True Dakotan team moves to Dakota

The True Dakotan team (left to right: Kristi Hine, Delia Atkinson, Cathy Perry and Cam Fagerhaug) is shown in front of their new, temporary office digs on Dakota Avenue while the newspaper building on Main Street undergoes renovation. Our new, helpful neighbor to the north, Deb Fastnacht, kindly took  the photo above, while her dog Stella couldn't resist jumping into the picture. 

Whether it’s Main Street, at home or on Dakota Avenue, we are here for you

BY KRISTI HINE, TRUE DAKOTAN EDITOR/PUBLISHER

I’m happy to announce that this week’s newspaper marks the first published in an “official” office space since before our building fire in June.

Despite having to temporarily close our building on Main Street, the True Dakotan team hasn’t missed a week of putting out a quality newspaper, and truthfully, we don’t ever intend to.   

While publishing a newspaper from my dining room table isn’t ideal, with the technological advances of today, it’s completely doable.

But the reality we’ve discovered during remote work is that something is missing.

We miss our customers. 

We miss our Main Street neighbors.

We miss having a space to invite you into, to go over ads, conduct story interviews or simply catch up and visit.   

As I’ve been weighing my renovation options with the newspaper building that has been a fixture on Main Street for 105 years, we have had a multitude of generous offers. I want to extend a huge thanks to Springs Inn and Genevieve’s for offering up office space, for folks willing to condense their offices so we could rent a place in the business district or on Main Street. 

I am so grateful for these offers, these friendly hands willing to extend support  as we navigate the challenge of planning a renovation, publishing a weekly newspaper and pondering the “what-ifs” around possible coronavirus-related closures this fall and winter.

After thinking long and hard, we decided that finding an independent space in which we can work and if need-be, bring our children to remote learn, would be best for us. 

After a few ups and downs, we were able to secure a lease across the hall from the NRCS/Jerauld County Conservation District offices at 510 Dakota Avenue North (where Casey Bridgeman formerly had his office).

We can’t wait to see you and hope you’ll stop by soon. Outdoor True Dakotan signage is in the works and we are still in the midst of decorating and unpacking. We continue to actively cover news and welcome your story ideas and event notices.  

We have an appreciation event on the horizon to thank you for hanging in there with us as we’ve published from home. Look for more information in the print and e-issue and on our social media channels.      

As for renovation plans for the Main Street building, we are really excited...and can’t wait to fill you in. Thank you for your readership and stay tuned...