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A Healthier Custer Wins Innovative Rural Community Prize

Blog, News & Events on November 4th. Comments Off on A Healthier Custer Wins Innovative Rural Community Prize

The Custer Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) was recently named the Innovative Rural Community Prize, and was awarded by Dakota Resources during the 2019 Empower Sessions Event and Gala on October 19 in Spearfish.


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.


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 »


Freeman Attracts Thousands with Chislic

Blog, News & Events on November 21st. Comments Off on Freeman Attracts Thousands with Chislic

When the idea first originated, organizers thought the South Dakota Chislic Festival could bring several hundred visitors to the small town of Freeman, located in the heart of South Dakota’s legendary ‘chislic circle.’

It didn’t take long for that idea to explode into a massive first-year event that brought over 8,000 people to town last summer.

“It was beyond our expectations,” says event founder Josh Hofer, Community Development & Marketing Coordinator for the city of Freeman. “People just love chislic, so the event gained a lot of recognition in the media. That really helped it take off. Once we saw the excitement building, we started preparing for numbers in the thousands, but 8,000 was definitely a surprise.”

So how did a small town like Freeman pull off a huge event like the South Dakota Chislic Festival?

Volunteers. Lot and lots of volunteers.

Josh estimates there … Read More »


Flandreau’s “Crazy Volunteer Lady”

Blog, News & Events on November 21st. Comments Off on Flandreau’s “Crazy Volunteer Lady”

Emily Firman Pieper stole the show at the first Dakota Resources Rural X event when she proposed the Open X topic: “How can I get paid to be a volunteer?”

Her question was met with laughter and understanding from a crowd well-versed in the logistics of rural volunteerism. Every aspect of rural life is made better when a community has a strong core of engaged volunteers. Without them, our schools, churches, community events and overall quality of life drastically suffer. In a small town, willing volunteers are like gold—and sometimes just as hard to find.

In Flandreau, where Emily lives with her family, she isn’t just gold. She’s the entire gold mine.

“Somewhere along the line, something clicked,” she explains. “I realized I have a passion for making things happen. I love connecting with people. I enjoy solving problems. Volunteering doesn’t pay the … Read More »


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