It all started here.
Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.
Population loss by degrees: 80-89%, 70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
- 20.1% - Miner County
- 27.8% - South Dakota
- 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
- 21.0% - Miner County
- 16.6% - South Dakota
- 15.6% - U.S.
Miner County voters fell hard for Trump.
Votes for 3rd-party candidates: 21.7% in 1992, 12% in 1996, 7.2% in 2016\
In Bid to Hang On, Miner County, S.D., Downsizes Dreams. (Wall Street Journal, 3/25/2005)
This town has a different plan, evident to anyone driving the two-lane blacktop that cuts east to west through Miner County. At the eastern edge of Howard, an old slaughterhouse that had been vacant for 30 years is up and running again, this time in the production of organic beef. Just south of the town's busiest intersection, where cattle once grazed, a new housing development is under construction, bringing seven low-cost homes. Two wind turbines tower over the western end of town. At their feet sits a small turbine-repair shop staffed by former farmers and tractor repairmen.
Howard and the surrounding Miner County are at the center of an unusual campaign to rescue farm towns from extinction. Backed by $6 million in foundation grant money, residents here have adapted a survival strategy that is both radical and modest. They plan to let some of the dying pieces of the economy die and focus instead on niches in which small businesses can compete -- like organic beef and wind-turbine repair.
Harding County/Buffalo. (6/24/2019)
Perkins County/Bison. (6/24/2019)
Haakon County/Philip. (6/29/2019)
Corson County/McIntosh. (6/29/2019)
Jones County/Murdo. (6/30/2019)
Mellette County/White River. (7/1/2019)
Tripp County/Winner. ((7/1/2019)
Lyman County/Kennebec. (7/2/2019)
Sully County/Onida. (7/2/2019)
Potter County/Gettysburg. (7/4/2019)
Campbell County/Mound City. (7/4/2019)
McPherson County/Leola. (7/5/2019)
Edmunds County/Ipswich. (7/5/2019)
Faulk County/Faulkton. (7/7/2019)
Hyde County/Highmore. (7/7/2019)
Hand County/Miller. (7/7/2019)
Gregory County/Burke. (7/8/2019)
Douglas County/Armour. (7/10/2019)
Aurora County/Plankinton. (7/10/2019)
Sanborn County/Woonsocket. (7/14/2019)
Jerauld County/Wessington Springs. (7/16/2019)
Spink County/Redfield. (7/17/2019)
Day County/Webster. (7/18/2019)
Clark County/Clark. (7/18/2019)
Kingsbury County/De Smet. (7/19/2019)
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