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Month Nine | Tripp asks, “What’s Next?”

Blog, News & Events on April 22nd. Comments Off on Month Nine | Tripp asks, “What’s Next?”

Nine months after being inspired by ruralX, what’s next for the small community of Tripp?

“We have a lot of ideas and needs in Tripp right now,” says Shawn Bietz, who founded the Tripp Action Group after attending ruralX along with her husband, Bryan. “We just need to figure out our priorities and keep moving forward.”

Shawn says the biggest challenge after several successful community events is just keeping the momentum going and finding people to take the lead on projects.

“Despite the cold weather, we had a huge turn-out for our Easter egg hunt and school backpack program. It is great to see so many families get involved. Our next task is to kick-off something fun and new so that people stay interested and connected.”

Most of the activities planned by TAG are designed to bring families together, provide entertainment or to help … Read More »


Month Eight | Tripp’s New Level of Community

Blog, News & Events on March 20th. Comments Off on Month Eight | Tripp’s New Level of Community

Eight months after attending their first RuralX, Shawn and Bryan Bietz have helped spark a whole new level of community camaraderie in Tripp.  The couple attended RuralX as a way to help find new resources and information about rural economic and community development. Since then, the community has come together for the better, despite some unexpected challenges.

An example of this community togetherness can be found on the Tripp Action Group (TAG) Facebook page, which was created by Shawn after she returned from RuralX as a “positive space to share ideas, collaborate and implement some great things in our community.” Shawn and Bryan were inspired to start a community group at RuralX. They created a name, a logo and a Facebook page to help launch the group.  Today, the TAG page has 200 followers, which is just a little less than … Read More »


Month Seven | Tripp partners with SDSU and Wellmark

Blog, News & Events on February 21st. Comments Off on Month Seven | Tripp partners with SDSU and Wellmark

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 »


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 »


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