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Jackie Rhode and members of the Christian Motorcyclist Association huddling for a group prayer.

Crow Creek Community Champion, Jackie Rhode, Receives Donation for Local Backpack Program

The Crow Creek Sioux Reservation is home to about 2,225 people and is located on the east bank of the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Over the past four to five years, a wellness coalition has been created, established and is currently in full force through the work of SDSU Extension and many other great partners and collaborations within the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

Woman at a booth demonstrating beef sustainability.

New “AgriCulture” Event in Rapid City Connects Urban Families to Ag Community

Rapid City’s Main Street Square featured all-things agriculture on Saturday, September 21, 2019 allowing urban consumers an opportunity to meet the farmers and ranchers who produce their food and learn how they care for crops, livestock and rangelands.

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De Smet Community Organizations Receive AEDs and CPR Training

January 14, 2020

First responders, rural churches and community members in De Smet and Kingsbury County recently received automated external defibrillator’s (AEDs)and CPR training provided by the Well Connected Communities De Smet Wellness Coalition.

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Double Up Bucks Program Launches in Grocery Stores across South Dakota and North Dakota

January 21, 2020

The launch of the Double Up Dakota Bucks in grocery stores is the first of its kind in both North and South Dakota.

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South Dakota Change Network Announces 18 Changemakers

February 18, 2020

SDSU Extension is pleased to announce the 18 South Dakotans selected to the third cohort of the South Dakota Change Network.

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Date TBD

ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 2021

SDSU Extension will host a conference in May 2021 about rural communities held in a rural community in the Milbank community.

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Energize! Conference: Save the Date! May 5-6, 2020

February 21, 2020

The SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and the Community of Milbank are teaming up to host the Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 5-6, 2020 in Milbank, South Dakota.

A map of South Dakota with several colored boxes indicating areas of increased flood risk. For a complete description, visit the National Weather Service website at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/long_range.php?wfo=fsd

Get to Know Your Local Emergency Management Director

The warmer weather and spring migration this March have us all thinking of better days ahead. Unfortunately, it also has us thinking about flooding again this spring.

A box filled with sack lunches available for children to take home.

Food Resources in Your Community: Schools and Organizations Mobilize to Provide Food as a Response to COVID-19

The USDA has approved the serving of food in South Dakota at school sites and non-congregate settings while public schools remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Different communities throughout the state are using programs to provide meals to kids that may not have access to food while school is closed.

Two women preparing take-out containers for drive-up meal service.

Creative Ways to Serve Community Meals

At a time when we all need to use caution with human contact, the ideas of human fellowship remains important to our mental health. People are getting creative with ideas of serving their rural communities in new ways.