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New Growth Makes Housing a Priority in Tyndall

Blog, News & Events on October 31st. Comments Off on New Growth Makes Housing a Priority in Tyndall

Tyndall, South Dakota is on a roll.

This rural community of just under 1,100 people is seeing new growth in many areas, including an influx of new businesses, a beautiful new baseball field, a new 4-H building/community center and upgrades at the fire station and local park, among other things. Many of the improvements were made possible with the help of grants from the Hoch Foundation and The South Dakota Community Foundation.

With all of the new opportunities available in Tyndall, housing development has become an even bigger priority.

“It’s like a domino effect. When people see positive change, they want to be part of it, so they jump in and start something new too,” explains Ron Wagner, Chairperson of the Tyndall Development Corporation. “But without enough quality housing, we have people driving from 40 miles away just to work here. We need … Read More »


Stuart, Nebraska: A Shining Example of Rural Housing Success

Blog, News & Events on October 31st. Comments Off on Stuart, Nebraska: A Shining Example of Rural Housing Success

With a population of about 600 people, Stuart, Nebraska is so small it’s considered a village by Nebraska standards.

Yet this village is thriving, thanks in part to innovative housing development efforts that have been underway since the early 80s. It was then that Stuart was deemed a “blighted” community by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development created some creative new opportunities.

Today, of the 250 residences in Stuart, 108 homes have been completely rehabilitated and 40 new homes have been built.

Thriving, indeed!

This amazing success story just miles from the South Dakota border led Dakota Resources to invite John Madsen, Chairman of the Stuart Development Corporation, to host  a Housing Development Knowledge Camp at RuralX this past summer. John’s insight has since “rippled” into many rural South … Read More »


It’s time we begin to think for ourselves!

Blog, News & Events on October 25th. Comments Off on It’s time we begin to think for ourselves!

I stood with a blue marker in my hand writing on the white flip chart paper as I facilitated a community group that was brainstorming all the factors that needed to be true to accomplish their purpose of building stronger community connections. As they named multiple statements, I wrote them on the flip chart – “strong communication, hosting hard conversations … and lastly, people must have their own thoughts and ideas.” That last statement had me curious and I needed some clarity from the group. I asked for an example of why people currently aren’t thinking for themselves. A member of the group spoke up, “When the negative voices in our community start to make noise it pulls us away from our purpose and each other… pretty soon people start believing what is the loudest rather than search for the … Read More »


Raise Your Voice for Rural Communities

Blog, News & Events on October 18th. Comments Off on Raise Your Voice for Rural Communities

It seems to me the only voices being heard in this world are from big companies, big cities and big government. The news blasted on my car radio as I drove across the prairie a few weeks ago, “the nation’s Gross Domestic Product growth has risen to a booming 4.1 during the second quarter of 2018 and consumer confidence is high as we go into mid-term elections.”  I wanted to yell at the car radio, “What about the news that is affecting rural communities!”

That brief tantrum brought a question to mind for me. Where are the voices willing to explore and discuss issues facing rural communities?

There is an online news feed called The Daily Yonder that understands rural and puts our issues in perspective, but I’m guessing since it’s not one of the national news mediums, not many are looking … Read More »


Moving from a Sponsor to a Partner

Blog, News & Events on September 21st. Comments Off on Moving from a Sponsor to a Partner

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and the Rural Electric Economic Development (REED Fund) became a Leadership Partner with Dakota Resources in June 2018. As part of their valued partnership, they receive recognition across all of Dakota Resources six core leadership programs, an annual complimentary membership to the Dakota Resources Learning Network, and tickets to events like ruralX and more.

“Changing from a sponsor to a partner made a lot of sense to us,” explains Linda Salmonson, Economic Development Manager. “A partnership allows us to more fully engage in Dakota Resources and the communities they serve. It’s better for both parties.”

As a representative for the cooperatives on the Learning Network, Linda is able to get a better pulse on the rural communities they serve, and can then share that information with their cooperative members. She is also able to lend expertise on topics such as funding, housing, rural … Read More »


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New Growth Makes Housing a Priority in Tyndall

Tyndall, South Dakota is on a roll.

This rural community of just under 1,100 people is seeing new growth in many areas, including an influx...

Stuart, Nebraska: A Shining Example of Rural Housing Success

With a population of about 600 people, Stuart, Nebraska is so small it’s considered a village by Nebraska standards.

Yet this village is thriving, thanks...

It’s time we begin to think for ourselves!

I stood with a blue marker in my hand writing on the white flip chart paper as I facilitated a community group that was...

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