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SD Business Leaders Join Dakota Resources Board

Blog, News & Events on December 30th. Comments Off on SD Business Leaders Join Dakota Resources Board

Representatives of the banking and manufacturing industries have been added to the 2015 Dakota Resources Board of Directors. The new Directors each bring to the organization a wealth of experience and dedication to rural economic development. Joining the board in January 1st are:

Kory Anderson, President of Anderson Industries, based in Aberdeen. Anderson is a native of Andover, SD where he began his first manufacturing company. He is now the owner of 3 manufacturing companies with 6 locations across North Dakota and South Dakota. Anderson was in the first Dakota Rising Fellowship class of 2009 and is now an active Alum of the program.

Justin Gray, Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Justin is responsible for Ag and Business Banking for Wells Fargo’s Business and Ag Banking operations in Watertown, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Milbank, Dell Rapids, and Marshall, MN. With more … Read More »


The Power in Possible – Faulkton, SD

Blog on December 5th. Comments Off on The Power in Possible – Faulkton, SD

We believe in Possible.  Years ago, we did not believe in possible.  We groomed our sons and daughters to leave. We literally told our young, “We have no place for you.”  Our community had no dreams for a future..

Over time, the efforts of the Faulkton area gave birth to a new hope. We bravely said, “If we build, they will come”.  And so we constructed this community center, then a new hospital, then a Retail Center. And they did come – families began returning to the Faulkton area.

In 2010, Faulk County initiated the Dakota Rising program; Dr. Joel Price was the first Site Coordinator,  Through this program, economic development has accelerated. In September, the Dakota Rising baton was passed to Sharon Tanner, who now serves as the Site Coordinator for the Faulkton Area.

Economically, 2014 has been an healthy year for … Read More »


Let’s Look at New Strategies for Community Success

Blog on November 5th. Comments Off on Let’s Look at New Strategies for Community Success

As the holidays approach, it’s a great time to look back at 2014 and assess our progress in building a stronger economy. It’s an even better time to plan ahead and think about strategies for the coming year that provide us with practical ways to revitalize our community. We can build on all the things we’re doing now and introduce some new ideas that will complement the development of our community’s assets.

First, let’s make sure we are bringing new voices into the community development process. We need people of all ages, in all walks of life to represent the many different groups in our community. And, by recruiting new volunteers to participate in local activities, we can prevent fatigue and burnout from too few trying to do too much.

While we need to tap into the enthusiasm and good ideas of … Read More »


Southern Charles Mix County

Dakota Rising, Sites on October 6th. Comments Off on Southern Charles Mix County

Service Area
Southern Charles Mix County

Site Coordinator
Kelsey Doom
(605) 481-2493
kdoom@juffer.com

Fellows:
Barbra Pechous of Taboma Publishing
Cheryl Swatek of The Cake Lady


Mark Bower

Dakota Rising, Fellows on September 19th. Comments Off on Mark Bower

Aberdeen Parts Store
Dakota Rising Aberdeen

Mark was born and raised on a ranch south of Pierre. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business at Dakota State University and his life goal was to own his own business. Mark’s first job after college was in a retail management training program for Woolworth. The training was priceless but the advancements were tough so he left in pursuit of his dream to own a business. After other business ventures, Mark started a mobile home repair company. He also wrote a book on mobile home repair and built a website to promote it and later added mobile home parts sales. Increased website sales meant needing more space. After renting a couple of locations, he bought a 4,500 square foot building including a … Read More »


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