cope

Meet Grant Greenlund, head chef of The Field Restaurant and Lounge in the LaMoure County , N.D., town of Adrian, population 110. The Field prides itself on serving dishes made primarily with fresh local ingredients that correspond with the seasons. Read More »

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