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Last July, Shawn and Bryan Bietz of Tripp attended the Dakota Resources RuralX event as a way to help find new resources and information about rural economic and community development. The couple returned to Tripp fueled by motivation, which has led to numerous projects, events and connections with valuable outside resources.
“It’s amazing how one connection leads to another,” says Shawn. “Someone reaches out that is connected to someone else, and then things just fall together. Increased communication and new outlets for getting people involved have really brought some positives to our community. Those are things that were reinforced at RuralX as well.”
A few of the most recent positives in Tripp include involvement with the Healthy Hometown initiative sponsored by Wellmark and an Active Transportation Grant, which was awarded to Tripp for 2018.
“We were led to apply for the Active Transportation … Read More »
Last year First PREMIER Bank was a financial sponsor of RuralX17 in Aberdeen. As a sponsor, the bank invited Castlewood bank employees Breanna Beebe and Heidi Severson to attend the event as rural representatives. The two women didn’t know much about RuralX or what to expect, but after attending both came home inspired and full of ideas.
In fact, Breanna is such a believer in the value of RuralX that she is now a member of the Dakota Resources RuralX Design Team, which is a group of invested rural change makers who provide guidance and planning for the RuralX event.
“I took so much away from RuralX! The speakers and breakout sessions gave me so much inspiration. When I got back to Castlewood I couldn’t help but start brainstorming things we could do,” says Breanna.
Since her time at RuralX, Breanna has used … Read More »
This June, Dakota Resources and Dakota Wesleyan University are partnering to host RuralX in Mitchell, South Dakota. The event is designed to bring rural champions together from across the region to boost rural economic and community development. While this is the third year RuralX will be held in South Dakota, it is the first year the event will be located at DWU.
“We are excited to bring RuralX to our campus and to partner with Dakota Resources,” says Fredel Thomas, Dean of Admissions and Marketing at DWU. “We are a rural university, with unique offerings like our Rural Nursing Initiative and our Rural Pastor Project. We have a passion for rural that is echoed in the mission and values of Dakota Resources. It feels like a natural collaboration.”
While initial plans for this year’s RuralX are underway, the team at Dakota Resources … Read More »
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 »