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Centerville opens doors for a local entrepreneur

Blog, News & Events on October 17th. Comments Off on Centerville opens doors for a local entrepreneur

Armed with community feedback, business surveys, business planning assistance from the Centerville Development Corporation, and a desire for more dining options in Centerville, a core team of people in the community were able to identify, approach and encourage a local entrepreneur to open a restaurant in the town’s recently vacated cafe.

Maria Martinez had moved to Centerville with her husband Juan after he took a position at a local dairy operation, and a lot of people knew about her culinary talents and restaurant experience. Maria opened “Maria’s Restaurant” on September 28, 2017, to a packed house and rave reviews.

Some of Centerville’s local business men and women were among the first able to try the food. Chamber of Commerce and Rotary members, volunteer firemen, along with a City Council member all joined other various local employees from businesses in Centerville for the … Read More »


Good Ideas Are Popping Up All Over Miller

Blog, News & Events on October 17th. Comments Off on Good Ideas Are Popping Up All Over Miller

Thanks to a group of creative high school students and dedicated community leadership, life just keeps getting better in Miller.

In 2016, two Miller students left RuralX with a vision for pop-up shops for Christmas. That inspiration launched the town’s first Cozy Cabin Christmas, which was met with success.

This year, the holiday pop-up shops will continue in a new venue while students set their sights on their next post-RuralX project: an indoor pop-up movie theater!

“I met with the kids in September to toss out new ideas,” explains Tammy Caffee, Director of On Hand Development and the student supervisor. “They had a list of ideas they heard at RuralX that they wanted to try. They voted and chose three to work on. One was a living wall. Another was to create a green space on Main Street with tables and umbrellas. … Read More »


Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities

Blog, News & Events on October 11th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities

Seventy-five rural economic development leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers convened in Watertown on October 5-7 to learn, connect and to celebrate the vitality of South Dakota’s small communities. The “Empower Sessions” event was hosted by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities across rural South Dakota.

In addition to breakout sessions, a panel discussion and motivating keynote speakers, the Empower Sessions included a gathering for Dakota Rising fellows, alumni and finalists competing for the next class of Dakota Rising fellowships. Dakota Rising is a two-year entrepreneur development program that helps rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities.

The Dakota Rising finalists were one of the highlights on Saturday night during the Dakota Resources Gala. The finalists came from a field of 104 entries.

“We had a flood of applicants for this year’s Dakota … 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 »


New city ordinances in Wall are inspired by Home Address

Blog, News & Events on August 10th. Comments Off on New city ordinances in Wall are inspired by Home Address

Wall, South Dakota’s tagline is “Window to the Badlands.” Thanks to the efforts of a forward-thinking city council and a progressive economic development corporation, that window is opening to dozens of new opportunities for this tourism-based community.

One of those opportunities includes a strategic focus on housing development to help overcome Wall’s dire lack of available housing. To help generate new ideas and access more housing resources, the Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) joined the Dakota Resources Home Address Plus learning network in 2016 to help connect with other rural communities and learn from their successes. The network offers online support for housing questions, monthly webinars, access to tools and resources and bi-annual Home Address Plus learning network gatherings.

“We were invited to try the network before we joined. The first gathering we attended was very inspiring. We could see the … Read More »


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