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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 »


Month five: Tripp celebrates the holidays!

Blog, News & Events on December 21st. Comments Off on Month five: Tripp celebrates the holidays!

Twenty parade entries. A live nativity show. A community play, horse drawn wagon rides and a fantastic “Hometown Holiday” turn-out. All of these things were the culmination of people coming together in Tripp to bring new energy, new ideas and new growth to their rural community.

Five months ago, Bryan and Shawn Bietz launched The Tripp Action Group (TAG) after being inspired at RuralX17. Since then, the group has successfully organized a kickball tournament/fundraiser, a yard clean-up project, a grocery delivery service and its first annual Hometown Holiday celebration.

After a busy November planning the December 10th event, organizers were excited about all the people who took part in the day. Volunteers of every age stepped up to help, and people came forward to lead projects that most interested them. This is the beauty and the blessing of living in small community! … Read More »


Platte brings youth and community together.

Blog, News & Events on December 1st. Comments Off on Platte brings youth and community together.

If you want to see what a little creativity, youth involvement and community-building can do for a rural town, Platte is an excellent case study. The community is alive with ideas and plans for the future, and Cindy Meyer, Executive Director of the Platte Area Chamber of Commerce, gives a healthy dose of credit to Rural X.

“We were inspired to connect our youth and our business community at Rural X, and so many other ideas we had were made better after we attended,” explains Cindy. “My only complaint about Rural X is that isn’t held twice a year!”

Since attending RuralX17 last July, the community of Platte has formed five different Community Action Teams to help improve and enhance the quality of life in the Platte area. Teams are designated for events, youth, green space, housing and The Arts. Each team … Read More »


Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Two-Year Program To Help Boost Rural Communities

Tyra Gefroh Photography of Britton is one of eight South Dakota businesses that have been selected for a 2017 Dakota Rising Fellowship.

Over 100 entrepreneurs across rural South Dakota applied for the opportunity to be part of the unique Dakota Rising Fellowship, an experience designed to help rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities. A Dakota Rising Fellow is a person who has taken a start-up business to a viable, profit-earning stage and is poised for the next level of growth.

Gefroh’s two-year experience with the impactful rural entrepreneur development program will allow her to be part of a vibrant network of Dakota Rising fellows and alumni. She will also have access to leadership coaching, valuable tools and resources, empowering fellowship retreats, strategic business advice, and a $10,000 grant to use for … Read More »


Wagner Hosted its first Community Awards Gala

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Wagner Hosted its first Community Awards Gala

Wow! Wagner.

It’s been three years since Wagner’s Economic Development Director Kelsey Doom took on a leadership role in her hometown community. In that time, the changes have been almost unbelievable. While Kelsey is extremely determined and has a deep passion for the Wagner area, she credits part of Wagner’s success to her involvement with Dakota Resources, the mentorship of people like Beth Davis and Joe Bartmann and the inspiration behind events like RuralX.

This past year, businesses opened in Wagner at an impressive pace. New families moved to town and young professionals came back after college. School enrollment hit 1,000 students, with a kindergarten class three times the size of the senior class. Wagner has become a regional hub with quality medical facilities, shopping, dining and entertainment options. For a rural community of just over 1,500 people, Kelsey felt this was … Read More »


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