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The Stop Doing List for Communities

Blog, News & Events on February 5th. Comments Off on The Stop Doing List for Communities

Have you ever experienced a time when you could envision what needs to happen but had no idea what to stop doing in order to reach the point of success?


Free Rural Housing Toolkit Provides Resources to Community Leaders

Blog, News & Events on November 26th. Comments Off on Free Rural Housing Toolkit Provides Resources to Community Leaders

When it comes to rural challenges, one of the biggest obstacles many small towns face is a surplus of dilapidated properties and the need for quality, available housing.


Does Communication Really Have to be So Hard in Small Towns?

Blog, News & Events on April 2nd. Comments Off on Does Communication Really Have to be So Hard in Small Towns?

One-by-one, sixteen local leaders from multiple neighboring
rural communities, courageously, yet with some hesitancy, walked through the
door of the community room. They did not know what to expect from this
gathering. They didn’t even all know each other. The group, representing city
councils, county commission, and economic development corporation, had been
personally invited by the county-wide economic development director to hear
from a special guest on the topic of how they could work better together to
make their region stronger.

As each leader entered the room the smell of pizza greeted
them, making them feel welcome. After some small talk while they ate their
pizza, the local leaders were asked to sit down at the tables that had
purposely been positioned into a large rectangle, so they could see each other.
The meeting began with introductions and each of them shared why they chose to
be a leader. The group was … Read More »


Hoven’s Christmas on the Prairie

Blog, News & Events on January 3rd. Comments Off on Hoven’s Christmas on the Prairie

It’s a chilly day in December and cars and buses are lining the streets of Hoven, population 400. From a distance you can see the majestic church spires piercing the pale blue sky, a beacon to people traveling here from near and far. Affectionately known as the “Cathedral on the Prairie,” St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven attracts many visitors throughout the year—but today over one thousand people will flock here to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with “Christmas on the Prairie,” featuring glorious music from a variety of highly regarded choirs and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

“A former priest, Father Lance Oser, started this tradition in 2003 when he reached out to the South Dakota Symphony and they agreed to come,” explains Mary Keller, lifelong Hoven resident and the event’s Choral Coordinator. “It is a work … Read More »


Generous Community Investors Save Tyndall’s Grocery Store

Blog, News & Events on November 21st. Comments Off on Generous Community Investors Save Tyndall’s Grocery Store

This past January, the only grocery store in Tyndall closed its doors.

The community quickly came together to brainstorm ideas for re-opening the store. The first step involved forming the Tyndall Market LLC, an investment opportunity that allowed community members to buy into the ownership of the store for $35,000 each.

“It was explained that this is a high-risk investment with a good chance of little to no return,” explains Ron Wagner, community volunteer. “Everyone was aware that they could take it in the shorts on this deal, with no promises of ever seeing a dime of their investment again.”

Within no time, seven different local investors had pledged $35,000 each to re-open the grocery store, simply out of love for their community.

Next, community volunteers and businesses worked to clean, renovate and re-stock the store. Tyndall Market LLC began researching … Read More »


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