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“Picturing South Dakota” Facebook Photo Contest Winners Named

Monday, August 01, 2016

GROW South Dakota, the statewide community development nonprofit, has announced the winners of its “Picturing South Dakota” photo contest, which invited South Dakotans to submit a photo of their favorite place in the state. Christine Feltes of Yankton won with a photo she called “Beautiful Clouds over Yankton’s Two Bridges.” As the winner, the Yankton Homeless Shelter, the organization she chose, will receive a $50 Pay-It-Forward donation from GROW SD.

About her winning entry, Christine said, “I took the photo one evening as I was out for an evening stroll. The cloud formations that evening were beautiful and very unique. I was struck by the lighting of the scene. I love the two bridges of Yankton, the old Meridian Bridge, now a walking bridge, and the new Discovery Bridge. I feel that both are symbolic of Yankton, historic, yet looking to the future. They span the Missouri River and connect South Dakota to Nebraska.”

The first runner up in the contest was Josh Wagner of Roslyn, who submitted a unique photo taken from his back yard. Testing his kayak out for the first time in the season in the slough behind his house, he took a photo. “The reflection was so perfect,” he said. “What is submitted is the picture rotated 180 degrees. The faded reflection at top starts to look like stars in the sky, but in actuality, is the water coming into clearer focus. I captured this photo with my iPhone.”

Picturing South Dakota ran from July 15 through July 25. The photos with the most “likes” were considered contest finalists. The winning photos, as well as all submissions, can be found at GROW SD’s Facebook page:

As the winner, Christine participates in GROW SD’s Pay-It-Forward program. In celebration of its 50th anniversary of helping communities, GROW SD has provided each staff member and board member $50 to donate to a community organization.

GROW SD also encourages South Dakotans to complete its Needs Assessment Survey, which asks questions about our communities. The agency uses the information from the survey in planning its programming. The survey can be found at

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The GROW South Dakota Organizations Have had a Remarkable Few Years!

NESDCAP, our founding agency, celebrated 54 years in 2020 and met various housing needs including completing 170 home improvement projects impacting more than 342 individuals and providing emergency financial assistance, including food and utilities assistance, to 649 individuals in 250 households.

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