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Explore Local will use game, rewards to encourage local shopping

We’re excited to announce Explore Local, a way to add to the fun of discovering and supporting local businesses! Here’s how Explore Local will work: Customers visit participating businesses with their Dakotafire Go Local Directory in hand. They’ll ask someone at the businesses to add a stamp or signature to the Explore Local page in their directory. Customers will work ... Read More »

Final issue of Dakotafire published

Looking over the horizon. By Heidi Marttila-Losure

The final issue of Dakotafire magazine has been distributed. The topic looks to the future of rural places. Check it out here. Publisher and Editor Heidi Marttila-Losure shares some thoughts about what the view from the end of this rural road here. Note that Dakotafire Media is still doing a few things: We’re publishing the Dakotafire Go Local Directory this spring, ... Read More »

Should the secretary of state’s job include boosting turnout?

By Kristin Brekke Vandersnick for Dakotafire Media Secretaries of state are the chief election officers, the ones charged with ensuring that elections are fair and efficient. But does that role include attending to voter turnout—one area where the United States has some room for improvement? Turns out, that depends on whom you ask. The election chiefs in the two Dakotas ... Read More »

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 »

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 staffers among recognized Press Women

Dakotafire staffers among recognized Press Women

Staff of Dakotafire Media were recognized for their work at the South Dakota Press Women convention in Deadwood last month. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Heidi Marttila-Losure: Publications Regularly Edited by Entrant: 1st “Clean and appealing design, feels very professional without being too ‘slick,’” the judge wrote. Editorial Opinion: 1st Place, for her September/October editorial from the energy edition, entitled “Power people.” ... 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 »

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