Deuel County Chapter

Our chapter is the oldest chapter of Dakota Rural Action and it’s members hold strong to the state’s motto, “Under God the People Rule.”

Our Goal

“To create a thriving, sustainable, and self-reliant community.”

Our Objectives

To grow a vibrant local agricultural community and bring more economic development to Deuel County by: (1) exploring how Deuel County can become a leader in small organic dairy farms.

To increase the area’s sustainable food production and consumption through local initiatives.

To increase farms producing alternative agricultural products through building a network for Deuel County Farmers.

To increase renewable energy usage by actively participating in the Community Energy Development initiatives: (1) finding three committed Deuel County families interested in installing solar systems through the Solarize SD Campaign installation program.

To elect functional officials to lead Deuel County Government.

To increase our membership base.

Deuel County Chapter members have a history of working to pass county-wide increases the setbacks from large livestock facilities. The chapter had a recent success with establishing a commercial kitchen for the community’s local producers to utilize for value added production. The Chapter also hosts candidate forums and cracker barrels in an effort to educate voters and encourage participation in the government process.


Chair: Kim James

Vice Chair: Dale Roth

Secretary: Kristianna Gehant

Treasurer: Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks

Board Rep: Shirley Effling


For more information contact Meghan Thoreau at or at 605-697-5204.