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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 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 »


RuralX Inspires Tripp Duo

Blog, News & Events on August 16th. Comments Off on RuralX Inspires Tripp Duo

#thinkbigandtakeaction  — Something big is happening in the small town of Tripp, South Dakota.

The ball started rolling when Bryan Bietz attended his first Tripp Area Community Foundation meeting.

“Bryan came home and told me he had been elected President, and we both kind of laughed because it had been his very first meeting. Neither of us had experience with community development, however, we both knew we wanted to do more for our community,” explains his wife, Shawn, a local veterinarian. “I started Googling rural development in South Dakota and Dakota Resources popped up, which led me to the RuralX event in Aberdeen. After exploring the website, reading reviews and watching the RuralX video, we knew we needed to go.”

Shortly after discovering RuralX online, Bryan received a free ticket from the South Dakota Community Foundation because of his … Read More »


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