When Tuttle Public School closed, leaving a beautiful and spacious building empty, leaders of Tuttle came together to re-vision the building's future as a multi-use space for economic and community development. Today, the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center is meant to be an inclusive and collaborative effort to utilize local foods to spur economic opportunity and to provide a space for innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in the business and non-profit sectors to advance ventures and initiatives that create meaninfugl opportunities for the future.

Meet The Board

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Burdell Johnson


Burdell is a farmer and rancher from Tuttle, ND and founder of the insurance agency, Food and Fiber Risk Managers (FFRM). Burdell and the leadership of the Tuttle Betterment Club have been instrumental in revisioning the Tuttle school building as a center of community and economic development in the community and region.

Burdell is a fourth generation livestock  producer anf former President of the American Sheep Industry Association.


Lisa Goodman


Lisa is a financial professional with Thrivent Financial. Her and her husband, Joshua, farm and ranch north of Tuttle, raising cattle and small grains. They also keep busy raising their son Easton. She is excited to join the TRIC board and is excited to see how this venture will impact the Tuttle community.


Keith Knudson


Knudson is currently a Farm Business Management instructor at Dakota College at Bottineau, teaching the Sustainable Vegetable Production curriculum, and provides guidance to small-scale vegetable businesses across North Dakota.


Knudson is also owner/manager of Aspen Aquaponics, which he launched in 2000. Aspen Aquaponics sells vegetables to residents in the Bottineau area and has raised rainbow trout, blue gill, perch, and walleye for pond stocking purpose and tilapia for human consumption.

Robin Stark


Robin grew up on a farm and ranch in Tuttle, ND and graduated high school from Tuttle and then went on to study Electrical Technology at NDSCS. Robin began his career with Koch Refining Co in Rosemount, MN where he received numerous promotions. His passion for internet technologies in the 90s led him to where he is today, the Owner/CEO of iMap Professionals, LLC, a successful digital marketing company serving clients internationally.


Robin remains loyal to North Dakota and more specifically to Tuttle and his high school colors Orange & Black.

Delore Zimmerman


Delore is a founder and President of Praxis Strategy Group, an eonomic research, policy, strategy and development company. Delore has over 30 years of domestic and international experience working with leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators to create competitive companies and communities.  


Delore is the co-founder of Praxis Africa, an affiliate network of development professionals in Ghana, Liberia and Tanzania that provides entrepreneurial support to rural development initiatives related to agriculture, food, water and energy.  


Delore is a native of Wishek in South Central North Dakota.

Vonette Mehlhoff

Project Coordinator

Vonette and her husband grew up in rural North Dakota and have been part of this community for over 24 years. They have 2 adult children that are attending college at the University of Mary and NDSU.


Vonette is passionate about the Center.


"I'm grateful we were able to raise our children here and hope this project allows others to do that as well. I'm excited to be the Project Coordinator.


I am eager to restore vibrancy to our small rural community and enthusiastic about the challenge of bringing local foods and businesses to Tuttle, ND. I believe this opportunity can be an example for many small towns in North Dakota, offering renewed hope and vision for their  communities as well.


I look forward to meeting and working with everyone involved in the process.

For more information or to get involved

send us an e-mail


Phone: 701-867-2947   

E-mail: tric@bektel.com

100 3rd Ave West

Tuttle, North Dakota 58488 

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