It all comes down to community

When I was first notified about the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s “whiteout” plans, I have to admit, I was hesitant. 

No news on page one? No big, color photographs of the people, places and events that make up our community?  Really?  

At closer examination, however, the words “whiteout” and “no news front page” fell away and one word rose to the surface. 


Meant to serve as a notice about the importance of newspapers across the state and the nation, the “whiteout” also serves as a reminder of why we continue to document the public bodies that make decisions on our behalf, the accomplishments of our students, the challenges facing ag producers, goings-on in our business district and so much more. 

Newspapers are the record keepers of the people who make up our community.

Until moving to Jerauld County, I didn’t understand what a sense of community truly felt like. The dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” 

Until purchasing the True Dakotan I didn’t understand the vital role that a newspaper plays in helping to stitch together the intricate fabric that makes up a community through telling its stories. That particular brand of fellowship that encompasses the word “community” — which I am lucky enough to enjoy both as a resident of this great area and as a newspaper publisher – is something I will always be grateful for.  

Although this week’s issue features a “no news front page,” the community’s stories, the local news you’ve come to count on each week, is still here. 

In this issue you’ll find articles about what our emergency responders were up to when the fire whistle blew last Wednesday, details about an upcoming airport runway project, news about our student athletes, highlights from the local arts scene and public notices that protect your right to know.  

This “whiteout” is intended to also highlight the importance of you—our reader. 

Without you, newspapers can’t exist. Your support by subscribing, advertising and contributing your local news is a vital and valued piece of a community newspaper. 

The newspaper’s partnership with the community is one we hold in the highest regard and will continue to treasure well into the future.

With gratitude and excitement about continuing to tell our community’s story,

Kristi Hine


True Dakotan