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Helping Greater Huron Become Even Greater

Blog, News & Events on January 11th. Comments Off on Helping Greater Huron Become Even Greater

“I’ve been working with financial people for over 25 years and the staff at Dakota Resources is absolutely top notch,” explains Barry Cranston, Executive Vice President of the Greater Huron Development Corporation. “They’re extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. They bend over backwards to make things happen.”  

Dakota Resources works hard to make good things happen for our rural communities and it’s rewarding to be recognized. While we love a good compliment, we also love a good success story—and we’ve got several from the Greater Huron Development Corporation. The good folks in Huron have been with us almost from the beginning and we are proud to be a part of the positive progress happening in the area.  

Over the years, Dakota Resources has provided Capital Investment Funds to assist the Huron community with a variety of projects, including:  

 The development of a residential neighborhood on Broadland Creek Golf … Read More »


North Dakota Rancher Discovers New Possibilities at RuralX

Blog, News & Events on December 21st. Comments Off on North Dakota Rancher Discovers New Possibilities at RuralX

Katy Kassian of Regan, North Dakota (population 44) attended the first RuralX conference in 2016 and quickly wondered why she was the only person there from North Dakota. A rancher and small business owner for her rural area, Katy is the go-to person for several small towns twenty-five miles in any direction.

“I took pages and pages of notes and was blown away by the event. I loved the camaraderie between communities and the willingness to share assets and resources. I knew this was something more people from my very rural area needed to attend,” she explains.

Katy returned to RuralX17 along with Tana Larsen, the Economic Development Director from nearby Washburn.

“She was just as impressed as I was,” says Katy. “We were both motivated by the work being done in Miller, and we used their model to help create our own … 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 »


Faulkton – 2016 Innovative Site of the Year

Blog, News & Events on August 3rd. Comments Off on Faulkton – 2016 Innovative Site of the Year

Faulkton Believes In Possible

In 2010, the Faulkton area began rewriting its story with an “all-in” dedication to growth and a positive community atmosphere. The ambitious rural community has been adding exciting new chapters to their story ever since. Their latest ends with Faulkton being named the 2016 Dakota Rising Innovative Site of the Year, which was awarded for a long list of community accomplishments as well as innovative plans for the future.

“All of our growth and development started with Dakota Rising,” says Trevor Cramer, Economic Development Director for Faulkton. “We are far from done…in fact, we’re just getting started. Our latest venture is the collaboration between the Faulkton Business and Professionals Association and the Business/Entrepreneurship pillar of the Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC)—which comes directly from Dakota Rising.”

That collaboration grew from a brainstorm session being led by Dakota Rising Community Coach … Read More »


Building on the Dakota Rising Experience

Blog, News & Events on July 6th. Comments Off on Building on the Dakota Rising Experience

With a passion for construction and a deep love of their rural roots, Jay Yohner and Brad Hahn teamed up in 2015 to launch a post-frame manufacturing business in their hometown of Martin, South Dakota. Jay and Brad had already been working together through Jay’s construction company, Yohner Construction, and the partnership was a natural progression for a couple of guys with a big idea.

“I actually left Martin and moved to Oregon to enroll in a structural engineering and architectural design program,” says Jay. “I moved back to Martin and started my own construction business. I hired Brad and we really clicked. We both love construction. We both have big dreams. And we both believe we can make those dreams happen right here.”

As business partners, Brad and Jay established Pioneer Buildings, Inc. with a vision for creating high quality, … Read More »


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