Dickey County Leader

Communities mark Veterans Day with retirement ceremonies for Old Glory

Ellendale, N.D., residents gathered Monday at the school gym for a Veterans Day program. Across America, the service and sacrifice of veterans is celebrated officially on Nov. 11 each year.

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 »

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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