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The Center for Rural Affairs and the South Dakota State University Department of Sociology and Rural Studies worked collaboratively in writing this report. South Dakota...
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Posted on Jun 13, 2018
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Nathan Genzler got an early start in his career. As a child, he would visit Tulare Country Meats, the butcher shop where his dad worked,...
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Posted on May 31, 2018
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It’s estimated that independent businesses return an average of three times more money to their communities than their competitor chains. The REED Fund has long...
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Posted on Apr 16, 2018
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Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative’s Economic Development (REED) Fund was recently utilized to help build a new hospital. The REED Fund, a joint economic development fund...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2018
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Industrial parks are a valuable recruitment tool. But acquiring a large property and establishing the requisite infrastructure to attract companies is a major undertaking, particularly...
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Posted on Mar 12, 2018
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Running a small family farm these days is a challenge. Thinking creatively and having an entrepreneurial mindset can help. Many farmers are diversifying their crops...
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Posted on Jan 24, 2018
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The following is a column written and released by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, R-S.D., entitled “Wind Power Contributing To South Dakota’s Economy.”  As most people in rural South Dakota...
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Posted on Dec 27, 2017
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The Trump Administration recently appointed Julie Gross as the new state director for USDA Rural Development in South Dakota. Gross began her new role on...
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Posted on Dec 20, 2017
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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal...
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Posted on Dec 18, 2017
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17 Grain handling/agronomy firms
(13 are cooperatives) $113 million capital investment