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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 a nation-wide program called Stronger Economies Together (SET).  Gatherings have rotated across the four counties to welcome all interested residents in examining demographics, opportunities, assets and barriers of the region. After reviewing the date, attendees identified Tourism and Agri-Business as two collective areas of interest. The group is developing a regional plan around these topics that will generate benefits for all communities involved. The purpose of SET is to strengthen the capacity of communities/counties in rural America...
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Otter Tail Power Company to Seek Permits for Major Investment in Deuel County

Monday, March 27, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company to Seek Permits for Major Investment in Deuel County   Deuel County, S.D. – Top officials from Otter Tail Power Company, headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minn., announced today plans to seek regulatory approvals to build a new gas-fired electricity-generating station in Deuel County, South Dakota. The proposed Astoria Station is part of the company’s plan to meet customer demand for electricity, replace expiring capacity purchase agreements and prepare for the company’s 2021 retirement of the 1950s-era coal-fired Hoot Lake Plant in Fergus Falls.   “Otter Tail Power Company’s project is a good fit for South Dakota’s growing energy sector. Natural...
Xcel Energy Proposes Multi-Million Dollar Wind Energy Project

Friday, March 17, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy filed an application today with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a 600 megawatt wind energy project in South Dakota as part of a larger 1,500 megawatt project in Sioux Falls. The proposed project would impact residents in Codington, Deuel and Grant counties.   “If there are two things South Dakota is abundant in, it’s wind and opportunity, so a capital investment worth potentially $800 million is exciting” said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Our premier business climate makes doing business in South Dakota affordable and profitable, and harnessing our natural wind power will provide energy...
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 on the commuter while the other will help us to get our arms around why people leave. Please take a moment to share this or complete it, if it is relative to your situation. Exit Survey: This survey is intended for former Milbank residents who have left the community or are planning to leave. Commuter Survey: This survey is intended for those that live outside of Milbank and commute to Milbank for employment.
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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 6, at the Milbank Visitor Center in Milbank, S.D. Dakotafire Cafés intend to get people talking about the topic presented in the latest issue of Dakotafire magazine, according to Dakotafire Publisher and Editor Heidi Marttila-Losure. “Most of our small towns have a place where locals gather to solve the world’s problems over a cup of coffee,” Marttila-Losure said. “These events are intended to bring that spirit of problem-solving conversations to the issues that affect our communities—which are...
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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. The event will be in the Valley Queen Training Center at the north end of Milbank’s Main Street.                Highlighing this year’s event is entertainer Jami Lynn Buttke who grew up on a farm near Corona and graduated from Milbank High School. Since then, she has made a name for herself as a folk singer/ songwriter. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, and has shared her talent and love of local folk...
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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 experience learning in an unusual way. The 20 students who have completed the first semester of the new health science careers class dissected cow hearts, practiced suturing on deer tongues, performed MRIs, teeth polishing and dental X-rays among other learning experiences.    Dissecting cow hearts was the highlight of the semester, the students agreed. “That was very cool,” Heidi Bergquist affirmed.   “The basis of our curriculum is to expose students to all the different health care...
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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 saw its first successful year in 2015.  Five artist were selected in early 2015 to display their pieces next to the Visitor Center.   This year the WAC hopes to expand the Sculpture Garden to main street and add three additional pieces.  Applications for this exhibit can made by contacting Bobbie Bohlen .  All sculptures should be suitable for outdoor display.   WAC leases the pieces that are chosen for year at a time. Currently there are 6...
Holiday Reading List for Community Economic Developers

Thursday, December 10, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close and we look forward to the slower pace of work that the holidays bring, we want to offer a few suggested readings for the season. We've collected these from our staff, fellows, board members and other partners.  We hope you enjoy! Holiday Reading List  From Center for Rural Entrepreneurship Staff: The Kauffman Foundation, How to Cook Up a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Policy Digest, November 4, 2015. And, you might want to compare to this classic piece done by the former National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE), Five Myths About Entrepreneurs, to see what has changed - if anything!   Thomas Lyons, Entrepreneurship...
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 of Main Street and 2nd Avenue. Amy Thue and Sara Snaza are busy preparing the space for a product reveal on December 5th. Whimsy will feature regional artisan’s handmade wares and boutique gift products. There will also be several offerings of Parties in a Box that can be customized for many different themes and occasions. The sisters will feature sweet treats from the Conrad Cookie Company and coffee from the Mighty Missouri Coffee Company. Both products...
65 Percent Goal is Starting Point to Address Workforce Needs

Friday, October 16, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – At its meeting last week, the South Dakota Board of Regents discussed the need to equip more South Dakotans with higher levels of education to meet growing workforce demands. Creating a statewide goal for young, working-age residents to hold a postsecondary credential is an important starting point for discussions with other higher education providers, policymakers, community advocates, and business leaders.   The regents decided to look at a provisional statewide attainment goal of 65 percent of South Dakotans, ages 25 to 34, holding some type postsecondary credential by 2025. If agreed to, all postsecondary education partners—public, private, technical, and...
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 168 miles of asphalt roads to maintain. We are the third largest county in the state based on the number of bridges. We have 169 bridges over 20 feet in length and another 59 structures that are less than 20 feet in length that are legally classified as culverts. The county is responsible for the replacement of all bridges and all culverts over 16 sq. ft. in size. If these are on a township road the township pays the first $500 and the county is responsible for the...
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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 Bohlen, executive director of the group. The first event will be Wednesday, September 23, at the Milbank Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The discussion in September will focus on the inequities faced by women in South Dakota and finding ways to close the gap. This topic is based on a study that was conducted, the results are available at Guest facilitators for this event will be Beth Davis and Linda Salmonson.  Davis, president of...

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, SD to Host Nationally Recognized Community Builder In First OTA: Small Town

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Milbank, SD - August 24, 2015 - The City of Milbank and the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) have come together to partner with Sioux Falls-based nonprofit, OTA, on the first OTA: Small Town Conversation, which will feature nationally recognized community builder and creative, Jason Roberts. This event will be held in downtown Milbank on Friday, October 23rd. The event will include lunch, a presentation by Roberts and a workshop for attendees. This event is the result of a year long collaboration between the GCDC and Hugh Weber, OTA founder and Milbank native. “This half day event will continue the collaboration that...
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 look forward to the Milbank event, and thank community leaders for offering to host it,” Gov. Daugaard said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for me to get better acquainted with them and more informed about local issues in the Milbank area.”   The Governor’s activities for the day will include a main street walk, business tours around town, and a community social and coffee hour. The Governor will also hold a roundtable meeting for community leaders to meet...
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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 a professional healthcare environment. Programs include access to online community, robust student services. Pharmacy Technician - $1,299  Clinical Medical Assistant - $2,499 ? Dental Assisting - $1,299 ? Medical Billing & Coding - $1,399 ? Medical Coding ICD-10 - $999 ? EKG Technician - $1,299 ? Electronic Health Record Mgmt. - $1,299 ? Phlebotomy Technician - $1,299 ? Medical Administrative Assistant - $1,299 ? Dialysis Technician - $1,299 ? Medical Terminology - $499 ? ECG/EKG Course for Nurses - $699 Healthcare...
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 and entrepreneurs to check with one of the organization’s regional offices for free help. South Dakota Small Business Development Centers have an impressive record of assisting new and growing businesses throughout the state, and they can provide even more help, says Jeff Eckhoff, state director. “We’re one of the unsung gems of South Dakota’s growing business community, and we want to do more to help bolster the state’s economy,” Eckhoff says. “We want to spread the word...
State workforce plan to shed new light on South Dakota’s image

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. – After months of research and planning, the state officially launched its workforce development campaign at the Governor’s Economic Development conference held last week in Sioux Falls.      “We knew we needed to get some solid research done to understand what it’s going to take to attract people to South Dakota and what the messaging needed to be,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).   “The findings?  People lack salient images of South Dakota and therefore think we lack development and a forward economy,” Costello said. “They don’t picture themselves being able to live in...
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 which housed the ALCO store for 27 years. The official confirmation was made public Monday.             “We are thrilled that Shopko has decided to open a Shopko Hometown in Milbank,” said Bobbie Bohlen, executive director of the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC).             Bohlen gives credit to Roger Bird of Bird Realty and Auction, Inc., for shepherding the process that resulted in Shopko coming to Milbank. “He convinced Shopko representatives to take a look at this ALCO...
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 special luncheon sponsored by the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC).                The luncheon will be Monday, April 13, at noon, in the Milbank Visitor Center. The cost for the luncheon is $10 and it is open to all women. Reservations should be made to Bobbie Bohlen, GCDC executive director, at                “The idea to try to start a regional EmBe group grew out of the survey conducted in late 2014,” Bohlen commented. The survey revealed that...
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Small Business is Everybody's Business Virtual Conference to be Held April 24, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Small Business is Everybody's Business Virtual Conference to be Held April 24, 2015 March 27, 2015 – SDSU Extension will host the Small Business is Everybody's Business Virtual Conference April 24, 2015 at eight locations across the state. GROW South Dakota, based in Sisseton, will be a host for our region. The local session will be held at the Sisseton High School DDN Classroom from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Other site locations for this virtual conference include:  DeSmet, Faith, Gregory, Irene, Newell, Tri-Valley School, and Wall. For registration and location details, visit Seating is limited. “Rural communities have real advantages...
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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 hear nationally-known speakers share information about how rural places can support small businesses. A local panel will also provide information on local outlook and support. Community teams will also have time to strategize about ways they can promote small business in their area.   Speakers include: Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Dell has spoken across the nation on entrepreneurship based economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems and developing local rural and urban economies...
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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 single family, owner occupied      Nominee’s home must be in need of new paint      Nominee must own and currently reside in the home to be painted      Nominee must be physically or financially unable to paint the home on their own Applications are due May 1, 2015!
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VIEWPOINT: Legislators can help state keep growing

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

With the legislative session in full swing, our senators and representatives are addressing a wide range of issues. A glance at key topics being debated in the Capitol reminds us that many are tied to economic development. Numerous community volunteers and personnel across the state are fortunate to be engaged in work that affects the economic prosperity of our state through economic development. A big issue on the table is the condition of our state's roads and bridges. Infrastructure improvements are critical to commerce and our ability to attract new and expanding companies. Often, the first questions that come up when we...
THANK YOU to Denny Sanford for His Multi-Million Solution To Worker Shortage

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, SD - "South Dakota has been so good to me, truly. Look at the wealth it has created for me and all the jobs it has created," Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford said.    T. Denny Sanford is giving back to South Dakota once again. Sanford will gift the state with $25 million toward solving a workforce shortage that has reached a crisis level.   Sanford's money provides half of the funds for a $50 million scholarship program at the state's technical schools to train workers to fill jobs.   While four-year universities have traditionally benefited the most from scholarship programs, Sanford's donation will bridge the gap...
Milbank Industrial Park Approved as South Dakota Certified Ready Site

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MILBANK, S.D. – The Grant County Development Corporation announced today at its board meeting that the Milbank Industrial Park has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site. “On behalf of the GOED, I’d like to congratulate the Grant County Development Corporation and the Milbank Industrial Park on achieving certified ready status,” said Commissioner Pat Costello. “To date, we’ve approved 18 sites as shovel-ready. I appreciate community leaders like Bobbie Bohlen who see the value in the program, and continue to encourage other communities throughout South Dakota to utilize it.”  The Milbank Industrial...
Survey is Starting Block for Community Revitalization Plan

Thursday, December 11, 2014

When the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) invited former Milbank resident Hugh Weber to be the featured speaker for the most recent annual meeting, none of the board members had an inkling where it would lead.  Weber, founder, curator and host of the OTA, as well as current Director of Continuing Education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has offered his knowledge and experience to assist the Milbank community in defining a new revitalization plan.  Weber plans to spend the second Monday and Tuesday of each month in Milbank working with the city officials, Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce, GCDC and other...
Survey is Starting Block for Community Revitalization Plan

Thursday, December 11, 2014

When the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) invited former Milbank resident Hugh Weber to be the featured speaker for the most recent annual meeting, none of the board members had an inkling where it would lead.    Weber, founder, curator and host of the OTA, as well as current Director of Continuing Education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has offered his knowledge and experience to assist the Milbank community in defining a new revitalization plan.    Weber plans to spend the second Monday and Tuesday of each month in Milbank working with the city officials, Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce, GCDC...
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GROW South Dakota Statewide Dakota Dream Savings Fund

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With new federal funding from Assets for Independence, South Dakota’s Dakota Dream Savings Fund, a matched savings program is revived across the state.  Administered by GROW South Dakota, in partnership with Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Rural Office of Community Services, and Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership, the statewide Dakota Dream Savings Fund matches individual savings to create an opportunity for low- to moderate-income individuals to build wealth through home ownership.   Assets for Independence, a division of the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, awarded federal funds to South Dakota’s statewide program in the amount of $66,189.  These federal funds will...
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Milbank Industrial Park Approved as South Dakota Certified Ready Site

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

MILBANK, S.D. – The Grant County Development Corporation announced today at its board meeting that the Milbank Industrial Park has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.   “On behalf of the GOED, I’d like to congratulate the Grant County Development Corporation and the Milbank Industrial Park on achieving certified ready status,” said Commissioner Pat Costello. “To date, we’ve approved 18 sites as shovel-ready. I appreciate community leaders like Bobbie Bohlen who see the value in the program, and continue to encourage other communities throughout South Dakota to utilize it.”   The Milbank Industrial...
Help Stop EPA From Shutting Down Our Power Plants

Friday, November 07, 2014

To ensure safety and reduce energy use,most American homes are constructed to meet building codes. Imagine if the government applied a new, more stringent code retroactively to your home, which forced you to move out because your home was not sufficiently energy efficient. You would still be forced to pay the mortgage for the home you could no longer use and also pay for a new, more expensive home. The latest proposal from the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) will fundamentally change the rules and force the early shut down of many of the power plants on which electric co-ops still...
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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 every week in local publications, the public can find all kinds of job opportunities in Grant County.                “Labor force is an ongoing issue in the state, counties and communities,” Bohlen said. Earlier this year the governor crossed the state to host town hall meetings in an attempt to focus on the issue of labor force development. Grant County also hosted a town hall meeting which brough business people and concerned citizens together.                The results of...
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 a community conversation in Brookings. Join us and SDSU Extension for networking activities and facilitated group discussions on Monday, October 20, from 1:00 - 4:30 pm, followed by a reception from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Learn more and register online at We'll also be in Flandreau, De Smet, Mitchell, and Sioux Falls on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sign up for a one-on-one chat with Bush Foundation staff about our grant and fellowship programs. Click on the...
Another Successful South Dakota Manufacturing Week Wraps Up

Friday, October 03, 2014

By: Pat Costello, Commissioner, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development  As the 2nd annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to extend thanks to all of the communities, companies, organizations and individuals who participated this week in celebrating South Dakota’s manufacturing industry. Our manufacturers truly do play a vital role in our state’s overall economic health, and based on historical data, we are optimistic about its future, too. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in planning and participating in local events throughout South Dakota during Manufacturing Week. Special thanks also...
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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 health care campus at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the new building site.   The new state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot facility located on 18 acres in east Milbank adjacent to State Auto and the American Lutheran Church will bring the hospital and clinic under one roof. It will provide easy access to the 25 local and specialty providers that serve the Milbank health care community.  “After many years of discussion and planning, we are pleased to be at the point...
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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 funds awarded to  conduct a Housing Needs Study.  The Scope of the study will look at the demographic and economic characteristics of households in the community? What the current income level of households in the community and what  the anticipated income level in the future?  Additional areas will include  expectations with respect to economic, employment, and population change in the community in the next 2 to 5 years, the next 10 years, and the next...
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 Convention Center.  This free community event is sponsored by The Bush Foundation and Northeast Council of Governments.  To register for this training event please click here.   Craig Schroeder, Director of Youth Engagement at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and Milan Wall, Co-Director of Heartland Center for Leadership Development will provide an interactive workshop that focuses on the regional issues of mindset and workforce/people attraction which are a starting point to addressing other key factors affecting our...
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.   No. 1: South Dakota That's right. South Dakota. The home of Mount Rushmore tops our list as the best state in the nation for retirees. Yes, of course, it can get frigid in South Dakota. But the state also received excellent scores for all of our other criteria. It had one of the stronger health care quality rankings in the country and was second only to North Dakota in its wellness score. Gallup's Dan Witters says states that...
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Grant County Planning & Zoning.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The South Dakota Supreme Court has issued a judgment of reversal on the ruling delivered by Judge Robert Timm in the case involving the permit granted to Teton Family Farms, LLC, to build a hog confinement facility in Grant County. Grant County Concerned Citizens and Timothy A. Tyler had appealed the decision by the Grant County Board of Adjustment to approve the Teton permit.    Rather than ruling on the permit appeal, Timm ruled that the procedure which allows for his review of the appeal was unconstitutional.  The Grant County Board of Adjustment and Teton appealed?Timm’s ruling, and the case was scheduled to...
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 Employees for Power International, a talent development and recruiting company for the energy industry. The connection benefits both partners. The utility gains a valuable future employee resource, because students of the institution will be trained to meet the needs of the company—assuming that the curriculum includes courses appropriate to utility work. The college or university placement office gets a potential hiring resource that is looking for its qualified graduates. It is definitely a win-win situation. Otter...
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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 Room 512, Building 5.  This regional group is growing and now includes rural community representatives from throughout Eastern South Dakota. The 30+ community representatives that regularly attend these quarterly meetings find them to be extremely valuable due to the sharing of housing, community, and economic development resources, peer-to-peer relationship building, and learning opportunities that are provided. Plan to join us!  Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to The afternoon session will include a Governor's...
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, and honestly does have some very beautiful summers. South Dakota is full of history, majesty, and some seriously friendly people. This begs the question: Which place in South Dakota is the best?
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 on the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s website.  Big Stone City, LaBolt, Revillo and Milbank all showed healthy increases in revenue received through sales tax as compared to 2012 numbers.  All the statistics used in this story are based on numbers obtained from the state’s website and not the actual numbers that city finance officers may have. The numbers compiled on the website are derived from the sales tax forms that businesses must submit monthly.   The preliminary...
South Dakota Small Business Lending Programs Awarded Additional $4.4 Million

Monday, February 24, 2014

South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development   PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that it has secured an additional $4,477,239 in funding for the state’s small businesses through the third disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). South Dakota is the 15th state to receive its third disbursement. “I am pleased to see our success is being rewarded with an additional $4.4 million to fund the growth of South Dakota’s small business community,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner. “With the help of South Dakota’s financial institutions, we hope to leverage...
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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 than 200 students from Milbank, Grant-Deuel, Summit and Wilmot will participate in the educational event. “Jobs in South Dakota are actually on the rise, but our work force is declining,” commented Bobbie Bohlen, GCDC executive director. “So we really need to stress to the students that there are opportunities right here.”  Career day will be Wednesday, February 12, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Milbank High School Armory. Business representatives will discuss the kinds of opportunities...
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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. 7 at the Milbank Visitor Center.  The 72,000 square foot structure will be located on 18 acres in east Milbank.  The site sits between the State Auto Building and American Lutheran Church.   The new structure will house both the clinic and the hospital.  Construction would begin in spring of 2014 with a 15-month buildin timeline. A capital campaign is underway to raise $4 million is currently underway.  Anyone needing more infromation can contact one of...
Job Opportunities Showcase to include Milbank in Tour

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Milbank is one of fewer than a dozen communities that will be a stopping point during a two-day bus tour to promote job opportunities in the Eastern Region of South Dakota. The tour, sponsored jointly by Advantage South Dakota and Northwestern Energy, will be Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1 and 2. The Grant County Economic Development Corporation (GCED) is a member of Advantage South Dakota. Bobbie Bohlen, executive director of the GCED, said, "This is a great way to showcase our area." The job opportunities showcase will begin early October 1, with a bus load of economic development directors from the region,...
South Dakota Recognized as a Top State for Business

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CONTACT: Mary Lehecka Nelson, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605.773.3301   PIERRE, S.D. – For the 10th straight year, South Dakota is being recognized as one of the top 10 pro-business states, according to Pollina Corporate Real Estate. This year, South Dakota received an eighth place ranking.     “As Governor, I have made job creation one of my top priorities, and I’m proud to say that our efforts are paying off,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Thanks to a long history of stability and balanced budgets, South Dakota is the place to do business.”     The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study uses 32 factors to...
Set It in Stone! South Dakota Is 2013 Top State for Business

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Article By: CNBC  |  Scott Cohn   We have a winner—and a new champion!   South Dakota has climbed to the top of America's Top States for Business for 2013.   It is the best finish yet for the Mount Rushmore State, which has always been a quiet contender in our annual study, rarely finishing outside the Top 10. But more impressive, South Dakota's point total this year—1,639 out of a possible 2,500—is the highest logged by any state since we began keeping score in 2007.   (Read more: More Than Mount Rushmore by SD Gov. Daugaard)   Each year, we rate all 50 states on more than 50 metrics...
State Economic Development Plan to Boost Local Efforts

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Article By:  Associated Press South Dakota economic development officials say two programs aimed at attracting large projects to the state are ready to help local governments and non-profit development corporations. The Economic Development Partnership Program offers grants to pay for new staff, elevate part-time staff, start or replenish local revolving loan funds, buy equipment or train employees to expand local economic development. The Local Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program provides grants to build or rebuild infrastructure to serve economic development projects. The programs begin accepting applications on Monday, said Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg. “It works to try to tie the state’s efforts a little more...
South Dakota Can Compete With The Best Of States: Governor Dennis Daugaard

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Article by Mark Brown   |   WTAQ 1360AM, 97.5FM   SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – South Dakota is one of a few tax free states that competes for businesses to locate them here.  Texas is another that wants many of the same businesses to locate to their state.  Governor Dennis Daugaard believes that South Dakota offers as much and more to potential businesses looking for a state most beneficial to their needs.  Disaster relief is another priority for the Governor to assure South Dakota’s infrastructure remains intact.  “If the total damage for the state of South Dakota exceeds over a million dollars, we would qualify...
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 14th of May. The business portion of the meeting preceded the program. The program portion of the evening was jam packed. The program included Mark Rolfes of Ottertail Power, Natalie Gauer, Milbank Area Hospital Avera, Cal Stengel, Stengel Oil, Dan Hermann of Runnings, Dr. Barry Kerkaert of Pipestone Systems, and Jaime and Jermy Andrews of J & J Earthworks. The theme for the evening was Partners in Possibilites, ED Bohlen kicked off the evening by reminding everyone...
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 $ air quality control system project at the Big Stone Power Plant in Grant County on Friday morning at 11:00 am. The retrofit will bring the plant in compliance with federal regulations. Construction, which began in March, to upgrade Big Stone Plant to meet new air emissions standards is now expected to cost $405 million, a reduction of $84 million, or 17.5 percent, from the original budget. Otter Tail Power Company, as agent for the plant’s...
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 loan total in principal forgiveness. “Making the grant and loan funds available for these projects will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment, and enhanced protection of the environment,” the Governor said. The grants and loans...
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 to 2011 grew by 82.5 percent. This is greater than the national growth rate of 51. 4 percent. Since 2000, South Dakota’s per capita personal income has increased by 67.4 percent. The state’s per capita personal income in 2011 was $44,217. State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts says South Dakota ranked 36th in 2009 in the midst of the recession. She says that the state has improved dramatically in a few years.
South Dakota attempting to lure Minnesota businesses

Friday, February 22, 2013

By Jeff Natalie-Lees   |   Aberdeen News   Over the years, a steady trickle of Minnesota companies have been coming to South Dakota because of its favorable business climate, but that might turn into a gusher if Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to increase taxes on Minnesota businesses becomes law.   At least that is what business leaders in Minnesota fear, according to an Associated Press story.   The increased business taxes would boost Minnesota's personal income tax rates from eighth to fourth highest in the nation, behind only Hawaii, California and Oregon, according to the story.   That makes Minnesota vulnerable to other states, such as South Dakota, which...
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 find housing, laundry, food, service stations, and other amenities. “It’s optimized for use on mobile devices so it should be convenient,” said Cris Oehler, Otter Tail Power Company’s public relations director. “But it’ll only be...
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 support for a new package of tax incentives for economic development projects in South Dakota.  The plan from Rep. Scott Munsterman, R-Brookings, would combine concepts from South Dakota’s tax-refund program, which ended Dec. 31, and the governor’s proposed business-grants program, which voters rejected in the November election.  Munsterman’s bill, House Bill 1161, was officially introduced Wednesday in the state House of Representatives. His five co-sponsors are a who’s who of political power in the Legislature.  In the House are...
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 available," said Jim Gesswein, foundation board chairman.  "Now that we know the location, the next steps include design development." said Natalie Gauer, adminstrator of  Milbank Area Hospital Avera.  "  As of now we are planning...
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 of 250 independent family farms plans to build a sow farm that will produce 140,000 weaned pigs annually which are then shipped to family farms for finishing. Estimated construction and land costs are 11 million....
Governor Invites Business Leaders to Join Him on Trade Mission to China

Thursday, January 03, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Daugaard is inviting South Dakota business leaders to join him on his second trade mission to China April 5-12, 2013.  The Governor had the opportunity to lead a similar trade mission last spring. “One area of focus for my office has been increasing our state’s exports, which in turn will help grow South Dakota’s economy through job creation,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We are returning to China because the Chinese market offers South Dakota businesses tremendous potential for growth.” Governor’s Office of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Costello and South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones will represent their departments on the...
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 corridor partly due to the recent decision by Bel Brands USA to locate a cheese production facility in the City of Brookings. Identifying and evaluating potential sites for development is the first step in planning for...
FiredUp: Let’s get those returnees back to small towns, not just Sioux Falls and Rapid City

Friday, November 23, 2012

By Heidi Marttila-Losure  |  November 4, 2012  |  Blog from    I received a call from Gov. Dennis Daugaard the other day. It was a recording, but a person pays attention when the governor calls nonetheless. The call was part of a new effort of Dakota Roots, which aims to help bring former South Dakotans back to their home state by connecting them with job opportunities here. (You don’t have to have Dakota roots for them to help you—you just need a desire to plant new roots here.) I didn’t record the message, and I couldn’t find a transcript of it, so I...
Grant County Development Corporation Launches Online Web Solution

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grant County Development Corporation has teamed up with Golden Shovel Agency to launch a brand new website using Economic Gateway, an online web solution. The purpose of this site to be a comprehensive resource for site selectors and for new and existing businesses in the Grant County, South Dakota area. The new site can be view at   Grant County Development Corporation’s new website will also connect its viewers to community and area information including real-estate, training, and other valuable material.   Aaron Brossoit, Vice President of Business Development for Golden Shovel Agency, has stated, “Golden Shovel is proud to be...
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 you an entrepreneur, SonJa Boe is one. Just a few weeks ago, she opened the Spiceleaf, a bistro at 113 S. Pierre St. The added zing comes from the freshness. She uses spices, meats and vegetables so fresh she doesn't even keep a freezer on hand. Boe said finding a niche is part of the excitement of doing business. "I guess I've always enjoyed being a business person," she said. "I like to create jobs for other people." But...
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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 will grow!
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, recreational opportunities and the state's tax structure. Daugaard says he is excited to personally invite friends and family members to move back to South Dakota. Dakota Roots is a program to grow the South Dakota workforce by...
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 than 10,000. people. Milbank, Mobridge, Winner, Platte,and Parkston were chosen
$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 expansion of the wind industry. New transmission improves the reliability of the grid for all users and provides an outlet for wind generation, Rebenitsch said. “This will help those projects that are ready to go and...
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 year. 
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, Chris Cagle , with David Nail
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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 a Burnout Competition at Lake Farley Park. We have a new event this year, a Wing Competition. Come share your best “Wing” recipe and maybe win a prize. The evening will continue with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Saturday will be jammed packed with activities starting with our 5K/10K Run/2 Mile Fun Walk/Kid’s Run. To top the day off, there will be a big outdoor concert featuring some of Country’s greatest entertainers, Chris Cagle, along...
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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.
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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 .
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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 Bloomberg story, that the new procedure will be in place when the Federal Register is published, probably March 1.
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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 kind in the State. “Our main goal was to advance workforce housing in Milbank. An added benefit was to maintain home values in the neighborhood and our community by preventing the further deterioration of an unoccupied home” said Bobbie Bohlen, Executive Director of GCDC. Local contractors have worked diligently to take a home in need of much work and prepare it for new homeowners. Along with these local contractors, GCDC converted this 2.5 Bedroom/1 Bath home...
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 to $20,000 to launch their idea.  If you’re a South Dakota college/university/technical school student, enter the Giant Vision Student Competition and compete for a top prize of $5,000.   Complete details are on the website  The competition is open to all South Dakotans with new ideas that they believe would benefit from the review and analysis process of the competition, while vying for funds to assist their start up.  The focus of this program is on...
Grant County Devlopment Corporation Celebrates 30 years

Friday, June 03, 2016

By Debbie Hemmer, Grant County Review An overview of the activities of the Grant County Development Corporation during the past year was presented at the annual meeting Thursday, May 26, in the Speedway Event Center in Milbank.                 The public portion of the event included a meal, followed by comments from Brian Sandvig, president, and Bobbie Bohlen, executive director.                 Bohlen thanked the members on the board for their work during the year. She also noted that the goal of the corporation this year was to be more cordial, more creative, more connected and more celebratory.                 A main priority of the organization was to...
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 5pm prior to the evenings program which will be open to the public with purchase of a ticket.    The program will begin at 5:30 with a chance to mingle with our guests and enjoy appetizers.   This year’s speaker for Annual meeting is Hugh Weber , author and CEO of OTA , OTA is the brainchild of Hugh, it is a creative and collaborative organization built out of the belief that this OTA region ( South Dakota, North...
Stengel OIls

Friday, October 26, 2012

Stengel Oils adds to product line.
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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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Since 1925 Dakota Mahogany is exclusive to Milbank...

the warm rich tones are highly sought after throughout Europe, Asia, and right here at home.