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Faulkton Murals Illustrate Town’s Unique Identity

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Public art has a role to play in economic development. It helps develop a town’s identity and character. It can tell the history of a place, inspire people and attract visitors too. Faulkton, South Dakota is a tiny town with a big commitment to the arts. During the summer of 2018, the community supported the creation of two large-scale murals from international artists. This public artwork portrays people and scenes unique to Faulkton. The first mural by Australian artist Guido van Helten decorates the side of a grain elevator. The massive, photorealistic mural aims to capture the essence of the town and...
GROW SD celebrates anniversary with business loan special

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

In 1978, GROW South Dakota made its first business loans.  In the 40 years since then, the agency has had significant impact on businesses and communities throughout northeastern South Dakota and beyond. To celebrate this milestone, GROW SD is offering a business loan special. GROW SD’s revolving loan fund was established in 1978 with the purpose of supporting economic development in 22 northeastern South Dakota counties through small business loans and job creation. Since that time, the agency has made 2,009 loans for a total of more than $69.7 million to 1,214 area businesses (as of 3/31/18). Click here for the complete article.
Hope’s Park & Playground becomes a reality

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pictured above are left, Nila Potter, Beth Deiter, Aida Anderson, and Dr. Sylvia Anderson. They met at the site of Hope’s Playground and Park on Wednesday, July 18 especially for Aida to present the funds she raised from her 4-H project “Painted Rocks for Cancer and Hope’s Park” to the park’s organizer, Beth Deiter. Rocks were painted various cancer ribbon colors and “decorated” with a word of hope or decoupaged with a cancer survivor sticker. They were then sprayed with sealant. A first name in honor or support of someone fighting cancer could be added to the rock. Painting the...
Dr. Bartholomew receives award

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kenneth A. Bartholomew, MD, of Fort Pierre, received the South Dakota State Medical Association’s Richard P. Holm, MD, Media Award at the recent SDSMA annual convention. The Media Award recognizes an individual who has helped promote the medical field and medical issues. At right is SDSMA President Robert E. Van Demark, Jr., MD, of Sioux Falls is shown presenting the award to Dr. Bartholomew. Dr. Bartholomew has been a frequent guest on Dr. Holm’s “On Call With The Prairie Doc” show on public television. He was recently guest lecturer at Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and continues...
Faulkton to Feature Mural by World-Famous Artist

Thursday, July 05, 2018

For a small town, Faulkton, South Dakota has made some big investments in the arts. Its latest public art project will be a distinctive piece by an internationally acclaimed artist that’s sure to draw visitors from throughout the region. Australian artist Guido van Helten will use the side of a grain elevator in Faulkton as his canvas this summer. His aim will be to portray the essence of the town through a photorealistic, larger than life mural. Van Helten has been commissioned to create public works of art throughout the world, from Belarus to Ukraine. Public and private funds were raised for...
Guido expected to start painting elevator the end of June

Friday, June 15, 2018

Artist Guido van Helten is expected to arrive in Faulkton around June 27. The Faulkton area has been anxiously awaiting his arrival, as he will be painting his murals on the elevator on the east side of Faulkton. His plan is to take a couple of more photos and tweak his planned design a little. Grid lines will be painted before the end of June. Plans for the painting started early last year. Guido was able to stay in Faulkton in July where he visited with the locals, took pictures and toured the area. He has chosen his theme and subjects and is looking...
Work progressing at Hope’s Park

Friday, June 15, 2018

Concrete for the picnic shelters and the sidewalk at Hope's Park and Playground were completed last week, as well as the bathroom building and electrical. Bathroom fixtures will be delivered this week and the commemorative bricks are scheduled to be set in place this weekend. Look for an article and picture in next week's Faulk County Record on the progress to date and also an update on funds raised for the project. Article and image courtesy of the Faulk County Record.
Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation and Steinmetz Redi-Built Home Center, Inc.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation and Steinmetz Redi-Built Home Center, Inc. WOULD LIKE TO BRING THIS FLOOR PLAN TO THE FAULKTON AREA. Opportunity to design your own garage and basement with the Harper 2018 floor plan. Any questions, please call Trevor with the FAEDC at 605-949-9507 or Gary with Steinmetz Homes at 605-878-1070.
Nikki Melius receives award

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nikki Melius was presented the Faulkton Area Lions 2018 Community Service Award at their dinner held Wednesday night, May 23 at R & R Pheasant Hunting Lodge. Melius was also the guest speaker. Lions president Virgie Wagner (left) presented the plaque to Melius. This year’s Faulkton Area Lions Community Service honoree, Nikki Melius, wears several hats and has made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community. Mrs. Melius spoke to the Lions club about the FCCLA programs taught in the Faulkton School District and the benefits of that program. Melius is the family and consumer science instructor and...
Economic Developers Are a Great Resource

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Setting up a business is a challenge. Just managing the paperwork, accounting and regulations alone can be daunting to an entrepreneur. Not to mention the essential capital requirements every business needs to kick start operations. Where can a new business owner turn to get their questions answered? Look no further than Trevor Cramer of Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation (FAEDC) He is a valuable resource to help build your business or to help attract the right talent for your team. Resources to Help Your Business Trevor is familiar with business retention and expansion strategies and knows about available real estate properties that can...
Attracting Millennials

Monday, April 02, 2018

It’s hard to know what to believe about Millennials; the overall impression is that they are lazy, entitled, and killing American culture one day at a time. If this is the case, then why do so many communities work to attract them? In truth, we know that there is a lot more to Millennials than what floats around in popular culture. We know that they can be a vibrant addition to any community and want them here. To attract them, it is important to dig deeper and learn more about what makes Millennials tick. Every week there’s a new ground-shattering...
New agent at Farmers Union Insurance

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Dawn Melius is back in the insurance business as of March 1, 2018 as the Dawn Marie Agency. Melius was with Farmers Union Insurance from 1995 - 2005. In returning she has retaken her insurance exam and now has her license and is ready to serve your insurance needs. When the agency started looking for a replacement agent, Melius said she then started thinking about returning to the company. After much thought, along with input from her family, she decided to look into the opportunity. What she found was exciting changes with Farmers Union Insurance. She is now an independent agent and...