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Housing Heros Story Series 1 of 4 | Belle Fourche

Blog, News & Events on January 18th. Comments Off on Housing Heros Story Series 1 of 4 | Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche’s story begins in 2013 after a housing study done by Community Partners Research out of Faribault, Minnesota revealed a dire lack of adequate housing. The results were worse than expected, and the Economic Development Corporation decided to step in to see what they could do to help.

“The first thing we did was speak to the high school,” says Hollie Stalder, Director of Economic Development in Belle Fourche. “Each year, the technical students build a home with the help of trained professionals. Those homes were being sold and often times, moved out of town. We wanted to help our housing situation by keeping these well-built home in the community.”

The next step was finding lots for the homes.

They found a few empty lots in town that worked, but the last three properties were acquired through demolition of older dilapidated homes. … 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 »


RuralX is a success for rural South Dakota

Blog, News & Events on June 20th. Comments Off on RuralX is a success for rural South Dakota

The RuralX Summit, organized by Dakota Resources with the help of 57 generous sponsors, was a rural economic and community development summit held in July of 2016 to help rural innovators connect with new ideas, innovative people and forward-thinking collaborations. The two-day event was attended by 222 people who were motivated by:

National rural advocates and celebrated speakers

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Networking with key organizations, resources and rural leaders

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A farm-to-fork dinner celebration with entertainment

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Breakout sessions focused on rural agendas

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Inspirational success stories

The following rural successes were a direct result of the 2016 RuralX Summit and can be attributed to the hard-working, visionary people who came to us representing their communities, their organizations and their dreams.

Two high school boys from Miller, Dylan Fulton and Camden Breitling, attended the RuralX Summit with the help of a scholarship from Dakota Resources. The two boys, who are Youth Leaders … Read More »


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