Lady Warriors Rise to #2 in Class A

Winner High School volleyball team picked up an impressive win over Burke/South Central last Tuesday.  The Lady Warriors won in five sets.  The scores were 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 15-13.

Alexis Richey and Gracie Littau each were 100 percent in serving.  Morgan Hammerbeck had 3 aces serves, Ellie Brozik, 2.  Hammerbeck had 20 kills followed by Ellie Brozik, 13 and Abby Marts, 8.  Mackenzie Levi had 34 set assists.  Addy Root had 10 set assists.  Richey had 30 digs and Hammerbeck 21.  Marts had five block assists and Littau, 2.

As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 9 ace serves, 51 kills and 48 set assists.  The team had 108 digs

Burke is a good team and brought back quite a few from last year,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “They have a very balanced and athletic tam. We came out ready to play and did a great job of being aggressive attacking and serving,” said Keiser.

The Winner coach noted Burke had some hard hitters and they did a great job of attacking the ball in sets 3 and 4 which kept us out of the system.

It went back and forth in set 5 and it came down to who made the less mistakes. We played with a lot of intensity and never gave up after losing in sets 4 and 5,” said Keiser.

The Lady Warriors defeated Ainsworth, Neb., in four sets on Aug. 30. The scores were 25-15, 25-11, 19-25 and 15-14.

Hammerbeck was 100 percent in serving and Richey was 94 percent. Brozik had 6 ace serves and Kalla Bertram, 4.  Hammerbeck had 21 kills, Marts, 8 and Brozik, 7. Levi had 36 set assists. Richey had 22 digs and Hammerbeck, 17. Hammerbeck had 2 assist blocks, Marts and Bertram, 1 each.

As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving, with 13 set assists, 42 kills.  The team had 79 digs and 2 blocks.

Coach Keiser said: “We came out ready to play and played very well in the first and second set. We did a great job of serving and attacking the ball. In the third set we struggled with serve receive and attacking the ball and dug ourselves a hole. We fought back and had the momentum going into game 4 even though we lost set 3.

I was proud that we played together as a team and never gave up after losing set 3,” said Keiser.

Winner volleyball team beat Valentine, Neb., on Aug. 30 in three sets—25-22, 25-11 and 25-19.

Addy Root and Morgan Hammerbeck were 100 percent in serving. Ellie Brozik and Root each had 2 ace serves. Hammerbeck had 12 kills and Abby Marts, 8.  Richey and Gracie Littau had 17 digs.  Marts had 4 solo blocs and 1 block assist.  Kalla Bertram had 1 solo block and 1 block assist.

As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 7 ace serves, 34 kills, 31 set assists and 78 digs.

We came out a little flat,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “Valentine has a great volleyball program and always has competitive teams. We did a great job of serving and kept Valentine out of system. We did a great job of attacking the ball, which kept Valentine scrambling and out of system. We also did a great job of talking and working together as a team,” said Keiser.

The next action for Winner will be Sept. 11 at Lyman.

Colome Places 4th in Tournament

Colome volleyball team took fourth place at the Gregory tournament on Saturday, Sept. 1.

In the first match, Colome defeated St. Francis 25-21, 20-25 and 25-15.

Serving leaders were Rayne Hermsen, 9 points and one ace, Makayla Shippy, 8 points and 4 aces.

Kaydee Heath and Rayne Hermsen had 7 kills and Haley Krumpus, 5.

Kaydee Heath had 3 blocks and Hermsen, 2.

Shippy had 8 digs and Heath, 7.

Shippy had 21 assists.

The Cowgirls lost to Boyd Co. 19-25, 14-25.

Hermsen had 9 points and one ace.

Hermsen and Baylie Hoffine each had 4 kills. Haley Krumpus and Heath had 3 kills.

Carleen Burger had 3 blocks.

Heath and Hermsen had 6 digs each and Krumpus, 5.

Shippy had 5 assists.

Colome defeated Jones County 21-25, 25-13 and 26-24.

Hermsen had 19 points and five aces with Shippy having 9 points and 6 aces.

Heath had 17 kills and Krumpus and Hoffine, 4 each.

Heath had 3 blocks and Hermsen, 2.

Hermsen had 8 digs and Hoffine, 7. Krumpus and Heath had 6 digs each,

In the third and fourth place match Colome lost to Lyman County. Scores of the match were 10-25, 25-19 and 15-25.

Hermsen had 6 points and one ace and Jaclyn Laprath had 5 points and an ace.

Heath had 11 kills and Krumpus, 4.

Heath had 3 blocks.

Krumpus had 9 digs and Shippy, 8.

Shippy had 18 set assists.

Colome travels to Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Sept. 8 and hosts Marty on Sept. 10 and travels to Platte on Sept. 11.

John Lillibridge, 79

Funeral services for John Lowell Lillibridge were held Sept. 4 at the Burke Civic Center with Pastor Mark Tuttle officiating. Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery of Burke.

John Lowell Lillibridge was born May 9, 1939, in Burke, South Dakota, to Doris Evelyn (Erickson) and Lowell Louis Lillibridge. John’s life ended in the place it began, in the town he loved on Aug. 30th, 2018. John will be remembered most as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and his most recent role: great-grandfather.

John was educated in the Burke public school system and developed into an outstanding leader and an exceptional athlete. He was awarded first-team all-state in basketball as a junior and senior, scoring a school record 1,931 points. Standing 6’6” and wearing number 54, John helped lead the 1958 Burke Bulldogs to a 4th place state basketball title in 1958.

In addition to playing basketball and football, John was a discus champion, winning a state high school state title. He also once held a South Dakota Amateur Baseball record, hitting four home runs in one game.

After graduating with the Burke High School class of 1958, John carried his talent and love of sports into his college career. He spent one year at Washington State before transferring to the University of South Dakota. While at USD, John lettered in both basketball and track, earning All-American honors throwing the discus. As John’s athletic career was coming to a close, his domestic life and professional career began taking shape.

There was a pretty waitress at the Evergreen whose mother was the secretary in the USD Athletic Department. Mildred Piersol introduced one of USD’s athletes to her daughter, Linda, also a USD student. Little did she know that John Lillibridge would later become her son-in-law. Pastor, Tom Harlan married John and Linda in the living room of their current home on August 13th, 1961.

Upon graduating in 1962 with a business degree from the University of South Dakota, they moved back to Burke. John came home to work with his dad and wait for his little brother to join the business. The Lillibridge brothers were the third generation to work in the bank started in 1905 by their grandfather, Lowell Stanton. John’s intuition, decisiveness, team building and creative problem solving were instrumental in growing First Fidelity Bank to the institution it is today. He proudly witnessed the 5th generation evolve the business.

John served on the school board, city council, and as Mayor. Another point of hometown pride (and fun) for John with dear friend, Louie Tolstedt, was the realization of the Burke Golf Course “greens dream.” Investing in Burke with both time and resources was so important to him, that was instilled at a very young age. John and his family were so proud of Burke’s Community Memorial Hospital and truly thankful for the love and compassion he received in their care.

John felt honored to also serve the state he loved in many ways; The South Dakota Community Foundation, SD Investment Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, SD Banking Commission, University of Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota. Coming full circle he assisted USD’s move to Division I athletics, no one loved a good “assist” more than John.

To John and Linda’s union three children were born: Laurie (Lillibridge) Kenzy, Lisa Lillibridge and Mark Lillibridge. John instilled a love of competition and sport to his children. Laurie, Lisa and Mark loved tossing the football in the back yard after supper, improving their jump shots, batting practice, long distance training and Sundays on the sofa cheering for the Vikings with their Dad. Summers were spent on the mighty Missouri River, first camping with the Platte crew and later at the family cabin at North Point.

John and Linda delighted in their time spent with their seven grandchildren. Grandpa’s dry sense of humor and playful teasing never ceased to delight his grandchildren. His original “Dakota Monster” stories were always a huge hit. John loved teaching the city kids to drive and shoot pistols. He was a super fan always attending the local granddaughters’ basketball, softball, and track and field events, but he especially cherished his time volunteer coaching Lady Cougar basketball.

Grand parenting was an absolute delight for John, however, great-grand parenting little Liam brought so much pure joy to the last couple of years of his life.

John is survived by his loving wife, Linda, daughters Laurie and Lisa and son Mark; his sister-in-law Cindy (Tom) Lillibridge; son-in-law’s George (Laurie) Kenzy and Jeff (Lisa) Govoni; grandchildren Kelsea (Billie) Sutton, Katelyn (Alec) Brady, Chloe Kenzy, Ellis Govoni, Willa Govoni, Lucy Govoni, and Mana Parker; and great grandson William John (Liam) Sutton.

Jill Jedlicki, 53

Jill Berndt Jedlicki passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at the age of 53.
On April 13, 1965 Jill was the sixth child born to Marvin and Vonda Osterkamp in Worthington, MN. Jill was a 1983 graduate from De Anza High School in Richmond, CA.

Her three beautiful daughters were the pride and joy of her life. She always lit up when able to spend time with family. She was especially close to her grandson Riley who helped her win the family pumpkin contest one year when she dressed him in Bears attire and placed him inside the pumpkin. Her love and loyalty for “Da Bears” was birthed during the years she lived in Chicago. Throughout her life, Jill lived in Minnesota, California, Chicago and South Dakota.

Jill was a dedicated and hard worker. She was a postal carrier in Elk River, MN for many years. Through her friendship with Gerildine, she met her husband, Buck. Eventually Jill moved to Winner and was married on Jan, 11, 2017. Together they purchased the Black Lab Bar where Jill spent most of her time. Jill could be heard singing at the top of her lungs to various songs while working. She will be missed by her many loyal customers.

Blessed for having shared her life are: her husband Buck Jedlicki; her children: Amy (Mike) Lehman of Montrose, MN; Sara Berndt (Christian) of Anoka, MN; Brooke Berndt of Winner, SD; her step son Lucas Jedlicki of Winner, SD; three grandchildren, Riley, Levi and Austin; her mother, Vonda (Donnie) Nilsson; siblings, Boone (Ann) Osterkamp, Robin Osterkamp, Kurt (Deb) Osterkamp and Dawn Stenberg; her mother-in-law Gerildine Jedlicki; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jill was preceded in death by: her father Marvin Osterkamp; her brother Boyd Osterkamp; her grandparents Floyd and Rose Hutton, and Fred and Tillie Osterkamp; and many aunts, uncles and several cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 pm, Saturday, Sept. 8, at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD.


David Lavern “Dave” Duffield Sr., 67

David Lavern “Dave” Duffield Sr. was born in Ainsworth, Neb., on May 24, 1951 to Harold and Ellen (McNamee) Duffield, and passed away on Aug. 21, 2018 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Clarkson in Omaha, Neb.

Dave grew up near Long Pine, Neb., on the family farm. He attended school in Ainsworth. He was united in marriage to Jane Moore on Sept. 11, 1970 at Ainsworth.

In February of 1971, Dave was drafted into the United States Army, and was stationed in Edgewood, Maryland. Dave and Jane were blessed with two children; David Jr., and Connie.

Dave worked many jobs including operating heavy equipment, well drilling, and truck driving, before starting his own business, Duffield Hay Hauling. He made many friends through the years of hauling hay up and down the road.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Gene and Larry, and sister, Shirley; as well as nephews, Patrick, Bucky and Rocky.

He is survived by his wife, Jane of 48 years, son, David Duffield Jr. and wife Lisa of Hickman, Neb., daughter, Connie Bellingtier and husband Greg of Elgin, Neb., grandchildren, Payton Partida and husband Matt, Katie Vakoc and husband Lance, Dillon Duffield and Grady Bellingtier. Great-grandsons, Maximus and Atticus Partida. He is also survived by his brother, Harold Duffield Jr. and wife Lillie of Grapeland, Texas and sister, Dorothy Cochran and husband Sam of Sublime, Texas; sisters-in-law, Jean Duffield of Elko, Nev. and Zellite Duffield of Kansas City, Kan.

Preceded in death also are: sister-in-law Charlotte Williams, mother and father in law, Barb and Hugh Moore.
Also surviving are: brothers and sisters in law Dennis and Sherry Moore of Douglas, Kan.; Don and Colleen Moore of Madison, Wis.; Lowell and Cathy Moore of Denver, Colo.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 27, 2018 at Hoch Funeral Homes in Ainsworth. Pastor Georg Williams officiated the service. Burial followed at the Grandview Cemetery with military honors being provided by the Long Pine American Legion Post #260. In lieu of flowers, memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation.

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Linda Gibbs, 70

Linda Eddie Gibbs, wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, age 70, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away at The Forum at Desert Harbor on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. She was born August 10, 1948 in Winner, South Dakota to Ivor “Lee” Eddie and Irene Carol (Fast) Eddie.

Linda married her college sweetheart John “Jack” Gibbs on June 1, 1968. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jack and Linda have resided in many U.S. cities due to Jack’s career: Rapid City, South Dakota; Great Bend, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; and Gilbert, Arizona. They recently retired in Sun City, Arizona. Jack and Linda loved to travel. They took the whole family on trips across the country to give their children and four grandchildren memories to last a lifetime.

Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband Jack; son Kevin Gibbs (Kylie) of Gretna, Nebraska; daughter Kelly Marshall (Matthew) of Phoenix, Arizona; brothers Dennis Eddie of Chino Valley, Arizona; Randy Eddie (Valora) of Winner, South Dakota; Ron Eddie of Austin, Texas; sister Darla Eddie Pistulka of Mitchell South Dakota; best friend and honorary sister Judy Frie (Jim); four grandchildren: Ethan, Lukas, Treyden, and MaKenzie Gibbs and several nieces and nephews.

Linda worked 46 years in accounting and payroll and thoroughly enjoyed helping people. Whereas in her youth she was very shy, she discovered she had the gift of gab in her later years. No person was a stranger to Linda. The Eddie family is known for their sharp wit and rampant sarcastic humor. Linda approached life with rose-colored glasses and laughter.

A celebration of life will be held in memory of Linda on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Regency Mortuary: 9850 West Thunderbird Road, Sun City, Arizona 85373. Pastor Sil Herrera will officiate. A second celebration will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church: 301 W 4th St, Winner, South Dakota, with Pastor John Britt officiating.


PIERRE, S.D. – At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 30 as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.

At 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, the South Dakota State Fair will host a “Salute to Veterans” program. The program will be held on the Northwest Energy Freedom Stage (Recreation Avenue). Susan Iron, Veterans Service Officer for Lincoln and Union Counties, will be the keynote speaker. Special music will be provided by Raptor, commercial musical ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band.

“Whether in peace or at war, the important role of our veterans cannot be denied. They are men and women from all walks of life that have one thing in common — a love for this great country,” said Secretary Zimmerman. “No matter where or when veterans have served, they’ve always served with distinction and their service to this country is a bridge that was built on courage, dedication and patriotism.”

Representatives from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Organizations, , as well as county veterans service officers will have informational booths in the Veterans Building on Flag Avenue throughout the week. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the booth and learn more about benefits and programs available to them as well.

To show appreciation for their service, the Fair will give all veterans and active military personnel free gate admission on Aug 30.

A Deadlier Enemy than Poison Gas

“Coughs and sneezes spread diseases as dangerous as poison gas shells.” This saying printed in newspapers of the time may have been as catchy as the disease it was warning against: the Spanish influenza.

The disease claimed more lives than bullets and shells during World War I, which was drawing to a close in the fall of 1918. An estimated 18 million people died in the Great War, according to the National Archives. The influenza epidemic killed an estimated 50 million to100 million people worldwide during a two-year period. One-fifth of the world’s population contracted the deadly virus.

According to the website, the first wave of influenza appeared in the spring of 1918 at Fort Riley, Kan., where new recruits were trained before being sent to Europe to fight in the Great War. As soldiers fanned out to fight the Great War, the virus made its way around the globe. The disease became known as the Spanish influenza because the Spanish news media was the first to widely report the epidemic. The disease was also called grippe, the three-day fever and other names.

The war brought the virus back into the United States in the fall of 1918 for the second wave of the epidemic. It first arrived in Boston in September 1918 through the port, according to According to the National Archives, this time the disease was far more severe than it had been in the spring.

By September 1918, newspapers reported that the epidemic of Spanish influenza was sweeping Army and Navy camps in the United States. South Dakota residents were certainly not immune from the effects of the deadly disease as Spanish flu spread across the nation.

Delo Townsend was a young high school math teacher and principal at Langford in 1918. In an interview that appeared in the Sept. 9, 1976, Fort Pierre Times, she said, “Sometime in October, many people started getting sick with this pneumonia type illness – cough, aching bones and high temperatures. Schools had to close. When it got really bad, my school board decided to turn our high school into a hospital.” There were funerals every day, she said. Some took place outside to keep down the spread of the disease.

“Often hardly anybody dared attend the funerals,” Townsend said. According to an article in the Spring 1987 issue of “South Dakota History,” records of McKennan Hospital (now Avera McKennan Hospital) in Sioux Falls reported 173 cases of Spanish influenza in 1918-1919.

“The high death rate severely taxed mortuary facilities in Sioux Falls … Many local doctors were still in military service due to World War I and were unable to return home to minister to the sick. Entire families often fell ill, and the greatest number of stricken people stayed home, with the strongest helping the weakest through the crisis. Still, the hospital became so crowded that beds were set up in corridors and all other areas where space was available,” stated the article by Susan C. Peterson. Newspaper articles listed symptoms of the disease. They included high fever, headache, general soreness, sore throat, cough and inflamed mucous membranes. While the young and elderly are usually hit hardest by such diseases, those ages 20-40 were the hardest hit by the Spanish influenza.

Across South Dakota and the nation, public gatherings were forbidden. Schools, colleges, theaters, churches, pool halls and other public gathering places closed. Advice in the Oct. 23, 1918, Daily Huronite about how to avoid the Spanish influenza included keeping in good condition; getting as much fresh air as possible; avoiding people with colds; not staying in stores longer than necessary; breathing through a clean handkerchief when around people with colds or when in a crowd; and keeping off the main streets in order to avoid contact with people.

An anti-spitting ordinance was enforced in Rapid City to help stop the spread of the disease. People were arrested or fined for spitting on city sidewalks. By the end of 1918, 1,847 people in South Dakota had died of Spanish influenza, according to the South Dakota Department of Vital Statistics. The four counties with the most influenza deaths were Lawrence with 145, Brown with 118, Beadle with 98 and Minnehaha with 95. Some people with Spanish flu died from pneumonia. The total number of deaths from influenza and pneumonia in 1918 was 2,391.

In 1919, there were 700 deaths from influenza in South Dakota. The flu epidemic came to an end by the summer of 1919. An estimated 675,000 Americans had died during the epidemic.

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Patriot Day

In the United States, Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance is observed on September 11 of each year in memory of the 2,996 people killed in the 2001 September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, DC. Of the 2,996 lost that day, 343 were firefighters and 72 were law enforcement officers.

The U.S. Flag is flown at half-staff until sunset on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world. Individual American homes are also encouraged to display their American flag.

Additionally, a moment of silence is observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time. That is the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 AM. American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon at 9:37 AM. A fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM after the passengers attempted to subdue the hijackers. Flight 93’s target was believed to have been either the US Capitol building or the White House.

Sponsored by the Winner VFW Auxiliary. Information obtained from Wikipedia

Democracy and the Informed Citizen: Join our Efforts to Solidify Media Presence in Our State, Nation

By Sherry DeBoer, Executive Director, S.D. Humanities Council

It is hard to imagine losing the editorial checks and balances that protect our First Amendment rights, our freedom of information.

These rights have been championed throughout history by traditional media outlets, some of whom stood against dictatorial attempts to censor public information. And while the First Amendment is not currently under direct attack, it is indirectly threatened by the potential extinction of traditional media, as digitization continues to divide both our attention spans and our already partisan nation. We must re-establish positive relationships with traditional media.

Bolstered by a grant from the Carnegie Mellon Institution, the South Dakota Humanities Council and the South Dakota Newspaper Association will host a series of “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” public forums this year focused on reinforcing public value for our media.

We must fight for our media the way our media has historically fought for us, such as when the Washington Post battled the Nixon administration to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

At the time, Post Editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katherine Graham worried about litigation and backlash from President Richard Nixon and the value of their recently offered public shares. But they ultimately reported the ugly truth of the Vietnam War.

The Post decided the public’s right to know what the government was hiding outweighed tangible risks to the paper’s existence. As revenue losses threaten traditional media, we must secure our news ecosystem and its ability to audaciously reveal such wrongdoings. “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” examines the state of news in 2018 and considers ways to move forward as an informed, cohesive democracy.

Traditional media faces an onslaught of new challenges in this frenzied smartphone era: a President who announces his own news via Twitter, accusations of “fake news,” competition from online outlets restrained by neither accountability nor industry standards.

Gaining credibility is no longer as easy as printing a newspaper or broadcasting a signal. Ironically, traditional media outlets are chastised as much as or more than their uncredentialed digital counterparts, some of which earn money by spreading intentional lies. As digital advertising revenue lines the pockets of online publications, newspapers, television and radio stations have no choice but to chase the same online clicks. Meanwhile, truth and accountability trail behind.

By asking “What’s True, What’s False, and What’s Important?” our forums lead us to perhaps the most salient question: how do we know which sources to trust?

During our kickoff event at the University of South Dakota in April, we asked Washington Post editor Martin Baron, a 14-time Pulitzer winner.

The veteran editor’s advice? Think critically.

“If… they’re trying to reinforce your point of view, you should be highly suspicious of those news sources, because …. their purpose is just to tell you that you’re right all the time.”

We’re promoting infoliteracy, a relatively new skill necessitated by our complex digital media era. An infoliterate citizen distinguishes real news from fake news by recognizing and dismissing biased sources.

In 1971, The Post faced factual disputes, as newspapers have since the invention of the printing press, but not the extra layer of mistrust created by “fake news,” which forces readers to sort stories fabricated by agenda-seekers and liars from those written by real reporters.

Graham’s courageous decision to publish led to a Supreme Court decision that the McNamara Report – and its stunning revelation that the government promoted a war it knew was unwinnable – was public property. It also boosted the paper’s reputation.

Democracy depends on us to support news reporting capable of challenging the institutions we depend upon and trust.

We must discern our sources of information.

Ruling in favor of The Post and the New York Times, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart wrote: “In the absence of the governmental checks and balances present in other areas of our national life, the only effective restraint upon executive policy and power in the areas of national defense and international affairs may lie in an enlightened citizenry—in an informed and critical public opinion which alone can here protect the values of democratic government.”

We hope the 2018 initiative will encourage citizens to value media institutions that are willing to stake their names and reputations on their reporting, and to be part of the “informed and critical public opinion” that makes our democracy special.

Partnership Bringing Democracy Initiative Programming, Forums

As part of a special partnership created to promote the initiative, SDHC and the South Dakota Newspaper Association will host a series of public forums focusing on public trust and the media. The South Dakota forums will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, current and former journalists, journalism professors and others.

In conjunction with this democracy-themed programming, groups around the state will read and discuss the 2018 One Book South Dakota, “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism” by Thomas E. Patterson.

SDHC will also host journalism and social media experts at the South Dakota Festival of Books in September led by Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Timothy Egan and Jacqui Banaszynski, as well as digital storytelling expert Andy Boyle of Axios and Emmy-winning ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis, who files reports for World News, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Nightline.

We urge you to find and attend an event in your area, and to please support your local newspapers.