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A Higher Purpose Comes to RuralX

Blog, News & Events on April 9th. Comments Off on A Higher Purpose Comes to RuralX

“My goal is to uplift underserved communities and inspire the next generation of innovators to address generational poverty throughout our country”
– Tim Lampkin at http://www.timlampkin.com/


RuralX | helping our rural places thrive

Blog, News & Events on April 3rd. Comments Off on RuralX | helping our rural places thrive

Save the date for ruralX! If you are a person who cares about your rural community and you want to connect with people who also have a passion to help our rural places thrive, then you belong at ruralX.


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 »


New Growth Makes Housing a Priority in Tyndall

Blog, News & Events on October 31st. Comments Off on New Growth Makes Housing a Priority in Tyndall

Tyndall, South Dakota is on a roll.

This rural community of just under 1,100 people is seeing new growth in many areas, including an influx of new businesses, a beautiful new baseball field, a new 4-H building/community center and upgrades at the fire station and local park, among other things. Many of the improvements were made possible with the help of grants from the Hoch Foundation and The South Dakota Community Foundation.

With all of the new opportunities available in Tyndall, housing development has become an even bigger priority.

“It’s like a domino effect. When people see positive change, they want to be part of it, so they jump in and start something new too,” explains Ron Wagner, Chairperson of the Tyndall Development Corporation. “But without enough quality housing, we have people driving from 40 miles away just to work here. We need … Read More »


Deuel Area Development Joins the Learning Network

Blog, News & Events on September 21st. Comments Off on Deuel Area Development Joins the Learning Network

“We had been thinking about joining the Dakota Resources Learning Network for some time, but the last RuralX confirmed it for us,” says Joan Sacrison, Executive Director of Deuel Area Development. “The high caliber speakers and the energy surrounding the topic of ‘a new rural’ helped our board realize it was the right time to join.”

Deuel Area Development, Inc. joined the Learning Network in July, and while they are just getting their feet wet, they have had a positive experience so far. Deuel County is located in east central South Dakota and includes the communities of Clear Lake, Gary, Toronto, Brandt, Astoria, Altamont, Goodwin and Bemis. Like many rural areas, the communities are challenged by a lack of quality, affordable housing, local employment and residents shopping in nearby larger communities. Through their relationship with Dakota Resources, Deuel Area Development … Read More »


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A Higher Purpose Comes to RuralX
"My goal is to uplift underserved communities and inspire the next generation of innovators to address generational poverty throughout our country" - Tim Lampkin...
RuralX | helping our rural places thrive
Save the date for ruralX! If you are a person who cares about your rural community and you want to connect with people who...
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...

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