South Dakota School Group Wades Slowly Into Mascot Debate

Associations Now

Rather than taking a bold step in its handling of the controversial issue, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has chosen a measured approach of advising schools against using Native American mascots, instead of banning them. A leading high school association in South Dakota took a step to encourage debate about Native American mascots in its state, but its measured action has drawn a few frustrated responses.

Conference Circuit: Outdoor Recreation

Associations Now

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals’ 2019 National Outdoor Recreation Conference begins next week in South Dakota. Around 250 recreation planners, managers, researchers, academics, students, policymakers, consultants, and senior industry executives are headed to Rapid City, South Dakota, to share knowledge and insight and learn about tools that will help them enhance the work they do in the field of outdoor recreation. City: Rapid City, South Dakota.


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Nonprofits Tracking States’ Online Sales Tax Adoption

Associations Now

Associations and other nonprofit groups are closely tracking activity in state legislatures across the country to impose a state sales tax for online purchases in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. The ruling has led many states to adopt or propose remote sales tax laws that mirror the one in South Dakota, but some states have elected to vary their approach.

Why Did We Start Pardoning Thanksgiving Turkeys, Anyway?

Associations Now

As for this year’s turkeys, they came to the White House courtesy of South Dakota, with NTF Chairman Jeff Sveen coordinating a delivery from a farmer in his home state. “It’s It’s an amazing honor for South Dakota turkey farmers,” Sveen told Hungry for Truth , a blog run by the state’s soybean checkoff program. One of the most offbeat pop culture phenomena involving the office of the president is the annual pardon of Thanksgiving turkeys.

Angela Kisskeys Named Associations North President


Our mission is to advance and serve associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . June 15, 2022. ANGELA KISSKEYS NAMED ASSOCIATIONS NORTH PRESIDENT.

The Society That Keeps Mount Rushmore Looking Solid as a Rock

Associations Now

The Mount Rushmore Society, a supporting organization for the popular South Dakota national monument, keeps things presidential throughout the year for visitors. President’s Day, taking place February 18, may make you think of Mount Rushmore, but not so many people will make the trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills that day to see the iconic presidential facade.

Association Puts a Face on the Effects of Sequestration

Associations Now

Home visitor JoAnna Fool Head, of Badlands Head Start in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, helps a student with his fine motor skills. Created in partnership with Curators Without Borders (CWB), a nonprofit that creates and implements educational exhibitions, outreach, and advocacy campaigns for underserved communities, “Lost Opportunities: A Lens on Head Start and the Sequester,” includes images from Head Start programs in California, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, and South Dakota.

Pandora’s FM Station Riles Up Music-Publishing Groups

Associations Now

After a years-long debate over whether it could purchase a small South Dakota station, the online radio provider won big last week with the FCC—frustrating music publishing groups like ASCAP in the process. Last week, Pandora gained approval to purchase South Dakota terrestrial radio station KXMZ-FM.

Neurologist Shortages Widespread in U.S., Alzheimer’s Association Warns

Associations Now

The gaps were most significant in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. According to new research released at an association event, neurological care is struggling to keep up with the demand in 20 states. The care gap is seen as an opportunity to both expand service and better educate primary care physicians on neurological issues.

Four States Put Up So Parks Don’t Stay Shut Up

Associations Now

Tired of watching their local economies struggle as officials scrambled to provide alternatives to disappointed tourists, political leaders in Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, and Utah agreed to fund the reopening and operation of National Park Service parks attractions shuttered on October 1 due to the partial government shutdown. South Dakota reportedly worked with several corporate donors to reopen Mount Rushmore on Monday.

How E-Commerce And Online Marketplaces Help Small Businesses During COVID-19


We have, proportionally, the same number of small businesses selling on the platform in South Dakota as we do in California.

Midwest Association Group’s Rebrand: Call Us “Associations North”

Associations Now

Associations North , the new name for the long-running Midwest Society of Association Executives, reflects an effort by the 1,200-member group (which focuses on executives in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota) to simplify its branding. The Midwest Society of Association Executives’ recent name change, which evokes the three-state area that the association represents, is “succinct, clear and approachable,” according to the group.

Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community (And it Saved Them)

Higher Logic

You can’t go to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota - a rally that attracts 1.25 What makes a Harley Davidson motorcycle special? You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to answer this question - almost anyone can name something. Harley bikes have a distinct sound, look and feel. Even if you’ve never been on one, they’re an iconic part of American culture. But it didn’t used to be that way.

Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Announces “New Faces” Program

Associations Now

“Agriculture today is driven by technology and an unparalleled commitment to animal care, and this group of exceptional farmers and ranchers are such an accurate portrayal of the entire agricultural community,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and South Dakota crop and livestock farmer, in a press release. In the third year of the “Faces of Farming & Ranching” program, the U.S.

Guns in Schools: Districts Consider Arming Staff, but Insurers Have Cold Feet

Associations Now

More details on the issue: The problem: In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, late last year, a number of districts in such states as Kansas, Oregon, and South Dakota have considered giving educators the choice to carry weapons on campus. Some school districts are trying to allow educators and other employees to carry guns on campus, and many insurance carriers have threatened to raise premiums or cancel coverage entirely.

Pandora’s New to the FM Dial, And Musicians Aren’t Happy

Associations Now

In an effort to remedy this problem, Pandora purchased a terrestrial radio station : Rapid City, South Dakota-based KXMZ. An Ongoing Conflict The controversy over Pandora royalty fees dates back to at least 2007, when the performance rights group SoundExchange successfully argued that the value of performance royalties should be doubled.

Luggage Tags and Breath Mints: How MSAE Refreshed Itself As Associations North

Association Adviser

North was a big question since we represent Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Angela Kisskeys, Associations North. Most associations wouldn’t risk offending or confusing their members by giving them air freshener and breath mints, but earlier this year the Midwest Society of Association Executives handed out plenty of both to members in celebration of their “fresh,” new name, Associations North.

Advocacy Do’s and Don’ts

Association Adviser

Angela Kisskeys , marketing and communications manager, Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE) , which represents associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said her organization doesn’t lobby directly unless the issue impacts the overall operations of non-profits. Hank Berkowitz, Editor-in-Chief.

Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

Beth Kanter

Data Driven Nonprofits explores each of these culture types through first-hand stories from nonprofit organizations like Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of South Dakota, Indiana University, Worldwide Cancer Research, SCIAF, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Project HOPE, Denver Rescue Mission, Florida State University, Humane Society of the United States, VolunteerMatch, Crisis Text Line, and charity: water.

As Newtown Anniversary Nears, Associations Help Schools Tackle Security

Associations Now

Such bills have been introduced in 35 states; South Dakota was the first to pass a measure in March, and six others—Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas—followed suit. The State of Gun Laws In the year since the Sandy Hook school shooting took place, state legislatures across the country have worked on a variety of laws related to gun ownership.

Membership Marketing Blog: Membership Marketing Response.

Membership Marketing

South Dakota. Membership Marketing Blog. Membership marketing – acquiring, engaging, upgrading, and renewing members – is the cornerstone for associations and relationship driven organizations. Whether you are an association professional or a relationship marketer, join the discussion on the Membership Marketing Blog and share your ideas and counsel. Speaking Engagements. Speaking Engagements. Publications. Wednesday, March 31, 2010.