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 Contents
 South Dakota Horizons Project  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1
 Armour  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 4
 Big Stone City  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 4
 Bison  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 5
 Box Elder  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 5
 Conde  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6
 Eden/Roslyn  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6
 Estelline  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7
 Eureka  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7
 Faith  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8
 Frederick  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8
 Gregory  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 9
 Harding County  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 9
 Hot Springs  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10
 Hyde County  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10
 Iroquois  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .11
 Kadoka  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .11
 Kimball  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .12
 Leola  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .12
 Montrose .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .13
 Murdo  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .13
 Newell  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 14
 Oldham  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 14
 Philip  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .15
 Presho  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .15
 Reliance  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 16
 Sanborn Central  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 16
 Scotland  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 17
 Sisseton  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 17
 St . Francis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .18
 Timber Lake, Isabel, and Dupree  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .18
 Tripp  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .19
 Tyndall  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .19
 Volin/Gayville  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .20
 Wagner  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .20
 Whetstone Valley  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 21
 Whitewood  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 21

 Horizons community population and poverty rates are from 2000 U .S . Census .



Access at http://agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/articles/ESS1517.pdf

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South Dakota Horizons Project
Strengthening Rural Communities for the Future of South Dakota


  The word “community” is defined as people who share a particular place and all the
resources located there . In South Dakota, we have a strong affinity for the rural places we
call home and the neighbors we call our friends . Our citizens take pride in valued community
characteristics such as neighborliness, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness . Yet without
thoughtful citizen participation, the vitality of a community can suffer .
  Today, some South Dakota communities can attest to the challenges they face: poverty,
lack of resources, population out-migration, and lack of citizen participation . As a result,
community citizens have realized that they must take purposeful steps in rebuilding capacity
and vision for the future . They, like any of us, want a better quality of life for themselves and
their community as a whole .
  The Horizons Project has allowed 38 communities to engage in the building of local capac-
ity and hope for the future . Goals have been identified and strategies put into place for ac-
complishing them . Citizens can now see the value and importance of involvement and voice
and that their input is critical to a community taking action for their future, versus letting
inaction dictate the future .
  Community work is hard work . Yet the reward can be rich . Within these pages, you will read
about the unique and impactful work of 38 communities who have changed their future .
They have implemented strategies that both meet their local issues and build the capacity
of their community . Their stories document what committed citizens can accomplish by first
taking on responsibility and then taking action to change and guide their future .
  As Margaret Mead, a famous U .S . anthropologist, once said: “Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that
ever does .”


IssUe
• A continually changing economy and migration to urban areas for jobs have taken their toll
  in rural communities . Faced with economic decline and demographic change, these rural
  communities are acknowledging the fact that they own their own fates and must work on
  complex issues from within . The Horizons project challenges community members to build
  their human capacity and address issues around poverty and leadership development .
  The Horizons project helps them form a collective vision for the future .
2        south Dakota Horizons Project


    Horizons staff:

    Darah Darrington
    Phone: 605 .448 .5171
    Email: darah .darrington@
    sdstate .edu

    Kari Fruechte
    Phone: 605 .685 .6972
    Email: kari .fruechte@
    sdstate .edu

    Cheryl Jacobs
    Phone: 605 .649 .7607       south Dakota Horizons project staff, left to right: Martha Landes, David olson, Kelly Roseland,
    Email: cheryl .jacobs@      Dan oedekoven, Cheryl Jacobs, Karla trautman, Kari Fruechte, and Darah Darrington.
    sdstate .edu

    Martha Landes
    Phone: 605 .688 .6977       IMPACt
    Email: martha .landes@      • Community coaching is a new method of education provided by the Extension Service .
    sdstate .edu                  Participants in Horizons have often identified the important role of the coach, who

    Dan oedekoven                 continues to come back to town and rally the working committees . Coaches encourage
    Phone: 605 .394 .2236         the recruitment of participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences for each seg-
    Email: daniel .oedekoven      ment of the program . This diversity in age, education level, socioeconomic background,
    @sdstate .edu
                                  ethnicity, and experience demonstrates the power of involving all types of citizens in
    David olson                   mobilizing around issues . Coaches listen and learn along with participants at all levels,
    Phone: 605 .688 .5614         yet also provide the expertise and connections necessary to move the group forward .
    Email: david .olson@
    sdstate .edu                • 10 community-operated thrift stores have opened—Presho moved into a bigger space
                                  this year .
    Kelly Roseland              • 6 food pantries created or expanded—Leola even delivers .
    Phone: 605 .478 .0238
    Email: kelly .roseland@     • 12 individuals opened businesses influenced by Horizons involvement:
    sdstate .edu                   - Frederick – convenience store and Frederick Café
                                   - Oldham – convenience store and bed & breakfast
    Karla trautman
    Phone: 605 .688 .4790          - Bison – bakery
    Email: karla .trautman@        - Eureka – call center
    sdstate .edu                   - Whitewood – paving company, credit union, and photography business
                                   - Armour – cabins
                                   - Philip – consignment store
                                   - Conde – gift shop in former school building
                                • 5 family nights where families regularly join together to enjoy food, games and movies .
                                • 7 community gardens and 6 farmers markets established—Porcupine also sells Native
                                  crafts .
                                • 3 health and fitness sites started, one in the Sanborn Central School .
                                • 2 wellness programs—50% of school students in Armour saw their first dentist with a
                                  Delta Dental mobile unit, and SDSU nursing students assessed the health of elementary
                                  students there, finding 7 conditions that needed further monitoring .
                                                                                        south Dakota Horizons Project    3


• 5 housing initiatives are taking inventory, clearing lots, and offering remodeled               Locations:
  homes to new families .
• 3 transportation programs have been initiated—Hyde County involves a countywide                 Armour
  system .                                                                                        Big stone City
• 4 day cares, 3 youth centers, and 2 afterschool youth programs provide youth services;          Bison
  the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club serves large numbers of school-age young people .             Box elder
                                                                                                  Conde
• 2 community areas on reservation land have begun Study Circles addressing racism—
                                                                                                  eden/Roslyn
  Wagner has conducted 5 rounds of dialogue and is presenting a workshop at a regional
                                                                                                  estelline
  conference .                                                                                    eureka
• Expanding leadership capacity                                                                   Faith
   - At least 17 Horizons participants have been elected to public offices, gaining new           Frederick
     leadership . 69% of LeadershipPlenty participants report intentions to get more              Gregory
     involved in community decision making .                                                      Harding County
                                                                                                  Hot springs
• Hope and vision for the future
                                                                                                  Hyde County
   - Youth participation led to the creation of ice-skating rinks, a skateboard park, youth
                                                                                                  Iroquois
     centers, and free movies in the park . Elder coffee spots have opened . Adult education      Kadoka
     classes on topics like food preservation, money management, and computer skills have         Kimball
     been well attended . 4 new community foundations are being established . Work on             Leola
     racism, entrepreneurship, improving recreational sites, and supporting new businesses        Montrose
     show optimism in digging into deeper and more complex issues .                               Murdo
                                                                                                  newell
• Since Horizons began, at least $1,336,450 has been brought into communities in grants
                                                                                                  oldham
  and donations .
                                                                                                  Philip
                                                                                                  Presho
PARtneRs                                                                                          Reliance
The Northwest Area Foundation funds Horizons . In-state collaborators include USDA Rural          sanborn Central
Development, RC&D district offices, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, South              scotland
Dakota Community Foundation, South Dakota Rural Enterprise, SDSU Engineering Dept .,              sisseton
                                                                                                  st. Francis
SDSU College of Nursing, SDSU College of Education & Human Sciences, South Dakota
                                                                                                  timber Lake, Isabel,
planning districts, South Dakota Housing Authority, Rural Learning Center, Consumer Credit
                                                                                                    and Dupree
Counseling, and small-business development centers . Regionally, we communicate with              tripp
the Northern Plains Initiative and North Central Extension region . City councils, county         tyndall
commissioners, and a wide variety of local resource providers and businesses are                  Volin/Gayville
additional partners .                                                                             Wagner
                                                                                                  Whetstone Valley
                                                                                                  Whitewood
ContACts
• Karla Trautman, Horizons Project Supervisor, Community Development and University
  Engagement Program Leader, SNF 243, PO Box 2275A, Brookings, SD 57007, 688-4790,
  karla .trautman@sdstate .edu
• Kari Fruechte, Horizons Project Director, Bennett County Extension Office, PO Box M,
  Martin, SD 57551, (605) 441-1260 or (605) 685-6972, kari .fruechte@sdstate .edu
4        south Dakota Horizons Project



    Armour organizes school-wide Health screening                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                           activities:
      In hard economic times, people cut back—        Avera Health, SDSU College of Nursing,
    even on preventive health care . The Armour       Cooperative Extension, Sanford Hospital, In-         • Started free clothing
    Horizons team decided to organize a health-       dian Health Service, Douglas County Health,            exchange .
    screening fair at the school to identify health   EMTs, local businesses, and the Armour-Del-          • 5,000-plus free books
    needs that could use attention . Little did       mont School District . Free books and health           given to children .
    they know how great those needs were .            care bags were given to students after they          • Started school break-
      72 out of 77 eligible students in grades        completed their exams .                                fast program .
    7–12 were screened at no charge using               Many parents were surprised to discover            • Revitalized community
    ECHO, EKG, BP, or BMI tests:                      that their children had medical conditions             foundation .
          • 30 students had at least one              that they did not know about . Others were
            abnormal result .                         pleased that their health care practices             PoPULAtIon: 782
          • 1 student was discovered to have          were affirmed . Everyone was grateful for
                                                                                                           PoVeRtY RAte: 12.6%
            a heart murmur .                          the discoveries that led to better care of the
    120 k–12 students had free dental exams:          community’s children .                               CoACH: David Olson
          • 50% of the students had never been
            to a dentist .
          • 68 had tooth decay .
          • 63% of those screened did not
            have insurance .
          • $16,325 worth of services provided
            from an investment of $2,500 .
      Dental exams and follow-up work were
    provided by Delta Dental nonprofit and by
    University of South Dakota dental hygiene
    students . Other collaborators included Lions,


    other Horizons                  Big senior Moments in Big stone City
    activities:                        When naming the new monthly Horizons            Every fourth Wednesday, Hofhenke drives to
    • Big Stone City held           activity, Phyllis Lieb came up with a doozy:       Milbank to get 13 boxes of commodities . The
      a successful “Winter          Breezers and Geezers . “I was thinking it          boxes are 40 lbs . each, so a group of youths
      Freecycle” in October .       would be mostly older people, and what do          are volunteering to help distribute them . “It
      A roomful of good,            they like to do—shoot the breeze,” said Lieb .     is nice that they get a lot of good food each
      donated winter clothing          Phyllis Gruenwald organizes the two-hour        month without having to drive to get it,” says
      was collected, and the        activities and hosts 8–15 people from Big          Hofhenke .
      clothing was then             Stone City and Ortonville, Minn . “I got in-          Aaron Smith, a Senior Box recipient, says
      offered for free to           volved because I visit with shut-ins and they      he appreciates the program . “It’s quite a
      anyone .                      seem so lonely,” Gruenwald says . “Getting         deal,” Smith says . “I like the juices, fruit,
    • The new “Senior/Youth         them out once a month does them good . I           vegetables, and cheese .”
      Connection” pairs             offer rides to those who need them .”                 Big Stone City mayor Deb Wiik plans to
      volunteer youths with            Sharon Smith, who attends Breezers and          add information about both programs on the
      seniors who need help .       Geezers, says the activity offers a chance to      back of water bills soon .
      Teens shoveled snow           have fun and reconnect . “Oh, we visit and
      and helped move an            one lady plays piano, so we play ‘Name that
      elderly couple to             Tune,’” says Smith . “We reminisce about
      another home .                topics such as our first job, favorite toy, best
                                    friend, etc . It’s great because people just
                                    don’t get together much anymore .”
    PoPULAtIon: 605
                                       With the success of Breezers and Gee-
    PoVeRtY RAte: 11.2%             zers, more help for the seniors came forth .
    CoACH: Martha Landes            Elaine Hofhenke organized the “Senior
                                    Box” program to provide free, healthy foods
                                    for those over 60 and with a low income .
                                                                                           south Dakota Horizons Project             5



Preschool Debuts in Bison                                                                              other Horizons
                                                                                                       activities:
                                                 clothes, and still other donated books and
                                                 funds to purchase needed supplies .                   • “Making Your $’s
                                                    Heidi Collins, an afterschool coordina-              Stretch” and grant-
                                                 tor/teacher and member of the Horizons’                 writing workshops by
                                                 Steering Committee, said, “Parents are very             Extension were well
                                                 impressed with the new pre-school . They are            attended .
                                                 amazed at what their children are learning .          • Afterschool program
                                                 It was a great investment for our Horizons              youths worked with
                                                 money . Christ Lutheran Preschool has been              Master Gardeners
                                                 a great success .”                                      to make a variety of
                                                    According to Juergens, there are five                things with pumpkins
                                                 students attending preschool regularly, with            they grew in the com-
   A new preschool is open in Bison . This ex-   three already signed up for fall . The school           munity garden .
citing addition to the community is the result   meets two days per week, but there have               • A collaborative effort
of hard work on the part of Sarah Juergens,      been requests to expand to four days in the             brought the community
instructor and administrator .                   future . This year, following the Christmas pro-        together for meal and
   The Horizons project, along with many         gram at the school, a non-church member                 future planning ideas .
church and community members, donated            came to Sarah and told her how grateful they
funds to start the new school . The Christ       were to have the school in the community .            PoPULAtIon: 373
Evangelical Lutheran Church donated space,          Juergens said the preschool has been a
and many church and community members                                                                  PoVeRtY RAte: 12.6%
                                                 success . “It has exceeded my expectations .
donated time and talent to prepare and           I am very pleased with how it has been re-            CoACH: Dan Oedekoven
furnish the space . One parishioner built a      ceived by the community,” she said . “Church
kitchen play center, complete with a stove,      members are thankful . It has helped to build
sink, and cupboards . Another made doll          faith, trust, and confidence in the community .”


other Horizons                 Box elder’s Future expands
activities:                                                                        ects were already in the idea stage, Horizons
• Received a grant from                                                            helped get additional people involved by
  Midco for park im-                                                               providing the structure and funding to make
  provements .                                                                     the dreams a reality .
• Working with the city                                                              While the Horizons goals may appear to
  for a citywide cleanup—                                                          be unrelated, they are dependent on each
  planning a full force to                                                         other . Because Box Elder is so close to Rapid
                                  Box Elder is looking forward to physical         City, many people travel to there to spend
  help do pick ups .           city expansions, as well as to expanding the
• The citywide newsletter                                                          their money . But without significant sales tax
                               quality of life of its residents . Box Elder city   revenue, Box Elder itself has been unable to
  is getting out to more       government has plans to develop a down-
  people .                                                                         provide necessary services that help citizens
                               town area, something the community never            stay in the community .
                               really had due to rapid growth . At the same          Box Elder public works director Al Todd
PoPULAtIon: 2,841              time, Horizons projects are booming, and            said improved services can lead to improved
PoVeRtY RAte: 15.9%            a collaboration between groups has been             communities . “By making the city more at-
CoACH: Dan Oedekoven           formed to coordinate development in the             tractive, people are proud to live here,” said
                               community .                                         Todd . “Education opportunities help people
                                  Box Elder’s Horizons goals are to create         raise their quality of life . And educated peo-
                               an education center, develop and implement          ple lead to higher paying jobs, which lead to
                               a beautification plan, enhance business             additional business investments . And more
                               development and create jobs, enhance com-           businesses in the city provide additional
                               munity communication, create a resource             revenue and allow the city to provide better
                               center, and provide more recreational and           services . It becomes a circle . Any journey
                               social opportunities for its residents . While,     begins with the first step, and Horizon’s has
                               courtesy of city leaders, many of these proj-       provided that first step .”
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    Conde Artisan’s Gift shop opens                                                                      other Horizons
                                                                                                         activities:
                                                         The shop opened in October 2009 with
                                                      10 local people manning their own booths .         • The school is also
                                                      It has now expanded to 18 vendors, includ-           home to a private
                                                      ing six from other communities, who display          preschool and a fitness
                                                      their gifts and crafts . A total of 525 volun-       center . Plans are in the
                                                      teer hours have been donated since the               works for a public li-
                                                      shop opened . The Artisan’s Gift Shop has            brary, an antique store,
                                                      hosted a grand opening, two open houses,             and a coffee shop .
                                                      a special visitation by the Red Hat Society,       • Life skills classes for
                                                      and a gathering with gubernatorial candidate         young people are con-
                                                      Dennis Daugaard . Over 300 have visited the          tinuing .
                                                      shop since it opened .                             • A “transition picnic”
                                                         The Artisan’s Gift Shop includes items            was held for students
                                                      such as unique jewelry, doll furniture, etched       attending new schools .
                                                      and stained glass, crocheted rugs, quilted           T-shirts from the new
       After Conde’s school closed in 2009, utiliz-   items, pheasant-feather crafts, wooden               schools were given out .
    ing the building space was important to the       items, and many other home-based business
    community . A Horizon’s sponsored meeting         products . The store is open limited hours on      PoPULAtIon: 187
    in August 2008 featured Karla Benson from         weekends and plans an arts and craft show
    the Aberdeen Small Business Administra-                                                              PoVeRtY RAte: 15.1%
                                                      in the spring . Organizer Bev Wright says the
    tion, and Benson started bringing out ideas .     shop is also open by special appointment,          CoACH: Cheryl Jacobs
    A “Conde artisan’s gift shop” sounded like        and the community is always happy to host
    a possibility . The goal was to have the gift     visitors .
    shop open in time for the pheasant-hunting
    opener in 2009 .


    other Horizons                  eden and Roslyn see trees in their Future
    activities:                        Knowing that people gain pride when they
    • Summer farmers                live in a well-kept community, one of the is-
      market .                      sues the Eden/Roslyn Horizons team chose
    • Visitation Committee          to tackle was city cleanup . Highly committed
      that sends military           members of this committee wasted no time
      packages to local             in researching ways to enhance community
      troops .                      beautification . A large concern was the em-
    • Resource directory .          erald ash borer, which has been consuming
    • Senior meal delivery          trees in neighboring states and is soon to hit
      efforts begun, current-       this region .
      ly using high school             One Eden committee member developed
      students to make              a plan to spruce up Eden’s streets by cutting
      deliveries .                  down numerous structurally deficient trees
                                    last fall and planning to replant new trees
                                    this spring . Stuart Samson, also an Eden
    PoPULAtIon: 322
                                    City Council member, found the solution by
    PoVeRtY RAte: 13.3%             networking and connecting with resources .
    CoACH: Darah Darrington         Samson wrote a grant and was awarded             planted are green ash . With the threat of
                                    $1,000 by the South Dakota Department of         emerald ash bore getting closer and closer,
                                    Agriculture . Horizons is providing matching     we want to be proactive on the situation .”
                                    funds for the grant .                               Roslyn- and Eden-area residents are truly
                                       “Most trees on the boulevard were planted     accomplishing community development
                                    way too close and starting to choke each         goals for the betterment of their communi-
                                    other out . That doesn’t make for a healthy      ties by collaborating as a region and working
                                    tree,” Samson says . “And most of the trees      to pass on a legacy .
                                                                                                   south Dakota Horizons Project            7



Kids eat Up Gardening in estelline                                                                             other Horizons
                                                                                                               activities:
  Peppers are green
  Tomatoes are red                                                                                             • A can-recycling trailer
  I like cabbage so much                                                                                         has brought in $1,600
  I could eat a whole head                                                                                       in 2½ years with earn-
  — Leannah Tikrony, Estelline youth gardener                                                                    ings going to Missoula
                                                                                                                 Children’s Theatre,
   Who says children can’t provide for their                                                                     Community Garden,
families? Fourteen area children ages 5–12                                                                       movies, and other
participated in the second annual Children’s                                                                     Horizons projects .
Garden as part of the successful Estelline                                                                     • Inflatable movie
Lister Donley Community Garden .                          promoted gardening for children but died the           screen—used for sum-
   Horizons Green Committee member Linda                  year Estelline started the Horizons program .          mer movies, home-
Svec helped organize the weekly two-hour                    Svec said many people besides children               coming coronation,
program for youth, which involved gardening               are involved in the garden . “An elderly fellow        and community events .
and journaling . Special guests included an               decided to garden as a hobby over the sum-           • Estelline Today—a free
entomologist, an author, a poet, a sculptor, a            mer,” said Svec . “He fed fruits and veg-              service to provide daily
Master Gardener, and a food-safety specialist .           etables to his diabetic wife, and her insulin          local information . Call
   Horizons member and dietician Sharon                   requirements went down 70 percent .”                   873-4EST (873-4378)
Klosterman presented a session on nutri-                    Estelline’s popular farmers market had               to hear what’s happen-
tion . “I encouraged the kids to try new                  a successful third season with many items              ing .
vegetables,” said Klosterman . “Most of them              selling out within the first hour . Produce such
actually liked the fresh raw cabbage they                 as green beans, snap peas, and kale from
                                                                                                               PoPULAtIon: 675
picked and ate .”                                         the Children’s Garden were also available for
   The garden is located on the land of Har-              sale . Stop by Estelline Fridays from 4:30–          PoVeRtY RAte: 12.7%
vey Donley and is named for his father, who               6:30 p .m . and eat fresh!                           CoACH: Martha Landes


other Horizons                            Fitness Center nearing Reality in eureka
activities:                                Just in time for winter workouts and fulfill-   dues will pay all expenses . Getting necessary
• Avera Eureka Health                   ment of New Year’s resolutions, a fitness          licenses, establishing membership rates,
  Care Center will break                center will open in early 2010 in Eureka .         rules for usage, and hours of operation are
  ground this spring to                    People living in and around Eureka have         all decisions to be made as the facility is
  add a chapel to their                 long wished for this facility . The problem        established and managed by the board .
  facility .                            wasn’t enthusiasm; the problem was the             The Small Business Development Center
• Voters recently over-                 lack of a building . Every time a building was     has proven invaluable with these and other
  whelmingly approved                   located, the building was sold for another         decisions throughout the entire process of
  construction of a                     purpose . When one of the local cafes closed       opening the facility .
  second 4-plex housing                 in the fall of 2009, with no plans to reopen,         Excitement is running high as new mem-
  unit for unsubsidized                 the lease for the fitness center became a          bers anticipate the new opportunities soon
  rental housing .                      reality .                                          to be available in Eureka . A fitness center
• Eureka Chamber of                        The Eureka Community Development                provides yet another reason to live in this
  Commerce placed                       Company received $20,000 in grant money            rural community .
  a second billboard                    ($10,000 each from the Avera Foundation
  directing travelers to                and the South Dakota Community Founda-
  Eureka . Costs shared                 tion) to purchase equipment and renovate
  by Eureka Community                   the building . Good, used commercial equip-
  Development Company                   ment was purchased from closed fitness
  and city of Eureka .                  centers . Treadmills, ellipticals, weights,
                                        stationary bikes, other specialized equip-
                                        ment, and a scale fill the space . The walls
PoPULAtIon: 1,101
                                        are covered with posters and mirrors .
PoVeRtY RAte: 15.9%                        The Eureka Fitness Center is overseen by
CoACH: Cheryl Jacobs                    a volunteer board of directors . Membership
8        south Dakota Horizons Project



    Faith spreads Holiday Cheer                                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                         activities:
       When Sandy Rasmussen got involved with
    Horizons in Faith, she started thinking about
    ways to make people of all income levels                                                             • “Paint South Dakota”
    feel like they belonged and were cared for in                                                          project granted Hori-
    their community . During discussions in Study                                                          zons paint for a second
    Circles, an idea came to her that has made                                                             house this year .
    holidays special for many Faith residents .                                                          • The fitness center on
       Sandy and her husband, JR, act as the                                                               Main Street has seen
    hosts for a community meal at both Thanks-                                                             increased use and
    giving and Christmastime . They invite people                                                          has expanded to two
    to the Frontier Room on Main Street, where                                                             rooms .
    they join in a meal with others who have no                                                          • Horizons continues to
    family around or have no extra money to buy                                                            connect groups in the
                                                      and ended up receiving a meal themselves .
    fixings for a holiday feast . The meal is often                                                        community that now
                                                         Last year, 13 people attended the free
    added to by people who bring a dish to pass .                                                          communicate better .
                                                      meal, while attendance grew to 23 this year .
    The afternoon is spent socializing, and this
                                                      More community members are starting
    year, listening to a local guitar artist who                                                         PoPULAtIon: 489
                                                      to get involved as they see the benefits to
    volunteered to provide music .
                                                      others . During this year’s Christmas storm,       PoVeRtY RAte: 10.8%
       This year at Thanksgiving, three missionar-
                                                      people were unable to venture out to the           CoACH: Dan Oedekoven
    ies from Indiana stopped in and ate . They
                                                      free meal . Instead, the Faith Police Depart-
    were delivering meals around the reserva-
                                                      ment delivered the home-cooked meals to
    tion, and thought they were stopping at a
                                                      many elderly and needy people who other-
    restaurant to eat . When they discovered
                                                      wise would have been alone .
    what was happening, they felt very blessed
    that they were out giving meals to others,


    other Horizons                 Frederick Finn Fest Unites Community
    activities:                                                                      for and participated in the event . Local
    • Inflatable theater used                                                        groups such as churches and the Teener
      for summer movies in                                                           baseball team raised funds during the event
      the park and available                                                         by serving as vendors, and local historic
      for rent . There is a plan                                                     sites gained visitors during the festival .
      to hire a manager for                                                             Finn Fest Committee members hope to
      the theater as a small                                                         add to the “Finnishness” of the event each
      business .                                                                     year, so the local community can become
    • Students from SDSU’s            Frederick residents know their community       more aware of its heritage and so other
      Department of Engi-          is small—that’s something they enjoy . But        Finns in the region (including North Dakota
      neering are studying         the Horizons team also proved that they           and Minnesota) see Finn Fest as a place
      Frederick’s auditorium .     stand strong and united . Frederick is working    to celebrate their heritage . Plans include
      A “secret garden”            on using Finn Fest, a three-day festival that     featuring more Finnish foods, entertainment,
      is one item being            celebrates Frederick and its Finnish heritage,    and activities, as well as developing a Finn-
      considered .                 as a way to promote the town to those who         ish theme each year . Frederick Forward, the
    • New signs planned            live in the region .                              host group for the original Horizons program,
      along Highway 281,              The festival grew impressively in its second   has also discussed building a sauna in
      including a large            year . Attendance more than doubled to over       the town, which would encourage visitors
     “Welcome” sign .              500 people . A number of families and a           throughout the year .
                                   high school alumni class planned reunions
    PoPULAtIon: 255                around the festival . Community involvement
    PoVeRtY RAte: 11.4%            also increased significantly; about $5,800
                                   was raised in sponsorships, and the commu-
    CoACH: Cheryl Jacobs
                                   nity came alive with activity as they prepared
                                                                                         south Dakota Horizons Project             9



Building Business in Gregory                                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                      activities:
  The Gregory Horizons team believes that
change comes one step at a time, and the                                                              • Opened a thrift store
best way to change their economy is to build                                                            and adding a food
one community business at a time . As a first                                                           pantry .
step, the team organized an entrepreneur’s                                                            • Started a local trans-
fair and brought in all types of resource                                                               portation service .
agencies . However, out of 28 people attend-                                                          • Held mentoring work-
ing, only three were potential entrepreneurs .                                                          shops for parents .
  The team then decided to find a program
that would help people develop a business                                                             PoPULAtIon: 1,342
idea . When Cooperative Extension hired          business, manufacturing energy-efficient
                                                 homes, a natural-grass and wild-flower seed          PoVeRtY RAte: 18.8%
entrepreneur specialist Dr . Larry Swain,
Gregory Horizons volunteered to test pilot       business, a bed and breakfast, expand-               CoACH: David Olson
the “Business Management Program .” This         ing a car wash, expanding a motel, a horse
six-session, interactive workshop resulted in    owner’s advice service, a nonprofit commu-
a completed business plan designed by each       nity corporation, and several new inventions .
participant .                                      The Horizons team will create a support
  Fourteen people from the region were           committee to assist the participants who are
recruited for the classes . They each wanted     seeking funding and dealing with challenges .
to develop a new business or product, or         Three additional communities have sched-
they wanted to expand their current busi-        uled the Business Management Program
ness . Twelve people have completed their        during the first half of 2010 .
business plans and are ready to begin
implementing them . Ideas that may develop
include expanding a grass-fed-beef Internet


other Horizons                 Harding County Rallies for Community Health
activities:                       Harding County has had a Hospital As-          the upkeep and the rental of the building,
Centennial Park                sociation since the 1940s, but because the        while also working with the clinic to provide
construction:                  supervising medical facility in Rapid City        needed outreach services .
• Built community              was withdrawing its support, the county was         During subsequent months, other health
  relations among dif-         in danger of losing its only medical facility .   services have been added to the community
  ferent age groups and        Losing the facility would mean that local resi-   through the clinic site, including the services
  income levels .              dents would need to drive at least 70 miles       of an eye doctor, a chiropractor, and even a
• Provided a forum for         to seek medical care .                            domestic violence prevention group . In ad-
  important discussions           In order to help, the Horizons group           dition, a weight-loss group has started and
  about many items,            partnered with the local hospital board to        will be meeting every week at the clinic; the
  including the clinic and     keep Horizons actively engaged in the activi-     weight-loss group’s focus areas are nutrition
  the school bond issue        ties of the clinic . This included planning for   education and physical activity plans .
  (which passed) .
• Allowed new people to
  engage in community
  activities .
• Demonstrated the
  positive outcomes
  of conflict and problem
  solving .

PoPULAtIon: 1,353
PoVeRtY RAte: 21.1%
CoACH: Dan Oedekoven
10    south Dakota Horizons Project



 Hot springs Community Action Comes to Life                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                     activities:
    The Hot Springs Horizons team began            lost prior to Horizons . Renewed strength is
 with a big list of community-change efforts       shown in the Community Action Team (CAT)          • Published 29-page
 that could improve the quality of life for area   that now holds monthly open-to-the-public           community resource
 residents . Not unlike other Horizons com-        meetings for increased community input and          directory with plans to
 munities, the efforts that first took shape       transparency . Team member Penny Wood               continually update .
 kept youth and people in need at the top of       said the atmosphere has greatly improved          • School-supply vouch-
 the list .                                        for volunteers and customers of the thrift          ers and summer rec
    The Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs           store, and that issues beyond the scope of          voucher to each Boys
 opened in January 2009 with only 15 mem-          everyday workings have been addressed .             & Girls club member
 bers . Today the club has more than 200             Hot Springs continues to look to the Hori-        in collaboration with
 members and serves an average of 60 kids          zons in meeting the needs of its people .           Pamida and local
 per day . In addition to providing a safe place                                                       agencies .
 for kids after school and during the sum-                                                           • Horizons participants
 mer, the club has also added one full-time                                                            involved in Hot Springs
 and three part-time jobs to the community .                                                           “Distinctive Destina-
 This year the club is gearing up to move to                                                           tion” award and mar-
 a larger space . With a volunteer board that                                                          keting campaign .
 raises and manages a $100,000 budget,
 the Horizons Youth task force can boast of                                                          PoPULAtIon: 4,129
 success .
                                                                                                     PoVeRtY RAte: 14.8%
    Hot Springs’ Community Action Program
 has also stepped up to serve more people                                                            CoACH: Dan Oedekoven
 in need . The office is in a new location,
 has added a thrift store manager, and has
 revamped programs that the community


 other Horizons                  Hyde County Gives Wheels to Residents
 activities:                        The Hyde County Horizons Resource Com-       munities with existing public transportation,
 • A food pantry was cre-        mittee is dedicated to finding ways of making   and the group learned about available fed-
   ated . An average of 12       life better in their small county . They know   eral funding . The more they talked, the more
   families a month use          that providing necessary transportation is a    excited they became . The group invited their
   the services .                need that, if filled, strengthens businesses    closest Community Action Program (ROCS)
 • A student backpack            and everyone’s quality of life .                to come and speak . The conversations led to
   program will be                  After several committee members at-          the use of two vans, and several dedicated
   launched in coopera-          tended a Horizons-sponsored resource            community people volunteered their time to
   tion with the Highmore-       fair in Pierre, ideas sprouted . One speaker    drive . Hyde County’s transportation system
   Harold School District        asked participants what they most wanted        was born .
   to send nutritious food       to see happen in their communities . Nearly        The group visited the Hyde County Com-
   home with k–5 stu-            every community wanted some type of             missioners and Highmore City Council to
   dents over the week-          public transportation . “Knowing that Hyde      address the issue of continued funding . They
   ends .                        County has a large population of elderly and    took letters from people needing transit and
 • Launched a commu-             wheelchair-bound people, and how difficult      explained how federal funding, with help
   nity education initiative     it is to transport them, our committee got to   from county and city budgets, would make
   —including computer           work,” says Deb Rinehart .                      it affordable . All voted to fund the project,
   literacy, family budget-         Several telephone calls were made to com-    which opened the door to pay drivers .
   ing, and nutritious                                                              The benefits are many: With door-to-door
   cooking .                                                                     service, people can stay in their homes and
                                                                                 remain in their small community . Working
                                                                                 parents can send their children to school
 PoPULAtIon: 1,671                                                               without missing work . And, finally, the
 PoVeRtY RAte: 12.3%                                                             service creates jobs, a winning situation for
 CoACH: Kelly Roseland                                                           Hyde County .
                                                                                            south Dakota Horizons Project               11



Iroquois strikes “Gold” with Regional Partnership                                                        other Horizons
                                                                                                         activities:
   Iroquois, Cavour, and Yale are positioned      back of the shirt . The shirts will say, “You
in a geographical triangle and collectively       may blink, but we are still here  .  .  . Cavour,      • Park improvements
have become known as “The Golden Trian-           Yale, Iroquois, Esmond, Bancroft, Carpenter,             include new benches
gle .” This cooperative effort, which began in    Carthage, Osceola and Manchester .”                      and a sand volleyball
October 2008 and became the home of the              Mary Jane Fast, from the Golden Triangle              court .
Iroquois Horizons team, promises to make          and the Beadle and Spink Enterprise Com-               • “Backpacks for Kids”
them even stronger .                              munity (BASEC) in Yale, says, “We are three              program provides
   “Our goal is to keep in touch with our         communities in one school district that are              healthy foods for chil-
neighboring towns” says Iroquois Horizons         very passionate about our future and the                 dren over the week-
member Marlys Peskey .                            future of our youth .”                                   end .
   Their slogan, “Three communities, one                                                                 • Plans are being made
vision,” tells it all, as the three communities                                                            to build much-needed
provide meaningful support to one another                                                                  playground equipment
and the shared Iroquois School District . The                                                              at the park .
group meets at least three times a year and
discusses both issues that affect them and                                                               PoPULAtIon: 278
how to make their communities better . In
                                                                                                         PoVeRtY RAte: 17.4%
addition, they hold town hall meetings and
seminars to educate and get input from com-                                                              CoACH: Martha Landes
munity members . In fact, a “Saving Money
by Saving Energy” workshop was held in late
January .
   The Golden Triangle plans to promote this
collaboration by selling shirts, even includ-
ing smaller, nearby communities on the


other Horizons                 Horizons Makes Christmas Brighter in Kadoka
activities:                       The Kadoka Horizons team knew that                evening, and great community spirit was felt .
•The Housing Com-              Christmas should be a time for children and            Finally, Kadoka Horizons submitted names
  mittee will be using         families to look forward to a little extra cheer .   of people in need to a drawing for Christmas
  the “South Dakota            They came up with three ways to help people          food . Ten names were drawn, and each
  Housing Playbook” to         in need, while strengthening community               household received a basket full of food for
  guide them in deci-          traditions .                                         a holiday meal . The gift baskets were deliv-
  sions about providing           Every year, grade school students in              ered with the treats from the traveling trailer .
  adequate homes .             Kadoka, like in many towns, draw names                 Continuing to help people feel pride and
• The Cleanup Commit-          for a gift exchange . For some students, it          belonging in their community gives Kadoka
  tee will work with the       can be embarrassing when their families do           hope for its future .
  city in the spring to        not have an extra $5 for a gift . Sometimes
  gather unused items .        teachers buy extra gifts to have on hand, but
• A community resource         this year Horizons took on the project . They
  directory is in the          contacted parents and assured them that
  works for area resi-         there would be a gift at school for their child
  dents .                      to give, and the children would be told the
                               gift was dropped off by their parents .
                                  An old tradition that Horizons decided to
PoPULAtIon: 706
                               bring back was taking a trailer loaded with
PoVeRtY RAte: 13.8%            a Christmas tree and bags of candy and
CoACH: Kelly Roseland          peanuts around town delivering treats to
                               households . This year, Kadoka’s kids ran
                               along with the trailer and left bags of treats
                               with residents at their homes . More kids
                               continued to join the delivery throughout the
12    south Dakota Horizons Project



 Kimball Food Pantry Goal: A statewide network                                                               other Horizons
                                                                                                             activities:
                                                     start-up businesses, a food pantry, and as-
                                                     sistance to low-income families . Organizers            • Publishing a commu-
                                                     are learning about local, state, and federal              nity newsletter .
                                                     resources in order to refer families in need            • Creating a directory of
                                                     and successfully coach them .                             available housing .
                                                       Two “food raising” events have been held,             • Developing a commu-
                                                     and food is being distributed to those who                nity foundation .
                                                     are in need . Efforts are being coordinated
                                                     with other helping agencies . The group is              PoPULAtIon: 745
                                                     investigating the resources of the Com-
                                                                                                             PoVeRtY RAte: 10.9%
                                                     munity Food Bank of South Dakota, with a
                                                     long-range goal of developing a network of              CoACH: David Olson

   When new resident Maria Burch became              food pantries in small towns . This will allow
 involved in the Kimball Horizons team, she          access to truckloads of food and a system to
 brought a new perspective to the discus-            distribute food on short notice .
 sions . She found it difficult to get answers to      The system would depend on member
 her questions about Kimball’s services, and         pantries furnishing volunteers and partici-
 thought the same might be true for sea-             pating in transportation costs . The intent is
 soned residents .                                   to deliver more food to those who need it .
   The Horizons team decided to create a             Thinking beyond traditional community lines
 community resource center—a place to get            will assist many South Dakota families in
 answers and assistance, and to hold meet-           need .
 ings . It will include space for educational
 activities, a new residents’ center, help for


 other Horizons                   Leola Food Pantry starts “Backpacks for Kids”
 activities:                        The Leola Area Food Pantry, a Horizons             “The owner of Leola Grocery has been very
 • “Family movie nights”          project, officially started Jan . 1, 2009 . In the   helpful; they are very willing to be the site for
   have become a regular          spring, the committee decided to incorporate         picking up and refilling the backpacks . The
   event through Horizons         “Backpacks for Kids” for anyone 18 years             Piggy Bank Thrift Shop places fliers in pur-
   and the city of Leola,         and younger . The backpacks are filled with          chases made there, mentioning ‘Backpacks
   which donates the use          approximately two days of kid-friendly food to       for Kids’ and the contact number . The Leola
   of one of its proper-          help supply nutrition either over the week-          community has been awesome at making
   ties . A free-will offering    end or whenever the young people need it .           monetary and food donations . We couldn’t
   helps defray costs .             Backpacks are available at Leola Grocery           supply the needed food without the commu-
 • The Piggy Bank Thrift          during business hours, or people can call a          nity’s generosity .”
   Shop is open three             contact number for more information . One
   days a week, and               backpack per child per year is issued, and
   there has been great           the backpack is numbered on an inside
   response for donated           pocket . Once a week the backpacks can be
   items . A local hairstyl-      refilled at Leola Grocery . If the youngsters
   ist had a “Charity Hair-       come for a refill without their backpack, a
   cut Day” to help get           grocery sack is used instead . The food
   business going . The           pantry buys all of the backpack items at
   business site is also a        Leola Grocery to keep the money local .
   donation .                      All food pantry information is kept strictly
                                  confidential .
                                    “Partnerships are very important with
 PoPULAtIon: 462                  a project like this, and we have been very
 PoVeRtY RAte: 10.8%              fortunate to have the community’s support,”
 CoACH: Cheryl Jacobs             says committee member Melissa Lapka .
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Montrose “spudfest” Raises Funds                                                                      other Horizons
                                                                                                      activities:
   The Montrose “Irish Spudfest” offers more
than potatoes to those in need . This annual                                                          • Community-education
August event has become a community                                                                     classes on computer
tradition after only three years . It has proven                                                        skills, money manage-
to generate community spirit and help elimi-                                                            ment, and canning
nate poverty—two goals of their Horizons                                                                fresh foods .
strategic plan .                                                                                      • Community Garden
   Spudfest activities include a parade, a                                                              received a $2,500 Fis-
5k run, vendor booths, a silent auction, a                                                              kars Grant to purchase
dunk tank, cow pie bingo, kickball, bean bag                                                            gardening equipment
tournaments, and live entertainment . The             Cash for Community Causes helps people            and seed . Produce is
children’s area, “Tater Tots,” provides free       in need make payments for necessities .              offered every week on
inflatables, a barrel train, and potato-related    Horizons members recruited representatives           Main Street, and items
games for little ones, and the Community           from the school, each church, and the busi-          not taken are delivered
Garden Committee holds a potato dig and            ness community to be on the Cash for Com-            free to people in need .
serves up fresh, fried potatoes and other          munity Causes Committee . The committee            • The Montrose Com-
produce straight from the garden . “It’s a fun     suggests recipients and reviews applications         munity Foundation
day that is very inexpensive for the commu-        for assistance . At least eight families have        was formed and has
nity,” says organizer Charla Cope, who is also     been helped so far, with funds to cover rent,        received over $26,000
the mayor of Montrose .                            utilities, paint, house payments, and fees for       in donations .
   Through generous donations from area busi-      children’s sporting activities .
nesses, most activities are offered free, and         “We are a giving and helpful community,”        PoPULAtIon: 460
proceeds from the tournaments, concessions,        says Cope . “This is just another way that we
                                                                                                      PoVeRtY RAte: 11.8%
the 5K, and the silent auction go in part to the   can help . Some people have fallen on hard
“Cash for Community Causes” fund .                 times and have needed extra assistance .”          CoACH: Martha Landes


other Horizons                  Murdo Uses Celebrity to Improve Youth Activities
activities:                                                                       Murdo to keep their hometown thriving . The
• North Dam project                                                               board of the foundation consists of three
  to improve access to                                                            adults and six grade-7–12 students .
  recreational activities                                                            The task of reopening the town’s the-
  at the lake .                                                                   ater, which was closed in the ‘70s, began
• Murdo City Park spruce                                                          in 2008 . The nearest movie theater was
  up in collaboration                                                             60 miles away, and young people thought
  with the Prairie Rang-                                                          drawing people to town would not only give
  ers 4-H Club .                                                                  families an activity but also bring in people
• “Community Garden”                                                              from surrounding areas to spend money in
  project that offers                                                             other Murdo businesses . The board learned
  produce to community                                                            about drawing up a business plan, fundrais-
  members                                                                         ing for the project, and the labor involved in
                                                                                  restoration . A total of $96,000 was spent .
                                  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this            The new community center will be used as
PoPULAtIon: 612                 fall to inaugurate the Turner Community           a facility for meetings and social events and
PoVeRtY RAte: 12.1%             Center, formerly the old Murdo Theater . Ted      as a place to play video games on the big
CoACH: Kelly Roseland           Turner, the project’s funder, was on hand to      screen . It will be run by volunteers from the
                                praise the efforts . After approximately 2,000    board and from the community . The Horizons
                                volunteer hours in planning and laboring on       group partnered with many other area busi-
                                the project, the first movie was shown .          nesses and organizations to help make this
                                  Ted Turner is a landowner in Jones County,      collaborative project a reality for Murdo .
                                and he gave funds to establish the Turner
                                Youth Foundation in 2004 . The foundation’s
                                focus is on changes youth want to see in
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 newell Groups Unite for Progress                                                                         other Horizons
                                                                                                          activities:
                                                       Next, Horizons teamed with the city and
                                                    brought in the Lions Club to put up new               • Planted new trees at
                                                    street signs around Newell . Many of the old            the high school .
                                                    signs were broken, mismatched, or com-                • Improved communica-
                                                    pletely missing; it was becoming a safety               tion between the city
                                                    issue for 911 calls . The Horizons group                and service groups .
                                                    reviewed city maps to determine what was
                                                    needed, made sure the spelling was cor-               PoPULAtIon: 646
                                                    rect, and then ordered the signs . They were
                                                                                                          PoVeRtY RAte: 13.7%
                                                    ordered in school colors to promote unity
                                                    and pride for the school . The Lions Club put         CoACH: Dan Oedekoven
                                                    up the signs for the community .
                                                       Numerous volunteers and groups have
   One of the keys to a successful small            also participated in community cleanup
 town is getting all the service organizations      days . Horizons worked with the city to estab-
 to work in partnership on projects . Newell’s      lish “free dump days” and a “hot line” where
 community groups have worked together to           members of the community could call for
 build a brighter Newell during the course of       assistance with items they wanted hauled to
 their Horizons journey . The first major project   the dump . Amanda Keller from the Horizons
 was a collaborative effort between the city of     group said, “Many trips to the dump have re-
 Newell, the Horizons team, the local Thrivent      sulted in a more beautiful community and a
 Chapter, and Newell fireman . All contributed      sense of community spirit . When we all work
 to put up a much-needed picnic shelter in          together, much can be accomplished!”
 the park . The groups intend to add electricity
 and lighting in the future .


 other Horizons                  Lots of Free Lots in oldham
 activities:                        Through Horizons, Oldham recognized the        between . Oldham mayor and OAIC president
 • Two-year-old Dragon’s         need for a 501c3 organization and formed          Roger Eide says, “The most common ques-
   Den convenience               the Oldham Area Improvement Corporation           tion asked is if the offer is really free . It is .”
   store and coffee shop         (OAIC) especially to address the need for af-        There have been nine applications for the
   makes essentials              fordable housing .                                lots, and developer’s agreements have been
   available locally and is         The OAIC worked with the commissioners         sent to all of the applicants . Currently, OAIC
   a popular hangout for         of Kingsbury County to get tax-delinquent         is waiting to receive the developer’s agree-
   coffee and visiting .         property turned over to them for the purpose      ments back .
 • Free camp-out week-           of making the lots available free to anyone          The Oldham group has also partnered
   end for kids held             wishing to build a house or move in a manu-       with a grass-roots school organization called
 • “Home Away From               factured home . The organization has worked       MORE (Making Oldham-Ramona Excellent) .
   Home” rental home             hard to clean up the lots and currently has       Through this organization there has been an
   opened and is avail-          five double-sized lots available for building .   aggressive advertising program to promote
   able . It is attractive       The OAIC is hopeful that someone will take        the school and both the Oldham and the
   to hunters and those          advantage of the opportunity to live in this      Ramona communities .
   visiting family in area .     cozy small town .
                                    The OAIC has contacted ICAP, their area
                                 “community action program,” about the
 PoPULAtIon: 206
                                 possibility of a partnership to develop cluster
 PoVeRtY RAte: 20.3%             houses where up to five prospective hom-
 CoACH: Martha Landes            eowners work together to build a group of
                                 affordable homes to be purchased .
                                    The OAIC has advertised the free lots
                                 on craigslist .org and has had dozens of
                                 inquiries from California to Florida and in
                                                                                       south Dakota Horizons Project              15



Branding Gives Philip an edge on Marketing                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                    activities:
   Great ideas were generated through the       and the response was so enthusiastic that
Study Circles and LeadershipPlenty portion      the committee has invited TDG to come back          • Farmers market going
of Philip’s Horizons program . Those ideas      and provide more assistance as they develop           strong July through
then mixed with a Horizons regional work-       their branding efforts .                              October with the
shop where Milan Wall, from Nebraska’s             This fall, committee co-chair Mary Bur-            theme “All Things
Heartland Leadership Center, encouraged         nett took the initiative to apply to the South        Local .”
the group to be bold and think “out-of-         Dakota Department of Transportation for             • Chamber of Commerce
the-box” about community branding . That        a special highway designation . Burnett’s             reorganized with key
groundwork led the group to focus on a          request was supported by Philip mayor John            Horizons leaders as
marketing committee to find a brand to take     Hart and by Ft . Pierre mayor Sam Tidball .           officers .
Philip forward .                                Now, South Dakota Highway 14 between                • Work will continue
   The Marketing Committee decided to           the towns of Philip and Fort Pierre will of-          the summer and fall
revisit the current logo, slogan, and other     ficially receive the designation of the “James        to improve the com-
branding concepts for the community . They      ‘Scotty’ Philip Highway .” The committee              munity pool and kiddie
conducted a community survey about a            plans to continue the branding project and            complex .
slogan, but low response sent them back to      look for other ways they can show their pride
the drawing board . They then invited a more-   for their small town .                              PoPULAtIon: 885
local guest speaker to give a presentation
                                                                                                    PoVeRtY RAte: 11.0%
about branding . Dustin Floyd and Dan Daly,
from Deadwood’s TDG Communications, got                                                             CoACH: Kelly Roseland
the town excited about several new ideas,
including a Facebook page where the com-
mittee can interact with and ask questions
of its Facebook fans . The presentation was
attended by about 20 passionate people,


other Horizons                From trash to treasure in Presho!
activities:                                                                       Run strictly by volunteers, the thrift store
• Managing the Senior                                                          has used very creative ideas to raise money
  Meal program .                                                               for operation . The usual barbecue and ice
• Family movies in the                                                         cream sundae fundraisers have helped bring
  park .                                                                       in operating funds, but the big fundraiser is
• Getting a local food                                                         the Fashion Show, now an annual event held
  pantry running .                                                             the first weekend in October .
                                                                                  One hundred ten people attended this
                                                                               year’s fashion show, which featured local
PoPULAtIon: 588                                                                models showing off great finds at the store,
PoVeRtY RAte: 11.2%                                                            plus desserts and coffee . Models get to keep
CoACH: Kelly Roseland                                                          their outfits, and the audience is treated to
                                                                               an unveiling of choice clothing they can pur-
                                                                               chase that day . A free-will offering is taken,
                                                                               and to add to the excitement, a dessert auc-
                                                                               tion is held after the show . A local auctioneer
                                When the Horizons group in Presho              donated his time to help collect a nice sum
                              opened their small thrift store at the end       to add to the thrift store account .
                              of Main Street in May of 2008, they had no          The main challenge the thrift store has to-
                              idea how fast it would grow . By May of 2009,    day is trying to give back the profits from the
                              they took out a loan to buy a larger vacant      store to aid in local causes . The committee
                              Main Street building from the Chamber of         is working on developing a way to distribute
                              Commerce . The move has been a good one,         funds, as well as starting a local food pantry .
                              and after a contest to name the new place,       As a business, these challenges would seem
                              “Thrift Store & More” was christened .           to indicate success!
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 Reliance Host to Regional Housing Forum                                                               other Horizons
                                                                                                       activities:
    Reliance is a small community that has        garner ideas about what a small community
 found itself in a unique position because        can and should do to promote housing de-             • During a commu-
 of its location to neighboring towns . Over      velopment . The meeting was attended by 52             nity cleanup in spring
 the past decade, Reliance’s population has       people, not only Reliance residents and local          2009, a student
 climbed slowly but surely, not because of the    contractors but also visitors from several sur-        volunteer group from
 businesses or jobs that can be found there       rounding communities interested in develop-            the University of Min-
 but rather as a bedroom community for the        ing housing .                                          nesota donated 35
 surrounding towns . However, the population         Kelly Roseland, Horizons coach, helped              students and 300
 has plateaued in recent years due to a hous-     line up speakers that had knowledge about              hours of labor to the
 ing shortage: almost all habitable homes are     state and federal programs that invest in              project .
 occupied . Several families seeking to live in   housing development in communities . Dis-            • Successfully launched
 Reliance have been turned away and forced        cussions ranged from an in-depth overview              a local farmers market
 to live elsewhere .                              of the programs available to an informative            initiative .
    The city of Reliance and the Horizons         talk about a housing project Centerville             • Redesigned and re-
 Housing Committee hosted a regional hous-        recently completed and the resources used              landscaped the port
 ing forum this fall . The forum was held to      in the project .                                       of entry to the commu-
                                                     Eric Ambroson, from the 3rd Planning                nity .
                                                  District, one of the evening’s speakers, is
                                                  now coming back for a smaller meeting in
                                                                                                       PoPULAtIon: 206
                                                  Reliance . He will discuss more details of as-
                                                  sistance in regard to meeting housing needs .        PoVeRtY RAte: 11.2%
                                                  The connections made in Horizons will help           CoACH: Kelly Roseland
                                                  Reliance and nearby towns zone in on hous-
                                                  ing needs .



 other Horizons                 sanborn Central Works out a Fitness Center
 activities:                       The Sanborn Central Fitness Center is          cise daily, and students use it in PE class
 • Plans to hold first          alive and kicking (and pedaling and running)!     and on breaks with Whitney’s permission .
   annual Nobles Trail             The tri-community effort to start a fitness       “One fellow said, ‘I don’t think anyone will
   Rummage Sale—a big           center in the shared Sanborn Central School       use it way out here,’” Klinkner said . “I’m so
   tri-community event—         has been a big success, with over 1,000           proud to prove him wrong . And by the way, he
   in September 2010            people signing in so far .                        thought it was a good idea in the end . “
   with lots of activities .       It started with an idea from Horizons             Whitney said the collaboration between
 • New bathroom fa-             member Leona Klinkner . “I thought people         Horizons and the school has been rewarding .
   cilities built in Letcher    needed a place for therapy without having         “It gets the community in our nice school fa-
   Park .                       to drive to Mitchell or Madison, so we looked     cility,” she said . “It also shows students that
 • Good Stuff! Commit-          into it,” said Klinkner .                         fitness is a lifelong activity . No matter your
   tee helps people with           With the support of the Horizons commit-       age, you need to stay fit .
   unexpected challenges        tee, Klinkner spoke with school superinten-
   in the community by          dant Linda Whitney, and a plan was made .
   holding benefits and         Horizons purchased an elliptical machine,
   offering assistance .        a stair stepper, and a stationary bike . In
                                addition, the school received a physical
                                education grant for three more pieces of
 PoPULAtIon: 374
                                equipment . The weight room was then
 PoVeRtY RAte: 14.8%            transformed into a full-fledged fitness center,
 CoACH: Martha Landes           open to anyone anytime the building is open .
                                   People from all three communities use
                                the equipment . Senior citizens from Artesian
                                come twice a week for prescribed physical
                                therapy, members of the school staff exer-
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Growing Up with a Youth Center in scotland                                                             other Horizons
                                                                                                       activities:
                                                 donating money to pay for the director and
                                                 three part-time employees . Proceeds from a           • Good Stuff! provides
                                                 recycling program, the “Harvest of Soups,”              free household items
                                                 a bake sale, and a haunted house go to the              and furniture on an as-
                                                 Youth Center .                                          needed basis .
                                                    In addition to the paid staff, retired school      • A community founda-
                                                 teachers volunteer to tutor children daily . It is      tion is starting .
                                                 truly a community-wide effort, and connect-           • Fleece For Families
                                                 ing the generations adds another beneficial             provided 49 fleece
                                                 dimension .                                             blankets to those who
                                                    The center had served children grades                needed some extra
  Homework first, then play—that’s the rule      1–12 for afterschool activities, but this year          warmth .
at the Scotland Youth Center . This after-       added kindergarten to the already-popular
school center was the vision of two Horizons     center .
members: Shelly Konstanz, who has three                                                                PoPULAtIon: 891
                                                    Tuition amount varies depending on the
children too old for day care but too young                                                            PoVeRtY RAte: 11.4%
                                                 number of children from a household, but
to be home alone; and Erin Odens, who            there is a drop-in rate of $1 per day . The           CoACH: Martha Landes
was thinking ahead for her little ones . “We     generosity of community members has
wanted a safe place in town for kids to be off   made scholarships available so that no child
the streets, supervised and with structured      is turned away, regardless of ability to pay .
activities,” said Odens .                        This year, 90 percent of the children are on
  Horizons rented a spot on Main Street and      some type of scholarship, proving the need
with the help of a 20th Century Grant were       for assistance . Spending time in the youth
able to pay staff . The funding ran out this     center makes growing up in Scotland a little
year, but the community has stepped up by        friendlier .


other Horizons                 Be Green, Be Clean, Be Proud—sisseton!
activities:                       The Horizons Recycling Committee is really
• The Horizons commit-         cleaning up! Sisseton’s most active Horizons
  tee is partnering with       committee is making a big effort to encour-
  the Northwest Area           age environmental consciousness .
  Foundation on Diver-            Starting a few years ago with a “spring
  sity Study Circles to        swap” and town cleanup, the committee
  bridge gaps and help         gave out free brooms and rakes . On St .
  with cultural under-         Patrick’s Day 2009, they held a “Go Green”
  standing .                   event and the community participated in an
• The committee also           interactive survey about recycling . The guest
  hopes to work with the       speaker, from MinnKota Recycling in Fargo,
  city to install a bike/      enlightened the crowd of 100 about the ben-
                               efits of recycling . That evening, they recycled   ness from North Dakota . “People thanked us
  walking trail .                                                                 for doing this,” says Horizons member Sandi
• Plans are under way          batteries .
                                  The biggest recycling event occurred            Jaspers . “They didn’t want to just throw
  to update the Sisseton                                                          things out and didn’t know what to do with
  Strategic Plan .             last April, when Horizons held a success-
                               ful electronics-recycling program . Over 500       them . It made you realize that there are a lot
                               computer monitors and TVs were collected           of people who want to think green .”
PoPULAtIon: 2,572                                                                   “It really jump-started people in Sisseton
                               for transportation to Wisconsin for safe
PoVeRtY RAte: 18.4%            disposal . The committee took care of the          and surrounding communities on recycling,”
CoACH: Martha Landes           cost of shipping to move the large load, and       said Recycling Committee member Theresa
                               that’s not cheap . Boy Scout Troop 35 helped       Chilson . “It truly was a joint effort from the
                               prepare the pallets of electronics .               schools, businesses, students, and resi-
                                  A number of other corded items were also        dents, old and young .”
                               collected and picked up by a recycling busi-
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 st. Francis encourages Local Businesses                                                              other Horizons
                                                                                                      activities:
    For a community of over 600 people, St .      built a lawn-care business in his community
 Francis is short on businesses and long          at the age of 18 . The presenters at the fair       • Family-based activities .
 on unemployment . Residents must often           could not help but inspire others considering       • Traditional youth
 drive out of town to find jobs . With unreli-    a business of their own .                             activities .
 able transportation and young families, this       The next step for this project is a Dakota        • A new park .
 causes a real challenge .                        Digital Network (DDN) broadcast of the fair .
    Part of the Rosebud Reservation, St .         Bringing the presenters together via distance
                                                                                                      PoPULAtIon: 675
 Francis was originally named Owl Bonnet .        education will allow regional high school
 Its early Lakota people have a rich history      youth, educators, and interested adults to          PoVeRtY RAte: 57.1%
 of self-sustainability . Lifelong resident and   hear the speakers’ stories . The committee          CoACH: Kari Fruechte
 enthusiastic Horizons organizer Ione Quigley     learned there is assistance available for as-
 says, “Our people today have many talents .      piring entrepreneurs, but the community has
 They just need help figuring out ways to use     the responsibility to support them and keep
 their talents to support their families .”       their businesses growing .
    Quigley, along with a Horizons committee,
 launched the Owl Bonnet Entrepreneur Fair
 on Dec . 12, 2009 . The group put together
 an impressive program mixed with experts
 on entrepreneurial assistance and success-
 ful Lakota entrepreneurs . Folks like Donita
 Fischer, of Four Bands Community Funds,
 spoke of their support of small businesses
 on the Cheyenne River Reservation . Fischer
 brought along proof of their success in RJ
 Lawrence, a young Lakota entrepreneur who


 other Horizons                 timber Lake, Isabel, and Dupree Rally for tots
 activities:                       Finding affordable, quality day care is        They also received a USDA Rural Develop-
 • Communities operate          a challenge for many small communities            ment grant in the amount of $50,000 for
   regionally searching for     in South Dakota . Rural communities face          a Governor’s Daycare Facility; the facility is
   economic development         unique challenges as they struggle to find        now located a block from the public school .
   opportunities through        funding, facilities, and a sustainable solution      In Dupree, community members utilized
   TREE (Tri-community          to creating a small business . In north central   grant dollars from the South Dakota Commu-
   Economic Enhance-            South Dakota, three Horizons communities          nity Foundation and other funding sources .
   ment) .                      have worked to create three separate com-         They also took advantage of the Governor’s
 • The annual Christmas         munity day care centers .                         Daycare Facility program . In addition, they
   cantata attracts sing-          In Timber Lake, the creation of the com-       raised funds locally and truly understand the
   ers and an audience          munity day care helped in the creation of         importance of community support .
   from all three commu-        one part-time and two full-time positions .          The recent closing of the school in Isabel
   nities .                                                                       didn’t diminish the need for quality childcare
 • Each community                                                                 in the Isabel community and surrounding
   markets themselves                                                             area . Isabel also used a Governor’s Daycare
   in the region and state                                                        Facility and tapped into several funding
   with slogans created in                                                        sources to help the project become a reality
   Horizons .                                                                     in their community .
                                                                                     All three communities recognize the impor-
                                                                                  tance of providing the families of their rural
 PoPULAtIon: 1,116
                                                                                  communities a positive, safe, and quality
 PoVeRtY RAte: 37.4%                                                              environment for their children . Many volun-
 CoACH: Cheryl Jacobs                                                             teers also help the day-to-day operations of
                                                                                  the centers .
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tripp Holds third Annual Free Flea Market                                                                  other Horizons
                                                                                                           activities:
                                                     Exchange . “We provide a service—a place to
                                                     bring left-over items in town—so nobody has           • The Tripp Multi-Genera-
                                                     to take them to Yankton or Mitchell,” says              tional Center averages
                                                     one organizer, Carol Schoenfelder .                     5–20 middle and high
                                                        In May, the Fair Lane Ballroom begins to fill        school youths daily .
                                                     up with treasures . This year, this huge dance        • In September, the
                                                     hall was filled and over 50 tables were used            Community Founda-
                                                     to display items .                                      tion Board was sworn
                                                        The event is easy to run because there               in . The Foundation will
                                                     is no pricing or need to collect money .                raise money to help
                                                     Exchange organizer Wilma Herr says, “We                 with projects .
                                                     had fun helping people shop because there             • The house that the
   Got stuff? Need stuff? Come to Tripp’s            was so much product, we knew where to                   Horizons Housing Com-
three-day Town and Country Exchange and              take them to find what they needed . It never           mittee remodeled is
donate or pick up whatever you want for              seemed like work at all .”                              owned by a family that
free . Last June, the Horizons group had its            Herr and Schoenfelder agree that there is            has made the house
third successful year with a constant stream         a definite need in the area for free clothing           into a home . If another
of people from Tripp and outlying areas at-          and household items .                                   house becomes avail-
tending .                                               Despite the fact that it is a free flea mar-         able, another remodel-
   Unbelievably, the committee receives              ket, it is still a fundraiser . During the event, a     ing may take place .
enough items to keep the Exchange running            free-will donation box is available . Donations
for three days straight . Starting in April, while   go to the food pantry and other projects in
advertising the citywide rummage sale, the                                                                 PoPULAtIon: 711
                                                     the Tripp community . People have been very
committee requests that remaining items                                                                    PoVeRtY RAte: 18.6%
                                                     generous .
from individual sales be donated to the                                                                    CoACH: Martha Landes


other Horizons                    tyndall effort opens Community Day Care
activities:                          The Tyndall Horizons team realized that           work with the help of professionals . The total
• Paid off $72,000                there could be a day care crisis in their com-       project cost was $135,000; $95,500 from
  youth center loan .             munity when a provider retired and there             the loan/grant from Rural Development and
• Bargain Shoppe donat-           were 19 children under the age of 5 whose            $39,500 from the Governor’s Daycare Facility .
  ed $9,000 to nonprofit          parents taught in the Bon Homme School                 An open house was held to introduce the
  causes .                        District . This led to the creation of an explor-    center to the community . Lil’ Cav Kids has
• Raised $26,000 for              atory committee .                                    sunny play rooms, space for outside equip-
  the new Tyndall Com-               After determining that there were inter-          ment, and space to separate children by
  munity Foundation .             ested parents who would like the services            ages . The board is presently interviewing
                                  of a licensed day care center, the commit-           operator candidates and registering children .
                                  tee approached the Cavalier Corner Youth             Janet Wagner, one of the organizers, hopes
PoPULAtIon: 1,239
                                  Center, which had 501c3 status . The Tyndall         this investment will be a community asset
PoVeRtY RAte: 17.2%               team asked to partner with them and to ap-           that attracts more families to Tyndall and
CoACH: David Olson                proach the city of Tyndall to apply for a rural      provides quality day care for their children .
                                  development loan . The city agreed, and the
                                  Lil’ Cavs Corner Daycare Board was formed .
                                     The group acquired a purchase option
                                  was for a house that could be razed, the
                                  house’s lot being across the street from the
                                  school, and a Governor’s Daycare Facility
                                  was reserved while the loan application was
                                  processed . The lot was cleared in October,
                                  and the foundation was poured . The Gover-
                                  nor’s Daycare Facility arrived in November,
                                  and volunteers did the majority of the finish
20    south Dakota Horizons Project



 Volin/Gayville team Up to Provide Local news                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                       activities:
                                                    What’s UP G/V . It is published monthly and
                                                    is printed by the local bank . There is an on-     • Created a mobile food
                                                    line version that can be emailed if request-         pantry .
                                                    ed, and hard copies are left at the bank in        • Organized a business
                                                    Gayville and at a restaurant in Volin . Copies       association .
                                                    can be mailed to those that provide postage .      • Developed garden-
                                                       The paper is used to publicize community          produce sharing .
                                                    meetings, Horizons activities, school activi-
                                                    ties, and articles of interest to community        PoPULAtIon: 625
                                                    members . The response has been excellent .
                                                                                                       PoVeRtY RAte: 14.1%
                                                    The issues left at the pick-up sites vanish
                                                    within hours, and members of the newly             CoACH: David Olson
                                                    organized business group are interested in
                                                    advertising locally to support the cost of the
                                                    newspaper .
                                                       One of the benefits has been getting
                                                    timely information out to residents . Another
                                                    is the freedom the Horizons team has to get
    Volin and Gayville are six miles apart . They   their message out the way they want it . The
 are also each 20 minutes from larger towns         best benefit of all is that What’s Up G/V has
 that have newspapers, but they didn’t have         been a tool to bring the communities closer
 their own paper filled with local news .           together . The communities have a better
    To deal with this, the Volin/Gayville Ho-       idea of what each other is doing and can
 rizons team created their own newspaper,           invite people from both towns to participate .



 other Horizons                  Wagner Honors Diverse Culture
 activities:                        When the Horizons team in Wagner held          • Organizing customer service training for
 • Two city cleanups each        a forum to prioritize ideas the community            employees of local businesses .
   year .                        wanted to pursue, one need that surfaced          • Entering a multicultural float in the annual
 • Held an employment-           was for the community to build bridges               Labor Day parade .
   skills workshop .             between its Native American and European          • Supporting a Native American candidate in
 • Created a nonprofit           cultures . A committee was formed to figure          a campaign for school board .
   housing corporation .         out ways to begin this journey .                  • Organizing quarterly family gatherings of
                                    The primary tool of the committee has             the graduates of the Racism Study Circle
                                 been the Racism Study Circles program                program .
 PoPULAtIon: 1,675
                                 created by the Everyday Democracy organi-         • Applying for funding to assist in the reduc-
 PoVeRtY RAte: 25.1%             zation . The program allows participants to          tion of racism, especially among the com-
 CoACH: David Olson              learn about the cultural assets and differ-          munity’s youth .
                                 ences of different cultures, share the impact        The Wagner team has presented lessons
                                 of racism on people’s lives, and identify ac-     they’ve learned at a regional rural confer-
                                 tions that might be taken to reduce racism in     ence, and they continue to work with Every-
                                 the community . They do this through a series     day Democracy to deal with structural racism
                                 of guided small-group discussions .               in the community . They are investigating a
                                    Local residents have facilitated the pro-      model of community development specifical-
                                 gram six times, and a seventh program will        ly for Native communities and hope to adopt
                                 begin in January 2010 . Each Racism Study         it to fit Wagner’s needs . Their long-term com-
                                 Circle group has implemented an action step:      mitment is to reduce racism one relationship
                                 • Establishing a weekly column, “The Rez          at a time, while building new relationships
                                    of the Story,” in the local newspaper . The    across cultural barriers .
                                    column features Native American views by
                                    Vince Two Eagles .
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A Big Heart in “the Heart of Whetstone Valley”                                                          other Horizons
                                                                                                        activities:
   Wilmot resident Mike Green doesn’t              a garden in Corona and begin a commercial
remember the collision of his semi-truck           kitchen soon to preserve produce from both           • Horizons Outreach
and the train . In fact, he can’t remember the     gardens .”                                             Center in Wilmot con-
past 25 years—the November 2007 accident              Green also helped get the Horizons Replay           sists of the Horizons
resulted in severe memory loss . After 1½          thrift store ready, and he will build a storage        Replay thrift store and
years in the hospital, and continued therapy,      shed to hold garden and excess thrift store            a meeting area . It will
Mike is giving back to the community that          equipment .                                            soon include a food
gave to him .                                         The Heart of Whetstone Valley, which                pantry and certified
   Once released from the hospital, friends        consists of Wilmot, Corona, and the central            kitchen .
encouraged Green, a former chef and handy-         Big Stone Lake area, plans to involve new            • Fresh Foods workshop .
man, to get involved in Horizons . Starting        people when they hold their Horizons gradu-          • LeadershipPlenty
with LeadershipPlenty classes, trainer Cheryl      ation during the annual Corona St . Patrick’s          classes will be held
Rondeau-Bassett gave Green individual ses-         Festival in March .                                    again in Corona this
sions so that he could catch up .                                                                         winter .
   Green is eager to help . “I like working with
Horizons because I can go in and try some-                                                              PoPULAtIon: 655
thing, and if I make a mistake, nobody gets
                                                                                                        PoVeRtY RAte: 17.5%
mad,” he said . “I have a whole garage full of
tools and am re-learning how to use them .”                                                             CoACH: Martha Landes
   Green used his tiller to prepare the new
community garden in Wilmot last summer,
and his outgoing nature encouraged people
to get involved . “It’s great and allows those
who don’t have access to gardens to grow
fresh food,” Green said . “We hope to start


other Horizons                  Whitewood Youth skate for Fun and Fitness
activities:                        A community-wide Horizons survey                haunted house were held, and fireworks
•“Turn off the TV” nights       conducted in 2008 found that Whitewood             were sold . Larger donors were given per-
  held where families           residents wanted better parks in their town .      manent recognition . Grant money from the
  attended and played           Enhancements to the underused parks in             Spearfish Optimist Club and Horizons was
  bingo and games .             Whitewood became one of three areas the            utilized . The committee even wrote a grant
• Established a perma-          Horizons team chose to focus their efforts .       proposal to the city of Whitewood petitioning
  nent page in a regional          A committee of youth and adult volun-           for money budgeted for park usage .
  newspaper to keep             teers met with the Parks and Recreation               The $15,000 skate park and new asphalt
  residents informed .          Department to suggest improvements to              surface hosted a ribbon cutting on Sept . 9,
• New leadership has            Memorial Park, the town’s most accessible          2009, and included a community celebra-
  emerged on the Hori-          park . Efforts had recently been made to           tion . In 2010, construction of a picnic shelter
  zons steering commit-         update playground equipment, but the park          will begin, offering the park’s first picnic
  tee, on the city council,     still lacked many basic amenities . Horizons       tables . This project became a reality due to
  and in the form of new        received permission to proceed, and went           the collaboration of many donors and will
  businesses due to             to work . A split-rail fence running parallel to   serve Whitewood for years to come .
  Horizons influence .          the street was donated for the safety of the
                                children . Park benches and concrete pads
                                were donated offering seating . Teen com-
PoPULAtIon: 844
                                mittee members rallied around the idea of
PoVeRtY RAte: 17.8%             raising funds for a skate park to be housed
CoACH: Dan Oedekoven            in an unused tennis court .
                                   Volunteers age 8–68 helped, and soon
                                fundraising was underway . Donation jars
                                were set up at local businesses, aluminum
                                cans were recycled, a pancake feed and
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