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Editorial

No club is exclusive, they almost

always could use help

by John Suhr
suhrs@reporterandfarmer.com

I was at a meeting last week, not covering it for the paper, but as a member of a volunteer group. After a long meeting a few of those involved talked about the future of the organization. Like so many groups it’s harder and harder to get people involved. The smaller the community the harder it it is as well.

Everyone who has lived in a small town for awhile knows the importance of trying to keep things moving forward. It not only helps attract people to the community but gives those who live here now another reason to like the community even more.

But as I alluded to earlier, the smaller the community the fewer people there are to get involved and so many people today are already involved in so many activities as it is. But once people get burned out trying to do their best and hearing more negative comments than positive, it is hard to keep that person involved and there goes another activity, event or cause for a community to get behind.

The same can go for those involved in any form of city government. There comes a point, people start to wonder, “Why am I still doing this?”

Part of it is the love for their community, the pride at trying to do something people might enjoy. But like everything, there comes a point for everyone that enough is enough.

So for those people new to town, those who were born here and all those in between, a lot of groups could use your help and involvement in keeping your community going forward. Even if you do not know what one organization or another does, they will help explain and show you where they can use your help.

Over the years we have had different organizations and groups formed. Some are gone, some may only do a couple of the events they once did and others may be pondering that question. Why are we doing this?

Because we want to keep your community going forward.

 


Columns

Change is coming, you can guide it

if you will

by Amanda Fanger
reporter@reporterandfarmer.com

My head is still swimming with numbers after all the guided table talk from last Monday in Eden. While there were some interesting facts shared during the two and a half hour Stronger Economies Together (SET) Civic Forum Sept. 19, my brain could only take in so much.

The data shared was in regards to the economic development of the Glacial Lakes region, which is comprised of Day, Marshall, Roberts and Grant counties. The stats were a “regional snapshot” of population, economy and education features.

Attendees were prompted to list what they felt were the greatest strengths and challenges of our area. The condensed list of challenges included: inadequate workforce and skills, the link to agriculture in that a bad crop year is a bad year for all, housing and infrastructure needs, resources and access to capital, e-commerce, recruitment of new business to very small towns, support for small town schools, aging populations, out-migration and the lack of positive media and marketing – the idea that if you’re not from here, you don’t know we exist – and being excessively rural in terms of location.

Four or five pages worth of strengths were condensed by meeting leaders into a few points: natural capital (meaning the outdoor/recreational opportunities), tourism, agriculture and human capital.

Then people were encouraged to try to draw connections between the challenges and the strengths, as if putting together a puzzle.

What became clear to me as I sat and observed this all is that it’s not going to be an easy task.

But another takeaway was that we’re not alone.

Over 80 regions have launched SET programs in 32 states, bringing together groups of people who are really willing to dig deep and ready to put in the hours required to solve the puzzle. The Glacial Lakes Region is the fifth region to have launched in the state.

This is going to be a multi-level process with a series of meetings which will guide people into creating a “high quality regional economic development plan” that could net a $10,000 grant for the implementation of that plan.

“We want to ask the right questions and look at what’s actually going on in the region,” said one meeting leader Kenny Sherin, a community development field specialist with the South Dakota State University Extension Office. Sherin shared the regional data snapshot with the group, which compared demography, human capital and labor force statistics of this area against that of the state and nation.

What we saw was that, while numbers in the rest of the state are growing, this area of America continues to shrink.

They call this phenomenon rural flight and domestic migration. It’s the seemingly mass exodus of people from small towns to larger cities.

I get that we don’t want to change Day County into a metropolis. I mean, I’m a country girl at heart too and that’s why I live here and not in a big city. But we have to have sustainability and according to the numbers shared last week, at this point, we’re not doing that very well.

Many don’t want to see change. The thing is, change is going to happen whether you want it to or not. By being proactive, at least you have a chance to influence the change in a direction you prefer.

~af~

 

 

All Vikings win and Packers loss makes

Ray not a dull boy

by Emre K. Erku
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

Sam Bradford.

That’s a name you’re going to hear a lot more.

Stefon Diggs.

That’s another one.

Chris Berman, Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will flood the airwaves with these stars.

Even Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping will undoubtedly abdicate themselves from political power and become football fiends, drooling over the countless Bradford/Diggs connections we’re going to witness in awe for so long before we know it your six-year-olds will be trashing their dorm rooms while the Vikes school the other 31 teams in our darling National Football League.

Meanwhile we mourn. We mourn the loss of Green Bay. We mourn the loss of all the money spent on 100-proof poison by Wisconsin bar flies in Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Milwaukee and Eau Claire the moment Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes intercepted Aaron Rodgers last Sunday with 1:51 to go in the fourth quarter. It was as if the Roman Empire just fell, and all the purple and gold peasants bounced atop the throne as all-mighty gods drunk on jubilation.

The moment was so special, death didn’t exist, mortgages and bills paid off, failing relationships rebuilt, cancer cured.

It was close to lucid surrealism for all us dreamers.

Can you feel Dennis Green smiling down? Can you feel Vince Lombardi cringe? Dead or alive last Sunday was indelible. Last Sunday was new life. Last Sunday was world peace for those constantly at war with sub .500 records, 15 fumbles per game and terrible Monday morning hangovers.

It was an ultimate reprieve, saturated with Bradford’s 286 yards and two touchdowns, Diggs’ 182 yards and one TD and Linval Joseph’s ravishing sack on Rodgers in front of 66,813 fans who likely blew their children’s college tuition on seats in the nosebleed section. Instead of a $100,000 education this would be little Johnny’s version of higher learning.

But this wave must keep rolling; so big in fact, commissioner Roger Goodell can’t help but polish the Lombardi Trophy with the tears of all Packers fans while Mike Zimmer cradles it before a cheering Vikings crowd: football’s most oppressed fans who at one point thought they’d be long dead before their beloved team ever won the greatest championship in all the land.

Yet, it’s reasonable enough to say we’ll die happy if the Vikings invade Lambeau Field and win the day before this year’s Christmas.

Teddy or not here we come. SKOL.

“Ray.”

Fiksdal Funeral Home

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