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Black Hills Firefighter Wins National Award

Apr 29, 2016
Black Hills National Forest

Todd Pechota  is the National Forest Fire Management Officer of the Year.

He works for the Black Hills National Forest and lives in Custer.  

Pechota is a Type One Incident Commander.   He is the leader of one of only 16 type one teams in the United States.   Firefighters at this level are assigned to the very worst wildfires in the country.

Pechota acknowledges his team for the award.  

Downtown Rapid City Green Space Wins Award

Dec 7, 2015
Ken Steinken / Trinity Eco Prayer Park

A small park in Downtown Rapid City has won the town’s 2015 Sustainability Award.

 The solar powered Trinity Eco Prayer Park collects and cleans storm water runoff before it enters Rapid Creek while providing a bit of green landscape in the middle of downtown.

Dakota Digest for October 23, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

On this week’s edition of Dakota Digest, South Dakota is set to lose its participation in the EB-5 program, and Senator Rounds won’t lobby to keep it. Also this week, Senator Thune hopes President Obama has a change of heart with the National Defense Authorization Act, and a Sioux Falls Roosevelt teacher has won a national award.

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Courtesy Four Bands Community Fund

A Lakota woman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation has received a national award recognizing her work in helping individuals and families in communities of color build wealth and achieve economic security.

Four Bands Community Fund Executive Director Tanya Fiddler has been honored as an Asset Builder Champion by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

The award was presented at The Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative’s Color of Wealth Summit in Washington, DC.

Deadwood Mountain Grand Nominated

Feb 3, 2014
Courtesy Deadwood Mountain Grand

  The Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino is one of five venues across the country nominated as 2014 Casino of the Year – Small Capacity by the Academy of Country Music.

The newly created category and industry award is presented to an outstanding casino with a maximum capacity of 4,000 seats and is selected by a professional panel of judges.

Spokesperson Susan Kightlinger was aware the Deadwood Mountain Grand was in contention, but says she was amazed on hearing they’d made it to the top five.

South Dakota City Makes Top 10 List

Jul 8, 2013

The city of Brookings is listed by as one of the top ten best small towns to live in the United States. Livability started with a top 500 places to live category and eventually broke off into best small towns.

Photo courtesy UTTC

United Tribes Technical College is awarding its David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship Award in Bismarck, North Dakota tonight.

The honor is bestowed on a student who not only excels academically, but who also displays strong dedication to their community.

Recipients of the Native American Leader Fellowship Award are nominated by instructors and department heads at United Tribes Technical College.

This year the award is being given to Teresa Hughes, an Arapaho tribal member from Wyoming.

Outstanding Support Of The Arts

Feb 6, 2013

Marcia Donnan Mitchell is receiving a Governor's Award in the Arts for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual.  She was appointed to the South Dakota Arts Council in 1971 by Governor Richard Kneip.  She had the original idea for the Governor's Awards in the Arts, which started in 1973. 

2012 Al Neuharth Award Winner Marilyn Hagerty

Oct 4, 2012

Newspaper columnist and Internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty, 86, a University of South Dakota alumna who was Al Neuharth's first editor 65 years ago, receives the 2012 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media this evening. Hagerty, who writes columns for the North Dakota Grand Forks Herald, drew widespread media attention earlier this year when her straightforward feature story about the opening of the first Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks went viral on the Internet, and led to coverage on television, in newspapers, on websites and in social media.