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Wishing vs. Hoping

Blog on January 26th. Comments Off on Wishing vs. Hoping

Author, Paula Jensen, Dakota Resources

The 1964 classic song lyrics from Wishin & Hopin by Dusty Springfield say, “Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’, Plannin’ and dreamin’ each night of his charms, That won’t get you into his arms…”

So my curiousity asks, “Is there a distinction between wishing and hoping?”

Wishing is feeling or expressing a strong desire for something that is not easily attainable. It’s like wishing to win the lottery but you don’t buy a ticket.

Hoping is to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence that something can happen. You can hope that you win the lottery because you have purchased a ticket.

Dusty Springfield continues in her song lyrics, Wishin & Hopin, “…So if you’re thinkin’ how great true love is, All you gotta do is, Hold him and kiss him and squeeze him and love him, … Read More »


Building Something Better in Tripp County

Blog, News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on Building Something Better in Tripp County

Story by Carey Grosdidier, Freelance Writer

When guest speaker Emily Pilloton came to RuralX last summer, she opened the gathering with stories of Studio H, an innovative program she launched in California that integrates design skills and building projects into high school classrooms. Emily closed her conversation by saying, “Everyone has it in them to start something—whether it’s a business, a Bible study or a book club. Just start something. The rewards are worth the risk.”

Karla Brozik, Executive Director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Development Corporation, took those words to heart. Inspired by Emily’s words and the work being done through Studio H, Karla wondered if something similar to Emily’s program was possible in Winner.

“Students in Winner don’t go to school on Fridays, so I thought a program similar to Studio H might give kids … Read More »


It doesn’t have to be a million-dollar moon shot.

Blog, News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on It doesn’t have to be a million-dollar moon shot.

Guest Author, Becky McCray
SaveYour.Town

Now is the perfect time to Take Small Steps.

We’ve just passed the first of the year with all its resolutions and renewed commitments. It’s also been six months since the first RuralX Summit, and that makes it the perfect time to remember, review and renew some of the ideas you left with.

If you weren’t at RuralX last year, you can join in now, and get excited about the upcoming RuralX17 on July 18-19, 2017.

Now, let’s not make this overwhelming. Let’s stick with the key piece of advice that Deb Brown and I shared with you in our keynote: Take Small Steps. Keep thinking “small steps” while you decide what you want to act on in the next six months.

Here’s the plan to get you renewed and re-excited.

The first small step is to watch this … Read More »


Design:SD Kicks Off Downtown Yankton Project

News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on Design:SD Kicks Off Downtown Yankton Project

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:23 pm
By Shauna Marlette, Yankton Press

“What do you celebrate about downtown Yankton?”

With that simple question, the design:SD Project Downtown Yankton began on Tuesday.

According to Joe Bartmann, the vice president of Programs for Dakota Resources and facilitator of Tuesday’s listening events, the project is focused on helping small rural towns like Yankton shape their future through design.

“Today is really where we press ‘go’ for this whole process,” he said. “These are really small group conversations where we are bringing together different groups of people who have some kind of affinity. We have had a group with human resource directors; we had a group of realtors this morning.”

Dakota Resources is a non-profit based in Renner that works with small communities that want to create a better future and make the place where they … Read More »


Dakota Resources Mentors Rural Rock Stars

Blog, News & Events on January 12th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Mentors Rural Rock Stars

Kelsey Doom may be the only Economic Development Coordinator around with a zoology degree. But instead of pursuing a career as a veterinarian, she took a little side path that led to a full blown passion.

“I didn’t get into vet school right away, so I came home to Wagner for a few months to figure things out,” she said. “My plan was to apply to vet school again, but in the meantime, I took a job with an insurance company and volunteered with the local Home Address effort.  I started putting together a grant and helped bring in some local investors. I got a high off writing that first grant and just fell in love with this kind of work. It was pretty much game over for vet school.”

After her work with Home Address, Kelsey got a taste of Read More »


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