It’s fitting that in this issue, where we’re celebrating 35 years as your regional farm publication, that we welcome back one of our writers from the past.
As I promised you a few weeks ago, we have exciting news about another new columnist joining the pages of the Tri-State Neighbor. Some longtime readers will recognize her byline as soon as they turn to the Country Living section, where her column will appear once a month.
I’m excited to tell you that former Tri-State Neighbor editor Sheri Poore is back! I’m even more excited to see what topics she’ll explore and stories she’ll share with us in her column, which she calls Fork on the Prairie Road. It’s a nod to one particular topic she likes to write about – food. You can expect her to share recipes now and then, which will fit right in with our Country Living themes.
It’s great to be back. Back on the pages of the Tri-State Neighbor. Back among old friends. Back to South Dakota.
I’ve gotten the chance to chat with Sheri over the last month or so as we worked out the details of her column. For those that don’t already know her, I can tell you that she is an excellent writer with an impressive resume. I think she’s an incredibly sweet person with a deep love for her home state of South Dakota and for agriculture.
Sheri grew up on a dairy farm on Waubay Lake, northeast of Webster. Her family started with 30 Holsteins and expanded to 50 cows when she was a teen. With her parents and brother, she helped in the field raising crops to feed their cattle, but the calves were always Sheri’s favorite part of the farm.
Food has long been one of her interests, and before starting college at South Dakota State University, she thought about pursuing a career in home economics. She’s thankful she shifted her focus to journalism and let food be a hobby, she said. It was a cousin that suggested she try ag journalism.
After earning an undergraduate, then a master’s degree and holding a few other jobs in writing, editing and printing, Sheri came to the Tri-State Neighbor as editor in 1992. It was a perfect fit.
“It was my dream job,” she said.
She helped cover some big news. President George H.W. Bush came to visit the farm of Tri-State Neighbor livestock rep Jeff Kapperman in fall 1992. Sheri shared Jeff’s story of getting a phone call from the White House and the whirlwind of preparations for the high profile visit that came swiftly afterward.
The next spring, Gov. George S. Mickelson was killed in a plane crash. Her first story involved interviewing folks about his contributions to agriculture in South Dakota.
The early 90s also brought big changes to the Tri-State Neighbor office. Sheri helped oversee the transition to some new computer programs for layout and photo editing, and she helped train Jim Woster on how to save his column to a floppy disk.
“We dragged him kicking and screaming into the digital age,” she said.
I still here a whimper from him now and then.
Tri-State Neighbor founder Bill Byrne sold the paper in 1993, and Sheri stuck with it through the transition. She led the editorial side of the paper until 1995 when her first son was born and she backed off to working part time. Not long after that, Sheri moved to Roanoke, Virginia, where she was copy editor and a food columnist for the Roanoke Times. She often wrote about South Dakota in her columns.
After just shy of 20 years in Virginia, Sheri returned to her home state. Now she does technical editing for a government subcontractor and lives in Sioux Falls. Sheri said South Dakota and the prairie landscape feels like home, and she’s happy to be close to her parents again.
“My roots are here, and I’m just back to them,” she said.
We’re also glad that she’s also found her way back to the Tri-State Neighbor. Welcome back, Sheri!