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6 Reasons YOU Should Be in the 2017 Dakotafire Go Local Directory

1. The directory is a new way to get your business “out there”! It’s intended especially for LOCAL business owners—just like you! More shoppers want to buy local. We’ll help them find your business. 2. We all do better when we work together. The directory is a tool for “co-opetition”—the idea that other business owners can be our allies as ... Read More »

Watch for the Go Local Directory in May

Dakotafire Media is gearing up to put together the 2017 Dakotafire Go Local Directory. The Go Local Directory got a good start in 2016, and we want to build on that. It’s a project that fits into Dakotafire Media’s mission: Sparking a revival in the Dakotas and beyond by encouraging conversations that help people rethink what’s happening and reimagine what’s possible. ... Read More »

Show us your community’s SPARK.

Tell us what makes your community great, and your town’s story could be told in a Community Spotlight feature in 2017 issues of Spark & Dakotafire magazines. We will also share at least one entry each day of the campaign on the Dakotafire Facebook page. Here’s how to enter: Take a picture of what you think gives a spark to ... Read More »

In South Dakota, election watchers include international observers

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the appointment of a District Election Officer for both North and South Dakota—but the Dakotas’ secretaries of state say this is standard procedure. “This is normal procedure to have a plan in place—a protocol to follow if there are issues,” said South Dakota Secretary of State Krebs. In South Dakota, Assistant U.S. Attorney ... Read More »

Community centers provide home for histories, futures

with additional reporting by Sheila Ring, Onida Watchman, Doug Card, Britton Journal, and Gloria Duenwald, Hoven Review From baby showers to funerals and everything in between, community centers are where memories are made among neighbors in rural communities. “The community center is the kitchen of the community, and I think that’s both literal and figurative in many instances,” said Tom ... Read More »

Collaborative marketing creates local holiday shopping destinations

Shoppers take in the holiday displays at Fiksdal Furniture & Gifts during the Jingle & Mingle event on Nov. 21 in Webster. The eight shops that participated were bustling with activity during the six-hour promotion. (Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure/Dakotafire Media)

by Anna Jauhola and Wendy Royston, Dakotafire Media Some entrepreneurs in the Dakotafire region are banding together to bring more of the thrill of the holiday shopping experience—and those who seek it—into their shops. “The experience … determines how long a customer stays around and how much shopping they’ll try to do while they’re in the store,” said Becky McCray, ... Read More »

Communities mark Veterans Day with retirement ceremonies for Old Glory

By Kristin Vandersnick, for Dakotafire with additional reporting by Sheila Ring, Onida Watchman Veterans Day is about honoring those who have volunteered to serve their country, committed to giving even their lives, if asked. Many Dakota communities also take the day to honor Old Glory, the nation’s outward symbol of the freedoms veterans yearn to protect. “I look at it ... Read More »

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 »

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