Published on January 1st, 2018 | by AberdeenMagazine


An Advocate For Rural Possibilities

Author Heidi Marttila-Losure has dedicated much of her professional life to uncovering the potential and beauty of rural places. In her newly released book, Sky Theater, Heidi continues to shed light on the great opportunities and noteworthy topics that exist in our rural communities.

Sky Theater is a collection of essays and photographs that Heidi produced during her five years as the editor of Dakotafire Magazine, a journalism project that served the Dakotas from 2011 until 2017. Her essays weave together her personal experiences of living on her family’s farm near Frederick with important issues that most small communities face today. The name Sky Theater comes from what Heidi says is one of rural South Dakota’s best treasures, its big, open sky. To share this natural theater with her readers, Heidi includes in her book over 50 photographs of the sky and its dramatic weather changes, most of which were captured in the countryside surrounding her farm.

According to a press release, Sky Theater is a must-read for anyone who “cares about rural places, and who cares about building community and meaningful lives, no matter where they live.” It is available now for purchase at,, and the Community Store in Frederick. // — Jenny Roth

For more information, contact Heidi Marttila-Losure, 605-290-3335 or

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  • Issue: January/February 2018