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Faulkton – 2016 Innovative Site of the Year

Blog, News & Events on August 3rd. Comments Off on Faulkton – 2016 Innovative Site of the Year

Faulkton Believes In Possible

In 2010, the Faulkton area began rewriting its story with an “all-in” dedication to growth and a positive community atmosphere. The ambitious rural community has been adding exciting new chapters to their story ever since. Their latest ends with Faulkton being named the 2016 Dakota Rising Innovative Site of the Year, which was awarded for a long list of community accomplishments as well as innovative plans for the future.

“All of our growth and development started with Dakota Rising,” says Trevor Cramer, Economic Development Director for Faulkton. “We are far from done…in fact, we’re just getting started. Our latest venture is the collaboration between the Faulkton Business and Professionals Association and the Business/Entrepreneurship pillar of the Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC)—which comes directly from Dakota Rising.”

That collaboration grew from a brainstorm session being led by Dakota Rising Community Coach … Read More »


RuralX helps to overcome rural’s challenge: The distances between us

Blog, News & Events on June 29th. Comments Off on RuralX helps to overcome rural’s challenge: The distances between us

By Heidi Marttila-Losure, Dakotafire Media

For those of us who choose to live on the Great Plains, the wide-open spaces are both our greatest opportunity and our greatest challenge.

The opportunity isn’t obvious to everyone—the ones who call our home “flyover country” aren’t seeing it—but many of us who live here can feel it when we take in a long view toward the horizon: There is possibility in that open space between ground and sky, and part of the meaning of our lives is imagining what that space could be and doing the work we are called to do to make those beautiful visions real.

And here is where RuralX shows its power. 

The first RuralX Summit brought together 222 participants from across South Dakota and beyond. Many of us who attended are pretty good at looking at open spaces and imagining beautiful … Read More »


RuralX17 Has People Coming Back For More

Blog, News & Events on June 22nd. Comments Off on RuralX17 Has People Coming Back For More

Margot Gillette attended the RuralX Summit last summer and couldn’t wait to go back. In fact, the Economic Development Director for Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community (BASEC) is on a mission to recruit more people to attend from her community, starting with the BASEC Board of Directors.

“Last year’s RuralX was a great experience. BASEC’s staff was able to attend several sessions that directly impact our work in our small communities. I was able to talk with small town developers from all over the state about their work as well as talk with individuals representing some of South Dakota’s larger industries – agriculture, banking and health care.  Based on last year’s experience I couldn’t wait to get signed up again,” she says.

Margot grew up in Redfield but moved away to attend college and law school. She practiced law in Colorado before moving … Read More »


RuralX is a success for rural South Dakota

Blog, News & Events on June 20th. Comments Off on RuralX is a success for rural South Dakota

The RuralX Summit, organized by Dakota Resources with the help of 57 generous sponsors, was a rural economic and community development summit held in July of 2016 to help rural innovators connect with new ideas, innovative people and forward-thinking collaborations. The two-day event was attended by 222 people who were motivated by:

National rural advocates and celebrated speakers

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Networking with key organizations, resources and rural leaders

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A farm-to-fork dinner celebration with entertainment

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Breakout sessions focused on rural agendas

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Inspirational success stories

The following rural successes were a direct result of the 2016 RuralX Summit and can be attributed to the hard-working, visionary people who came to us representing their communities, their organizations and their dreams.

Two high school boys from Miller, Dylan Fulton and Camden Breitling, attended the RuralX Summit with the help of a scholarship from Dakota Resources. The two boys, who are Youth Leaders … Read More »


2017-18 GRANTS IN PLACE RECIPIENTS ARE ANNOUNCED!

Blog, News & Events on June 8th. Comments Off on 2017-18 GRANTS IN PLACE RECIPIENTS ARE ANNOUNCED!

Rural South Dakota | JUNE 08, 2017 | The 2017-18 Grants in Place program is a national cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative, partner organizations and committed donors. This year’s 36 funded projects were selected from more than 125 applications and will serve as many as 46 communities in 12 states. View all national grantees.

More than twenty funders and individual donors came together to invest $137,000 in rural place-based education initiatives and projects in rural America. The groundbreaking work of the Community Foundation of the OzarksRural Schools Partnership certainly led the way, but other organizations and funders, like Dakota Resources, clearly recognize the importance of supporting community-based student learning that serves a public purpose.

South Dakota’s Growing Together Better funding was provided by Dakota Resources, Jim Beddow and Mike Knutson with matching support … Read More »


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