First Amendment Committee seeks members


   The SDNA First Amendment Committee - an active association committee that advocates for the First Amendment, open government and a free press - is reorganizing for the coming year and asks SDNA members to consider joining the committee. The committee also is active in tracking and monitoring legislative issues for SDNA. Tim Waltner is chair of the committee.

   Please feel free to contact Tim or David Bordewyk if you are interesting in serving on the committee for the coming year (through next spring's convention). The committee typically meets by email, conference calls, during convention and during Newspaper Day at the Legislature. The group also is responsible for the SDNA Eagle Award, which celebrates those who defend and support open government and the First Amendment.

Democracy demands journalists be allowed to do their job


By Timothy L. Waltner


   Retired Freeman Courier
publisher and editor Timothy L.
Waltner is chair of the South
Dakota Newspaper Association
First Amendment Committee.
The committee and SDNA
advocate for free speech and a
free press.

   Our nation is hurting in the
wake of the May 25 death of
George Floyd, an African-
American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by placing his knee on the back of his neck; three other police officers were involved.

West River publisher elected
to lead state's newspaper association


   Beau Ravellette, general
manager and vice president of
The Ravellette Publications, Inc.,
in Philip, was elected the 134th
president of the South Dakota
Newspaper Association during
the association’s annual meeting
May 21.

    The membership meeting was
conducted by video
teleconference because of the
COVID-19 pandemic.

   Ravellette, who was born and raised in Philip, joined the family business in 2007. He is the third generation of Ravellettes to be involved in the newspaper and printing business.

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