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November 16, 2018 - November 17, 2018


All times are CENTRAL

November 16th – 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
November 17th – 9:00 am -3:00 pm


Pat Duffy Center
19 East Main, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532

Google Map of Venue and other locations–click HERE


$30 Friday Only/Person
$30 Saturday Only/Person
$50 Full Weekend/Person
$80 Couples/Families Full Weekend
Click HERE to register.


This year’s keynote speaker is DRA member and lawyer Bruce Ellison. He will discuss when an issue or campaign can be won by legal, legislative, or community action, and the value of each different approach.


This year we will host three concurrent breakout sessions covering the following topics:

  • Environmental Issues and Environmental Law
  • CAFOs (By invitation only–contact rebeccat@dakotarural.org for more info)
  • Sustaining Local Foods

Time for ad hoc discussions will also be provided.


All times are CENTRAL

FRIDAY, November 16th

10:30 am – Solar Tour with Brad Palmer of Pierre City Utility
(Meet at Pierre Airport Fire & Rescue 4001 Airport Rd, Pierre, SD 57501–Park on Gravel)

11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 4:00 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Pat Duffy Center (19 E Main, Fort Pierre, SD 57532)

CAFO (Invitation Only, Community Center side of building)
Members & allies will work on specifics around conditional use permit applications and strengthening ordinances.

Environmental (Gym side of building)
Discussion and strategy work on DRA’s major campaigns and issue work through the lense of organizing, legislative, and environmental law approaches.

Local Foods (Gym side of building)
Discussion and strategy work on DRA’s  future local foods campaigns and the creation of a DRA Local Foods Committee.

4:00 – 5:00 – Ad Hoc Discussions
5:00 – 6:30 – Break & Setup for celebration
6:30 – 9:30 – Celebration! (local foods dinner, libations & music)
Pat Duffy Center (19 E Main, Fort Pierre, SD 57532)

6:30 – 7:30 – Music by Jimmy Shine  – “Three guys playing music for a long time”
7:30 – Member of Year Announced
8:00 – Keynote Speaker, Bruce Ellison  
Raffle Baskets (all day), load up on raffle tickets all day to win the baskets of your choice!

SATURDAY, November 17th

Pat Duffy Center (19 E Main, Fort Pierre, SD 57532)

Breakfast on your own
9:00 – 10:00  – Thanksgiving Farmers Market at Capital City Farmers Market in Pierre
(located in the Public Parking Lot on the corner of Sioux Avenue and Coteau Street, 1 block east of downtown Pierre)

Raffle Baskets (all day), load up on raffle tickets all day to win the baskets of your choice!
10:00 – 10:30 – Registration & Welcome
10:30 – 11:00 – Annual Update, Financials & Election of Officers
11:00 – 12:30 – Chapter & Committee Reports (9 minutes per chapter and committee, including question and answer time)
12:30 – 1:30 – Potluck Lunch graciously hosted by GOAL Pierre Chapter & Raffle Drawing
1:00 – 1:30 – Strategic Planning Presentation   
1:30 – 2:00 – Updates to the Bylaws
2:00 – 3:30 – Resolutions
3:30 – Evaluation & Adjourn



Blocks of single and double rooms are reserved under “Dakota Rural Action” for a special group rate at the following hotels:

  • Governor’s Inn – 605-224-4200 – located in Pierre next to Red Rossa Restaurant
    700 West Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD
    $65.00 + tax per night
  • AmercInn – 605-269-8411 – located in Ft. Pierre on the river with a bar on site
    312 Island Dr., Ft. Pierre, SD
    $109.99 + tax per night

Deadline for the block rate is Nov. 1st for both hotels.  Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast, pool, and are pet friendly.


This year DRA will host a raffle fundraiser instead of a silent auction.  We will focus on larger baskets valued at around $200 with specific themes. Each member is invited to donate one or more item for a basket, and chapters are also encouraged to collectively participate. Themes for baskets are as follows:

  • Holiday Baking
  • Gardening
  • Crafting (Crafts & Arts)
  • Camping/Wild Life
  • New Baby
  • Native American Food
  • Home Brew/Wine Making/Fermentation Galore
  • Get Away
  • Family Game Night
  • Biking

Donations for the fundraiser should be new or very gently used and must be entered into the raffle form HERE by November 1st. For more information on the raffle fundraiser, including information about how to donate, please click HERE.


November 16, 2018
November 17, 2018


Rebecca Terk
605-697-5204 Ext 260


Pat Duffy Center
19 East Main
Ft. Pierre, 57532 United States
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