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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 »


RuralX sparks shop local Santa Day in Castlewood

Blog, News & Events on December 21st. Comments Off on RuralX sparks shop local Santa Day in Castlewood

Breanna Beebe of Castlewood and her colleague, Heidi McBride,  were sent to RuralX17 by their employer and one of the event’s Rural Inspiration Sponsors, First Premier Bank. That “inspiration” turned out to be the real deal. Breanna left RuralX17 with her inaugural idea of a Castlewood Main Street beautification project in the form of a “shop local” mural painted on the side of the community grocery store. She was able to get approval from the grocery store owner. The Arts Council agreed to paint it. The City Council paid for supplies.

Since our last check in with Breanna, the community of Castlewood has formed an Economic Development Board of Directors. With new goals focused on developing Castlewood, the group took their first step as a board to invite local business owners to a Shop Local … Read More »


Bringing quality health care to rural South Dakota

Blog, News & Events on September 15th. Comments Off on Bringing quality health care to rural South Dakota

Imagine you live in a small community and your town’s only dentist wants to retire. The closest dental clinic will now be at least forty minutes away. It’s a problem many rural areas face—and it’s one of the reasons Horizon Health Care exists in South Dakota.

“We currently provide medical, dental and mental health care services to 31 clinics in 22 communities across South Dakota,” explains John Mengenhausen, CEO of Horizon Health Care. “Just like decent housing and good paying jobs, having access to medical and dental services is important, especially if that access is in danger of going away.”

In the case of Wessington Springs, Horizon Health Care was able to help the community’s longtime dentist transition into retirement by providing two full-time Horizon dentists to the area.

“It’s generally easier to work with an existing clinic that needs our … Read More »


Partnering with USDA in $10 Million Re-lending program

Blog, News & Events on July 20th. Comments Off on Partnering with USDA in $10 Million Re-lending program

Ask Jay Headley what Dakota Resources’ biggest accomplishments were for 2016, and he will rattle off a list that includes providing capital to assist with rural building projects, new housing developments, land purchases, the opening of new businesses and collaborative partnerships.

However, one of his favorite highlights was finalized at the end of the year and involves a partnership between Dakota Resources and US Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA). USDA named Dakota Resources as a “re-lender” of $10 million in federal funds to help spur economic development opportunities and reduce rural poverty in South Dakota communities. The funds will be used to improve essential facilities in low income rural areas, such as health care facilities, child care centers, town halls, assisted living centers, transitional housing, street improvements and educational facilities.

“Dakota Resources is only one of a handful of Community Development Fund Institutions … Read More »


Lincoln and Minnehaha counties plan for the future

Blog, News & Events on July 13th. Comments Off on Lincoln and Minnehaha counties plan for the future

Sometimes, a move forward requires a step back.

That’s exactly what Nick Fosheim, Executive Director of the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, decided to do in 2016.

“We have been a regional economic development collaborative for about fifteen communities around Sioux Falls for twenty-five years,” says Nick. “Many things have changed since we started, and we decided it was time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we want to go. We wanted some clear perspective, and that’s what Dakota Resources helped provide.”

Nick knew about the value of Dakota Resources because of his previous employment with economic development in Webster and their involvement in Dakota Rising.

“I respected the process and their ability to engage a community,” he says. “We decided to partner with Dakota Resources through Empower! Dakota in an effort to build a strategic plan for Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.”

The Lincoln … Read More »


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