Taking Back a Community

Carolyn Christensen, Earl Cramton, Diane Smith and Deborah Banish ventured to Wahpeton on Friday, March 7, for the videoconference on “The Miner County Story.” Randy Parry and Kathy Callies from Miner County, South Dakota, discussed the grassroots efforts that began in 1996 as a way to reverse nearly a century of population decline. Their efforts resulted in a thriving community with new industry, new homes and an increased population. The road to change and growth may have its challenges but they clearly showed that a community that works together can triumph! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Randy and Kathy.

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