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Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 2 of 3)

Blog, News & Events on March 20th. Comments Off on Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of a 3 part look at the future of Centerville
Guest Author, Jared Hybertson, Centerville Economic Development Coordinator

In last week’s article, part 1 of this 3 part look at the future of Centerville, I shared with you a discussion I had with a teacher who had overheard some discouraging comments from a couple of his students revolving around the future of the school. In the article I stressed how important it is for us as a community to keep a positive outlook and stand united to overcome the challenges we currently face in our town. This time around I want to share another conversation I had recently revolving around the future of Centerville and its school district, and also how the culture that surrounds sports can relate to the overall success of a community.

Shortly after the New Year I was … Read More »


RuralX inspires a volunteer to be a maker of dreams!

Blog, News & Events on March 16th. Comments Off on RuralX inspires a volunteer to be a maker of dreams!

Author – Carey Grosdidier, freelance writer

Nichole Cross volunteered at RuralX last summer intending to learn a little more about hosting an open space and collecting actionable feedback from a community gathering.

She left with so much more.

“I met Joe Bartmann (VP of Innovation at Dakota Resources) when I attended an ‘Art of Hosting’ event in Sioux Falls that he put on in November of 2015, and I was intrigued by the methodologies taught,” she explains. “He invited me to be part of the team at RuralX. As an industrial designer, I feel gathering and analyzing feedback is an important skill to practice, so I came to RuralX ready to help Joe gather and distribute participant feedback so attendees could take what they learned back to their communities to analyze and act upon.”

Nichole explains that while she was volunteering at … Read More »


Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 1 of 3)

Blog, News & Events on March 13th. Comments Off on Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 of a 3 part look at the future of Centerville, South Dakota

Guest Author, Jared Hybertson, Centerville Economic Development Coordinator

Right before Christmas break this past school semester I was having a conversation with one of our fine teachers at Centerville Public School and he mentioned to me that he had overheard a conversation two middle school students were having about the school and community. “Centerville is dying, you know that right?” the one student said. “Yeah, pretty soon there won’t be enough kids for us to even have a school”, the other one replied. Of course this was a tough conversation for the teacher to stomach and so he jumped in and did his best to explain to the students that their comments were simply not true. The teacher’s attempt to correct the two student’s way of thinking on … Read More »


Bring your Crowd to RuralX17

Blog, News & Events on February 21st. Comments Off on Bring your Crowd to RuralX17

“There have been too many years of no love for rural America. We found all kinds of love for rural at RuralX.”

As a national advocate for rural communities, Deb Brown is not just a fan of RuralX—she’s a keynote speaker. She and Becky McCray are partners in their venture SaveYour.Town and both are coming back to RuralX to build on the success of last year’s presentation.

“We want to keep that momentum and positive action moving forward,” says Deb. “We love how RuralX brought people together. For a first event, last year was well organized and had so much variety. I especially loved the Open X format and how it put the emphasis on experts right in the room. I know this year will only be better, and we are so excited to be part of it!”

Their topic last year centered … 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 »


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Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of a 3 part look at the future of Centerville Guest Author, Jared Hybertson, Centerville Economic Development Coordinator

In last week’s article, part 1 of...

RuralX inspires a volunteer to be a maker of dreams!

Author – Carey Grosdidier, freelance writer

Nichole Cross volunteered at RuralX last summer intending to learn a little more about hosting an open...

Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 of a 3 part look at the future of Centerville, South Dakota

Guest Author, Jared Hybertson, Centerville Economic Development Coordinator

Right before Christmas break...