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The Impact of Art on a Small Town Economy

Monday, November 05, 2018

As internationally-recognized artist Guido van Helten painted a giant mural on a grain elevator in Faulkton this summer, the excitement was palpable. A live stream of the process provided a window into our small town and enabled people from all over the world to watch his progress. For more than 40 years, the Faulkton Area Arts Council has worked to ensure that art has a strong presence in the community. The mural project is one of several public works of art — albeit the largest one — that are expected to earn the town recognition and draw visitors from the region...
Celebrating and Supporting Women in Business

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Since 1972, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. has risen 3,000 percent. It’s an impressive statistic, especially considering the fact that women were required to have a male co-signer in order to get a loan up until 1988. Women have come a long way since the then. That’s why October has been designated as National Women’s Small Business Month. It’s an opportune time to recognize and celebrate the impact female entrepreneurs have on our economy. Today women own 39 percent of small businesses in the U.S. In the last two decades, the number of women-owned businesses increased by 114 percent...
Short Stop Bar has “new” owner

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Short Stop Bar has a familiar face as the “new” owner. Nancy Ryman purchased the business from Jerod Raethz with Ryman taking over as of Sept. 1. “I’m excited for Nancy, she will do good things with the bar,” stated Raethz. Raethz has been looking to sell the bar and what better fit than a former owner of the bar. A little history of the bar includes: Before May of 1999, Ryman had been the owner of the bar, which at that time was located on 8th Ave. (Main Street). Then in May of 1999 Jack Raethz purchased the business from Nancy, with Larry...
Burger Shack’s new owner

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jerry Banley of Aberdeen has purchased the business from Melanie Bobby. Banley, 37, was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Central High School. He attended college at the University of Sioux Falls and Northern State, majoring in music performance. He is married to wife Crystal and they have a 21 month old son, Michael. At present his plans are the commute to Faulkton for the business. Banley is involved in audio/video productions and has a mobile recording studio. He enjoys photography and is the Jency (Melanie Bobby) Agency’s real estate photographer. Banley is a singer and plays guitar in a band, and he...
Committee discusses Phase II route grant

Thursday, August 30, 2018

At the Wednesday, Aug. 15 meeting of the Quality of Life/Leadership committee details were discussed about Phase II of the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant through the SD Department of Transportation (DOT). Representatives from the DOT did a site visit on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and gave approval to go ahead with the grant application. Phase II will include a direct route to the Faulkton swimming pool and one block from 8thAve. to the corner of 7th and Court Street (across from EastView apartment complex). The grant has been named Safe Routes for Non-Drivers and letters of support will be solicited from community...
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.
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...