• It is so exciting to see businesses grow and move to locations to better themselves for whatever reason. Need more space? Better foot traffic? Whatever the reason we want to shout it from our roof tops that our members have moved or made the news!  

    We've had so many of our members re-locate and wanted to start this new way to let everyone know. We are also very glad to have great sponsors to many of our programs and events and this is no different.   

    Chamber Members On the Move and In the News is sponsored in part by The Realty Team, Bill Speier State Farm Insurance and Dial-A-Move in Watertown.  




    Trav's Outfitter Named 2022 SD Retailers Association Retailer of the Year

    SDRA has presented the Retailer of the Year Award annually since 1982 to recognize businesses committed to excellence in their business while making a positive difference in their local community.

    Uthe says lessons learned from his father, a lineman, guided his goal to sell only quality products. "From the time I was very young my dad would always talk about buying things once and investing good money in the product that would hold up and help him to perform his role as a lineman, " Uthe recalled. "So we go out and source quality products that allow customers to have a better life, to be safer at their jobs, to enjoy the outdoors better."

    Uthe has been in retail continuously since age 15, after discovering he enjoyed the art of the sale and the challenge that came with finding the right product for the customer. 

    Launched out of Uthe's garage in late 2003, Trav's Outfitter soon opened a small store and began operating a boot truck that provides onsite sales of work boots at manufacturing facilities. The business grew steadily, leading to construction of a 28,000 square foot store in July 2018. A staff of 40 sells apparel and footwear for the working person, as well as hunting, athletic, and motorcycle clothing and footwear.

    The focus on quality products, personalized customer service, and honesty has brought a loyal following. 

    "From the time I was 15 years old I've been selling to the same people," Uthe said. "If we take care of people, they keep coming back. I have some customers that I sold to Grandpa, and now I'm selling to the fourth generation."



    Prairie Lakes Nurse Practitioner, Haley Ellis, Joins Pulmonology 

    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System proudly announces that Certified Nurse Practitioner, Haley Ellis, has moved to the Pulmonology department. Ellis works with Pulmonologist, Dr. Svien Senne, in the care and treatment of patients with both chronic and acute diseases of the lungs, respiratory tract, and bronchial tubes. 

    Ellis graduated with her Master’s Degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from South University. She has 15 years of nursing experience, including seven years in the Critical Care Unit, six years caring for patients in the Prairie Lakes Cath Lab, and the last two years focused on cardiac patients in the Cardiology Clinic. Ellis grew up in Willow Lake, SD and currently resides in Watertown with her husband and their three children. In her free time, Ellis enjoys spending time at her kids’ sporting events, which keeps her and her family busy year round. In the summer, she likes to spend time at the lake and outdoors. 

    “I value Prairie Lakes’ mission and goal of commitment to provide exemplary care to the patients in our very own community,” said Ellis. “I am very excited to join the Pulmonology team and work together to continue to provide high quality, personalized care. I like to educate patients, deliver patient-centered care, and work as a team to achieve the best available outcome. I look forward to continue to care for patients within and surrounding my community,” said Ellis.




    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 design@watertownbenedictines.org.



     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 development@watertownbenedictines.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. 

    Mike Marotz Inducted into Holland Club

    Mike Marotz, owner of Watertown Confectionery was inducted into the Holland Club, an exclusive group within the United States Submarine Organization. Marotz qualified to be a part of this organization with his 50 years of experience.

    As part of the Holland Club, Marotz represents the living historical memory of submarine heritage. He and many others are the pioneers that led the way and set the standard for excellence for the sailors in the submarine fleet today.

    When Marotz qualified for the submarines, diesel submarines were state of the art. Marotz served during a time when he was able to witness and participate in the successes and failures of newly developed submarine technology. Marotz and his fellow Holland Club members are the historical connection and inspiration for the submariners of the future.

    Congratulations on this great achievement, Mike, and thank you for your years of service.



    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

    About SHRM 
    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.



    KXLG Radio is Sold to Local Group

    On Thursday, it will be 12 years since KXLG radio began in Watertown. Bob Faehn and with the assistance of a couple of friends helped to make the dream a reality. Faehn said, “We wanted to be a part of the community, and helping, and I think we’ve achieved that. What a great way to wrap up your career.”
    And now, Faehn says he is ready to pass the baton.  Today we are announcing that KXLG radio has been sold to a group of people not only close to the Watertown Community, but to Faehn as well.  Melissa Herrboldt is the General Manager of KXLG. Melissa has put together a group to purchase the station, the sale documents have been signed, and once approval has been received by the FCC the station will officially change hands.
    Herrboldt says buying the station was a huge decision for her and her husband Jeremy.  As for her reasons for making the purchase. Herrboldt said “One of the reasons is our staff, our staff is top notch, and we really believe in them, and believe we need to keep Team KXLG and our culture the way it is. We also believe having local media in our town is very important.”
    Herrboldt says there are several others working with her in making the purchase happen including Susie Faehn, Mindy and Tracy Huntington, and Steve and Marla Willard.
    As for any expected changes at KXLG radio, Herrboldt says “Don’t fix what’s not broke. There’s not anything broke here. I just want to continue being there for the community.”
    General Manager, Melissa Herrboldt, and with FCC approval, a new owner of KXLG radio, with just 2 days from KXLG’s 12th anniversary. 



    It's Official: New Watertown Regional Airport Terminal will Feature Restaurant!

    It’s official. The city of Watertown has a lease agreement in place to provide restaurant space in the new airport terminal that will open next year.
    On Tuesday night (September 7, 2021), the city council unanimously approved a lease agreement with Sean Dempsey and the Crown Corporation.
    Watertown City Attorney Matt Roby announced that the lease agreement begins June 1, 2022, depending on construction.
    Roby says the airport will lease space to Dempsey at a cost of $10 a square foot, which will total about $228 a month. Roby said “That may sound a bit light, the City does reserve the right to modify the lease rate and future terms.” Roby also said the airport board chose this rate because “We don’t want to strap down the operator with too many expenses from the get-go, we want to get them up and running. It’s to everybody’s benefit for there to be an operational restaurant at the airport.”
    Dempsey plans to feature a menu of pizza, salads, appetizers and craft beers at the airport at the restaurant known as Danger Von Dempsey’s Slice House.
    The lease is for three years, and it’s renewable for three additional terms of three years.




    Prairie Lakes Physical Therapist Completes Certification
    Jackie Lake, Physical Therapist with Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services completed a certification to enhance her practice treating patients with vestibular dysfunctions. These dysfunctions often include the symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, and feeling off balance. 
    The most common disorders which may benefit from vestibular rehab include BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), vestibular migraine, head injury or concussion, age-related dizziness and imbalance, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis is caused by an inflammation in the inner ear or the nerves of the inner ear (usually from a common cold or virus).  Labyrinthitis also involves hearing loss while neuritis does not.   Once medically stable, these patients can benefit from vestibular rehab to treat the lingering symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, visual disturbances, unsteadiness, and/or difficulty with completing daily tasks.   
    The Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (CCVR) Course required Lake to demonstrate her elevated skills over a period of six months. Jackie has practiced PT for 21 years with the past 10 years specializing in therapy for vestibular dysfunctions. The CCVR course was created for practicing professionals, allowing therapists like Lake to deepen their understanding and enhance their practice. 
    “Vestibular disorders can cause a variety of symptoms including vertigo and dizziness, visual disturbances, motion sensitivity, and unsteady balance,” said Lake.  “It can also affect the way we think and process information and can lead to or complicate anxiety and depression symptoms and decreased quality of life.  I am excited to offer a more comprehensive evaluation and treatment option for patients whose lives have been affected by these symptoms.”
    Those who experience dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance can ask their provider or physician for a referral to Jackie Lake at Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services. For more information call 605-882-7700. 


    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 Board of Directors Selects Interim CEO
    The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) Board of Directors selected Paul Macek as the Interim CEO to serve the organization and assist with the recruitment of the next President and CEO. Macek resigned from his position on the PLHS Board of Directors to serve PLHS in this role.  
    Macek has over 35 years of experience as a hospital and health system CEO and for the past 5 years has served as an independent consultant to hospitals and health systems through his firm,  PEM Advisors LLC.  He and his wife Kathryn have a long standing relationship with South Dakota and the Watertown community. Kathryn was raised in Britton South Dakota to John and Beverly Owen who operated Owen Livestock and were partners in the former South Dakota Livestock in Watertown. They previously lived in Watertown and now live in Plymouth, Minnesota. He and Kathryn have two grown sons, one grandson and they enjoy bicycle riding, traveling, and spending time with their grandson.  
    Beyond his healthcare administration experience, Macek has served in leadership roles on various professional, nonprofit and community boards throughout his professional career.    
    “PLHS has a proud past and very bright future,” said Macek. “I am looking forward to working with the board, physicians and employees during this transition period.”    
    The PLHS Board of Directors is comprised of 14 volunteer community members who are dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of PLHS, an independent, not-for-profit, regional healthcare system.




    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 Adds Nurse Practitioner to Staff

    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.”



    Prairie Lakes Welcomes New Urologist
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Urologist Dr. Keegan Maxwell. He joins Dr. Henri Lanctin, Urologist and will see urology patients at Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic. 
    Dr. Maxwell is board certified in Urology and has been practicing for the past 13 years in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Maxwell completed his Urologic Surgery Residency and Minimally Invasive Urology and Laparoscopy Fellowship at Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine located in St. Louis, Missouri. He enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping and travels with his wife and two daughters.  
    “I look forward to providing quality urologic care to the Watertown area,” said Dr. Maxwell. “As an urologist, I treat conditions related to the urinary tract and male reproductive system. People can feel at ease with the fact that I am specialized in treating those conditions and I encourage those with symptoms to be seen sooner rather than later.” 
    Dr. Maxwell provides diagnosis and management of urological conditions; including, prostate issues such as enlargement and cancer, bladder and kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, and urinary issues such as incontinence, low flow, and blood in the urine, and chronic UTIs. His practice focuses on minimally invasive treatment. You may schedule an appointment by calling the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic at 605-882-7777. A referral is not required to schedule an appointment. 



    New Businesses Announced at Parkside Place 

    County Fair recently announced two new businesses will be moving into their leased space within Parkside Place in downtown Watertown: Downtown Drug and Quick Care.
    “Our main focus was to add businesses that would benefit the whole community,” Chris Gamber, co-owner of County Fair said. “A pharmacy and clinic seemed to be the perfect fit.”
    Parkside Place, located at 8 2nd St. NE, is a mixed-use apartment building with commercial space on the first floor. County Fair is leasing a portion of the commercial space.
     “We are excited to provide a place people can stop to get their medicine, see a doctor, and get their groceries, all in one convenient location,” Tyler Thuringer, co-owner of County Fair said.
    Downtown Drug, owned and operated by Carole Anderson, will be a second location to the current Brown Clinic Pharmacy. They will offer full pharmacy services, including a drive through.
    Anderson said “We really wanted some extra space, and with all the downtown expansion, we knew this was the perfect spot to open another pharmacy.”
    Quick Care Clinics, owned and operated by Melissa Magstadt and Holly York, currently operate on the east edge of Watertown. The Parkside Place clinic will be their second Watertown location as well.
    “It’s an exciting time in the history of the Watertown downtown revitalization,” Melissa Magstadt, Nurse Practitioner said. “We are excited to partner with visionaries to bring a convenient option for urgent care in our growing and energetic downtown.”
    “Really this is 3 downtown businesses working together to provide what the community needs and wants,” Chris Gamber, County Fair owner said.
    Parkside place is projected to be complete Fall 2021, with both Downtown Drug and Quick Care opening shortly after. 



    Prairie Lakes Adds Physician Assistant to Staff
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Physician Assistant Rachel Leiseth. She joins Prairie Lakes Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic in the care of patients.
    Leiseth graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and then received her Master in Physician Assistant Studies in 2019 from the University of South Dakota. She served the South Dakota Army National Guard for six years while attending school. In her spare time, Leiseth enjoys cooking, baking, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family.
    “I am honored to be a part of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and look forward to continuing to provide care to the Watertown community,” said Leiseth. “I am passionate and dedicated to providing quality, patient-centered care. It is truly humbling to be a part of this team as we continue to provide excellent, quality care to the surrounding communities.”



    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
    Visit barrons.com for additional information about Barron’s.



    Prairie Lakes Celebrates Star Rating
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System celebrates with staff, volunteers, physicians, and board members their success in earning a five out of five star facility rating from Hospital Compare, a service of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
    “Over 800 team members serve the region through their work and volunteerism,” said K.C. DeBoer, President & CEO. “As the independent leader in rural healthcare in this region, I thank every one of our team members for their passion and dedication to deliver quality care for every patient, every time. Prairie Lakes is committed to making a positive difference in the health of the patients and communities we serve, and this rating from CMS shows that our team is providing the best care possible.”
    According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overall star rating for hospitals summarizes quality information on important topics, like readmissions and deaths after heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall rating, between 1 and 5 stars, summarizes a variety of measures across 7 areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. The 7 measure groups include: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.
    The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed on an identified set of quality measures compared to other hospitals in the U.S. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. 
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System serves a ten county region in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota with a mission to make a positive difference in the health of the patients and communities they serve.



    SD Hall of Fame Inducts 9 "Acts of Excellence" during Ceremony at Lake Area Tech

    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 sstein@escomfg.com.



    Watertown Area Community Foundation Provides Food for Volunteers at the Mass Vaccination Events
    The Watertown Area Community Foundation is graciously funding breakfast, lunch, and beverage items for volunteers at the COVID-19 mass vaccination events held in Watertown.
    The total donation of $5,000 will help fuel volunteers for the mass vaccination events through May. The Watertown Area COVID-19 Community Task Force plans to hold mass vaccination events every week as allocated vaccine doses allow. Approximately 50 volunteers are needed for each event. These volunteers include community members and representatives of various organizations, including Watertown Fire Rescue, Codington County Emergency Management, Watertown Police Department, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Hamlin County Emergency Management, Glacial Lakes MultiCultural Center, Lake Area Technical College’s nursing program, and Codington County Sheriff’s Office.

    There are openings for this week’s mass vaccination event on Thursday, April 1 at the Codington County Extension Complex. An appointment is required to receive a vaccine and can be made at www.prairielakes.com/covidvaccine.



    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Named Top 100 Hospital
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.
    PLHS scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all rural and community hospitals nationally. 
    “This honor represents the dedication and quality of work of our board, medical staff, and employees,” said K.C. DeBoer, PLHS President & CEO. “It is very gratifying for PLHS to receive the designation of a Top 100 hospital for the sixth consecutive year; it is a testament of our connection to our community and unwavering dedication to make a positive difference in the health of the patients and communities we serve.”
    Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.
    “The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”



    PLHS Welcomes Therapists to Rehabilitation Services

    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is proud to announce the recent addition of physical, occupational, and speech therapists to Rehabilitation Services. Mariko Oro, Speech-Language Pathologist, Haley Rowland, Physical Therapist, and Tyler Rowland, Occupational Therapist. 

    Oro grew up in New York and moved to the area from Washington with her husband and two sons. She is a first generation American born and has an interest in foreign languages, tap dance, and practicing karate with her sons. Her career in Speech Pathology started twenty years ago after graduating with her Master of Science degree from Columbia University. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Oro treats and cares for patients with disorders that affect speech, cognition, voice, and swallowing. 

    “I am very happy to be a part of Prairie Lakes,” said Oro. “I can easily treat patients here the way I would treat my own family and the interdisciplinary communication with staff of this independent hospital is effective. When I come to work, I know I will enjoy seeing my patients and interacting with the others who are part of their medical team. The best part about working here is that everyone is very friendly and really enjoy being here. I have never felt more welcome than I do here.” 

    Haley Rowland grew up in a small town in Nevada and learned about Prairie Lakes Healthcare System during a clinical rotation as a student at the University of South Dakota. She enjoys tennis and played varsity while obtaining her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. As a Physical Therapist, Rowland focuses on the development of gross motor skills, functional mobility, strength, and balance of patients. She serves in the inpatient area of the hospital and has a special interest in women’s health, such as incontinence after childbirth. 

    “During clinical rotations, I loved the Watertown area so much that I decided to make Watertown my home,” said Haley Rowland. “I was able to see first-hand how the Prairie Lakes team frequently goes above and beyond for every patient. I am so lucky to be part of such a great team of providers!” 

    Tyler Rowland grew up in Watertown and enjoys swimming, watching football with family, and playing video games. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree. As an Occupational Therapist, Rowland develops personalized treatment plans to help increase strength, endurance, flexibility and independence.  These treatment plans helps individuals of all ages regain the ability to return to an active lifestyle. 

    “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community I grew up and look forward to continuing to enhance my patient care in this area over the years to come,” said Tyler Rowland.



    Holiday Inn Express set to Open March 30th

    The new Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Watertown will open March 30, 2021. 

    The hotel is located at 2803 8th Ave SE.

    Construction of the hotel took only seven months. The hotel was built with Best GEN Modular manufactured units, which were constructed in Watertown by Superior Homes, according to Chris Erickson of Best GEN Modular, which is located in Rapid City, SD. 

    Erickson Said a similar construction method used for an Aberdeen hotel last year took 12 months to complete because the units were being built in Rapid City.



     New Respite Lounge for Staff at PLHS Made Possible by Donations
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is excited to announce the opening of its first Staff Respite Lounge, an extension of programs Prairie Lakes has implemented for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. This lounge was made possible by a $4,000 donation from the Watertown Rotary Club and a $3,000 donation and interior design services from Montgomery’s Furniture.  

    Respite rooms are one way to help caregivers take care of themselves, providing a respite or chance to relax from the stress and trauma they may face throughout their shift. The need for a room such as this has never been greater, as healthcare workers face long hours, stress and worry as they face. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System CEO and President K.C. DeBoer said, “This past year has been very demanding on all of the staff at Prairie Lakes as they have worked to take care of the patients and communities we serve throughout the pandemic. We are very appreciative of Watertown Rotary and Montgomery’s Furniture and their generous gifts to make the Staff Respite Lounge a reality.” 

    In addition to creating the Staff Respite Lounge, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has implemented wellness resources and tools to help their healthcare providers during this unprecedented time. Prairie Lakes provides information regarding stress management and healthy lifestyle habits, counseling and chaplain services, access to virtual fitness classes and other offerings aimed at ensuring healthcare workers have the support when they need it most. 

    Photos of the Respite Lounge. Pictured: Joey Patek, Manager at Montgomery’s Furniture, K.C. DeBoer, President/CEO, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, John Holley, Secretary, Watertown Rotary Club



     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.



    Marco CEO Set to Retire

    Jeff Gau will retire as CEO of Marco on March 31 and become chairman of the board. Gau joined the company in 1984 as a sales representative. He earned a series of leadership positions before becoming president and then CEO in 2003. 

    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.



    Adam Fischbach, PTA, Big Stone Therapies Assistant of the Year

    Big Stone Therapies, Inc has over 400 employees and spans across 42 communities in 4 states and we are OVER THE TOP proud that Watertown's Adam Fischbach, PTA has been chosen as the Assistant of The Year for 2020!

    Adam was nominated by his teammates and chosen as the recipient of the award by BST's senior leaders and board members. 

    Here are some of the great things Adam's team said about him: 

    "Adam is a go getter, level headed, team player", "Adam's willingness to go above and beyond to help not only his patients but fellow coworkers sets him apart from others.", "Adam is so fun to be around and throughout all of the Covid-19 gloominess, he is still light hearted and tries to see the good in things, people, and situations.", "Adam is a great clinical instructor and has also been an adjunct professor at LATI PTA program. He's recieved so much positive feedback from his students and fellow professors."
    "Adam takes the time to explain and answer all of his patient's questions and prescribes exercises that are 'out of the box' and relevant for that patient.", "Adam is a family man who is supporting his wife as she works full time and pursues her PhD while managing 3 kids and a household.", and "Adam lives out our core value of Faith by being active in his church and volunteering to help with community outreach projects." 

    Adam, YOU are ROCKSOLID and we are so proud of you! Thanks for living out the BST core values in your daily work and for being such a treat to work with!



    Four Watertown Businesses Receive South Dakota Great Place Designation
    The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized four Watertown businesses for their outstanding hospitality and customer service.  Dempsey’s Brewery-Pub and Restaurant, My Place Hotel, Quality Inn and Suites and Venerts Hotel Management, Inc. have all earned the “South Dakota Great Place” designation. 
    The four Watertown Businesses were a few of the 47 businesses across 22 communities in South Dakota to receive the designation. 
    According to the Department of Tourism, the designation is for businesses that have put hospitality at the forefront by providing guests with exceptional service. The businesses are constantly innovating and finding ways to make their guests comfortable and welcomed and their communities more vibrant. 
    South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen said, “The Hospitality you find in South Dakota is unmatched. This program not only offers businesses support in developing great customer service skills among employees, it’s also a way to commend our industry members for all they do to serve their communities.” 
    The South Dakota Great Place program is designed to strengthen the tourism industry in South Dakota and offer support to tourism industry members. Online nomination forms are now open for this year’s Great Place Program. 
    The department also offers an Online Hospitality Training program. The training, available at SDVisit.com, is free, and all tourism industry businesses are encouraged to share the training with their staff.

    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.



    Persona President, Mike Peterson, Reappointed to International Sign Association Steering Committee

    Persona's President, Mike Peterson, was recently reappointed to the Direct Member Council Steering Committee of the International Sign Association. Peterson has been with Persona since 1998 and served as the company's President since 2018.  

    Persona is one of the nation’s largest sign companies, completing more than 8,000 projects each year. Based in Watertown, South Dakota, Persona has nearly 300 employees and three large manufacturing facilities in South Dakota that that produce high-quality signage for over 200+ brands nationwide. The company was recently named a Top 5 leading sign firm and the #1 manufacturer of hospitality signage in the United States according to Commercial Construction & Renovation magazine.

    Courtesy of International Sign Association. Read the original post here.


    ALEXANDRIA, VA – January 27, 2021 - This year, the International Sign Association and its Board of Directors will once again be advised by experienced professionals who serve on three steering committees representing the diverse sign, graphics and visual communications industry.

    "The ISA Board of Directors and ISA rely heavily on the expertise these three steering committees  provide," said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. "Their experience and insights help set strategic direction for ISA, which is vital to ensuring that we are creating problems that meet our members' needs. We owe each of these individuals our gratitude for donating their time for such an important endeavor."

    Click HERE for original release.



    A&B Business Solutions - Ricoh Circle of Excellence Service Award

    A&B Business is honored to announce the achievement of being recognized in the 2021 Ricoh Family Group ‘(RFG) Circle of Excellence.’ Ricoh’s Director of Dealer Services, Chris DeMars explains this prestigious recognition, “This program is designed by Ricoh for the purpose of recognizing dealerships who provide outstanding service and support in accordance with Ricoh’s guidelines.”  In addition to this Company designation and award, A&B Business Corporate Trainer, Dennis Dunn, achieved the high honor of Prestige Certification. A&B Business is proud of the personal dedication and leadership Dennis provides across the Company. 

    “At A&B we believe in the philosophy of our leader, Dennis Aanenson, that service is a high calling, and we strive diligently to provide excellent service to every client.  Further, Dennis Dunn has worked hard to achieve the Prestige Certification to train skilled technicians and they in turn work hard to serve our clients.  It’s a true honor to receive this recognition and because we believe our clients deserve a certified technician, we will continue to work diligently to uphold this designation in the Ricoh Circle of Excellence.  ” ~ VP of Service, Mike Weins
    Established in 2013, the RFG Circle of Excellence is awarded to Ricoh dealers who provide service and responsiveness that is more than average, delivering excellence in keeping with Ricoh’s high standards and guidelines.  Factors such as organization size, reliability, reach of client base, customer satisfaction, and service organization structure are all considered to merit the honor of this prestigious designation.  Each year this recognition is given to a very limited number of dealerships, highlighting both the skilled training of their Technicians, as well as their proven track record for a Customer First focus which depends on everyone - the Sales Consultants, Administration, Supplies & Warehouse, and IT Support.  A&B is proud to partner with Ricoh who in turn reliably provides this excellent Customer Service to empower such dependability for our customers.  

    A&B’s company mindset and slogan of ‘Bring It!’ means “We empower our customers to welcome any challenges their businesses might face.  With A&B at their back, they know they have exactly what they need, when they need it.”  Offering a full suite of office solutions, A&B is fulfilling its vision from its headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD to develop strong communities by servicing business from western Wyoming to southwest Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and northern Nebraska.  With 16 offices across the upper Midwest we look forward to serving our current clients as well as gaining the trust of new businesses. 
    THANK YOU, Ricoh, for this honor, and the businesses who have allowed us to serve our way to this success!



    Stein Celebrates One Year of Ownership

    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.

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    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.



    Trego Joins First Bank & Trust

    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.



    New Leader Selected for Watertown East Central Court Appointed Special Advocates

    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.



    NESD SHRM announces Gwen Kahre as 2020 Human Resource Professional of the Year

    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.

    Paige Sullivan, President, reviewed the accomplishments of the 2020 year.  NESD SHRM volunteered for PACH program and the Grace Lutheran Banquet.  NESD SHRM provided monthly programs that offered 16 certification credits for members and numerous networking opportunities for its members. It was also announced Heidi Schooley from Mount Marty as 2021 NESD SHRM President and Jessica DeYoung from Human Service Agency as 2021 NESD SHRM President Elect. 



    VisionPoint Relocates Downtown

    Downtown Watertown seems to be attracting not only people to live downtown but businesses are starting to see the benefits of the revitalization as well.   In mid-December 2020, VisionPoint Advisory Group, headed up by Scott Munger the Partner, SVP Private Wealth Consultant with VisionPoint, relocated his office from South Highway 20 to their new location on North Broadway in The Lofts. 

    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. 



    Fieber Van’s Implement Opens in Watertown

    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.



    World's Richest Woman Donates to Lake Area Tech  

    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.

    Click HERE to read the original release.



    New Director of Finance at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System

    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.”

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