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Jeremy Fugleberg

Editor, The Vault

Pronouns: He/Him | Language spoken: English

Jeremy Fugleberg is editor of The Vault for Forum Communications Co. and is a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.

  • The Vault: As editor of The Vault, Forum Communication Co.'s home for Midwest history, mystery, crime and culture, he leads a remote team of reporters who create written, audio and video stories and works with editors at the company's 20+ community news sites to source and generate local "Vault-type" stories of regional interest. He also supervises two podcasts: "Dakota Spotlight," an investigative true-crime podcast that is the company's most popular show (he co-produced Season 6), and "The Vault," which repurposes Vault articles into podcast episodes.
  • Editorial Advisory Board: As a member of the Editorial Advisory Board, he works to build trust with readers and viewers by inviting dialogue, soliciting and supporting diverse opinions and explaining editorial decisions.
  • Previous Roles: NewsMD editor: December 2021-September 2022, Forum News Service South Dakota state news editor: October 2020-December 2021, NewsMD regional health correspondent: August 2019-December 2021

Background: Fugleberg has worked as a reporter, editor and opinion writer at news outlets across the Midwest and West, including the Watertown Public Opinion, Rapid City Journal and Argus Leader in South Dakota, Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming and Cincinnati Enquirer in Ohio. His coverage has included the energy industry in Wyoming, business and politics in South Dakota and presidential races and city changes in Ohio. He's also freelanced for a wide variety of publications and sites as a writer and social media coordinator.

A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Fugleberg was raised in Washington and North Dakota. He has a dual B.S. in journalism and political science from South Dakota State University, where he was editor of The Collegian student newspaper and was a Gilman Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and an M.A. in international diplomacy and commerce from the University of Kentucky's Patterson School, during which he interned in Yemen with an organization that trains and equips women journalists.

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Latest articles by Jeremy Fugleberg
"This deal is nothing more than a slap on the wrist for Smithfield and a deeply troubling betrayal of the men and women who have already sacrificed so much in this pandemic," said B.J. Motley, president of the UFCW Local 304A, which represents workers at the Sioux Falls Smithfield Foods plant.

Smithfield Foods has dropped its fight to quash a subpoena from OSHA over reports related to the COVID-19 outbreak at its plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The meatpacking giant said it had reached an agreement with OSHA to protect its employees' privacy.
South Dakota historically has had a disproportionately high number of West Nile Virus cases compared to other states, according to Dr. Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist with the South Dakota Department of Health.
OSHA is asking the South Dakota Department of Health for Smithfield Foods employee illness reports, COVID-19 test results, interviews with plant employees and managers, correspondence between the state and Smithfield, data and imagery from the plant, and any recommendations state officials made to the company in connection to the COVID-19 outbreak at its Sioux Falls meat plant.
If more COVID-19 testing is better, North Dakota’s approach has paid off. It stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by its neighbor to the south. In South Dakota, a state with similar demographics and political culture but a slightly larger population, testing is better than the regional average but lags far behind its northern peer. The central difference in the states’ approach to testing lies in the extent to which they’ve taken public control of the operation.
State, clinical and private labs have processed 40,000 tests for COVID-19 in South Dakota, up 1,656 from the previous day. Testing has surged in recent days due to a state-coordinated mass-testing of residents and and workers at senior care and assisted living facilities.
Jack Link's Protein Snacks has confirmed COVID-19 has struck 59 of its employees at its Alpena plant. The South Dakota Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 fatalities on Wednesday, raising the state's death toll to 54.
South Dakota officials have announced an aggressive, statewide four-week mass testing plan of residents of senior care and assisted living facilities, to start next week, funded by the state's federal CARES Act allocation.
The South Dakota Department of Health has been posting results in recent days that include those gathered from the recent drive-through testing for Smithfield Foods employees and their families, setting a three-day record for number of tests processed.
The two tribal leaders said the checkpoints were necessary to protect the health and welfare of their tribes, particularly their most vulnerable members. The tribes needed to step up their COVID-19 preventive actions because of Gov. Kristi Noem's inaction, they said.
The move comes as food processing plants shuttered due to outbreaks of the coronavirus among workers.