News & Events

Regional Collaboration to Put Spotlight on Region

Monday, April 03, 2017

City and county officials and residents from a four county region—Day, Grant, Marshall & Roberts—are focused on regional Tourism and Agri-Business initiatives as part of...
Valley Queen Announces CEO

Monday, December 12, 2016

Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has chosen Doug Wilke as the company's next Chief Executive Officer.  Ray Trankle,...
Housing Survey

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

As part of our ongoing housing initiative, two surveys have been created to help us better understand our housing need. One of the two focuses...
Join a conversation about housing April 6

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The latest Dakotafire Café, a series of events intended to spark community and regional conversations, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April...
New Health Careers Class Opens Students’ Eyes

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

~ Holli Seehafer, Grant County Review There’s more to high school than “reading, writing and ‘rithmatic,” and Milbank juniors and seniors now have the chance to...
Jami Lynn Returns to Milbank for Arts Council Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 09, 2016                The second annual Whetstone Arts Council (WAC) fundraiser entitled For the Love of Arts will be Friday, February 26, from 7 to 10 p.m....
Artist Call ~

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Whetstone Arts Council would like to invite regional artists to submit application to be a part of the Milbank Sculpture Garden.  The Sculpture Garden...
Job Opportunity

Thursday, December 10, 2015

SDSU Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Community Development Extension Field Specialist.
Whimsy on Main

Friday, November 27, 2015

There will be one less empty building on Main Street beginning this weekend when Whimsy on Main Popup Shop opens its door on the corner...
September 29th Vote Critical to Highway and Bridge Fund

Monday, September 14, 2015

The following explanation of the information available to the Grant County Commission members was prepared by Karen Layher, Grant County auditor. Grant County has 272 miles of gravel roads and approximately...
GCDC, EmBe Begin “In Dialogue” Series

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Members of the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) are excited to announce a series of “ In Dialogue” conversations sponsored by EmBe, according to Bobbie...

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

In its eight years of existence, the BIG Idea Competition has received 1,315 entries involving nearly 1,800 students representing 67 schools.  The competition is open to any high school student in the state. Find out more at  
Milbank To Be Capital For A Day

Thursday, May 07, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11.   “I...
The Training Place - Online Health Courses

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Online Healthcare Courses Learn more at Highly interactive courses provide an enriched learning experience and developed to ensure students gain necessary skills to excel in...
Development centers want to do more

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

South Dakota business-advisory network celebrates 30 productive years   An experienced network of business advisers across South Dakota is celebrating its 30th anniversary by encouraging business people...
Shopko Commits to Milbank, SD

Monday, April 13, 2015

              After months of uncertainty and negotiation, it has been announced that a Shopko Hometown store will open in the building on Milbank’s Morningside Drive...
Women In Leadership

Thursday, April 09, 2015

                 Local women will have the chance to meet, network and decide if there is interest in forming a local chapter of EmBe during a...
Small Business is Everybody's Business

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rural communities have real advantages when it comes to attracting new entrepreneurs and retaining small businesses. This virtual conference will provide communities an opportunity to...
Paint South Dakota Application Due May 1st

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Applications are now available for the 2015 Paint-South Dakota Campaign. Please  click here to fill out an application. The program qualifications are below:      Nominee’s home must be...
Begins Study of Local Job Force Needs

Monday, October 27, 2014

“Local business expansion cannot happen without adequate candidates for growth,” said Bobbie Bohlen, executive director of the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC). She observed that...
Bush Foundation is Coming to DeSmet

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Bush Foundation will be in South Dakota this month and there will be a number of opportunities to meet with their staff, starting with...
Ground breaking set for new health care campus

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MILBANK, SD (Sept. 18, 2014)  –  The Northeast South Dakota Healthcare Foundation (NESDHCF) will host a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for Milbank’s new $23 million...
Housing Needs Study Scheduled for Grant County

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Grant County Development Corporation has been awarded funding thru the South Dakota Housing Needs Study Program, Executive Director Bohlen stated that the funds are matching...
Community Appeals Workshop

Monday, August 18, 2014

GROW South Dakota invites community organizations, municipalities, and county government representatives to attend a Community Appeal Workshop on September 10-11, 2014, at the Aberdeen Ramada Hotel and...
3 Reasons to Choose Your Community

Monday, July 28, 2014

Participating in Your Community = Better Community Most of us know that participating in your community makes your community better. When you start a business, do your best work at your job, join an organization or start an event in your community, you are creating the community you want to live in.
The 10 best states for retirement in 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Article by: MSN Money   |   By Chris Kahn, Move over, Arizona and Florida: When it comes to your golden years, these 10 states are tops....
Industry Focused Education

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Across the United States, utility companies—every one of them—has a relationship with a community college or a university,” said Matt Sadinsky, CEO of Prequalified Ready...
Regional Economic Developers Roundtable

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The next Regional Economic Development Roundtable quarterly meeting will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Lake Area Technical Institute beginning at 10 a.m. in...
Employers Looking To Fill Jobs

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  More than a quarter of the state's workforce is at or nearing retirement age and many employers are concerned about filling jobs.
These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In South Dakota

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Despite what much of the U.S. thinks, there’s more to South Dakota than snow and ice. Mind you, there’s a lot of that too, but this state is honestly just fantastic. Mt. Rushmore calls this place home, as did Wild Bill Hickok, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. It’s the site of some of the most amazing fossil beds for mammoths and dinosaurs in the world,...
Grant County on the move!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

This article was featured in the Grant County Review written by Deb Hemmer. Grant County’s economy in 2013 was robust according to sales tax figures posted...
Online Healthcare Courses

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New Tec, Inc offers Healthcare Courses that are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience.  Each course was developed to ensure that students gain the necessary skills to excel in a professional healthcare environment. 
Career Day Will Expose Youth to Opportunities

Friday, January 31, 2014

Dozens of local employers will be meeting with sophomore and junior students during upcoming career day sponsored by the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC). More...
SD manufacturing plant gets loan for expansion

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

By: Governor's Office of Economic Development   PARKSTON, S.D. — MDS Manufacturing Co. in Parkston will expand its operations with the help of a $600,000 Revolving Economic...
Milbank Health Care Campus Plans Released

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Board members of the Norhteast South Dakota Healthcare Foundation ( NESDHCF) revealed the plans for a new facility at a public forum Monday , Oct....
Runnings Announces New Store in Grant County

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

All Star line up for the Annual Grant County Development Meeting. May 15, 2013 The Grant County Development Corporation held their Annual meeting on Tuesday night the...
Governor Daugaard in Grant County

Friday, April 26, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard will spend Friday Apri 26th touring Grant County. The Governor will attend the ribbon cutting and ground breaking of the multimillion $...
State to Benefit from Building South Dakota Legislation

Friday, April 05, 2013

Tax incentives for new projects costing more than $20 million as well as targeted increases for education, infrastructure and housing will help boost economic growth, said State Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, one of the bill's co-sponsors. 
Governor Daugaard Announces Nearly 39 Million for Environmental Projects

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $39 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and recycling projects. The board met Wednesday and Thursday in Pierre. The $38,617,000 total includes $9.95 million in grants and grant amendments and $28.7 million in low-interest loans, with nearly $4.4 million of the...
South Dakota ranks 12th in personal income

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PIERRE — South Dakota ranks 12th in the nation for personal income. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says that South Dakota’s personal income from 2000...
Big Stone AQCS Project Brings Workers to the Region

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 During the next two or three years, starting in 2013, hundreds of workers and technicians will call the Big Stone region their home away from home as they install an air-quality control system (AQCS) at Big Stone Plant. The AQCS project team launched a web site January 21 in an effort to help the nearly 500 workers coming to the plant during the next three years...
Lawmaker offers economic development plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Aberdeen News   |   By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent   PIERRE — The Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders want to go back to the future with their...
Future Site for New Avera Area Health Care Campus Selected

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Eighteen acres neare the State Auto Building have been purchased by the Northeast South Dakota Healthcare Foundation as the site for the new hospital and clinic.  "After looking at many sites throughout the community - a number of which would be ideal but for one reason or another didn't work out - I firmly believe we have come up with what is the best site...
Teton Family Farms, LLC receives approval to build in Grant County.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Grant County Planning and Zoning Board by a vote of 6/1 approved a conditional use permit for a Class A farrowing barn. The permit was approved with two conditions, the installation of bio filters and the planting of trees to serve as odor abatement. Barry Kerkhaert, DVM, Vice President of Pipestone Veterinary Clinic gave an overview of the project. The Pipestone Systems which is comprised...
Agriculture in the news.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC ) early in the spring of 2012 started a project that would identify potential cafo/concentrated animal feeding sites. This project was motivated by the economic impact that dairy operations have within a county. The GCDC wanted to leverage some of the momentum from within the state since there has been a renewed interest in recruiting dairies to the I-29...
South Dakota small business has big impact

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 12, 2012 4:33 pm  •  Associated Press PIERRE | If believing there's a niche for a business that adds zing to something familiar makes...
2012 Milbank Holiday Promotion

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Milbank Chamber announces " The Grinch's Christmas Give Back".This years Holiday Promotion will have five opportunities for some lucky shopper to win  $1000,00. Starting Sat. Nov. 24th and continuing thru Dec. 22nd, the lucky shopper must have signed up in one of the participating stores and you must be present on Saturday at a participating business to win .  If now one wins the pot...
Daugaard Inviting People to Return To South Dakota

Monday, November 05, 2012

     South Dakotans may soon be receiving a phone call from a surprising source: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. A new online feature at the website for the worker recruitment program Dakota Roots allows family and friends to send a recorded message from the governor to out-of-state loved ones, urging them to return to South Dakota. The recorded messages from Daugaard focus on job openings, quality of life,...
Frontier and Rural Medicine

Friday, October 19, 2012

Five towns have been selected as the first clinical sites for a rural ealth care project sponsored by the University of South Dakota medical school. The Frontier and Rural Medicine program, know as FARM allows USD medical students nine months of training in rural areas.  The goal is to increase the number of doctors in rural South Dakota. Eligible communities for the clinical sites had to have fewer...
$730 Million Transmission Line to Harness Wind Energy

Thursday, October 18, 2012

  The Big Stone South to Ellendale (BSSE) Transmission Line is a proposed approximately 150-175 mile transmission line from the proposed Big Stone South substation near Big Stone City, SD, to the proposed Ellendale 345 kV substation near Ellendale, ND. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Otter Tail Power Company jointly will develop, construct and operate it. Wind energy developers and clean energy advocates say grid congestion has stymied...
South Dakota Included on List of Top States For Business

Friday, August 24, 2012

  NEWS RELEASE         FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CONTACT: Grace Kessler, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.3301  PIERRE, S.D. – For the ninth year in a row, South Dakota has earned a spot on the Pollina Corporate Real Estate list of Top 10 Pro-Business States. South Dakota is listed as the seventh best state in the nation for business in 2012. South Dakota was also ranked No. 7 last...
Farley Fest in Milbank, SD

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We kick the Week end off with Arts in the Park and a Burn Out Competition at Lake Farley.  We have a new event this year a, Wing Competition.  Come share your best "wing" recipe with us and maybe win a prize  The evening will continue with Spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Saturday will fearute Country music's brightest new stars to light up the Milbank night,...
Farley Fest is Coming!

Friday, June 01, 2012

June 29, 30 - July 1 in Milbank, SD! Welcome to the 6th Annual Farley Fest! We kick the weekend off with Arts in the Park and...
Going green? Go to South Dakota

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

South Dakota boasts a world-class wind resource and is consistently ranked among the top in the nation when it comes to wind-energy potential. Currently, South Dakota is producing 785 megawatts of wind power .
Best and Worst States for Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to relocate you may want to consider South Dakota, which was ranked no. 1 in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s Business Tax Index 2012.
GM seeds to go through a faster approval process under new USDA rules

Monday, February 27, 2012

Which is more important: Gaining fast approval for genetically modified seeds so they can better compete with foreign companies, or giving the public and interest groups time to learn about the planned release and possibly voice their objection to it? Under new rules soon to be put in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, faster approval will win out. The Rural Blog reported, via a...
Open House

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In August of 2016, Grant County Development Corporation(GCDC) purchased this house from the South Dakota Housing Authority. This is the first renovation project of its...
2017 Governor’s Giant Vision Competition is Open

Monday, December 12, 2016 Dakota residents who have a new business idea are reminded to enter the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition for a chance to win up...
Annual Meeting

Monday, May 19, 2014

Grant County Development Corporation has scheduled their Annual meeting for Wednesday May 21st at the Visitor  Center in Milbank.  The member meeting will be held at...
Stengel OIls

Friday, October 26, 2012

Stengel Oils adds to product line.
Best promotion of Dakotas this year may come from Kennebec farmer

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I have frequently had conversations with people who don’t see exactly what’s so great about living in South Dakota—while other places can claim mountains, beaches or wilderness, South Dakota has … well, it has some attributes, but it’s hard to explain that one of its greatest features is the fact that there’s not much blocking the view of the sky.
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Big Sioux Pork opened in April of 2012. As of 2015  they employ 14 people full time, with an additional 3 part-time staff members. Through November of 2015 they've weaned 28,000 piglets!