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Community Vitality Newsletter

SDSU Extension's Community Vitality Newsletter includes resources to enhance communities and improve their capacity to flourish.

Lemmon SD, A busy Main Street during the 2019 Energize Conference

Energize! Conference Creates an Economic Impact for Lemmon, S.D.

In late spring 2019, SDSU Extension hosted the second annual ENERGIZE! Exploring Innovating Rural Communities Conference in Lemmon, South Dakota. This conference brought an estimated $25,802 to the local Lemmon economy during the two-day event.

A crowd of Energize Conference attendees enjoying refreshments served in a local art gallery.

Successful Energize! Conference Buoys Community Efforts in Lemmon, S.D. and Beyond

Cool, rainy weather in Lemmon, S.D., didn’t dampen community spirit on April 30 and May 1, 2019, when the North-Central community hosted the state’s Energize! Conference with facilitation by SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality Team.

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SDSU Extension Teams with CASA to Engage Volunteers in Rural Communities During ENERGIZE! Conference

June 06, 2019

Making communities a better place is a continual goal of SDSU Extension across South Dakota. During the recent ENERGIZE! Conference held April 30-May 1, 2019 in Lemmon, SDSU Extension provided opportunities for several community organizations to showcase the resources they offer to citizens, but for the Northern Hills Area CASA, the conference was an especially important opportunity.

Community Leadership, Developing Communities

Participants walking  in one of the Physical Activity Evidence-Based programs offered through SDSU Extension

SDSU Extension Awarded Two 2019 Administration for Community Living Grants

May 23, 2019

SDSU Extension recently received two 2019 Administration for Community Living Grants, to fund two unique programs focused on preventing falls and chronic disease self-management.
“By listening to the needs of South Dakotans and the communities who serve them, our team understands how we can implement research-based and proven programming to address their needs and benefit citizens across the state,” said Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food & Families Program Director.

Health, Developing Communities, Better Choices, Better Health©, Older Adults

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SD Mesonet, SD Wheat partner to Bring Weather Station to West River Research Farm, Sturgis

May 22, 2019

The South Dakota Mesonet has installed a new weather station at the West River Research Farm near Sturgis with the support of the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

Beef Cattle, Sheep, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Cover Crops, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Sunflower, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Goats, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit, Swine, Pasture, Range, Grassland, Soil Health, Wildlife, Developing Communities

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Effecting Change Towards Economic Growth

During 2018 the main driver for South Dakota's economic growth continued to be agriculture. It is still the number one industry, with almost $20 billion in impact yearly. In today’s uncertain economic environment, two things can help farmers succeed: information and knowledge.

A small town main street.

Energize! Conference Keynote Speaker to Share Ideas for Rallying Rural Communities

April 15, 2019

Brent Comstock, a rural Nebraskan, is the founder of one of the most successful rural-based tech companies in the Midwest. He will be the keynote speaker during the 2019 Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference, held in in Lemmon April 30-May1, 2019

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

A small town main street.

Innovative Community Efforts Showcased During Upcoming Energize! Conference in Lemmon

April 15, 2019

A Chislic Festival in Freeman, a unique charity-focused music venue in Spearfish, and a grassroots effort bringing new ideas to Highmore, are three community development success stories occurring around the state. How have they done it and what can other communities learn and apply from these efforts? Community leaders and individuals are invited to attend the upcoming Energize! Conference being held April 30-May1, 2019 in Lemmon, to find out.

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development

A small town main street.

Energize! Conference to Highlight How Rural Communities are Addressing Housing, Healthcare and Other Issues

April 15, 2019

Providing quality housing and healthcare services will be the focus of the Energize! Conference held April 30 - May 1, 2019 in Lemmon. The event is cohosted by SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and the Lemmon community.

Community Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Developing Communities, Small Businesses, Business Development