The 4th Annual Shadehill Outdoor Youth Challenge, was held Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Boy Scout cabin on the south side of Shadehill Reservoir just south of Lemmon, SD. The challenge was geared toward introducing and testing youth in activities such as shooting sports, hunting and fishing.
While you are at Dakotafest, be sure to stop at the SDSU Extension booth (#600) on Wednesday, August 16 at 10:00 am (CST). The SDSU Extension Community Vitality team will be hosting a panel discussion “Farm +: Adding Value Through Value-Added Ag and Agritourism.”
Several cities in the North Dakota oil patch are seeing a drop in residents, however, the state’s overall population continues to rise. Minot’s 2016 population has fallen by nearly 800 residents from 2015, which is 1.6 percent of the population.
A boomtown is a community that experiences rapid population and economic growth; very often it is in conjunction with a new profitable industry. There are over 50 such communities within the United States and Jeffrey City, Wyoming is one of these communities. Jeffrey City is located in Freemont County Wyoming, on highway 287 about 90 plus miles west of Casper and about 60 plus miles east of Lander.
Here are oil and gas statistics for South Dakota in 2016. In 2016 South Dakota had no new oil wells drilled. This is the first time since I have been following the oil and gas industry in South Dakota (four years) that there has not been a new well drilled in the state.
Congratulations to all the young people celebrating graduations this month, whether is it a high school graduation or a college graduation. You have a reason to be proud. You have dedicated years of learning and now it is time to go out and spread your wings! Yes, this is an exciting time for you. There are so many options! You can continue your education. You can get a job. You can start a business. And then remember, once you have had some of the adventures you always dreamed of, you can go home.
Members of the SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team spent two days in April attending a “Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities” Conference in McCook, Nebraska. The conference, hosted by University of Nebraska Extension, offered an interesting venue twist: conference sessions were held in main street businesses. First tried by Michigan State University with success, McCook replicated the innovative idea.
Like many small rural areas, Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED) faces challenges and they have succeeded in overcoming these challenges to attain several wins with economic development within Lemmon. I had an opportunity to speak with Dave Johnson, executive director for Lemmon Area Charitable and Economic Development (LACED). Below you will read his responses to the questions I asked.
You might think a Job Fair is an event for larger communities or college towns. The Badlands Bad River Region in South Dakota set out to prove that concept wrong.
Aspiring and current business owners in the Wagner and Lake Andes area recently participated in Small Business Beginnings, a series of five business classes offered by SDSU Extension Community Vitality an organized by Wagner Area Growth. During these classes, participants planned for success in business by having the opportunity to write or update their business plans, participate in “board” meetings, and learn from a variety of speakers that covered everything from business structure to taxes and licensing to financial statements and finance options.