Maroney Commons to celebrate one-year anniversary

Maroney Commons is hosting an outdoor dance featuring live music, a cookout and games to commemorate the organization’s one-year anniversary.  The celebration is scheduled for Friday, August 17 in the parking lot just north of the facility at 103 S Main Street in Howard, SD.

A Commons Cookout will kick off the evening from 5-8 pm featuring $5 meals of burgers from Howard Cold Storage, Dornbusch baked beans and chips. Minute to Win It games begin at 6 pm where participants can race against the clock to win fun prizes. At 9 pm, South Dakota band There and Lost Again will take the stage for an off-the-street dance. Admission to the dance is $10 and includes an entry to win a Las Vegas vacation package. All ages are welcome to join in on the celebration. Call (605) 772-4700 for more information or see the event poster below.

Located on the Rural Learning Center campus, Maroney Commons is a one-of-a-kind green facility featuring a conference and training center, 24-room hotel, and full-service restaurant and bar. Featuring geothermal heating and cooling, a photovoltaic cell array, and a vertical access wind turbine, the facility is capable of being awarded LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Maroney Commons hosted its Grand Opening ceremony in August of 2011. Key speakers included U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, USDA Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager, SD Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks, and Heartland General Manager Mike McDowell, among others. Heartland first began its partnership with the Rural Learning Center in 2001 and awarded a $1 million HELP loan in February of 2011 to help with the construction of the facility. The Heartland Discovery Corridor on the main floor of the Maroney Commons recognizes Heartland’s commitment to the project and features monitors and other informative displays sharing facts about the building, the energy it consumes and produces, and other energy-related information.

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