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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Tripp Action Group (TAG) formed after RuralX as a way to help bring the community together and enhance the quality of life in Tripp. Since then, the group—informally led by Bryan and Shawn Bietz–has been busy with a list of community events and projects that continues to grow. We are following the group over the next year with updates in the Rural Xchange. Here are the highlights since your last issue:
A kickball tournament/fundraiser was held September 29 and raised over $1100 not including tee shirt sales.
A home was nominated for a volunteer clean-up project and a group of ambitious volunteers (including several youth) came together on October 15 to do a little yard makeover. The results are awesome (see photos below)!
There is a community can collection being done as an additional TAG fundraiser.
Community members are coming together to … Read More »