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Connect Your Community Like Never Before

Blog, News & Events on March 30th. Comments Off on Connect Your Community Like Never Before

Join one or more of the
Dakota Resources’ Learning Networks
and connect like never before.

You told us what you wanted: more connections, more flexibility, more partners and more opportunities to learn.

The good news?

That’s exactly what we want to give you.

Your interest and input is helping us connect more rural South Dakota communities to each other, to resources, and to us, with options to participate even on a small scale. While most of what we’re offering has always been available, we are doubling down on our learning networks and making them even better. Our learning networks are the foundation of our community interaction, and are now more accessible to communities not in a long-term partnership with Dakota Resources.

By joining one or more of our learning networks, your community can focus on one or more topics, such as housing … Read More »

Centerville is Not Dying. (Part 3 of 3)

Blog on March 27th. Comments Off on Centerville is Not Dying. (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3 of a 3 part look at the future of Centerville

Guest Author, Jared Hybertson, Centerville Economic Development Coordinator

Perception isn’t reality, but sometimes it’s the only thing that matters for a small town. How a town is viewed by not only its residents, but by outsiders and potential residents can truly make or break your community. A community that is perceived to be clean, and friendly, and busy, and growing, is a place that people are attracted to. But a community that is considered to be the opposite of that, well that is tough to overcome. The perception people have of a community can affect everything from where people decide to shop or visit, to where they ultimately decide to live or not live.

As I discussed in last week’s article there is no doubt Centerville currently faces some challenges. Lower … Read More »

A Light Burns Bright in the Black Hills

Blog, News & Events on March 23rd. Comments Off on A Light Burns Bright in the Black Hills

“We’re all just little lighthouses that need a chance to shine,” explains Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, a 2016 Dakota Rising graduate and community volunteer in Lead-Deadwood.

Jamie doesn’t just shine. She radiates.

Prior to becoming a Dakota Rising Fellow, Jamie was leasing a small coffee shop space in Lead and was just coming into her own as a community volunteer. Now she’s on the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center board of directors, Lead Chamber of Commerce board, Lead Kiwanis board, Boys and Girls Club Resource Development Team and multiple local committees.

“Once I became involved with Dakota Rising, I really found my voice,” explains Jamie. “It was like someone lit a match. I realized that getting involved with my community was really important to me, and that I could make a difference.”

Not only did Jamie build a beautiful new space for Lotus Up Espresso and … Read More »

Jenni Tucker

Dakota Rising, Fellows on March 22nd. Comments Off on Jenni Tucker


Jenni is the owner of Help-U-Rent, a full-service property management company in Spearfish. From a young age, Jenni knew she would be an entrepreneur. That became a reality in 2014 with the opportunity to purchase the business. Along with her entrepreneurial spirit, starting at Help-U-Rent as an employee helped her to gain the knowledge of the industry and business she needed to step into the ownership role. Jenni has continued to grow the company and is always looking for more opportunities. Most recently, she started another company called Black Hills Blinds, specializing in custom window coverings. She also serves as a board member for the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce. Jenni has great pride in the Black Hills and the community of Spearfish, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 2 of 3)

Blog, News & Events on March 20th. Comments Off on Centerville Is Not Dying. (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of a 3 part look at the future of Centerville
Guest Author, Jared Hybertson, Centerville Economic Development Coordinator

In last week’s article, part 1 of this 3 part look at the future of Centerville, I shared with you a discussion I had with a teacher who had overheard some discouraging comments from a couple of his students revolving around the future of the school. In the article I stressed how important it is for us as a community to keep a positive outlook and stand united to overcome the challenges we currently face in our town. This time around I want to share another conversation I had recently revolving around the future of Centerville and its school district, and also how the culture that surrounds sports can relate to the overall success of a community.

Shortly after the New Year I was … Read More »


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