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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 »


Five Grants in Place Awards made to SD Rural Teachers

Blog, News & Events on June 25th. Comments Off on Five Grants in Place Awards made to SD Rural Teachers

South Dakota Grants in Place is a cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative and Dakota Resources. Grants in Place provides a modest grant to rural teachers so they can engage with their students and community in place-based learning.

The Grants in Place program was implemented in South Dakota by Dakota Resources to connect rural teachers and students to their community through local projects. “Building the connections between rural schools and communities will help us ‘Get Better Together’”, says Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Learning Network Director.

Jim Beddow, former President of Dakota Wesleyan University and Board Chair for the Rural Schools Collaborative stated, “We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns.”

In South Dakota, funding for five Grants in Place awards … Read More »


Citi Community Development supports rural communities through ruralX

Blog, News & Events on June 20th. Comments Off on Citi Community Development supports rural communities through ruralX

Citi Community Development is engaged in communities across the country supporting economic development, inclusive finance and housing.  The corporate group works to support underserved individuals and families and seeks collaborative partnerships with organizations like Dakota Resources to help make an impact.

“Citi has had a solid relationship with Dakota Resources for more than ten years and we value their partnership,” explains Ruth Christopherson, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development. “They are doing great things for our rural communities through our support of Dakota Resources, I have seen firsthand how one organization in a small community can make a difference.”

Ruth attended ruralX as the Citi Community Development sponsor the past two years and is excited about the direction the event is taking.

“The first year was huge, but the second year was when I really saw people come together, sharing ideas and … Read More »


RuralX sponsor Ballinger Leafblad believes in leadership development

Blog, News & Events on June 20th. Comments Off on RuralX sponsor Ballinger Leafblad believes in leadership development

When Dakota Resources conducted a national search to help in the recruitment of a new President, they turned to executive search firm Ballinger Leafblad.

Ballinger Leafblad is located in St. Paul and partners with civic organizations across the Midwest, particularly northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Their deep knowledge of this region, combined with their ability to scout qualified candidates from all over the nation, makes them a great fit for higher education institutions, foundations, non-profits and other civic-minded organizations.

“We often find that rural communities just don’t have the connections needed to help find exceptional candidates for these vital leadership positions. We can help introduce them to new networks, tell their stories and spread the word about great rural leadership opportunities,” says Marcia Ballinger, Co-Founder of Ballinger Leafblad. “We talk to talented people all over the world, and it … Read More »


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