2 Dec 2018
The month of November was full of interesting events.
WEDC Annual Meeting
Wall Economic Development Corporation held third Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 7th. WEDC board president and Mayor Marty Huether gave a State of the City speech and WEDC president’s report. Marty discussed the importance of small outlying towns and how these towns add to the success of our larger area of Wall. To be successful as a community and do well in the long run you have to have good growth
Mayor Huether presented the second annual Friend of Economic Development Award to the Peggy Schlechter. Congratulations Peggy!
The WEDC board of directors voted for two new board members for 2018/2019. Josh Geigle and Carolynn Anderson’s terms have expired, but they have decided to run for another three-year term. Susie Kjerstad Radigan also submitted an application for the open position. The election was held via ballot, with only board members voting. The election results confirmed Josh Geigle and Carolynn Anderson would remain on the board for another term. The meeting closed with a special Wall FFA Agriculture Issues Team presentation of “A Political Tit-for-tat or Necessary Negotiation for America’s Farmers?”
“Children of Wall”
One of the most exciting projects for a lot of our residents has taken off with its first step of purchasing new Playground Equipment for the City Park being completed. According to our community’s survey it was decided our current Playground needed to be updated. There were several safety issues identified, such as outdated surfacing and equipment itself.
The current playground equipment is also residential grade and not in compliance with ADA standards. We have recognized the need for new equipment. WEDC and the City of Wall decided to purchase new playground equipment for the city park.
Festival of Trees
On November 16th the First Annual Festival of Trees was held. It was sponsored by the First Interstate Greater Wall Fund and hosted by the First Interstate Bank. The bank was transformed into a warm, festive holiday haven. It was a successful event on many levels starting with businesses, organizations and individuals who decorated the trees and wreaths, to attendance during the event and the generous support during the auction at the end of the evening. Money raised during the auction for the First Interstate Wall Great Fund will go towards funding projects for our wonderful community of Wall. During this event, Wall Economic Development Corporation received a 10,000 check from FIWGF to purchase new playground equipment for the City Park.
Blue Ribbon School
On November 20th, South Dakota Department of Education awarded Wall Elementary School a Blue Ribbon School Plaque. There have been 349 Blue Ribbon Schools recognized out of 98,000 public schools across the US. Wall Elementary School became 1 of the 3 Blue Ribbon Schools in South Dakota. These Blue Ribbon Schools are examples of what teachers and students can achieve.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday becomes a tradition around USA. Thousands of small businesses are joining this event to promote the small local businesses in their community. Small Business Saturday is just a start for the holiday shopping season. On Saturday, November 24th our local small businesses have joined this event as well