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Investor Profile: Avera

Blog, News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on Investor Profile: Avera

Avera has been an Investment Partner Since 2007 with total investments to-date:  

$300,000 in grants  
$80,000 in loans  
$54,000 in sponsorships 

Drive across our rural landscape in any direction and chances are you’ll find an Avera facility. Whether it’s a hospital, clinic or other health care service, Avera has a presence in 86 counties across the region. This rural commitment is part of the health care system’s longstanding mission of “providing access to health care and specialists in rural and underserved communities.” 

“Dakota Resources and Avera have very similar values,” says Rachael Sherard, Senior Vice President of Avera Rural Health Services. “We invest in Dakota Resources because they invest in rural. Helping sustain and build strong rural communities is vital to a good health care system and a good health system is vital to a strong rural community. All boats rise if we work together.”  

Recent Capital Investment Fund investments in rural communities like … Read More »


Month four: Tripp comes together for good!

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Month four: Tripp comes together for good!

It’s amazing what can happen when people work together.

Four months ago, Bryan and Shawn Bietz of Tripp launched The Tripp Action Group (TAG) after attending RuralX17. Since then, the group has successfully hosted a kickball tournament/fundraiser and a yard-clean up project. A Tripp Area Mom’s Group was also formed to help bring women together. As we follow TAG over the next year, we can’t help but notice that projects are becoming more ambitious as new volunteers step up to take a lead. This is the “ripple effect” we talk about so often! Here are some of the latest highlights from our spotlight community:

As the town’s only grocery store finds itself in danger of closing, the community is coming together to try to save it. A volunteer grocery delivery service has been established and approximately twenty community members are on … Read More »


Wishing vs. Hoping

Blog on January 26th. Comments Off on Wishing vs. Hoping

Author, Paula Jensen, Dakota Resources

The 1964 classic song lyrics from Wishin & Hopin by Dusty Springfield say, “Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’, Plannin’ and dreamin’ each night of his charms, That won’t get you into his arms…”

So my curiousity asks, “Is there a distinction between wishing and hoping?”

Wishing is feeling or expressing a strong desire for something that is not easily attainable. It’s like wishing to win the lottery but you don’t buy a ticket.

Hoping is to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence that something can happen. You can hope that you win the lottery because you have purchased a ticket.

Dusty Springfield continues in her song lyrics, Wishin & Hopin, “…So if you’re thinkin’ how great true love is, All you gotta do is, Hold him and kiss him and squeeze him and love him, … Read More »


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