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Month Six | Tripp Partners with SD Community Foundation & Dakota Resources

Blog, News & Events on January 16th. Comments Off on Month Six | Tripp Partners with SD Community Foundation & Dakota Resources

Tripp Community Engages in Empower! Dakota Community Coaching

What a difference a few great connections can make. After attending RuralX17 last July just to “get some ideas,” Bryan and Shawn Bietz used what they learned to formed the Tripp Action Group. Since then, the entire Tripp community has made significant strides in bringing people together to help make their home a better place to live. The latest achievement includes applying for and receiving a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. This grant will be used to help fund a partnership with Dakota Resources and the organization’s Empower! Community Coaching program, which will guide the community through a comprehensive coaching process designed to help empower local people and organizations to lead action. (Tripp is one of several rural development corporations using SD Community Foundation grants to partner … 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 »


Month four: Tripp comes together for good!

Blog, News & Events on November 30th. Comments Off on Month four: Tripp comes together for good!

It’s amazing what can happen when people work together.

Four months ago, Bryan and Shawn Bietz of Tripp launched The Tripp Action Group (TAG) after attending RuralX17. Since then, the group has successfully hosted a kickball tournament/fundraiser and a yard-clean up project. A Tripp Area Mom’s Group was also formed to help bring women together. As we follow TAG over the next year, we can’t help but notice that projects are becoming more ambitious as new volunteers step up to take a lead. This is the “ripple effect” we talk about so often! Here are some of the latest highlights from our spotlight community:

As the town’s only grocery store finds itself in danger of closing, the community is coming together to try to save it. A volunteer grocery delivery service has been established and approximately twenty community members are on … Read More »


Month three: Tripp kicks it out of the park!

Blog, News & Events on October 17th. Comments Off on Month three: Tripp kicks it out of the park!

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 »


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