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

Posted on April 22, 2018

Paula Jensen
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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 people in need through fundraising or volunteerism.

The community recently nominated a residence for the Paint:SD project being sponsored by the South Dakota Housing Development Authority and is waiting to see if their nomination was accepted. If so, several community members have volunteered to paint the home this summer.

Potential ideas for upcoming projects and events include:

  • Play or dinner theater
  • Chili cookoff
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Bouncy houses
  • Donkey basketball
  • Daddy daughter dance
  • Tripp’s Got Talent show
  • Amazing race challenge
  • Dodgeball tournament
  • Movie showings

In addition to community events, Tripp is eager to get started with Dakota Resources community coaching this spring, made possible by a recent South Dakota Community Foundation community innovation grant.  On Friday, April 27, a presentation from the SDSU students involved with the SD Dept. Of Health Active Transportation Grant will be presenting recommendations on improvements that can make Tripp an even better place to live.

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