Prairie Lakes Welcomes Physical Therapist, Katelyn Schlueter
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce the recent addition of physical therapist, Katelyn Schlueter to Rehabilitation Services.
Schlueter grew up in the small town of Corona, SD and has always loved Watertown. She received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology-exercise science from the University of South Dakota. She graduated from the University of Jamestown with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree earlier this year. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors and spend time with her dog, Minnie, and husband, Jordan.
As a Physical Therapist, Schlueter focuses on improving strength, mobility, balance, and endurance with patients. She serves in both the inpatient and outpatient area of the hospital and has a special interest in working with patients who have decreased balance, vertigo, or dizziness.
“I am so excited to begin my new journey as a physical therapist here in Watertown.” Schlueter says, “The staff at Prairie Lakes have been so welcoming and have given me all the tools to become a great physical therapist. I can’t wait to continue to learn more about my areas of interest and help people to get back to doing what they love.”
Patients can learn more about Rehab Services by visiting prairielakes.com or by calling Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services at 605-882-7700.
Crestone Companies Announces New Commercial Real Estate Division
Will partner with Haugan Nelson Realty
Watertown, SD based Crestone Companies is forming a new team under its development division and at the same time joining forces with a local real estate firm. CCRE, Crestone Companies Real Estate Team will be teaming up with Haugan Nelson Realty in Watertown to offer the area the most comprehensive and experienced commercial real estate team in northeast South Dakota.
“This partnership and team approach with the Haugan Nelson will offer a high level of experience and opportunities regarding leasing, buying and developing commercial properties in and around Watertown,” said Crestone Companies CEO Eric Skott.
“We are excited to be joining forces with Eric Skott and the Crestone team to keep Watertown moving and to keep Watertown expanding,” said Joy Nelson, owner of Haugan Nelson. “We’ve been in the development business of residential and commercial real estate for over 30 years. Haugan Nelson and Eric both share the same sense of community, so we are extremely pleased to have him in our office.”
There are some staffing additions to announce. Larissa Swanson has joined the team as its Leasing/Marketing Manager. Swanson, an Aberdeen, SD native will oversee leasing and marketing efforts of CCRE’s properties. She has an extensive background in leasing properties in the upper Midwest and the Arizona area. CCRE is also excited to add Cliff Herzog as a business development advisor/consultant. Herzog is a retired entrepreneur and former business owner in the area. His role will be in identifying and developing opportunities on a limited basis.
About Crestone Companies: Formed in 2006, Crestone Companies specializes in commercial and residential construction along with real estate development in NE South Dakota. Crestone offers project management, property acquisition and entitlements, design value engineering, construction, and asset management. Known for its integrity and willingness to think outside the box, Crestone has earned a reputation and awards for setting the standards of excellence.
Prairie Lakes Adds Physician Assistant to Urology Clinic
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Physician Assistant, Abby Wookey, to the Urology Clinic staff. She joins Urologists, Dr. Henri Lanctin and Dr. Keegan Maxwell, in the care of patients with urological issues, concerns, and conditions.
Wookey graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota and then received her Master in Physician Assistant Studies in 2019 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. She grew up in Watertown and currently lives in Clark with her husband and two dogs. When not in the clinic, Wookey enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and playing with her dogs.
“I am very excited to be joining the Urology team at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and look forward to the opportunity to continue providing care to patients in the Watertown community,” said Wookey. “I aim to provide trusted, high-quality care to every patient, and I am eager to learn from Dr. Lanctin and Dr. Maxwell to help them best serve their patient population.”
Laurie Gates Named HR Professional of the Year
Laurie Gates was named HR Professional of the Year during the NESD SHRM (Northeast South Dakota Society of Human Resource Management) December annual social. Laurie has served in NESD SHRM for many years and a variety of roles. She recently served as co-chair for the NESD SHRM board and as President for SoDak SHRM. We are thankful for all her time and talents! She helps make this community a better place to live and work. Congrats Laurie -- well deserved!
"In the simplest of terms, Laurie is a leader. She is engaged within the HR field by actively participating in a number of events and volunteering of her time for leadership roles. In addition, she actively serves on boards with Lake Area Technical College, NE SHRM, SODAK SHRM, and the Watertown Development Company. Employee engagement is a critical component to our company’s success. Laurie has revamped our entire onboarding process to ensure each team member is setup for success on Day 1. In 2020, our turnover was a record low for our 100+ employee company at 10% compared to the local manufacturing average of 20%. Growth of our existing team member is critical to our long term success. As a result, Laurie has established a Leadership Academy to develop the next generation of leaders. ESCO is currently in our second year of this program with the curriculum developed exclusively by Laurie. The establishment of the first ever Welding Apprenticeship within Watertown, partnering with Lake Area Technical College, was another notable highlight. ESCO was successful in achieving a grant to help fund this program as well. Laurie’s contributions to ESCO also include Safety Director and Employee Club President. Her leadership and engagement to drive a safe workplace environment for ESCO has received notable recognition as our company was recently SHARP Certified—a distinction only 2 other manufacturing companies could claim at the time it was awarded. Lastly, Laurie was most recently recognized as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by Prairie Business Magazine out of Fargo, ND. This prestigious award selected the best of the best within our 3-state region. Laurie is a leader and her hard work has paid dividends for our company and the many HR professionals in which she interacts with on a regular basis." - Stuart Stein, ESCO Manufacturing President
Jennifer Quail hired as Chief Design Officer
Harmony Hill Watertown is growing, so is their leadership team.
Development of the 480+ acre Harmony Hill campus is now underway. The recent groundbreaking of The Village, an Assisted Living and Memory Care community, is just the beginning of what will become a unique and transformative community where all are welcome.
“We spent years in thoughtful consideration and prayer to determine how best to take care of our aging community of Sisters” said Sister Barb Younger. “In this process we found a way to do more than just that, we found a way to leave a legacy even beyond our years, Harmony Hill Watertown.”
Harmony Hill Watertown, the Legacy Project of the Sisters of Mother of God Monastery, is being planned and designed to offer a variety of housing options, educational opportunities, and outdoor recreation, as well as retail and commercial opportunities to serve and support the entire region.
Because a project of this scope and scale is a bit beyond the expertise of the Sisters, they are growing their internal team to support this multi-year, multi-facilitated project. As Chief Design Officer, Jennifer Quail will be responsible for fulfilling the mission of the Sisters from strategic planning through day-to-day operations.
“Every aspect of our planning for Harmony Hill has been very intentional and we didn’t want to lose that focus. Jennifer’s unique blend of experience and expertise will definitely keep that in the forefront as we continue to develop the project” said Sister Terri, Priories of Mother of God Monastery.
Jennifer spent over 20 years as a design professional, 10 in project management at SDSU and the past five years in economic development with Brookings EDC.
“This project is amazing and getting to be a part of it is truly an honor” said Quail, CDO. “I feel each aspect of my career so far was in preparation for just this position! I look forward to supporting the mission of the Sisters and seeing their legacy positively impact this region for generations.”
Harmony Hill Watertown, a development of the 480+ acres owned by the Sisters of Mother of God Monastery with the mission to build a relationship-rich community one person at a time. Mother of God Monastery is a Benedictine community that has been positively impacting Watertown and the surrounding region since its establishment here in 1967. With a history of ministry in education, healthcare and social services Harmony Hill Watertown, their Legacy Project, is based on their past but with much vision to the future! To learn more and keep up to date on all the activity happening at “The Hill” check out our website www.harmonyhillwatertown.com, follow us on Facebook Harmony Hill Watertown | Facebook, give us a call 605-882-4467 or send an email email@example.com.
Kelli Fritz named Development Director for the Village of Harmony Hill
The Village of Harmony Hill begins staffing for capital campaign.
Kelli Fritz has been named Development Director for The Village of Harmony Hill in Watertown, SD. In this position, Kelli will provide oversight, leadership, and direction for the capital campaign, working to increase regional awareness of this unique senior care and living option. As the campaign develops, community stakeholders will have varied opportunities to offer financial support and partnership to bring The Village to life.
Most recently, Fritz worked as Director of Development for the Northern State University Foundation in Aberdeen. Prior to that, she served as both Development Director and Advancement Officer for Presentation College also located in Aberdeen, SD.
“It’s invigorating to be part of this cutting-edge project! What sets The Village apart is the focus on the whole person. We are creating a new standard of care and investing in spaces for elders to live, create, and flourish,” Fritz said. “Because I’ve experienced firsthand the need for this type of care, I find this project so very important and look forward to my role in making it happen.”
Sister Barb Younger, Director of Communications for Mother of God Monastery, said Fritz was the right choice for the position. “Kelli has a zest for building community relationships and an unceasing commitment to making the Village of Harmony Hill a place where a life well lived is possible for people of all ages and stages.”
Fritz obtained her Bachelor of Art from Minnesota State Mankato in 2013. A lifelong resident of South Dakota, Kelli is excited to call Watertown home with her husband, Dylan, and dog, Chevy.
The Village of Harmony Hill will offer state-of-the-art services for assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and hospice care. In addition, The Village will also offer many fully accessible amenities to residents, as well as non-residents, including a coffee shop, restaurant, exercise facility, pool, creative space, pub, outdoor gardens, and an ecumenical chapel. The Village of Harmony Hill is Phase 1 in the development of the Sisters of Mother of God Monastery’s Legacy Project, Harmony Hill Watertown. Mother of God Monastery is the home to a Benedictine community that has been positively impacting Watertown and the surrounding region since its establishment here in 1967.
To learn more about The Village, visit www.villagewatertown.org, call Kelli at (605) 882-6651, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLHS Names New Director of Marketing and Business Development
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce and welcome the new Director of Marketing and Business Development, Lydia Newman.
Newman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies/Business from Augustana University. She is new to the healthcare industry, but has eight years of marketing experience in various industries. Newman previously managed the advertising and marketing for a large manufacturing company in Watertown. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown.
Newman grew up in Lake Preston, SD and currently resides in Watertown, SD with her husband, Keith and their two girls, Mesa (3 years old) and Laine (10 months old). Her hobbies include cooking, volleyball and golf league, traveling, fitness and spending time with family and friends.
“I’m honored and excited to join the Prairie Lakes family and contribute to the continual growth and success of the organization,” said Newman. “I look forward to working with my team to promote the care, compassion, and vast abilities of Prairie Lakes and its staff to the communities, patients, and region we serve.”
Local Real Estate Agents Recognized Internationally for Outstanding Achievements
Real estate buyers and sellers faced a challenging year with rising home prices and multiple offer situations in many markets. Professional real estate agents worked diligently to guide their clients through the process, ever mindful of the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to show property and close transactions in a safe and responsible manner.
EXIT Realty Corp. International recently recognized its innovative, hard-working champions for outstanding achievement during a special awards presentation broadcast throughout the U.S. and Canada:
* Jayson Maguire, Franchisee with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown was honored with the Silver Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 50 and 74 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Maguire was also inducted into the prestigious Emerald Circle in recognition of closing 750 real estate transaction sides during one's career with EXIT.
* Noel Solum, Associate Broker with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown was honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 25 and 49 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
* Jason Goette, Associate Broker with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown was honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 25 and 49 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
"Real estate markets are cyclical and those professionals who can pivot to represent their clients' changing needs regardless of the market will thrive," said Tami Bonnell, Co-Chair, EXIT Realty Corp. International. "It's because of the dedicated service our agents provide to their clients that EXIT has continued to expand across both the U.S. and Canada. We are proud of their accomplishments and extend our congratulations and best wishes for their continued success."
About EXIT Realty: EXIT Realty is a company founded and built on human potential. A full service, forward-thinking, real estate franchisor with offices across North America, EXIT has to-date paid out more than a half a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates. The Expert Marketing Suite™ including geolocation Smart Sign™ technology gives sellers an edge in a competitive marketplace. The Focus on Good Health blog promotes wellness at work and home. A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. To-date, more than $6 million has been allocated to charity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com and www.joinexitrealty.com.
North East South Dakota SHRM Awarded For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces
SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded Northeast South Dakota Society for Human Resource Management Chapter its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the NESD SHRM’s accomplishments in 2020. Platinum is the highest award given.
The EXCEL award is given to SHRM state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the HR profession.
“So much of SHRM’s positive impact on our workplaces can be traced back to the dedication of our chapters and state councils like NESD SHRM. I’ve seen firsthand how these leaders drive meaningful changes to build workplaces where employers and employees can thrive together,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “The Platinum EXCEL Award not only honors NESD SHRM’s accomplishments in 2020, but it’s also a testament to the hard work it took to get there.”
The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. NESD SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.
Some of the NESD SHRM’s 2020 accomplishments include: offering 10 credits for certification from the local chapter, held programs to enhance our members education in diversity and leadership, and served our community by participating in the Banquet and PACH. NESD SHRM President in 2020 was Paige Sullivan.
For more information about NESD SHRM Chapter visit: https://nesd.shrm.org/.
Media: For more information, contact Julie Hirschhorn at Julie.Hirschhorn@shrm.org or 703-842-5152
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM.
Holt, Petersen Named to TSP Principals Group
TSP’s principal group has two new members: Project Manager Tadd Holt in Watertown, SD, and Senior Architect Von Petersen in Rochester, MN.
Holt, who celebrated 21 years with TSP in June, also is a licensed structural engineer and anchors TSP’s business-development and project work in the northeast corner of South Dakota. Petersen, a LEED accredited professional who joined TSP in March 2010, fills that same role in the legacy Minnesota office. Both are actively engaged project work with clients, construction partners, subspecialty consultants, and equipment vendors to deliver seamless results.
“The role of principal at TSP has changed now that we are an ESOP company,” CEO Jared Nesje said. “Von and Tadd have oversight and management of locations that complete TSP. I look forward to Von and Tadd challenging all of us to ‘exceed our expectations’ and motivate TSP’s success together.”
ABOUT TSP: TSP is a multidisciplinary service leader with architecture, engineering, planning, and interior-design expertise all within a single company. What began as a one-man shop in 1930 has grown into a regional employee-owned practice. We pair our diverse project background with strategic, fresh design-thinking to deliver projects that meet needs today and are flexible enough to have a meaningful purpose well into the future. When everything just works, we give end-users the best possible experience. Visit TeamTSP.com to learn more.
Prairie Lakes Elects New Board Members
The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors elected new board members at its annual meeting in May. New board members Tammy Davis and Jonathan Oviatt were elected to serve three year terms. They bring a diverse skill set and experience to the Board of Directors.
Tammy Davis has 25 years of experience in human resources and is currently the Senior Human Resource Manager at Wurth Electronics Midcom Inc. Davis is a dedicated community member and currently serves on the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer Council and Watertown Workforce Advisory Council, and is active with Junior Achievement and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She and her husband Gus married after graduating from college and have two adult children.
Jon Oviatt served Mayo Clinic for over 25 years in key legal, administrative, and regulatory roles. Even in retirement Oviatt continues to keep busy. As a Watertown resident, Oviatt is currently on the Coordinating Committee for the Glacial Lakes Chapter of Delta Waterfowl and is an officer and director of the Webster Area High School Trap Club. He and his wife Berit have been married 39 years and enjoy time with their adult children and four grandchildren.
“Prairie Lakes and its Board of Directors are committed to make a positive difference in the health of the patients and communities we serve by providing exceptional healthcare services to Watertown and the region. These new Board Members are a great addition and will help lead Prairie Lakes into the future,” said K.C. DeBoer, President and CEO.
The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors is comprised of 15 volunteer community members who are dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, an independent, not-for-profit, regional healthcare system. Board Officers are Chair Robb Peterson, Vice President Shan Kruse, Treasurer Mike Luken, Secretary Vince Foley, and Past Chair Jim Redlinger.
Hospital Hill Run Donation to the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House
On June 12th, 2021 Prairie Lakes Healthcare System held the 24th Annual Hospital Hill Run. Walkers and runners participated to raise money for the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation’s Caring Club House. A generous donation of $3,000 was donated to the Caring Club House. Shown presenting the check are members of the Hospital Hill Run Committee: Dr. Dan Reiffenberger, presenting the check to Lisa Dahl, Executive Director Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation, Jessi Eidson. Middle Row is Bonnie Cordell and Sarah Bruning. Back Row is Jennifer Bender.
Committee Members not photographed: Tom Beaudry, Chief Tim Toomey, Andy Turbak, and Bryan Beckedahl.
Sponsors of the 2021 Hospital Hill Run include: Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Brown Clinic, Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics, Consulting Radiologists Ltd., Drs. Dan and Sarah Reiffenberger and Megan, Nick and Molly, Sanford Health - Watertown, Watertown Public Opinion, Community Blood Bank, Innovative Pain and Procedural Center, Quick Care, Trav’s Outfitter, and Dakota Portable Toilets.
The Caring Club House is a home away from home for out-of-town patients, families, and caregivers receiving services through Prairie Lakes. Funded and furnished completely through community support and donations, the Caring Club House is a not-for-profit, community-based project of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation, with support from Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. Annual operating expenses are approximately $17,000. All donations are appreciated and are tax deductible as allowed by law. If you would like to support the Caring Club House financially or work as a volunteer there, please call the Foundation office at 605-882-7631.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Nurse Practitioner Chelsey Sundberg. She joins Prairie Lakes Nephrology in the care of clinic and dialysis patients.
Sundberg graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from Presentation College and completed her Master’s Degree under the Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Cincinnati. She is board certified as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and Adults/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time, Sundberg enjoys spending time on Lake Albert with her family.
“Over the course of my career I have served patients with various medical conditions and am passionate about personalizing care for each individual,” said Sandburg. “I look forward to helping serve the patients in Watertown and surrounding areas within the PLHS nephrology group.”
Legacy Financial Partners Honored As Top Wealth Management Team by Barron’s Magazine
Kristin Hill, a financial advisor with Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Watertown, was named to the list of “Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Management Teams” published by Barron’s Magazine, a publication covering business and finance. The list recognizes wealth advisory teams that specialize in serving individuals and families, and have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business.
The Legacy Financial Partners team was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, credentials of their team members, the resources at their disposal to serve clients well, regulatory and compliance record, and revenue produced for their firm.
Legacy Financial Partners is a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC with locations across the Upper Midwest in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska. The team provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and provided in one-on-one relationships with their clients. For more information, please contact us at 605-882-4343
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 125 years. With extensive advisory, asset management and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of approximately 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or planwithLFP.com
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The South Dakota Hall of Fame inducted 9 “Acts of Excellence” from Northeast South Dakota during a special event at Lake Area Technical College on Thursday (April 15th, 2021) evening. The “Acts of Excellence” program highlights the work of South Dakotan’s who are doing great things, each day, across the state.
The first “Act of Excellence” to be recognized was the Goss Opera House restoration project. Brad Johnson, Jamie Mack, Jen Pendley and Milt Carter from the Goss Opera House were all on hand to receive their award. Brad Johnson spoke about the restoration project's start in 2008, the community raising five million dollars, and its completion in 2020.
Also recognized at Thursday night’s induction ceremony was the Lake Area Technical College Reach for the Stars program. Philip Madsen, a recipient of a NASA scholarship said the opportunity to work side by side with NASA engineers was an incredible experience.
The work done by the late Terry Redlin and the Terry Redlin Art Center to aspire young artists secured their place in the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Julie Ranum, the executive director at the Terry Redlin Art Center, accepted this honor, speaking of Terry's encouragement of the arts in people of all ages.
Other inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame included: The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1054 for their work on numerous projects. Watertown Healthy Youth for their programs that educate youth and parents on healthy choices. W.W. Tire for their relentless drive to go above and beyond to take care of their customers. Mellette Memorial Association for their outstanding work to preserve state history and the first Governor’s home, the Mellette House. Meatball Ministry, providing food to those in need. Started by Gene and Betty Torness or Rural Big Stone City. South Dakota State University Extension Office for their guide which provides a series of traditional Lakota and Dakota Games. For more information about the “Acts of Excellence” program, and award winners, visit the South Dakota Hall of Fame website.
Scott Dagel Achieves Circle of Success Recognition at Ameriprise Financial
Scott Dagel, CFP a Private Wealth Advisor/financial advisor with Dagel, Jakober & Associates a financial/private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, in Watertown has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement.
To earn this achievement, Dagel established himself as one of the company’s top advisors. Only a select number of high-performing advisors earn this distinction.
He has 31 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial/in the financial services industry.
As a financial/private wealth advisory practice, Dagel, Jakober & Associates provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and is delivered in one-on-one relationships with their clients. For more information, please contact Dagel, Jakober and Associates at 605-886-4059 or visit the Ameriprise office in Watertown, Aberdeen or Sioux Falls.
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 125 years. With a network of approximately 10,000 financial advisors and outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/team/dagel-jakober-associates
ESCO Invited to Join WSA
ESCO Manufacturing recently announced membership in World Sign Associates as the organization’s newest Endorsed Vendor. Membership in WSA is an honor for those companies that have shown their dedication to quality craftmanship, business ethics, and corporate citizenship. As part of their commitment to the industry, WSA Endorsed Vendors collaborate with sign companies to provide trusted solutions, and also provide ongoing training to other WSA members at regional meetings and virtual seminars.
ESCO is a leading manufacturer of custom wholesale signage across the United States. Founded in 1965, ESCO employs roughly 100 team members between its Watertown and Webster facilities. Known for its quality craftsmanship and customer experience, ESCO has remained a stable force within the sign industry for decades.
Company President and 3rd Generation owner, Stuart Stein, indicated partnering with the World Sign Associates could be a potential game changer for the company. “ESCO has been fortunate to partner with many loyal customers throughout the previous 50+ years. Our intention with joining the WSA is to create new opportunities to showcase our expertise with even more sign companies across the United States and into Canada.”
World Sign Associates is the premier trade organization for electrical sign manufacturers and suppliers throughout North America. Members represent some of the industry’s top talent. They craft custom signs as well as signs for regional and national programs, either by working independently or by combining the strengths of nearly 200 sign manufacturers and suppliers throughout North America. Founded in 1947, World Sign Associates offers an executive forum for education, fellowship, support and the exchange of ideas. WSA members adhere to the highest ethical business standards and bring the utmost value to their customers.
For more information, please contact World Sign Associates at 800.421.0641 or ESCO Manufacturing at email@example.com.
Local Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Donated $40,000 in Gift Cards/Meals to First Responders & $100,000 to Local High School Seniors in 2020-2021
LaHaise Management, LLC (dba Buffalo Wild Wings): In March 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic had arrived. This forced businesses to shut down, schools were closed, and sports across the nation were canceled. It was a tumultuous time for everyone. Todd and Susan LaHaise, the local owners of Buffalo Wild Wings were determined to do something positive during a period that was so overwhelmingly negative. They helped our local hospitals and first responders. They also rewarded local high school seniors.
They launched a gift card program in May where guests buying a $25 gift card received an additional $5 for free. Additionally, each purchase raised $5 that would be donated to hospitals and first responders in each community. The response was incredible! In the end, $40,000 was raised for those that have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. Thanks to the community support behind this program, Buffalo Wild Wings was able to donate thousands of meals and gift cards.
Todd and Susan also wanted to reward the thousands of graduating high school seniors. With little warning, their year had come to an abrupt end. No sports tournaments. No prom. No traditional graduation ceremony. It was important to send these future leaders a message that their hard work did not go unnoticed and there would be a day when they would be able celebrate their accomplishments. Buffalo Wild Wings contacted more than 100 schools throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota and were able to donate a $10 gift card to each graduating senior, totaling in excess of $100,000.
In a year never seen before, communities were tested. Buffalo Wild Wings is extremely honored to be part of this community for so many years and equally as proud of its community members.
About LaHaise Management LLC & Buffalo Wild Wings
Headquartered in Fargo, ND, LaHaise Management, LLC (dba Buffalo Wild Wings) was established in 1989 and is proudly owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise. Buffalo Wild Wings features a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards across the country. Currently, there are more than 1,025 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Fieber Van’s Implement Breaks Ground
Fieber Van’s Implement broke ground this week on their new building which will be located at 2436 10th Ave SE in Watertown, SD.
“We’re beyond excited for the building of our new facility to be started,” owner Donald Fieber said.
Currently, sales and service for Fieber Van’s Implement is being conducted in an existing building at the same address.
“Thankfully we’re able to provide service and sales to customers in the current building, but we look forward to the day our new, considerably larger space is ready,” owner Chris Fieber said.
Brothers Chris and Donald of Goodwin, SD, partnered with Van’s Implement of Hull, IA, to open Fieber Van’s Implement in December, 2020.
Construction of their new building is projected to be complete by Summer 2021. It will hold their showroom, parts department, and sales department.
“We’re excited to bring a full line of equipment at affordable prices to this area,” Chris said. “We will strive every day to bring the best experience to our customers.”
Fieber Van’s Implement carries equipment manufactured by Deutz-Fahr, Kioti, Manitou, Samasz, Amazone, McHale, Grab Tec, Patz and Edney Distributing. They service all makes and models of farm equipment. For more information, call Chris at 605-881-2448 or Donald at 605-881-8220.
During his time at the helm, Gau has taken Marco from a mid-sized business technology provider to the largest of its kind in the United States, and a company recognized for its performance and its people. He has been intentional about sustaining a fun workplace and being a good corporate citizen while growing the business.
Under his leadership, the company consistently achieved double-digit annual revenue growth and expanded from about 160 employees to nearly 1,200 at 54 locations from the Dakotas to the East Coast. Jeff has earned a series of awards over the years for his leadership in the industry and nationally.
Marco President Doug Albregts will become CEO on April 1. Albregts joined Marco in 2019 and brings leadership and industry experience as the former President and CEO of Sharp Electronics America and Group CEO of Scientific Games.
“I’ve known Doug for a long time and he’s absolutely the right leader at the right time for Marco,” Gau said. “He brings a valuable perspective from his prior roles and already has helped make us a better company. I am looking forward to how Marco will thrive under his leadership.” Click here to read the original release.
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Melissa Herrboldt Promoted to General Manager of KXLG Radio
Former KXLG Sales Manager, Melissa Herrboldt has been promoted to General Manager of KXLG Radio. The promotion follows the decision by station owner Bob Faehn to retire on February 3rd of this year. Faehn said the decision to promote Herrboldt to the position comes after a few years of succession planning.
Faehn said his decision to retire now had a lot to do with Herrboldt being ready to take over the management of the station. He says she understands the business very well.
Herrboldt graduated from Webster High School and attended Lake Area Tech were she graduated from the Marketing, Management and Sales program. Herrboldt worked in radio sales for one year before being hired by Faehn. She was hired in August of 2009. The radio station went on the air the following month.
Herrboldt says she had learned a great deal from the way Faehn managed the station and the employees. She says that she understands the value of good employees and the relationships that have been built with the community partners.
KXLG has also hired Serena Schlapkohl. She will be assuming duties in sales and as the new promotions director for the station. Schlapokhl will begin her duties on March 1st.
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Chapter 1 – Complete.
On February 4th, 2020, the day I purchased our 3rd Generation family sign business from Mark Stein, there were 11 total cases of COVID in the United States. Today, we are approaching 30 million. If someone told me what the next year would look like before I signed the dotted line, I’m not sure if I would have followed through with the purchase. The uncertainty. The volatility. The responsibility. Trying to figure out how to run a business while one of the deadliest and costliest pandemics strikes the globe. Yet, here I am one year later with one helluva story to look back on. “Woe is me” entered my mind for a brief period last spring. But that didn’t last long because those that truly know me, realize I’m always up for a challenge.
Here is irony at its best. My Dad gave me a letter on his last day of work. It was a letter filled with advice, which I actually re-read today and plan to do so each year on this day. It was lengthy, heartfelt, and still means a great deal to me 1 year later. The best part of the letter was in the first paragraph: “We’ve talked about most of these things, and some of these you well know, or are already doing. But if nothing else, this will let you know I can relate to most everything you’ll be going through in the years ahead and am always available to talk, or to just listen.”
Sign the purchase agreement and then… Bam! COVID hits. Don’t ever recall visiting about how to navigate and survive a global pandemic, Dad.
I soon dismissed the “Woe is me" mentality. Instead, what an opportunity! What a unique chance to learn and grow as a leader. There will always be challenges with running a business, but having this experience will most certainly prepare me and our team for future successes.
I wrote myself a letter on 2/3/19, the day before I purchased the business, with the intention of using the letter as a reality check after my first year as owner. I covered several topics within the letter. The first part I remind myself of how blessed I am to have this opportunity. My dad (and mom too) sacrificed so much through the years to make ends meet. Second, make a difference in the lives of your team, customers, and community. Create experiences that make them say, “WOW!” by Living the Vision. Third, stay present at home and don’t shortchange the very most important people in my life. Lastly, when things are going well – give God the Glory and put your trust in Him. And when things are not going well, do the same thing.
Looking back on my first year of business ownership, there were certainly some highlights. The company remains profitable, in stable condition, and fortunately we were able to navigate the last year without a single layoff. There were WOW experiences for our team, customers, and communities. My family is still by my side and my faith undoubtedly grew over the last year. If I’m being transparent, there are also many areas I fell short and will learn from too. I’m not perfect; I’m just trying to get better each day.
Here’s the neatest part of the story. Mark, in his final and 40th year with the company, led the company to its all-time highest year in sales volume. I am still so happy for him! But guess what? While we may not surpass our sales from last year, the company has a realistic shot to finish with our 2nd best year of all time, which ends on 3/31/21. Incredible! My sincerest thanks to each and every one of our team members-- the last year was a total team effort.
Chapter 2 begins now.
TSP's Watertown Office to Relocate
TSP was not a stranger to Watertown when it opened an official office in 2017. TSP’s long history of partnering with Watertown clients stretches to the mid-1950s and the firm’s work on religious and education projects. TSP-designed local buildings include Holy Name and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches, Prairie Lakes Cancer Center, the Watertown Event Center, and the South Dakota National Guard’s Brig. Gen. Ernie Edwards Readiness Center.
The new office in Watertown will be located at 14 W. Kemp Ave. as of February 1, 2021, just around the corner from its original space on South Maple Street.
Office Manager and structural engineer Tadd Holt has been with TSP for nearly 21 years and has worked from his home office in rural Watertown since 2005. The new office will provide the space needed for the architectural and engineering services TSP offers, he said. Projects in Watertown include designing the new animal-care facility at Bramble Park Zoo, now under construction, and the new roof on The Goss Opera House. TSP also is working with local clients to provide designs for the new City Hall renovation, the Boys and Girls Club reroof, Fieber Van’s Implement, and the Dakota Tube addition.
The move strengthens TSP’s commitment to the Watertown community, said CEO Jared Nesje. “Watertown is expanding rapidly, and we’re excited to be invested in the community’s growth,” he said. “This is a tangible indication of how positive we feel about the future.”
Holt is pleased that his office will remain in the downtown area. “The downtown locale is perfect for enjoying Watertown’s friendly atmosphere,” he said. “The variety of businesses found downtown creates an inviting and productive setting.”
TSP is a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering firm that exists to make our communities better, by design. Through teamwork, service, and passion, we listen and develop a deep understanding of our client’s "why." We collaborate with them to build trust-based relationships and discover solutions that combine form, function, and economy. To learn more visit TEAMTSP.COM.
Prairie Lakes Welcomes Oncologist to Cancer Center
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Vijay Rao, MD, oncologist and hematologist. He joins staff at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center; including, Bipin Amin, MD, Jeffrey Brindle, MD, and Kristina Rieffenberger, CNP.
Dr. Rao is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. For over 13 years he’s compassionately served patients with cancer and infusion treatment. Dr. Rao completed his internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his free time, Dr. Rao enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
“I am committed to providing compassionate and high quality cancer care to patients in Watertown and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Rao.
You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Rao by calling the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center at 605-882-6800. A referral is not required to schedule an appointment.
Prairie Lakes Names New Radiology Director
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) named Bryan Beckedahl as the Director of Radiology. His responsibilities include managing radiology services; including, X-Ray, CT Scanning, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound.
Beckedahl accepted the Director of Radiology position with over 13 years of experience. His previous role with Consulting Radiologists, Ltd gave him familiarity with a variety of organizations, including PLHS.
Beckedahl grew up on the family farm in Sherwood, ND, where his family farmed in Canada and the USA. After high school graduation he received his Radiology Technology degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He then attended the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he earned his Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) Ultrasound degrees. While working as a Sonographer, Clinical Coordinator and Lead Clinical Instructor for the Ultrasound Program at the Mayo Clinic, he received his Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) degree. He has a Master’s Degree in Management and Health and Human Services from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.
The outdoors, hunting, fishing, photography and attending his nephew’s sporting events are all activities Beckedahl enjoys in his spare time. A 35 year cancer survivor, he knows healthcare from his experience as a patient and through his expertise as a professional.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Director of Radiology at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System”, said Beckedahl. “I know many of the staff at Prairie Lakes through my previous position and look forward to continue working with them in this new role. I was attracted to PLHS due to its positive culture, the professionalism and work ethic of the staff. We have made great progress in offering multiple radiology procedures and biopsies, and are always looking for new ways to offer more services.”
Crestone Development Makes Major Investments in Downtown Watertown
Watertown, SD based Crestone Development, a division of Crestone Companies, is making a major investment in downtown Watertown. Crestone has purchased five downtown properties bookending on
the East and West ends of Kemp Ave.
“This is a major commitment to continue the revitalization and development of downtown and Watertown in general,” said Crestone owner Eric Skott, who has partnered with various investor groups
to purchase the properties. “We believe in downtown Watertown and all of the charm it has to offer! The opportunities downtown is limited only by one’s imagination. We have acquired several of these
properties with a focus to preserve the rich history and architecture of the area.” The five downtown properties are:
Building number one, the “Hanten” is also known as the “Granite Block Building” on the SE corner of Kemp and Broadway. This building used to house Todd Architects and Bratland Law. This property, along with the Mellette are currently being studied to determine the highest and best use for the investor group. Some options are condominiums, apartments, luxury-professional office space or a boutique hotel.
Building number two, “The Mellette” as it’s currently known, is the home of ML Portraits and several other businesses on the NW corner of Kemp and Broadway. This property, along with “The Hanten” are currently being studied to determine the highest and best use for the investor group. Some options are condominiums, apartments, luxury-professional office space or a boutique hotel.
Building number three will be aptly named the “Longworth” after a long-time resident and businessperson whose orthodontics office was housed here for many, many years. This building is currently home to BC Hair Designz Studio on the main level. The second level will house several one-bedroom apartments.
Building number four, 218 East Kemp, is located directly across the street to the South of the planned downtown park. It will house 2000 square feet of commercial space on the main floor and four one-bedroom apartments on the second level.
Building number five, 15 1st Street SW, formerly Zimmel's Furniture, is on the West end of Kemp Avenue and is planned to be the future home of “The Marketplace.” The Marketplace will be the future home to 9,000 square feet of retail space and 62 modern-luxury apartments. The project will involve razing the current structure and building new.
Formed in 2006, Crestone Companies specializes in commercial and residential construction along with real estate development in NE South Dakota. Crestone offers project management, property acquisition and entitlements, design-build, value engineering, construction, and asset management. Known for its integrity and willingness to think outside the box, Crestone has earned a reputation and awards for setting the standards of excellence.
Curt Trego, Community Bank President for First Bank & Trust Watertown, SD, joined the organization in 2020. Curt brought with him over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, including his previous role as a Market President for more than a decade. Prior to his role as Community Bank President, Curt was a Business Banking Manager and Retail Sales Manager in the Watertown market. In his current role, Curt will help grow a diversified bank branch that excels in delivering community banking services.
Curt gives back to the community by being an active member of Kiwanis for the past 32 years, as well as an advisory board member of Providence Solutions of South Dakota. He has served as a past executive board member for the Watertown Development Company, along with serving as the 2019 campaign cabinet and advanced gift co-chair. Curt also served as an advanced gift co-chair for the Boys and Girls Club building capital campaign in 2017. He is a past president of the Lake Area Technical Foundation Board of Directors, also serving the same role in Kiwanis. In addition, Curt acted as a United Way board member and campaign chair, as well as a past board member of the Watertown Baseball Association and the Salvation Army.
An Aberdeen, SD, area native, Curt received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen. When he’s not working, Curt enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. Curt and his wife Shelly reside in Watertown, where they raised three children.
Beginning January 1st, Terri Mielitz of Brookings will replace Cammie Mengwasser as the program director for East-Central Court Appointed Special Advocate in Watertown.
Mengwasser resigned her position and will join East-Central’s board of directors in 2021. She opened the Watertown office in 2021 when East-Central expanded from its Brookings headquarters.
“Cammie has done a tremendous job establishing the program in Watertown and raising awareness of the need in the community and the difficulty of children in foster care,” said Julie Wermers, executive director of East-Central CASA in Brookings. “We are tremendously grateful for the dedication and commitment Cammie has made to our program, her passion for CASA has undoubtedly set the program up for continued success into the future.”
Mielitz is the current volunteer coordinator in the Brookings office. She brings proven experience and plans to build upon Mengwasser’s successes.
EC-CASA volunteer advocates provide a unique opportunity to help change the trajectory of the lives of children in foster care and other at-risk youth.
“Terri knows the benefit of these relationships firsthand, not only as a youth in the foster care system but she and her husband Neal became licensed foster parents and cared for 62 children over a span of 13 years. She turned a personal history of childhood trauma into a voice for victims of abuse, and a desire to make a long-term impact,” said Wermers.
Northeast South Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (NESD SHRM) held their annual meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Paige Sullivan, NESD 2020 President, presented Gwen Kahre of Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard with the 2020 Human Resource Professional of the Year.
Gwen was nominated by her employer for her outstanding human resource performance for the employees she serves and her volunteer time to the NESD SHRM Chapter.
VisionPoint Relocates Downtown
Visionpoint is the first tenant on the ground floor of the Lofts and specialize in Holistic Wealth Management, Corporate Retirement Plans, along with Business Continuity & Estate Planning. Scott has always taken pride in offering advice based on research, knowledge, trust, and integrity.
Scott's team consists of Senior Financial Consultant Lee Rycraft, Financial Consultant Bailey VanSickle and Client Service Associate Christine Dolney. A Ribbon Cutting welcoming VisionPoint Advisory Group downtown will be announced at a later date. VisionPoint can be found online at www.vpadvisor.com or call 605-878-4111.
Brothers Chris Fieber and Donald Fieber of Goodwin, SD, recently announced they have partnered with Van’s Implement of Hull, IA, to open Fieber Van’s Implement in Watertown, SD.
“We’re excited to bring a full line of equipment at affordable prices to this area,” Chris said. “We will strive every day to bring the best experience to our customers.” Although construction of their showroom is just beginning, Fieber Van’s is already up and running, serving customers with both sales and service from their shop located just west of Wal-Mart in Watertown.
Construction of their new building is projected to be complete by Summer 2021. It will hold their showroom, parts department, and sales department. The current shop will also be receiving a makeover in Spring 2021.
Chris and Donald have a combined 37 years’ experience in the agriculture industry, working at Fieber Dairy in Goodwin, SD. Joining Fieber Van’s Implement is Service Manager and Technician Chad Frensko. Frensko has 27 years’ experience servicing and repairing agricultural equipment and will work on any make or model.
Fieber Van’s Implement will carry equipment manufactured by Deutz-Fahr, Kioti, Manitou, Samasz, Amazone, McHale, Grab Tec, Patz and Edney Distributing. Fieber Van’s Implement is located at 2436 10th Ave SE in Watertown, SD. For more information, call Chris at 605-881-2448 or Donald at 605-881-8220.
Lake Area Technical College of Watertown is deeply honored to receive the news that they are the recipients of significant impact gifts from philanthropist and popular novelist, MacKenzie Scott.
The announcement, made through social media, states that 384 organizations, including Lake Area Technical College, received generous donations to assist in continuing the good work they are already doing. The college will be using the donation to support transformative initiatives that will remove barriers for students and allow them the success everyone deserves.
MacKenzie Scott focused her giving on immediate support to people suffering the economic effects of the pandemic crisis but also seeks out organizations for their leadership’s track record of effective management and significant impact in their fields. Her post also recognizes the important role played by these organizations in continuing to provide vital services during the pandemic. She also notes that these organizations are known for profound encouragement felt each time a person is seen, valued and trusted by another human being. Her team took a data-driven approach to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams who get results, and who have low access to philanthropic capital. Scott identifies organizations with high potential for impact and paves the way with unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with full trust and no strings attached.
Lake Area Technical College President Mike Cartney comments, “It’s humbling to be recognized for our good work and it’s our intent to be exceptional stewards of the gift. There is no doubt, it will impact LATC current and future students, and citizens of South Dakota for a long time to come.”
According to Scott, “These 384 carefully selected teams have dedicated their lives to helping others, working and volunteering and serving real people face-to-face at bedsides and tables, in prisons and courtrooms and classrooms, on streets and hospital wards and hotlines and frontlines of all types and sizes, day after day after day.” Scott continues, “We shared each of our gift decisions with program leaders for the first time over the phone, and welcomed them to spend the funding on whatever they believe best serves their efforts. They were told that the entire commitment would be paid upfront and left unrestricted in order to provide them with maximum flexibility.”
Because Lake Area Technical College is currently in the silent phase of their Capital Campaign and in keeping with the donor’s desires, the amount of the gift will not be released at this time.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce Bonnie Cordell is the new Director of Finance. The Director of Finance oversees the Accounting and Accounts Payable functions at PLHS and is responsible for financial analysis, revenue recognition and budget accountability reporting, as well as the preparation of various annual surveys and reports.
Cordell is a graduate from the University of South Dakota where she attained her joint Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Professional Accountancy in 2009. She is a Certified Cost Report Specialist and a member of the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance. She has eleven years accounting experience and moves into her new position after being a part of the team at PLHS for three years. Cordell and her husband enjoy spending time with their family and friends and traveling.
“I am grateful to continue my career at Prairie Lakes and to serve my community through this new role,” said Cordell. “Our team is knowledgeable, and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Healthcare is an ever-evolving industry and I am excited to be part of that evolution at PLHS.”