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Dakota Resources Joins Forces with South Dakota Gives on November 27

Blog, News & Events on November 20th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Joins Forces with South Dakota Gives on November 27

If you have ever wanted to give back to an organization that has touched your life, changed your heart, opened your eyes or created new opportunities, November 27th is your day.

This date has been marked as the South Dakota Day of Giving, and it’s bringing hundreds of nonprofits together to raise awareness as well as donations for 501(c)(3) organizations across South Dakota. Dakota Resources, a nonprofit rural economic and community development organization, is one of nearly 300 participating nonprofits taking part in this first-ever Day of Giving.

“The South Dakota Day of Giving is a fun way to focus on philanthropy and what it means to give back,” says Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “Dakota Resources wanted to support these efforts and give people who believe in what we do a way to show their support. This is a day … Read More »


GRANTS IN PLACE UPDATE: WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA

Blog, News & Events on November 19th. Comments Off on GRANTS IN PLACE UPDATE: WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA

David Ermish’s “Crosswalks for Better Walks in Wall” received a $600 Grants in Place award to support the creation of decorative crosswalks in areas where pedestrian safety is a concern in the historic town of Wall, South Dakota. The crosswalk locations were determined in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SD DOT). This unique project was the brainchild of student leader, Mercede Hess.

The first crosswalk site is on the campus of the Wall Schools.

We are pleased to provide the following update from Mr. Ermish and his student Mercede Hess:

“Mercede Hess is a senior at the Wall High School. She came up with the idea of developing and creating decorative crosswalks to ensure pedestrian safety in Wall, South Dakota. Mercede has two helpers, Keaunna Poor Bear (9th grader) and Miranda Poor Bear (5th grader).

Although they have not had the best … Read More »


Dakota Resources Launches New Mission Statement

Blog, News & Events on November 19th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources Launches New Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.

Some of South Dakota’s most influential rural community leaders recently came together to participate in a strategy planning retreat for Dakota Resources, a non-profit rural community and economic development organization working to help small towns thrive.

The three-day retreat brought Dakota Resources community coaches and staff together with the Board of Directors to map out a plan for the future, including the creation of new mission statement that encapsulates the spirit of Dakota Resources: Connecting capacity and capital to empower rural communities.

“Each word was carefully chosen by the Board to drive the vision of Dakota Resources,” explains Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources. “We are first and foremost connectors, we connect rural people to each other and to valuable resources. We also help build local capacity by providing the capital needed to … Read More »


So, what IS the Dakota Resources Learning Network?

Blog, News & Events on September 21st. Comments Off on So, what IS the Dakota Resources Learning Network?

In a nutshell, the Dakota Resources Learning Network is a way for rural community leaders to connect with one another, find valuable resources, make confident decisions and help their communities thrive. Leaders can also turn to experts on topics such as housing, entrepreneurship, community engagement and managing an economic development organization. Dakota Resources brings network members together through:

A vibrant online community with a resource library
Two expert webinars per month
Four face-to-face gatherings
Six peer-to-peer video conferencing

“Obviously, it’s always best to gather face-to-face, but technology allows us to stay connected between these gatherings,” explains Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Coach. “I am impressed with how much time and energy people put into connecting with one another. People don’t like working in a vacuum.”

The Dakota Resources Learning Network was officially launched in November 2017. Prior to the Learning Network, Dakota Resources managed separate networks for … Read More »


Art in Rural South Dakota

Blog, News & Events on August 29th. Comments Off on Art in Rural South Dakota

If you attended ruralX this summer, you were part of a presentation from South Dakota artist Amber Hansen, who taught us about the value of communal creativity and how art can bring people together. Coincidence or not, we are seeing a flurry of artistic endeavors taking place across South Dakota.

Catching up with Amber

Amber Hansen, keynote speaker at ruralX and producer of the film “Called to Walls” has had a busy summer. Just two days after her visit to ruralX, she flew to Paraguay where she helped create a large mural in a neighborhood that had recently lost its hospital. The purpose of the mural was to pay tribute to the hospital and to try to help people re-imagine the potential of the space.

The Meridian District Art Project in Yankton

It’s all coming together.

In 2017, Design:SD … Read More »


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