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2021 Better Newspapers Contest Now Open


The South Dakota Newspaper

Association 2021 Better

Newspapers Contest is now

open for entries. Deadline

is 5 p.m. Central time,

Friday, January 21, 2022.


Click here for the contest

website for rules and to

submit entries.

Timber Lake publisher elected 

to lead state's newspaper association


Robert Slocum, co-publisher
of the Timber Lake Topic, was
elected the 135th president
of the South Dakota
Newspaper Association
during the association’s
annual meeting Oct. 15.


The membership meeting
was held during the
association’s 138th
convention at Deadwood.

Slocum has worked in
community newspapers for 17 years in both North Dakota and South Dakota. He became owner/publisher of the Isabel Dakotan in 2011. In 2016, Slocum merged his operation with Timber Lake Topic publisher Kathy Nelson and formed TLI Publishing, Inc. He and his wife Jerica have two children.


"Our calling to keep journalism alive in South Dakota communities remains as vital as ever,” Slocum said. “It’s incredibly gratifying to know that most South Dakotans agree, as our most recent data suggests that 83% of adults in our state patronize print and digital newspapers for hyperlocal news and information." 


"We will continue to bolster awareness for our mission, and that includes educating the public and our elected officials about the importance of keeping legal notices in newspapers. It is my privilege to serve our association in this role, and to follow in the footsteps of my co-publisher Kathy, who served as SDNA president in 1995-96."


Also elected to the SDNA Board of Directors were: first vice president Garrick Moritz of the Garretson Gazette; second vice president Kristi Hine of the Wessington Springs True Dakotan; third vice president Cory Myers of the Argus Leader at Sioux Falls; director LeeAnne Dufek of Hamlin County Publishing at Castlewood; director Billy McMacken of the Brookings Register; and immediate past president Beau Ravellette of Ravellette Publications, Philip. 


South Dakota Newspaper Association, founded in 1882 and based in Brookings, represents the state's 115 weekly and daily newspapers.

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South Dakota Public Notices

All South Dakota newspapers have cooperated to host a website listing all government public notices previously published in newspapers across the state. The searchable public notices website is provided to the public by South Dakota newspapers at no cost to state and local governments.


Free online training available for SDNA members

   Through a partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association, we are pleased to offer all SDNA members the opportunity to participate in the Online Media Campus webinars and training sessions for FREE (special code required) during 2021!  The offer is also good for all archived webinars on the Online Media Campus website. Contact SDNA for special code required to sign-up today.