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.

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.

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