Small Business Week Presents Kathy Callies - The 10% Shift Initiative (10/19/12)

We are calling it the 10% Shift Initiative.  It is being adopted from a remarkable success story that took place in Miner County, South Dakota, USA.  The lady who will be coming to put on two different presentations was involved...more

Project Rural Practice Task Force Meeting (10/10/12)

The Project Rural Practice Task Force, an initiative of the State Bar of South Dakota, will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:00 am at the University of South Dakota School of Law in Vermillion...more

Maroney Commons Closure is Sad, but May Turn Out (9/5/12)

We were saddened by the announcement that Maroney Commons, a hotel and conference center in Howard, was closing after only one year in operation.  The project was an extremely bold initiative by the Miner County Development Corporation (MCDC)...more

Howard Conference Center Touted as model Closing Its Doors (8/29/12)

A conference and training center in the eastern South Dakota town of Howard is closing because of financial problems, one year after opening with much fanfare...more

Howard Hotel, Conference Center Closing After One Year (8/29/12)

A hotel and conference center in Howard that has prided itself on green innovation will close its doors next week, only a year after opening...more

Howard Training Facility to Close (8/28/12)

It features a hotel, restaurant and conference center, but the Maroney Commons made headlines for using green technology and being built from recycled materials including parts of past buildings in Howard...more

Maroney Commons to Close Sept. 3 (8/27/12)

The one-year-old hotel and conference center in Howard is closing due to financial concerns.  The Miner County Development Corporation, which operated the Maroney Commons in Howard...more

Webinar:  Reimagining Rural:  Green Building Boosts Economy in Howard, South Dakota (5/8/12)

On Tuesday, May 8, 2:00-3:00 CST, please join EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities, Kathy Callies, Acting President of the Rural Learning Center (RLC), and Randy Parry, RLC's former President, to learn how Howard, SD, a community of 850 residents, came together to revitalize its local economy...more

Lessons Learned in Tanzania (4/18/12)

What will you do when you retire?  A Howard, South Dakota couple decided they wanted to help make a difference.  And that has come with a lot of life changes, not to mention quite a bit of personal sacrifice....more

State Bar of SD Project Rural Practice Task Force Coming to Howard (4/2/12)

A recent State Bar of South Dakota report concluded that over 75% of South Dakota attorneys live and work in only four counties - Minnehaha, Brown, Pennington, and Huges. "That all has an impact, not only on the local economy, but also in serving the justice needs...more

Wind Technician Training Begins (3/17/12)

Maroney Commons welcomed its first session for wind technician training on March 19.  This 25-day training is the most popular course offered by Airstreams Renewables headquartered in Tehachapi, CA and available here in the upper Midwest through its partnership with the Rural Learning Center...more

Youth-Powered Hopes Drive Howard Ahead (1/24/12)

A small town in South Dakota has become a model of community planning, thanks to an inspired high school assignment and continued leadership of local youth...more


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