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Generous Community Investors Save Tyndall’s Grocery Store

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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”

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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 »


RuralX sparks shop local Santa Day in Castlewood

Blog, News & Events on December 21st. Comments Off on RuralX sparks shop local Santa Day in Castlewood

Breanna Beebe of Castlewood and her colleague, Heidi McBride,  were sent to RuralX17 by their employer and one of the event’s Rural Inspiration Sponsors, First Premier Bank. That “inspiration” turned out to be the real deal. Breanna left RuralX17 with her inaugural idea of a Castlewood Main Street beautification project in the form of a “shop local” mural painted on the side of the community grocery store. She was able to get approval from the grocery store owner. The Arts Council agreed to paint it. The City Council paid for supplies.

Since our last check in with Breanna, the community of Castlewood has formed an Economic Development Board of Directors. With new goals focused on developing Castlewood, the group took their first step as a board to invite local business owners to a Shop Local … Read More »


Month five: Tripp celebrates the holidays!

Blog, News & Events on December 21st. Comments Off on Month five: Tripp celebrates the holidays!

Twenty parade entries. A live nativity show. A community play, horse drawn wagon rides and a fantastic “Hometown Holiday” turn-out. All of these things were the culmination of people coming together in Tripp to bring new energy, new ideas and new growth to their rural community.

Five months ago, Bryan and Shawn Bietz launched The Tripp Action Group (TAG) after being inspired at RuralX17. Since then, the group has successfully organized a kickball tournament/fundraiser, a yard clean-up project, a grocery delivery service and its first annual Hometown Holiday celebration.

After a busy November planning the December 10th event, organizers were excited about all the people who took part in the day. Volunteers of every age stepped up to help, and people came forward to lead projects that most interested them. This is the beauty and the blessing of living in small community! … Read More »


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