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Lemmon’s Placemakers Co-op is not a place, it’s people.

Blog, News & Events on February 26th. Comments Off on Lemmon’s Placemakers Co-op is not a place, it’s people.

It all started with Judy Larson’s overflowing kitchen. 

“We’d been getting together with friends to make things and
have some fun,” says Judy. “In November 2017 I had twenty adults, a bunch of
kids and three dogs crammed into my house making lavender bath bombs.  It was crazy! 
A few of us had heard about maker spaces and thought that would solve
our space problem.”

The group decided to investigate a few possibilities around
the Lemmon area.

“We looked at some spaces, but we didn’t want to spend all
our energy figuring out how to take care of overhead expenses. We decided not
to invest in a building, but just to work around it. Once we took the need for
dedicated physical space off the table, it opened up all kinds of creative
ideas,” says Judy, who now serves as the Placemakers Co-op president.

Judy explains that Placemakers Co-op embraces … Read More »


Making Brookings Even Better

Blog, News & Events on February 26th. Comments Off on Making Brookings Even Better

Imagine a 2,475 square foot building filled with all the
tools, resources and technology necessary to build, design, create and invent
to your hearts content. Your key card gives you full access to  the building from 6 am until midnight, seven
days a week. You’ll often find workshops, classes, demonstrations and great
networking opportunities inside.

If this sounds like a dream come true, that’s because it is.

The Brookings Area Maker Space celebrated its third birthday this month and is just one more example of the endless possibilities available to an innovative rural community.

The Maker Space got its start through a USDA rural
development grant used to help purchase equipment and tools. Empty warehouse
space in the Brookings Innovation Center houses the project. The maker space is
also supported by the Brookings Office of Economic Development.

“We wanted a way to help people bring great ideas … Read More »


Housing Heros Story Series 4 of 4 | Redfield

Blog, News & Events on February 7th. Comments Off on Housing Heros Story Series 4 of 4 | Redfield

“When I look around a town and see neglected property, I see an opportunity. The first step is simply to see if the property can be purchased directly without any government involvement. A nice conversation is a good place to start.” stated Craig Johnson


Housing Heros Story Series 3 of 4 | Kimball

Blog, News & Events on January 31st. Comments Off on Housing Heros Story Series 3 of 4 | Kimball

After learning about the role of code enforcement officers
at a RuralX breakout session in 2016, Anita Holan decided to pursue the idea in
her own community of Kimball, where she serves as the Economic Development
Director.

“The more attractive a town is, the easier it is to recruit
and retain businesses,” she explains. “Quality housing is important to the
vitality  of a community, and therefore
becomes important to my job in economic development.”

While at RuralX, Anita heard about Mike Olsen, a code
enforcement officer contracted in several rural communities around the area. She
talked with Mike about the needs in Kimball, and a few months later, he presented
his information to the City Council. In August 2017,
he was officially hired.

The first step in the code enforcement process involved having
Mike assess all the properties within the Kimball city limits and writing up a
list of homeowners in violation of various … Read More »


It’s a New Day in Day County

Blog, News & Events on January 25th. Comments Off on It’s a New Day in Day County

A Recycling team of 26 people is working to make recycling available and convenient to Day County area residents, and has had the help of school kids involved in the Destination Imagination program.


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Lemmon’s Placemakers Co-op is not a place, it’s people.

It all started with Judy Larson’s overflowing kitchen. 

“We’d been getting together with friends to make things and have some fun,” says Judy. “In November...

Making Brookings Even Better

Imagine a 2,475 square foot building filled with all the tools, resources and technology necessary to build, design, create and invent to your hearts content. Your...

Housing Heros Story Series 4 of 4 | Redfield
“When I look around a town and see neglected property, I see an opportunity. The first step is simply to see if the property...
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