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Author Archives: Heidi Marttila-Losure

Quiz: How much do you know about … VOTING?

The Constitution is talking to you, my friend. Well, and to me, too. To all of us citizens, actually. That’s what that “We the People” is referring to—in a democracy, it’s really our job to run the country. Sure, we delegate it during elections every few years, but the responsibility to pay attention is written right in there with freedoms ... Read More »

Redfield works for a bright future with new housing, new school, new faces and community pride

esidents of Redfield, S.D., are switching their mindsets about economic development: Instead of hoping to lure a big company to town, they are building their community in other ways—through housing, investment in a new school, support of entrepreneurs, and more. Pictured, from left, are Clark Davis, David Marlow, Jim Ellenson, Shad Storley, Keri Schade, Karen Gall, Lisa Zens, Heidi Appel and Shawn Chase. Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure/Dakotafire Media

Redfield, S.D., could be called a small city or a big town. It has features that are the best of both. “Main Street is a very interesting, fun place to go visit on a Saturday afternoon. You’ve still got those good, enjoyable family things and shopping” as in a larger community, according to Lisa Zens, executive director of Grow Spink, ... Read More »

Facing the past: A few lessons from Berlin

How should we deal with the painful chapters of our history? Bring them up and make people uncomfortable? Think about only the parts that make the people who are most like us look good? Skip them altogether? I was fortunate enough to go to Berlin in June—not only fortunate to go, but also fortunate to go at a time when those questions (which we asked ... Read More »

Dakotafire Media announces changes

Dakotafire Media is planning changes that include a new format and a new publication. The ones pictured are mockups only.

Note: This is an updated version of the editorial that appears in the July/August 2016 issue.  We at Dakotafire Media are making changes in how we distribute our content—changes that we think, overall, will make us a stronger company and better able to do our central work: in-depth, solution-focused journalism that helps rural places thrive. End of most newspaper partnerships First, starting with ... Read More »

Join a conversation about housing April 6

The latest Dakotafire CafĂ©, 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 CafĂ©s 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.

Our next Dakotafire CafĂ© 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

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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