We are looking forward (except for the heavy lifting) to our move to our new location at 530 Cambell Street, Suite 3, in April. Coincidentally, April 1 will be our 9th anniversary.
There will be an electric billboard in front of our new office so watch for it.
Some of our employees have worked at newspapers owned by Tim for 20 years and more. Kirk Dickerson, Holly Wells, Christy Tibbitts, James Giago Davies, Talli Nauman, Ivan Star Comes Out, Ernestine Chasing Hawk, and Jackie Giago to name a few. Yolanda Thompson has been with us for more than 7 years.
We’ve lost several past employees that journeyed to the Spirit World. Dean LaVallie, Helen Felix, Albert Apple, Bill Apple, and Les Wagoner come to mind.
We do have many things to be thankful for in 2016. We won the Best of the Dakotas from the North and South Dakota Newspaper Associations and last year we were voted as the best weekly newspaper in South Dakota by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. These are the very top awards a newspaper can earn and we owe it all to an excellent crew of writers, sales reps, circulation directors, and those hard working folks in the production department who layout and design the newspaper and advertisements every week, 51 weeks per year.
Everybody came back to work after 10 days off rested (not so tanned), with a smile on their faces, their sleeves rolled up and a positive outlook for the New Year.
We will be spending extra hours at our new office painting, laying carpets, adding electric outlets and computer hookups in anticipation of our move. Christy Giago Tibbitts wants her section of the new office painted “pepper red” just the color of her old office. We also want to have a “house warming” feed after the office opens. We will set a date and let all of you know because you are all invited.
Everybody stayed pretty close to home during our vacation because that good old South Dakota winter decided to pay us a visit. The temps dipped all the way to about 21 below zero. Of course we are Lakota born and raised in this climate and as Eric Yellow Boy put is when advised to put on a coat because it was cold outside said, “I’m Lakota and I don’t need no stinking coat.”
2016 was a year of ups and downs in the news business. We have attempted to keep our readers posted on all the news that is important to them. Like most newspapers we goofed up now and then and for those mistakes we apologize.
We will continue to be here to serve our readers so if you read something in our paper that you do not agree with, feel free to write a letter in response or if you read something that is “right on” let us know you enjoyed it. Be sure to send us your wedding announcements, graduation announcements, or news about events happening in your communities. We will do our best to get it in our paper. Remember that our papers is read on every Indian reservation in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.
It is also read in the offices of the I.H.S., BIE, and in many offices in Washington DC including the offices of all of our national elected officials, Thune, Rounds and Noem. We wish a Happy New Year to all of our readers and pray that 2017 brings all of you many good things in life.