Black Hills Pioneer opens an office in Belle Fourche | Local News
BELLE FOURCHE –– On Monday, after 14 years of daily news coverage in the Belle Fourche community, the Black Hills Pioneer newspaper will open a satellite office at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Grant Street.
“We look forward to opening a Black Hills Pioneer office in Belle Fourche,” said Letti Lister, Pioneer publisher. “As the official legal newspaper of Butte County and the City of Belle Fourche, this gives our staff the opportunity to be even more accessible to our readers. People will be able to stop and subscribe, place a classified ad or send us news ideas that they would like to share with others.
The Pioneer had a full-time advertising sales rep for decades. And, since 2008, the Pioneer has hired a full-time reporter covering community events and Butte County governments.
“I’ve always had a deep affinity for this city,” Lister said.
Lister grew up in Kansas. After graduating with a journalism degree with a minor in agricultural economics from Kansas State University in 1989, Lister said she and her husband, Scott, were ready for a change.
“We came (to the Black Hills) for an interview, we really liked the idea of working for a newspaper, so I accepted the offer to be Belle Fourche’s publicity rep for the Black Hills Pioneer. and Prospector.”
Lister was drawn to the area.
“It wasn’t long before we fell in love with the town of Belle Fourche and the Black Hills and decided that this would be where we would raise our family,” she said.
Over the years, Lister’s affinity for the Belle Fourche and Northern Hills region grew as she was promoted within the company before becoming an editor in 2010.
“My husband Scott and I are now co-owners of the Pioneer, and we take great pride in providing timely, accurate and professional local information to the entire northern Black Hills area,” she said. “We appreciate the incredible support this community has shown us, and look forward to many years of providing local news and impactful advertising platforms to help grow local businesses.”
Sona O’Connell, Advertising Manager, helped Belle Fourche businesses grow by providing effective print and digital marketing when she was Belle Fourche’s advertising representative for 15 years.
“I have made lifelong friendships, worked with several groups including the All Car Rally, and am determined to make a difference at Belle Fourche,” O’Connell said. “I know the business community is thrilled to see our commitment to the region growing and I’m proud to be part of that growth.”
O’Connell interned as a graphic designer for the Black Hills Pioneer before earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Black Hills State University in 1999. Two months after graduation, she was hired as a designer . In 2004, O’Connell joined Pioneer’s advertising department, mainly covering Belle Fourche before his promotion in 2019 to his current position as head of advertising.
Lister and O’Connell aren’t the only Pioneer staffers who enjoy serving the Belle Fourche community.
In fact, seven of the company’s employees live in Belle Fourche, including Belle Fourche reporter Lacey Peterson; Lynda March, District Manager and Traffic Assistant; Kiana Frasier, mailroom and graphic design; Susan Farghali, Accounts Receivable Clerk; Chris Schmidt, press officer; Seth Sterner, Mailroom Manager; and Nate Fox, Traffic.
Peterson, who grew up in Sturgis, has covered Butte County and the Belle Fourche area since 2015. Since 2013, she and her husband of 17 years, Leif, have enjoyed raising their two daughters, Bella, 16, and Irelyn, 14 years old, in the community.
March has called the Belle Fourche community home since 2004. She lives with her husband, Jason, who serves the community as the chief deputy of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Along with Corey Frasier, they also raised their 18-year-old daughter, Kiana Frasier, in the community.
Representing the Pioneer as Belle Fourche’s advertising representative, Chris Jewett was born and raised in the community. Jewett and her husband, Steve, raised their three children, Jamie, Drew and Ben, in Belle Fourche and were very active in the community. Steve Jewett is co-owner of Black Hills Vision Care in Belle Fourche. Although they currently live in Spearfish, Jewett said she was thrilled to serve Belle Fourche’s publicity needs, as the community holds a special place in her heart.
Broadcasting executive Scott Trimble moved to Belle Fourche when he was 9 years old and was primarily homeschooled by his late mother, Wanda Trimble. Trimble’s father, Dr. James Trimble, is the co-owner of Black Hills Vision Care.
Trimble now lives in Spearfish where he is raising his 11-year-old son, Talon.
Pioneer’s new office is located in the Belle Fourche Development Corporation building located at 608 Fifth Ave.
The pioneer intends to staff the satellite office for hours three days a week – from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. But don’t worry, if you’re unable to get to the office during these hours, the Pioneer will have a drop box for community members to drop off enquiries, subscription payments or ideas for news while the building is open during the work week. .
And you can always call (605) 642-2761 for help.
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