Help Make Rural America Thrive Again

This picture is my great grandfather, Nels Byg (far left), my grandfather Cecil Byg (2nd from left) and relatives they were visiting on the family farm in Denmark. It is one of our family treasures and MANY families in the Midwest have similar treasures.
51260846_1600269259804897_r.jpegMy goal for this fund is to honor those ancestors by creating a Center to support improvements in educational opportunities, environmental preservation and enhancement, and economic opportunities for people who choose to stay and preserve small-town America. My father was immensely proud of his farm heritage, as am I, and would brag all the time about the value and values folks in Rural America brought to this great Nation.

I propose to create the Skow Center for Rural Education, Environment and Economy (SCREEE) in honor of my farming ancestors, on both sides of my family for over 100 years, along with all the other good people of Rural America.

I believe in "One Nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all" and I'd like to create this fund to ensure that the folks in rural America feel called and included in that pledge. Right now, I think they believe the Urban folks have turned their backs on them and their way of life, and that is leading them to embrace leaders who don't behave as they would like.

The way to change that, like most of our social ills, is to BELIEVE they are telling us their Truth and help them change what they see as their lot in life. Don't do it FOR them, HELP them (and that includes tough love sometimes).

$10,000 will give me enough to do the legal work to create a 501(c)(3), setup an office and website and begin to work (doing something, and raising funds to do more).

The first two projects underway are to create:

1) A recycling process/service for recycling fiberglass boats which currently are sent to landfills whole. There is no easy way to break them down into the normal waste stream, let alone recycle them. This process will shred the boats and use the fiberglass bits as aggregate and binder in concrete and asphalt base.

2) A network of co-working spaces in small towns where folks can go to work nearby from their homes which don't have good Internet connections. It's too expensive for us to wire EVERY home in America (and may ALWAYS be true), so let's work locally and provide a way for people to stay where HOME is for them and yet still earn a decent living. Telework with the COVID response has proven this is a viable form of work style and Rural America needs to seize this opportunity.

If we set these up in libraries and/or schools, it can be part of an adult education program as well. Something we all know that is needed, but no one knows how to do or to fund. This would be necessary infrastructure.

If all this resonates with you, please donate and/or consider helping. I'd be happy for more workers in the fields (as would the farmers) ;-) !!  I promise you it will be time and money well spent (even if I don't have fancy pictures or websites to show you that --- yet.)




  • LDEO Fund 
    • $100 
    • 15 hrs
  • Lynette Rasmussen  
    • $100 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
    • 6 d
  • Brian Williams 
    • $100 
    • 6 d


Dane Skow 
West Fargo, ND
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