Dickey County Leader

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 »

Finding people to serve requires innovative thinking


Want to turn over your position on a board or committee to someone else? Good luck. Finding people willing to serve in leadership positions in the rural Dakotas may be more difficult than it’s ever been. We tend to blame this on a declining population, but there’s also another factor at play: At the same time populations are declining, the number of nonprofits is increasing. Read More »

COLUMN: Population pyramids show trouble ahead for Dakota counties

Population pyramids art

By Michael McCurry, South Dakota State Demographer   We’re all time travelers, traveling at the same speed-one hour per hour. We age at the same rate, and then look with surprise at an old person staring back from the mirror. Much of our region is, in a way, getting older as well. Because of the continued outmigration of young people, ... Read More »

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