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StoneyBrook Suites Announces New Marketing Director, Tara Hendricks
Tara Hendricks was recently hired as Marketing Director at StoneyBrook Suites Assisted Living. In this role, Hendricks will oversee the marketing for all five StoneyBrook locations in South Dakota, including Brookings, Dakota Dunes, Huron, Sioux Falls and Watertown.
Hendricks background is in marketing event management with over 15 years experience working at both Daktronics in Brookings, South Dakota, and Bobcat Company in West Fargo, North Dakota.
Hendricks is originally from Pipestone, Minnesota, and a 2007 graduate of South Dakota State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a major in Consumer Affairs and minors in Business and Spanish. She currently resides in Brookings.
Hendricks says she is excited to meet the teams at each of the five locations and looks forward to building relationships within the communities.
Big Stone Therapies Partnering with The Village at Harmony Hill in Watertown, SD
The owners of Big Stone Therapies Watertown, LLC are excited to announce a new partnership with The Village of Harmony Hill. This partnership allows the addition of a second Big Stone Therapies outpatient clinic in Watertown. The expansion into The Commons of Harmony Hill, means onsite professional therapy access to residents of The Village and more access for the citizens of the Watertown community and beyond.
The Mother of God Monastery building will be undergoing renovation as it becomes “The Commons of Harmony Hill” and will create a temporary space for Big Stone’s new clinic on the 3rd floor. This will coincide with the commencement of therapy services in residents’ living spaces at the brand-new Assisted Living and Memory Care, as well as Benet Place Senior Living. With a goal date of early June 2023, the second Big Stone Therapies Outpatient Clinic will be opened to serve the public for outpatient therapy needs. Managing Partner, Wade Fligge, PT, DPT, OCS says, “We are excited to grow our long-standing relationship with the Benedictine Sisters and join in their vision with this legacy project. Both entities have a long-standing presence in Watertown, and we look forward to this partnership to serve the Sisters and those coming into The Village to strengthen the health care in Watertown and the surrounding region.”
Big Stone Therapies started in 1990 and has been in the Watertown community since 2006. Our mission is to provide expert level care to all ages through caring, hands-on healing in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and massage therapy. Our licensed therapists are continually working on professional development and certifications to keep up with the high standards of “Rock Solid Rehab”. Through core values of Faith, Family, Fairness, and Fun, the team at Big Stone Therapies is ready to serve the residents and friends of The Village of Harmony Hill community and surrounding areas.
S. Barbara Younger, Vice President, The Village of Harmony Hill states, “Success and advancement in rural healthcare requires partnerships with many entities. At The Village of Harmony Hill, we are determined to provide the best senior living and care experience in South Dakota. We have been blessed by those who want to make a difference in people’s lives by delivering the best healthcare possible…Big Stone Therapies is one such partner. We are excited to have Big Stone on our campus for the residents of The Village and the greater Watertown area who will benefit from a new location, and expansion of the service area. We can’t wait to see what we will do together!”
For more information on Big Stone Therapies services or how to join their team, visit www.BigStoneTherapies.com.
Visit Watertown Moves Travel Forward This National Travel and Tourism Week
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the annual industry celebration.
National Travel and Tourism Week, (NTTW) the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the essential role that travel will play in driving economic growth and innovation through the theme #TravelForward.
“The travel industry fuels every industry—our industry’s success is the nation’s success,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “This week is a prime opportunity to elevate the message that travel is essential to moving America’s economy forward.”
Established in 1983, NTTW is an annual tradition to mark the U.S. travel industry’s role in stimulating economic growth, cultivating vibrant communities, creating quality job opportunities, stimulating business activity and elevating the quality of life for everyday Americans.
Travel serves as a catalyst for a productive U.S. economy and helps power the success of other industries. The U.S. travel industry generated a $2.6 trillion economic output in 2022 and supported 15 million jobs, fueling communities, small businesses and working families across the country.
Travel spending also generated nearly $160 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2022—revenue that helped fund critical public services while saving each U.S. household an average of $1,270 in taxes.
In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-13), many locations around South Dakota will be lit up red every night. Visit Watertown is joining the celebration by lighting up their office red and playing a short window video projection showcasing the economic impact of tourism on our country and drone footage of local Watertown attractions.
In addition, Watertown is one of seven South Dakota communities to be chosen to host the 2023 Spring Hospitality Training sponsored by Travel South Dakota and the South Dakota Retailers Association. The speaker, Betsy Allen-Manning, was featured on FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, and TEDX. Her specialty is improving workplace culture, creating better employee experiences, and developing ‘ready-now leaders’ who are equipped to attract, engage, motivate, and retain talent in a hyper-competitive marketplace. There is no charge to attend, and registration is not required. The training will take place on Wednesday, May 10, from 2:30-3:30 PM at the Goss Opera House.
Please visit ustravel.org/NTTW to learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Brown Clinic Announce Letter of Intent
Proposed Acquisition of Brown Clinic by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System to strengthen and provide a full continuum of healthcare services to the Watertown region
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Brown Clinic are pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent for Prairie Lakes Healthcare System to acquire Brown Clinic within approximately 90 days, pending successful completion of due diligence and a definitive agreement.
“Unifying both organizations’ patient-centered healthcare services would formalize a long-standing and successful working relationship between Brown Clinic’s primary care physician group and Prairie Lakes’ specialty care and hospital services,” said John Allen, CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.
“Brown Clinic and Prairie Lakes share strong common values and an enduring history of working collaboratively,” added Stacie Lenssen, MD, Brown Clinic, General Partner.
Both organizations acknowledge there are many details to be addressed during the due diligence period as they work through specifics to develop and finalize an agreement. “Going forward, we are excited about the possibilities created with merging two outstanding medical and support teams not only for our patients and community, but within our organizations as well,” Lenssen commented.
Allen noted that “integrating the clinical operations of Brown Clinic into Prairie Lakes’ healthcare system would enhance the comprehensive range of healthcare services available, support medical provider growth, and continue to strengthen the exceptional care our teams provide every day to the Watertown region.”
Both organizations emphasized that patients can be confident their care at Brown Clinic and Prairie Lakes Healthcare System will continue uninterrupted and unchanged as they move through this period of due diligence.
About Prairie Lakes Healthcare System
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is an independent organization that provides care for 90,000 people in a ten-county region of northeast South Dakota and western Minnesota. Prairie Lakes is licensed to operate 81 acute care hospital beds including Labor and Delivery, Telemetry, Critical Care, and general hospital. Hospital services also include a 24-hour emergency department, surgical services, Interventional Cardiology, and services providing diagnostics and imaging services.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System also operates Prairie Lakes Cancer Center, Prairie Lakes Mallard Pointe Surgical Center, dialysis units in Sisseton, SD, Watertown, SD and Ortonville, MN, rehabilitation services, and specialty services. Specialty services are a focus of Prairie Lakes to bring needed care to the Watertown region. These specialties include Cardiology, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, General Surgery, Hospice, Home Care, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Urology, and Wound Care.
About Brown Clinic
Brown Clinic, PLLP is a physician-owned and operated outpatient clinic. Based in Watertown, SD, Brown Clinic offers primary care and subspecialty physicians and advanced practice practitioners including family and internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, podiatry and pharmaceutical care. It provides more than 70,000 medical patient visits annually and a full array of advanced diagnostic, laboratory and state-of-the-art imaging services, Brown Clinic is certified as a level three Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and participates as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Watertown Volunteer Center Suspending Operations
The Watertown Volunteer Center announces the suspension of the organization effective April 28th, 2023. The decision to suspend the Center was made after careful consideration of the organization’s long-term goals and financial sustainability.
The center came to fruition as a response to the flood of 1997 and was intended to house and place volunteers for the needs of the community during this time. From there, it evolved into a non-profit organization that helped other organizations find and place volunteers. The Center has fulfilled thousands of volunteer opportunities and hours over the years. However, in recent years, the Watertown Volunteer Center has reported a drastic decrease in requests and registration of volunteers.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the volunteers, partner organizations, and community members who have supported us over the years. We are committed to working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition.
Although the Center may be halting operations, we are confident that the spirit of volunteerism and community service will continue to thrive in Watertown. We encourage everyone to continue supporting local organizations in their pursuit of making a positive impact in our community.
If you or your organization are interested in continuing the Watertown Volunteer Center's work, please call (605)753-0282.
For more information, please call (605)753-0282.
Kakacek Resigns as Executive Director of the Watertown Development Company
After almost nine years of being employed at the Watertown Development Company (WDC) Michelle Kakacek will be leaving her current position of Executive Director in May.
Kakacek was hired as the Director of Business Development in 2014, served as Interim Executive Director in 2017 and 2022, and was promoted to Executive Director in May of 2022. In addition to her exceptional leadership as Executive Director, she has been an integral part of the business recruitment, retention and expansion, and workforce development sectors of WDC, and earned her status as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2020.
“I want to thank WDC and its leadership for the opportunity to serve the organization as Director of Business Development and then as Executive Director,” said Kakacek. “I am immensely proud to have been a part of this team and its work over the last several years. I look forward to working alongside WDC as a partner and supporting its mission in my upcoming role.”
Kakacek has accepted a position as director of an organization related to economic development and will continue to be based out of Watertown.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to thank Michelle for her years of hard work and dedication our organization,” said Board Chair Jim Redlinger. “Though we are sad to see her go, we are happy for her to be pursuing new opportunities and looking forward to future partnerships.”
The Board of Directors Executive Committee is in the process of selecting an Interim Director as a search committee will work toward selecting a replacement in the upcoming months.
About Watertown Development Company
The Watertown Development Company (WDC) is a private, non-profit economic development company funded by private and public sector stakeholders. The WDC owns and operates buildings, land, and development areas for the economic benefit of the community. Since its establishment in 1947, its efforts have generated substantial impacts and benefits for many decades. The WDC has led strategies and been responsible for the creation of jobs and overall economic opportunity through programs designed to promote and increase the commercial, financial, and economic vitality of the Watertown and its citizens.Prairie Lakes Welcomes New Physician to Emergency Services
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Niel Burns, MD to the ER staff at the Prairie Lakes Emergency Department. Dr. Burns joins Dr. Erickson, Dr. Filler, and Dr. Singh in triaging and treating patients with urgent and emergent medical needs and conditions.Dr. Burns is a board-certified family physician and has nine years of experience in the emergency medicine setting. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD and completed his residency in family medicine at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation – Family Medicine Center in Sioux City, IA. Dr. Burns currently resides in Pierre, SD with his wife, Heidi and stepdaughter, Ava. Dr. Burns is very active in his spare time and enjoys archery/bowhunting, fishing, golfing, distance running, cooking, kayaking, playing piano, and reading.“I look forward to serving the Watertown community,” said Dr. Burns. “The Emergency Department is fast paced, challenging, and very rewarding. It’s where I feel passionate about helping, treating, and caring for patients.”Prairie Lakes Healthcare System’s Emergency Services are dedicated to serving the Watertown community and surrounding region with highly skilled, 24/7 emergency care.
The Goss Opera House Announces New Addition Coming Soon
The Goss Opera House is excited to announce a new addition to the Goss experience: Maud’s Mercantile.
Maud’s Mercantile will be located in the current Dustin Sinner Fine Art Space.
There you will find unique items, including Goss-specific gifts and local artist’s work. The space will also serve as a box office for Goss events.
“Maud’s Mercantile will be a bridge between the Goss’ mission of creating exceptional experiences that strengthen and inspire our community and the people in our area” Jamie Mack, Goss Executive Director said. “Our staff will now be even more accessible to help tell the story of the Goss while offering some fun and new gift items.”
According to Mack, Maud’s will continue to carry many of the same products currently available at Dustin Sinner Fine Art but will also display other local artists’ and musicians’ work.
“Be watching for our featured artist of the month, along with some special events to showcase the many talented people in our area,” Mack said.
Dustin and Missy Sinner are looking forward to walking with the Goss as the addition of Maud’s Mercantile develops.
“As our store transitions to Maud’s Mercantile, Missy and I are excited to continue to be involved in the items offered and overall look of the space,” Dustin Sinner, Goss Board Member said. “This is such a great opportunity for the Goss to continue to grow.”
To follow the progress of Maud’s Mercantile, please follow the Goss Opera House on Facebook or Instagram.
ICBA Chairman Appoints Joshua Hogue to Rural America and Agricultural Committee
The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today announced that Joshua Hogue, President of Reliabank Dakota headquartered in Estelline, South Dakota was elected to serve on ICBA’s Rural America and Agriculture committee. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks and is committed to its founding mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish.
“As a financial steward of my community and advocate for the community banking industry, I’m proud to support ICBA’s efforts to highlight the important role community banks serve both locally and in our nation’s economy,” Hogue said. “As relationship lenders, community banks remain focused on the needs of their customers, and work hard to earn and retain their trust every day. I’m proud to be a community banker and to be called to serve to preserve our industry’s legacy for future generations.”
In addition to helping shape and promote ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Hogue’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities in South Dakota to advocate pro-community bank policies and serving as a liaison between community banks and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C.
“Joshua is a respected civic leader and community banker who has graciously volunteered his time and resources to advocate and promote the important role of community banks in our financial system,” said ICBA Chairman Derek Williams, president & CEO of Century Bank & Trust in Milledgeville, Ga. “We are honored that Joshua has accepted this appointment and extend our heartfelt appreciation for his ongoing efforts to ensure the future of community banking remains bright.”
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.
With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5.8 trillion in assets, over $4.8 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.5 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.
Scott Dagel Enters Ameriprise Hall of Fame
We are so happy to announce Scott Dagel has been named to Ameriprise Hall of Fame.
Introduced in 1986, the Hall of Fame is designed to recognize exceptional professionals who have achieved consistently high performance. The Ameriprise Financial Hall of Fame is considered a lifetime achievement award. Fun Fact: Less than 3% of Ameriprise financial advisors have earned this prestigious distinction.
Scott was one of only 23 advisors to achieve this milestone in 2022. This is not Scott's first award in the organization. Scott was a part of the Ameriprise Chairman's Advisory Council in 2000, in 2009 he joined the Ameriprise Diamond Ring Club, and he has been a member of the Ameriprise Circle of Success since 2010.
For more information about Scott and the Dagel, Jakober & Associates Ameriprise Financial team, visit ameripriseadvisors.com/team/dagel-jakober-associates/
First PREMIER Bank Welcomes Private Banking Officer
First PREMIER Bank welcomes back Sean Melmer as a Private Banking Officer. Melmer will help Wealth Management customers by providing lending, hands-on investing and financial planning. He has more than five years of banking experience and rejoined First PREMIER Bank in February. Melmer is located at First PREMIER’s Watertown I-29 location, 824 34th St. SE.
He is a Rotary Club member, board member for Watertown Area United Way, Regional Champion with Junior Achievement and on the Trustee Committee for Cornerstone Church. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and basketball, taking his dogs for a run and spending time with his wife, Kristi, and their three young children.
First PREMIER Bank is locally owned and offers branches in 16 convenient locations. Together with PREMIER Bankcard, First PREMIER Bank supports nearly 700 organizations and events. First PREMIER Bank provides various financial services, including personal, business and ag banking, mortgage lending, trust and investment services, treasury services and ATM funding.
For more information, visit www.firstpremier.com. Member FDIC.
Introducing the Pain Science Center at Prairie Lakes
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is proud to announce the Specialty Clinic is enhancing services for the care of patients with pain conditions. Patients can now make appointments with the Pain Science Center at Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic located within Rehabilitation Services.
The Pain Science Center is an option for those suffering from pain they are struggling to live with and manage day to day. Pain Specialist and Physical Therapist, Eric Fjeldheim, PT, DPT, specializes in pain and is dedicated to expanding pain services to help treat and provide better outcomes for people with complex or chronic pain conditions. There are many different types of pain, so custom treatment plans are tailored to each patient’s unique pain experience.
Fjeldheim has completed 3 years of additional training in pain science leading to achievements as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist and Fellow of Pain Science. He has a passion for understanding the science behind pain and focusing on the whole person.
“Pain is a very complex, individualized experience. My goal is to listen to patients and listen to their story,” said Fjeldheim. “The Pain Science Center creates a path for patients to move forward with a team-based approach between providers and patients.”
Once an initial evaluation is completed and a better understanding of a patient’s pain is established, the Pain Science Center works together with the patient to find the right course of treatment. This may include other departments of Prairie Lakes and resources within the community. Treatment is personalized to each patient’s needs because pain is personal.
To schedule an appointment with the Pain Science Center at Prairie Lakes, please call the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic at 605-882-7700. No referral is necessary. For more information and to learn more about the Pain Science Center, visit prairielakes.com/pain.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Named Top Rural and Community Hospital
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) was recently named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country. This is the sixth time PLHS has received this recognition since it was introduced by The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) seven years ago.
The NRHA has announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals are identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System will be recognized May 18 during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in San Diego, CA.
The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance.
“Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud of the dedication and exceptional care provided every day by staff, physicians, and volunteers who contribute to our healthcare system achieving this recognition,” says Paul Macek, Interim CEO. “Three of the twenty hospitals in the nation that received this designation are from South Dakota and that speaks volumes to the care and services that our rural population has access to. Our recognition as a top health care provider means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”
Sinclair Square Signs Second Tenant to Watertown Development
Sinclair Land & Cattle Company and CCRE (Crestone Commercial Real Estate) are excited to announce the second tenant to the new development along Hwy 212 and Jensen Ave. in Watertown, SD. Tropical Smoothie Café will lease out of the east side of the Lewis Drug building, that recently opened.
The Watertown franchise is owned by Clean Eats, LLC. Angie Yahne and Russell Warner, both Watertown, SD residents, are the principal owners of the company. According to Yahne, the opening can’t come soon enough. “The first time we ate at Tropical Smoothie, we fell in love with it. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sandwiches, wraps, salads, flatbreads, quesadillas, and of course smoothies! There’s no fried food. It’s a great fast-food alternative to burgers and fries.”
The café will offer dine-in eating, a drive-thru and curb-side pick-up and delivery. Yahne expects a mid-summer 2023 opening.
Tropical Smoothie Café has over 1,150 franchises around the country. This will be the fifth Tropical Smoothie restaurant in South Dakota.
CCRE is the listing and marketing agent of Sinclair Square. If there are parties interested in other opportunities within the Sinclair Square development, contact CCRE leasing agent, Julie Knutson at 605-753-9391.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Announces New President and CEO
Following a nation-wide Chief Executive Officer (CEO) search, the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors announces the appointment of John Allen as President and CEO. Allen will begin at Prairie Lakes on February 27, 2023, and will replace Paul Macek, who was hired in August 2021 as Interim CEO to assist with the recruitment of a permanent CEO.
“We're pleased to welcome John Allen to the Prairie Lakes family,” said Robb Peterson, Board Chairman. “John has a lot to offer Prairie Lakes and we are excited to challenge him to continue focused efforts on the strategic initiatives we have recently developed. With Mr. Allen joining us, we will continue to emphasize our position as a leader in the region for quality healthcare.” Peterson added, “On behalf of the Board and Prairie Lakes, I’d also like to thank Paul Macek for his dedication and the successes he has brought to our organization throughout the last couple of years.”
Allen comes to Prairie Lakes Healthcare System with 30 years of demonstrated performance in healthcare management, executive leadership, and business. He has an extensive history in strategic service line planning, operations leadership, and partnering with physicians and across organizations.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Theater from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Allen went on to complete his Master of Business Administrator degree with a focus in finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He is relocating to Watertown, SD from Boise, ID. Allen previously served as the System Vice President, Enterprise Planning and Decision Support role for St. Luke’s Health System, the largest not for profit health system in Idaho, incorporating eight adult and pediatric hospitals. His vast healthcare knowledge will be an asset to Prairie Lakes to continue momentum toward recent initiatives to enhance organizational culture, be the keystone of the community, optimize operational excellence, and provide exceptional patient care every day.
“I am honored to lead the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System organization and am excited to become part of the Watertown community,” said Allen. “I look forward to cultivating relationships in Watertown, with regional partners, and with the exceptional employees and medical staff of Prairie Lakes. I am dedicated to the continued success of Prairie Lakes while leading efforts to deliver high quality, accessible, patient-centered care to the community and region of Watertown.”
Prairie Lakes Names New Director of Cardiology Service Line
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce Erika Bluel as the new Director of Cardiology Service Line. Bluel oversees the Cardiology Clinic in the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic, the Cardiac Cath Lab, and the Cardiac Rehab department.
Bluel grew up in Loveland, CO and earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO and her master’s degree in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from Capella University. She has eight years of nursing experience and first learned of Watertown, SD in 2020 when she was a travel nurse assigned to the Cardiac Cath Lab at Prairie Lakes. She quickly fell in love with the area. After her six-month long assignment, she continued to travel to nearby locations, but ended up moving to Watertown permanently one year ago. In her spare time, if she’s not coaching competitive cheerleading, you can find Erika working on DIY projects or enjoying the outdoors.
“I have always been drawn to Cardiology and I am excited to lead the heart care teams here at Prairie Lakes,” said Bluel. “The heart services and facilities that are available at Prairie Lakes are very impressive. I look forward to contributing my skills and experience to continue the momentum of the Cardiology program to provide the best care possible for the patients in our region.”
Bluel replaces Leah Le, who was the Director of Cardiology for the past 10 years. Leah is transitioning to the Director of Specialty Clinics, which includes ENT, Dermatology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Urology, General Surgery, Outreach Clinics, and Central Scheduling. Katie Mages, who previously oversaw the Specialty Clinics and has been a Director within the organization for the past 8 years, is transitioning to Director of Clinic Revenue Cycle.
First PREMIER Bank Welcomes Senior Trust and Investment Assistant
First PREMIER Bank announced the addition of Becky Conger as Senior Trust and Investment Assistant. Conger is responsible for administering accounts, completing reviews and writing reports for First PREMIER’s Wealth Management team.
Conger has more than 25 years of professional experience, with the past eight years in wealth management. She joined First PREMIER Bank in December of 2022. Conger will maintain an office at First PREMIER’s I-29 location at 824 34th St. SE in Watertown.
Conger has been a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer for the past 10 years. She is also the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Endowment Committee Secretary and a confirmation teacher. Outside of work, Conger enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
First PREMIER Bank is locally owned and offers branches in 16 convenient locations. Together with PREMIER Bankcard, First PREMIER Bank supports nearly 700 local and regional organizations. First PREMIER Bank provides various financial services, including personal, business and ag banking, mortgage lending, trust and investment services, treasury services and ATM funding.
For more information, visit www.firstpremier.com. Member FDIC.
First PREMIER Bank Welcomes Director of Fiduciary Services
First PREMIER Bank announced the addition of Nici Kannas as Director of Fiduciary Services. Kannas is responsible for the audit, compliance, quality assurance, risk and vendor management for First PREMIER’s Wealth Management team.
Kannas has more than 25 years of wealth management experience and joined First PREMIER Bank in December of 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University. Kannas will maintain an office at First PREMIER’s I-29 location at 824 34th St. SE in Watertown.
Kannas serves as a board member and treasurer for the Watertown Youth Soccer Association. She and her husband of nearly 25 years have four daughters. Outside of work, she enjoys watching her children in their activities, camping, traveling, reading and scrapbooking.
First PREMIER Bank is locally owned and offers branches in 16 convenient locations. Together with PREMIER Bankcard, First PREMIER Bank supports nearly 700 local and regional organizations. First PREMIER Bank provides various financial services, including personal, business and ag banking, mortgage lending, trust and investment services, treasury services and ATM funding.
For more information, visit www.firstpremier.com. Member FDIC.
Prairie Lakes Names New Director of Human Resources
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce the new Director of Human Resources (HR), Sarah Bruning. She replaces Alison Gilbertson who was recently appointed to the Vice President of Human Resources at Prairie Lakes.
Bruning holds a master’s degree in Business Administration that she earned from the University of South Dakota. She has been with Prairie Lakes for the past six years serving as an accountant for three years and most recently as the Payroll and Benefits Specialist within the HR Department. Bruning worked as the Clinic Administrator at Prairie Eye Clinic in Vermillion, SD for 17 years prior to coming to Prairie Lakes.
Bruning grew up in Watertown and after 23 years of residing in Vermillion, returned to Watertown with her husband, Scott, and their family. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lexie, and Miley, and filling her camper with things Scott doesn’t think they need.
“I look forward to leading the HR team to provide exceptional support, resources, and benefits to the employees and future employees of Prairie Lakes,” said Bruning. “It is my goal to improve internal processes, recruit and retain a valuable workforce, cultivate a positive working environment, and make Prairie Lakes the healthcare employer of choice in the area.”
Prairie Lakes Names New Director of Dialysis
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System named Jan Hansen as the new Director of Dialysis for the Watertown, Sisseton, and Ortonville Kidney Dialysis Units. Hansen oversees the staff and dialysis services provided by Prairie Lakes. Dialysis is a treatment, often required multiple times per week, that removes waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly.
Hansen has more than 20 years of nursing experience with eight of them being in dialysis and five of them being in leadership roles. Hansen grew up in Mitchell, SD, and graduated with her associate degree in nursing from Dakota Wesleyan University and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University. Hansen enjoys spending time with her husband, Chad and two children, Tanner and Corbin. In her spare time, she enjoys flower gardening, crafting, baking, and reading.
“I look forward to leading the kidney dialysis units at Prairie Lakes to continue meeting the crucial needs of the dialysis patients in our region,” said Hansen. “These patients rely on our dialysis units to keep their bodies functioning and we are dedicated to providing exceptional dialysis care every day.”
Wade Fligge named Hall of Fame Physical Therapist
Wade Fligge PT, DPT, OCS has received the Hall of Fame Physical Therapist award from the South Dakota chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA-SD) at the annual meeting on November 5, 2022. The Hall of Fame award is presented to an active member who demonstrates dedication to the advancement of the PT profession through lifelong learning, practicing in accordance with the APTA guidelines, community service and a long history of contributing to the profession.
He has been active in the APTA serving on the nominating committee and two terms as the treasurer. As a student, he served as the Legislative Liaison for South Dakota Physical Therapy Association Student Special Interest Group. He has attended numerous America Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conferences and leadership forums.
Service is a passion of his. Among other things he has been a Youth Soccer Coach through the Watertown Youth Soccer Association, participated in the Guatemala Mission Trip through Big Stone Therapies and the PACH program (People Against Child Hunger). He has assisted with fitness screens for Special Olympics and the Senior Games.
Coworker Trisha Rieffenberger describes him as a servant leader. She and fellow coworker, Kim Pearson, both cited his extraordinary commitment to both clinical excellence and community service. Rieffenberger says of Fligge, “ Wade is a great role model in his physical and spiritual health, with extreme discipline for his early morning work outs and devotionals.” Pearson states, “He is an active member of our Watertown community, in church, and (is an) overall advocate for the Physical Therapy profession.”
Fligge is a partner at Big Stone Therapies, Watertown, SD where he has worked since 2012 and treats patients and helps direct operations. He started his career as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). He graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota (USD) in 2012.
Visit Watertown announces new Director of Marketing & Business Development
Visit Watertown has appointed Lindsay Stangl as its Director of Marketing & Business Development.
Stangl joins Visit Watertown with graphic design experience and a strong background in hotel sales and operations. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, with a Bachelor of Science in contemporary media & journalism, and a minor in business administration.
After obtaining her degree, she was employed by the Sheraton Sioux Falls and Convention Center and climbed the ranks to ultimately negotiate and manage their business transient accounts, and corporate and association group bookings. She went on to work for the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South where she served as Front Office Manager. Stangl relocated to Watertown and, as of recently, served as the Executive Assistant to the City Manager.
"Visit Watertown is experiencing strong growth and we're pleased to welcome Lindsay to our team. Her background and experiences are a perfect complement to our team. We look forward to hitting the ground running in 2023 and are excited for the future of Visit Watertown" said Anjelica Uthe, Visit Watertown Executive Director.
As the Director of Marketing & Business Development, her primary duties will be to oversee and assist with creating new marketing campaigns, as well as, developing new strategies and opportunities for Visit Watertown to promote growth in the community through meetings and various events.
“I look forward to diversifying and expanding the marketing and business development efforts of Visit Watertown,” Lindsay says. “Watertown is filled with a talented team of tourism professionals and business leaders, and I’m honored to be able to work alongside them to tell Watertown’s story.”
About Visit Watertown
Visit Watertown is the official destination marketing organization for Watertown, South Dakota. Visit Watertown's mission is to market, promote, and attract visitors to Watertown.
The Visit Watertown office is located at 1 East Kemp Avenue and can be reached at (605) 753-0282.
Local Real Estate Agents Recognized Internationally for Outstanding Achievement
Watertown area professionals honored by EXIT Realty Corp. International
The 2021/2022 real estate market was brisk as home prices and interest rates continued to rise. The need then and now for knowledgeable, professional real estate agents to skillfully guide their clients through the changing market has never been greater.
EXIT Realty Corp. International recognized its champions for outstanding achievement through that period during the company's international Convention held recently at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort near Jacksonville, Florida.
* Noel Solum, Associate Broker and Sam Hanson, Associate Broker with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown were 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, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
* Jayson Maguire, Franchisee and Jason Goette, Associate Broker with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown were 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, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
"The real estate professionals who put the needs of their clients first and who can pivot to meet those needs in a changing economy will always succeed," said Tami Bonnell, Co-Chair, EXIT Realty Corp. International. "It's because of the hard work and dedication of our agents and brokerage owners that EXIT has continued to thrive and expand across the US and Canada. We are proud of their accomplishments, and we extend our best wishes for their continued success. Congratulations to our champions!"
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. A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund, and to-date, $7 million has been allocated to charity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com and www.joinexitrealty.com.
Prairie Lakes Cancer Center Welcomes New Radiation Oncologist
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Radiation Oncologist, Joni Buechler, MD to our cancer care team. Dr. Buechler cares for patients at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center and creates personalized treatment and therapy plans for patients diagnosed with cancer. With advanced radiation therapies, chemotherapy, mobile PET scanning, clinical trials, and an experienced oncology and hematology team, Prairie Lakes Cancer Center is equipped to diagnose, treat, and manage a large variety of cancers and blood disorders.
Dr. Buechler has a combined 34 years of experience as a radiologic technician, radiation therapist, nurse, and Radiation Oncologist. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Since 2014, Dr. Buechler has spent time at Prairie Lakes Cancer Center as a locum physician. Upon the retirement of Dr. Jeffrey Brindle, she assumed a full-time role. She and husband Jeremy come to us from Fargo, where she worked for almost 10 years. She enjoys being active with water fitness, going to the gym, hiking, and biking. She is addicted to Wordle and British TV. She loves animals, especially cats! She continues her quest in search of the perfect caramel roll. “So far, no one’s is better than my Mom’s,” she says.
“I grew up on a farm in North Dakota and am happiest in a rural community,” said Dr. Buechler. “We look forward to becoming a part of this one.”
You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Buechler by calling the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center at 605-882-6800. A referral is not required to schedule an appointment.
Prairie Lakes Appoints Dusty Wilkens to Director of IT
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has named Dusty Wilkens as the new Director of Information Technologies and Bio-Med. This is a new position at Prairie Lakes in which he manages information security, communication infrastructure, computer and software systems, and biomedical technology.
Wilkens joined Prairie Lakes in 2017 as System Security Analyst. He was most recently appointed as Interim IT Leadership in March 2022. Dusty has been in the IT Industry for the past 25 years and holds numerous industry certifications. He has been part of the Watertown community for the majority of his life. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, gardening, and spending time with his wife and four children.
“I look forward to facilitating safe and effective healthcare information systems for Prairie Lakes staff and our patients.” said Wilkens.
Watertown Development Announces New Director of Business Development
Watertown Development Company (WDC) has hired Molly Heaton as its Director of Business Development.
Heaton brings with her over 12 years of Human Resource experience, specifically in the manufacturing industry. Her main duties will be to support and execute programs and activities related to recruitment of new businesses and expansion of current business in the WDC service area. She will also be responsible for the administration of current workforce development programs and development of new programs and initiatives to meet the area’s workforce needs.
“Being in HR and supporting management teams, I’ve learned there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to day-to-day business strains,” says Heaton. “With this, I’m looking forward to all of the out-of-the-box ideas to build and enhance our workforce while promoting city development.”
An advocate for Watertown’s workforce, Heaton has been an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2014 and the Watertown Workforce Advisory Council (WWAC) since its inception in 2015, serving as its Vice Chair since January 2022. She will now serve as the administrator of the WWAC in her new role at WDC.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to showcase my experiences from working in manufacturing while converting my role with the Workforce Advisory Council to support local businesses in their own growth and development,” Heaton continued. “I’m looking forward to being a part of Watertown’s progress.”
In her free time, Heaton volunteers with Junior Achievement of South Dakota, teaching at Watertown High School and McKinley Elementary School. She and her husband also stay busy supporting their two daughters during competitive cheer season and riding their Harleys in the summer.
About Watertown Development Company
The Watertown Development Company (WDC) is a private, non-profit economic development company funded by private and public sector stakeholders. The WDC owns and operates buildings, land, and development areas for the economic benefit of the community. Since its establishment in 1947, its efforts have generated substantial impacts and benefits for many decades. The WDC has led strategies and been responsible for the creation of jobs and overall economic opportunity through programs designed to promote and increase the commercial, financial, and economic vitality of the Watertown and its citizens.Prairie Lakes Appoints Two New Vice PresidentsPrairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie Fieber to the position of Vice President of Clinic Operations and Alison Gilbertson to the position of Vice President of Human Resources. Both Fieber and Gilbertson will provide administrative leadership for PLHS.Fieber received her nursing degree from the University of South Dakota and her Master of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University. She has been with Prairie Lakes for almost 20 years where she has served patients in the ER, Same Day Surgery, Home Health/Hospice, and Cath Lab. Fieber previously held the leadership role of Director of General Surgery, ENT Clinic, Outreach Clinics and Central Scheduling. She was most recently promoted to the Interim Vice President role in January 2022. Fieber enjoys spending time with her children: Cassie, Davin, Jeryn, and Blake along with reading her kindle.“I have always been proud to be a part of the Prairie Lakes team. It is an organization that has such a proud past and a bright future.” My years at PLHS have taught me time and time again that we have some of the best staff and physicians that I have been fortunate enough to work alongside,” Fieber said. “I’m excited to continue to serve an organization that is committed to its employees, continued growth, and providing excellent care to our patients.”Gilbertson holds a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota and her undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University. She has been with Prairie Lakes for the past 10 years, and 8 years prior, where she has served in several leadership roles including Director of Human Resources, Executive Director of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation, Organizational Development Specialist, Medical Staff Liaison and Recruiter, and Outreach Coordinator. Previous to Prairie Lakes, she served as the Executive Director of Golden Living Center in Lake Norden, SD. Gilbertson was most recently promoted to the position of Interim Vice President in February 2022. In her free time, she enjoys spending time, preferably outdoors, with her family - husband Steve, and their boys Austin, his wife Sasha, and Brody, her sisters, and her parents. She also appreciates an occasional trip to Disney World.“Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is a highly successful organization with a compelling vision for continued growth. We have phenomenal staff who work hard together to get the job done, and I believe our most valued asset is our people,” Gilbertson said. “I look forward to contributing to and providing leadership to a team that makes us better than we were the day before.”Fieber and Gilbertson join the Prairie Lakes Administrative Leadership Team which consists of Shelly Turbak, Chief Nursing Officer, Jay Hodges, Interim Chief Financial Officer, and Paul Macek, Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Olson to Lead First PREMIER Wealth Management Team
First PREMIER Bank announced the addition of Scott Olson as Vice President, Head of Wealth Management. Olson is responsible for the overall growth, development and support of First PREMIER’s Wealth Management team.
Olson brings more than 20 years of professional banking and wealth management experience to First PREMIER Bank. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Dakota State University and is a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA). Olson will maintain offices at First PREMIER’s I-29 location at 824 34th St. SE in Watertown and its Main Bank location at 500 S. Minnesota Ave. in Sioux Falls.
Olson serves as board president for Watertown’s Human Service Agency. He is also a member of the Watertown Service Agency Foundation Board of Directors, the Business Industry School Coalition Board of Directors and serves on the South Dakota Bankers Association Trust Committee. Olson will continue to reside in Watertown with his wife and three children. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and supporting his children in their activities.
First PREMIER Bank is locally owned and offers branches in 16 convenient locations. Together with PREMIER Bankcard, First PREMIER Bank supports nearly 700 local and regional organizations. First PREMIER Bank provides various financial services, including personal, business and ag banking, mortgage lending, trust and investment services, treasury services and ATM funding.
For more information, visit www.firstpremier.com. Member FDIC.
Shoe Sensation to host 7th Annual Socks for Troops Fundraiser
Shoe Sensation is collecting socks for members of the Military and local Veterans
Shoe Sensation, a regional chain of name brand family shoe stores, is hosting its 7th annual “Socks for Troops” fundraiser in all of their 220+ retail locations. Last year Shoe Sensation collected over 80,000 pairs of socks and hopes to continue the success of the program in 2022. This year, each store will be collecting socks for active-duty military personnel and/or local veterans in their communities. Shoe Sensation will have military approved socks for customers to purchase and donate in-store. Customers will receive 20% off socks purchased for a donation. Shoe Sensation locations will also serve as a drop off point for customers to bring in new socks they have collected on their own.
“It has been a tough year for everyone in our communities. This is no exception for the country's military personnel. A small gesture can go a long way in providing them with comfort during the holidays. We appreciate the sacrifices of our armed forces and their families make in their personal lives to protect our safety and our countries interests. This is one way we can show our appreciation to the men and women who serve in our armed forces and to our Veterans that have served our country,” says David Bateman, Market Sales Director and creator of the Socks for Troops program for Shoe Sensation.
“Socks for Troops” will begin on November 1st and Shoe Sensation will continue collecting socks until December 31, 2022. Please see details below or visit your local Shoe Sensation for details on the specific supported charity or organization. For additional information about Socks for Troops or to find a Shoe Sensation near you, visit www.shoesensation.com.
*Sock donations must be brand new and donated in its original packaging. Shoe Sensation CANNOT accept used pairs of socks or socks without their original packaging.
Socks will be donated to this local organization: Watertown VFW Post 750
Socks can be dropped off at the Shoe Sensation located here: 1920 8th Ave SE, Watertown SD 57201
About Shoe Sensation: The parent company of Shoe Sensation, Shoe Sensation, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Jeffersonville, Indiana and operates over 220 retail stores in over 21 states. Shoe Sensation offers a large selection of men's, women's, children's and athletic footwear in a variety of national brands such as Adidas, Hey Dude, Clarks, Skechers, Crocs and more. Shoe Sensation is an easy-to-shop environment where store associates deliver exceptional customer service.
Our Mission: Our goal is to help non-profit companies thrive in their locations by partnering with them. We have various avenues through which we offer assistance, and we can customize a program specifically for any organization. We love giving back to the communities that support us; because we want to show our appreciation for helping Shoe Sensation, Inc. get to where it is today. As a growing company, we cherish opportunities to bring our communities together and make a difference.
Prairie Lakes Welcomes New Speech Language Pathologist
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce the recent addition of Speech Language Pathologist, Kirsten Blackwell to Rehabilitation Services. With the addition of Blackwell, Prairie Lakes Speech Therapy now has three Speech Language Pathologists that care for patients with conditions that affect speech, cognition, and swallowing.
Blackwell grew up in Watertown and decided to move back after graduate school to serve the town that served her for so many years. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and Special Education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls. She then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. In her free time, Blackwell loves to play golf and tennis, enjoy Lake Kampeska, and spend time with her husband, Bradey and their dog, Popcorn.
Blackwell has a special interest in pediatric speech therapy and cognition. She cares for patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings of the hospital and Specialty Clinic as well as Prairie Lakes Home Health Services.
“I am excited to care for the needs of patients here in the Watertown community,” Blackwell said. “I have been impressed by my colleagues and Prairie Lakes as a whole. I look forward to continuing to learn more about my areas of interest to help patients live their best life.”
Learn more about Speech Therapy by visiting prairielakes.com or by calling Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services at 605-882-7700.
WATERTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY UNVEILS NEW BRAND IDENTITY
Watertown Development Company (WDC) is proud to share the new brand identity that will represent the 75-year-old organization moving into the future. WDC’s new image, which features a unique icon and updated color palette, focuses on the organization’s traditional values and efforts with its emphasis on business innovation, trust, and progress.
“With the organization’s 75th anniversary approaching, we felt it was the perfect time to reimagine WDC’s brand,” said Michelle Kakacek, Executive Director of the Watertown Development Company. “This new branding gives the organization a fresh visual approach, while maintaining the image of integrity and respect WDC has built since its founding in 1947.”
WDC staff worked closely with the marketing firm Simpleview, the same company that also worked with Visit Watertown, Watertown Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Watertown, to develop and finalize the new design. The new logo will be rolled out on all marketing materials after being presented at the 2022 WDC Annual Investor Meeting on October 20, 2022.
A new website for the organization is also underway and is expected to be completed in early 2023.
ABOUT WATERTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
The Watertown Development Company (WDC) is a private, non-profit economic development company funded by private and public sector stakeholders. The WDC owns and operates buildings, land, and development areas for the economic benefit of the community. Since its establishment in 1947, its efforts have generated substantial impacts and benefits for many decades. The WDC has led strategies and been responsible for the creation of jobs and overall economic opportunity through programs designed to promote and increase the commercial, financial, and economic vitality of the Watertown and its citizens.
Peterson Motors Co./Quickveyor Adds Management Staff
The team at Peterson Motors Co. in Watertown, SD, is excited to announce the addition of Kevin Stutzman as General Manager.
Kevin brings a wealth of manufacturing and design engineering along with management experience, most recently with Terex Utilities.
He has successfully guided cross functional teams in developing new products and assemblies. His goals are to grow the efficiency of the Quickveyor manufacturing process and provide leadership, guidance on advancements and team building. Kevin’s people-first-approach is very hands on and end user driven.
A native of Casselton, ND, and a graduate of NDSU’s engineering department, Kevin and his wife, Karla, reside in Watertown along with their 4 children.
A Newer Approach in Swallowing Rehabilitation
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud to offer a new treatment option for those who have difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia. Prairie Lakes Speech Therapy recently added another swallowing treatment modality called Vital Stim which uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to retrain the muscles that produce a swallow.
Prairie Lakes currently has two speech-language pathologists who are specifically trained and certified to treat qualified patients with this new therapy. Vital Stim is one of several FDA-cleared NMES devices used to treat swallowing disorders. This type of therapy uses small electrical impulses to restore muscle function by helping the swallowing muscles contract more. Because of the sensitive nature of the areas where the electrodes are placed, the unit delivers a carefully calibrated current safely to the motor nerves in the face and throat while the patient eats, drinks, or does swallowing exercises. Over the course of multiple sessions, the muscles are re-educated.
The Vital Stim unit also provides biofeedback to assist the patient in learning new swallow maneuvers and to see the progress being made, which is a key piece in providing effective treatment.
While it can be a helpful tool, Vital Stim is not for everyone. For this reason, a doctor’s order is needed to use Vital Stim in your swallowing treatment plan. To find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for Vital Stim therapy, please contact one of our Vital Stim certified speech-language pathologists at 605-882-7700.
Prairie Lakes Rehab Services Welcomes New Therapists
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is excited to welcome Physical Therapist, Todd Hodenfield and Occupational Therapist, Chelsea Hodenfield to the Prairie Lakes family. The Hodenfields join the Rehab and Therapy Services team to provide individualized care plans for patients with rehabilitation, therapy, and recovery needs.
Chelsea Hodenfield grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from USD. Chelsea built her leadership skills as an Occupational Health Coordinator and Clinical Mentor in her last role. As an Occupational Therapist, she develops personalized treatment plans to help individuals of all ages increase strength, endurance, flexibility, and independence to return to an active lifestyle. Chelsea has also earned her Certification in Hand Therapy indicating advanced clinical knowledge in treatment of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand). Her and her husband, Todd, have two young children and are excited to become part of the Watertown community.
“I am so excited be back in South Dakota after nearly a decade away. I look forward to getting to know the Watertown community and serving the needs of individuals and employers in the area.”
Todd Hodenfield grew up in North Dakota and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He later completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency with Evidence in Motion. He is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and focuses on restoring people’s confidence in the amazing healing power and capability of the human body. He has a special interest in optimizing movement and working across the healthcare spectrum to improve the quality of life for all individuals he encounters. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, family time, playing guitar, and reading.
“Watertown is an awesome community; our family is loving our time here and we look forward to more!”
Please join us in welcoming the Hodenfields to the Prairie Lakes family and to the Watertown community.
Laura Bayles hired as Senior Living Coordinator at Benet Place
Laura Bayles was recently hired as the Senior Living Coordinator at Benet Place, an independent living community at The Village of Harmony Hill in Watertown, SD. As Coordinator, Laura oversees the day-to-day operations, gives tours to perspective new residents, and shares information about all Benet Place has to offer.
Opened in the late 1980’s as a mission of the Benedictine Sisters of the Mother of God Monastery, Benet Place provides a warm, home-like atmosphere for individuals and couples. Benet Place is an independent living community for persons age 55+ and welcomes all faiths.
Sister Barb Younger, OSB, Director of Communications & Technology for Mother of God Monastery, shared that Laura is a great fit for Benet Place. "Laura brings professional experience, creativity and knowledge of the Watertown community to this new endeavor. Created in 1988, Benet Place is the foundational element of the Village and embodies the "continuum of care, continuum of life" perspective. Laura's compassion and care for seniors who choose to make their home in this community is evident and we are excited to see her contribution take shape as we all strive to bring this vision to life!”
Additionally, Laura will work closely with all staff, advocate on behalf of the residents, and assist within the community.
“I have discovered that resident and family interaction is my passion,” said Bayles. “I’ve spent a majority of my career in business and accounting, often working behind a desk. This new venture gives me the opportunity to spread my wings, tap into my personal and professional experiences while also being more active in the community. I am looking forward to getting to know the residents, their families, and the staff. The residents and their positive attitudes will contribute to a high-quality of living environment.“
Laura grew up around the area. She and her husband Mark have one son named Tucker, a senior in college. Laura feels that senior care and a safe living environment is extremely important as a member of Laura’s family struggled with Alzheimer’s.
To learn more about living at Benet Place, please visit www.benetplace.com or email email@example.com or call Laura at 605.886.9177.
Prairie Lakes Adds Two Advanced Practice Providers to Cardiology Staff
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Physician Assistant, Kahley Meyer and Nurse Practitioner, Travis Erickson. They join the Prairie Lakes Cardiology team in the expert care of patients with heart conditions.
Meyer graduated with her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree from South Dakota State University and then received her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2017 from MCPHS University in Worcester, MA. Meyer and her husband, Dillan, recently moved to Watertown and are expecting their first child in December. In her spare time, Meyer enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and friends.
“I am honored to join the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Cardiology team and provide patient-centered care to Watertown and the surrounding communities,” said Meyer. “I look forward to getting to know my patients and being a part of this great community.”
Erickson is a Brookings native and graduated from South Dakota State University with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He then received his Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner in 2018 from South Dakota State University. Erickson and his family live in Brookings, SD. He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys hunting.
“I am excited to be part of the Cardiology team as we continue to grow our service line and provide excellent, high-quality care to the region,” said Erickson. “Prairie Lakes has exceptional technology and treatment options that I’m excited to offer to patients.”
Department of Commerce Invests $1.1 million for Infrastructure Improvements to Establish Calvin Park
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced in a press release Tuesday that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.1 million grant to the City of Watertown, South Dakota, for construction, water, and roadway infrastructure improvements in Calvin Industrial Park.
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts of the Watertown Development Company (WDC) and First District Association of Local Governments (FDALG). The infrastructure improvements to the park will support the WDC’s mission by creating new opportunities for businesses to establish and grow, increase the property tax base for the city, and build the community’s workforce.
“The WDC is excited to continue its development plans within Calvin Park,” said Michelle Kakacek, Executive Director of the WDC. “This investment in Watertown by the EDA will help us welcome new and expanding business into the park and increase economic opportunity throughout our region.”
The EDA investment will be matched with $1.1 million in funds from the WDC and is expected to create more than 70 jobs and generate over $4.5 million in private investment, according to estimates.
“President Biden is committed to ensuring that our communities are provided with the resources they need to diversify and grow their economies,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA investment in infrastructure will support business development in Watertown, creating jobs and providing economic resilience.”
ABOUT WATERTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
The Watertown Development Company (WDC) is a private, non-profit economic development company funded by private and public sector stakeholders. The WDC owns and operates buildings, land, and development areas for the economic benefit of the community. Since its establishment in 1947, its efforts have generated substantial impacts and benefits for many decades. The WDC has led strategies and been responsible for the creation of jobs and overall economic opportunity through programs designed to promote and increase the commercial, financial, and economic vitality of the Watertown and its citizens.
ABOUT THE U.S. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
The original article can be found here: https://eda.gov/news/press-releases/2022/09/27/watertown-sd.htmGliks is Celebrating 125 Years of Business!Glik’s, the 14th oldest retailer in the United States, announced today that the company is celebrating its 125th Year Anniversary the week of October 3rd - 9th, 2022.To say thank you to their customers, the company released a video celebrating their 125th year in business on YouTube.“Our 125th Anniversary is a dream come true! As a young child I gained a passion for the business from my father who talked almost every night about his exciting day at Glik’s. At a young age, it was a gift to know what business path I wanted to pursue,” said President/CEO Jeff Glik.“While I haven't been around for all 125 years of our history, joining the family business has been my dream since I was a child. I didn't answer "fireman" or "astronaut" when asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ I always answered ‘I want to be a buyer at Glik's.’ Fast forward many years and today, I feel an immense gratitude for being able to join this business, family by my side.” Said Jeremy Glik, Women’s Buyer.“I am incredibly honored to be a part of the 5th generation to work in the family business alongside my cousin and each of our fathers. Here at Glik’s everyone is a part of the family, and we have a great team that is ready to take this company far beyond 125 years.” Said Elliot Glik, Young Men’s Buyer.According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS), only 25% of all businesses ever make it past 15 years. Even more rare is to see a family business that continues to thrive. Glik’s has defied all the odds as their 5th generation family members joined the company in 2020 and 2021.“Less than 3% of fourth generation businesses survive. Yes, a 97% chance of failure. Well, the fourth generation, and now the fifth generation join the great people at Glik’s to ‘beat the odds’. Our company is full of energy, excitement, and passion and we are excited to celebrate 125 years and many more down the road,” said Jeff Glik.The Glik family grown the company from a horse drawn wagon, to one of the first strip mall stores, to over 70 brick and mortar locations as well as an online store.“Over my last 40 years I have seen so much change in our business and being able to change with the trends has been exciting. Our business has grown because we have been flexible within our core business,” Jim Glik, Vice President and 4th generation family member, said.About Glik’sHere’s a link to several historical photos of the Glik’s family and business over the years. Feel free to download any of them.In 1897, Joseph grew his horse-drawn cart selling business by opening his first Menswear store on North Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri. He was able to do this through his persistent belief in aggressive marketing, savvy buying and personal service. This philosophy paid off in 1902, when Joseph took a risk by expanding into the fast-growing industrial town of Madison, Illinois. His son, Morris Glik joined the company at this time, running the Madison location. The risk paid off, and in 1925, the Glik’s Madison store had become one of the area’s largest department stores at over 1,000 square feet.The postwar era brought new challenges. Elsie, Morris’ wife, suddenly found herself in charge of an entire business she had never planned to run after Morris’ sudden passing in 1945. For several years she continued to run the business while their son, Joe, was deployed with the Navy during the end of World War II.Once Joe had returned, he continued the family legacy of savvy buying. The strip mall was a brand-new concept, one Joe saw the potential of, and decided to pursue. In 1954, he opened the first Glik’s location in a strip mall in Granite City, Illinois.The Granite City location was a Junior Department Store and became an instant success because of its easy automobile accessibility. The Glik family saw this for what it was, a foretelling of what suburban clothing stores could offer. They realized the niche Glik’s could offer people – a store bigger than a specialty store, but more personal than a national chain. A niche the company happily continues to occupy today.In the 1970s, Glik’s grew to a chain of stores, all located in strip mall centers through the Metro East area of St. Louis, Missouri. This growth has continued under 4th generation Glik brothers, Jeff and Jim’s leadership, who added over 60 stores in the Midwest as well as an online store. Glik’s now has a home in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska.In 2020 Glik’s was happy to welcome the next leaders to the company, cousins and 5th generation family members, Jeremy and Elliot Glik. As Glik’s looks to the future, we are sure their passion and dedication will impact the company as every leadership change has here: with positive results and commitment to a positive impact for our vendors, customers and employees.
Prairie Lakes Welcomes New Hospitalist
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Dr. Aaron Pickrel to our team of hospitalists who manage the medical care for patients who are hospitalized at Prairie Lakes. Our Hospitalists are medical doctors with expertise in internal medicine and family practice.
Dr. Pickrel grew up in Watertown and is returning to Prairie Lakes Healthcare System where he was a Telemetry Technician from 2013 – 2015. He received his medical degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. During his time in school, he was involved with the Abbott Northwestern IM Residency Council, Student American Academy of Osteopathy, and was on the SDSU Wrestling team during Undergrad. In his free time, Dr. Pickrel enjoys spending time at Lake Kampeska with family and friends, hunting, and fishing in the area.
“I am happy to be back in Watertown where I grew up,” said Dr. Pickrel. “I look forward to giving back and giving care to the community that has always supported me.”
For more information about the Prairie Lakes Hospitalist team, visit prarirelakes.com.
Watertown Development Company Launches Co.Starters Program for Entrepreneurs
Watertown Development Company will soon offer CO.STARTERS Core, a national cohort-based accelerator program, aimed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.
This 10-session program is designed to help ideas gain momentum. The one requirement is that applicants have a concept or idea they are ready to test and are willing to study, shape, and fine-tune in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment.
Registration fees will be waived for the first two cohorts thanks to a grant from the Small Business Administration and a partnership between Startup Sioux Falls and Dakota Resources. Sessions will be facilitated by the Watertown Development Company staff members Michelle Kakacek, Executive Director, and Amanda Culhane, Marketing Specialist. Participants will hear from guest speakers including specialists and professionals from the Watertown area.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to offer this resource to the area’s aspiring entrepreneurs and others who might be in business already but want to grow or innovate,” said Kakacek. “The curriculum looks at entrepreneurship in a fresh, accessible way and encourages mentorship and peer-to-peer learning.”
Individuals interested in the program can apply now. The application period will close on September 30, 2022. Participants will be notified the week of October 10 with the ten-session program beginning November 1. Sessions will take place every other Tuesday thereafter from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.watertownworks.com/costarters/.
If you are part of the business or educational community and would be interested in getting involved as a mentor, guest speaker, facilitator, or volunteer, please reach out to Amanda Culhane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-884-0340.
New Logos for Harmony Hill and The Village of Harmony Hill
Sister Barb Younger, Director of Communications for Mother of God Monastery, along with her associates, has unveiled the new logos for Harmony Hill and The Village of Harmony Hill.
“As we move forward with our mission of offering a variety of living opportunities: independent, assisted living, and memory care, we felt it was important to renew our logos and their significance.”
The new logos for Harmony Hill and The Village were designed by a team at Fresh Produce, a Sioux Falls-based marketing firm that is also helping to craft welcome materials and videos for the project. Fresh Produce collaborated with the team members at Harmony Hill and The Village of Harmony Hill to define and capture the spirit of each project in their respective logos.
For the new Harmony Hill logo, the firm wanted to signal the feeling of openness and light found inside the building and across the natural areas that surround the campus.
"The architect's wonderful use of curved windows on opposite ends of the building to let in so much light served as an inspiration," said Cami Lovely, a graphic designer at Fresh Produce. "I wanted to create a feeling of enlivening upward movement that speaks to the true feel of a visit to Harmony Hill. I chose friendly, warm colors to refresh the logo and make it approachable."
The logo for The Village was crafted to compliment the themes of Harmony Hill, Lovely said.
"Since Harmony Hill and The Village are so tightly connected, I knew they had to live in the same world. I wanted the logo for The Village to express the same warm feelings of illumination and motion captured by the logo for Harmony Hill. The circular shape has multiple points where light can shine through. It was also important to me to connect to Benedictine values in some way. The circle, like The Village, signifies a unified community directing its attention to God, who is the center of life."
S. Barbara Younger also acknowledge that within The Village logo, a subtle orange cross is evident. The circle also represents the continuum of care and the circle of life.
The Village of Harmony Hill is under construction and will offer forty-eight units of Assisted Living and sixteen units of Memory Care Assisted Living. The Village also includes the current independent living community of Benet Place.
To learn more about The Village, or about reserving your apartment, visit www.villagewatertown.org, call Lisa Ronke at 605.237.8407, or email email@example.com
Prairie Lakes Names New Facilities Director
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) named Josh Dahl as the new Director of Facilities. He replaces Rick Masloski upon his retirement after he dedicated 10 years to Prairie Lakes. Dahl plans, directs, supervises, and evaluates the infrastructure and physical plant management at PLHS.
Dahl joined Prairie Lakes in 2015 as a Certified Maintenance Technician, was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor, and spent the last 3 years mentoring under Masloski’s supervision.
Dahl grew up in Watertown, SD, graduated with a degree in Robotics from Lake Area Technical College and is a licensed Journeyman Electrician. Josh enjoys spending time with his wife Amber, son Conner, and family. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth baseball, golfing, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
“I look forward to supporting a safe environment for both patients and staff at PLHS by assuring the facilities will perform the functions as designed and constructed,” said Dahl.
Prairie Lakes Elects Two New Board Members
The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors has elected Diane Stiles and Jesse Peterson to serve on the board. They bring diverse leadership experiences to the Board of Directors and will each serve a 3-year term.
Diane Stiles has 15 years of experience in technical education and economic development and has been serving Lake Area Technical College as Vice President since 2014. Stiles is active in National Community College initiatives which include the Aspen Rural Colleges Advisory Committee, Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, and the Pathways Institute. She stays busy following her passion for volunteering to assist with education, youth, and economic development activities and organizations including H20-20, Mount Marty Watertown Advisory Committee, Junior Achievement, and the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. Stiles and her husband, Asa, live in Watertown with their three children, Henry, Charlie, and Clara.
Jesse Peterson has been in the banking industry for 20 years and has served as the Chairman & CEO of, what is now, Prairie Sun Bank for the last 14 years. Prairie Sun Bank has four banking locations serving west/central Minnesota. Jesse and his wife Kimberly live in Watertown with their five children, Abigail, Wyatt, Weston, Nola, and Beau. He stays busy helping coach his kids in their various athletic activities. In addition to his role on the PLHS Board of Directors, Jesse serves on the finance council of Holy Name Catholic Church and the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls along with being a board member of the Immaculate Conception School Foundation.
“The Prairie Lakes Board of Directors welcomes Diane and Jesse, and we are excited to have them join us. They are both respected leaders in the community and region, and we look forward to having their individual talents and expertise to contribute to the Prairie Lakes vision of being the keystone of the community,” said Robb Peterson, Chair of the Prairie Lakes Board of Directors.
The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors is comprised of 13 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 members are Robb Peterson (Chairman), Vince Foley (Vice Chairman), Mike Luken (Secretary), Chris Carter (Treasurer), Jem Redlinger (Past Chairman), Alan Christiansen, MD, Tammy Davis, Kristen Henderson, Scott Munger, Jon Oviatt, Mark Roby, Jesse Peterson and Diane Styles.
Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Receives Recognition at Regional Conference
At the end of July representatives of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown attended the Greater Midwest Area Council (GMAC) conference which encompasses Boys & Girls Clubs from IA, MN, ND, NE, and SD. This conference gives Clubs from across the region the opportunity to learn new things and collaborate with others and also celebrate achievements.
Current Board of Director’s President, Jason Hutt received the Outstanding Board Volunteer Award for the region. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Board Member who selflessly gives back as an advocate for our organizational mission. Hutt has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017. “Jason has truly rolled up his sleeves and gone to work for the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown. He has an incredible attention to detail and a big heart in giving back to children. He is always the first to sign-up, first to say let's get this done, and first to give positive advice and guidance on the hard issues that arise in operating a non-profit,” said Liz Christianson, Executive Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown. His dedication to youth, families, and education is a priority in his professional career and he also serves numerous other agencies including the United Way, Junior Achievement and People Against Childhood Hunger. Jason Hutt is an Assistant Manager at HyVee.
The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown was also recognized with the Outstanding Marketing & Communications Award for their work with the 3 local radio affiliates, which include 9 separate FM and AM stations representing many radio genres. The results of utilizing radio for a primary marketing source include higher fundraising volumes, high levels of youth registered for summer, and a greater overall community awareness about the organization.
“Radio has become our best utilized practice in spreading awareness and engaging the community. Whether is sharing information about Club membership or promoting our State Youth of the Year winner, our messaging is always impactful and supports the quality of life that the Club provides to community members,” says Christianson. “Radio messaging is a key factor in many of our program successes, outreach and community engagement. We need to thank our very generous radio partners for our successes.”
Prairie Lakes Welcomes Heart Specialist to Cardiology Team
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologist, Ravi Kalaga, MD to our team of dedicated heart specialists. Dr. Kalaga sees patients at the Prairie Lakes Cardiology Clinic and Cath Lab where he joins Dr. Richard Howard and Jacklyn Karli, DNP in the expert care of hearts. With an on-site Cath Lab and an experienced team of clinical staff and physicians, Prairie Lakes is equipped to diagnose, treat, and manage heart conditions, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiac emergencies.
Dr. Kalaga has over 10 years of Interventional Cardiology experience. He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam, India and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Kalaga is fellowship trained in cardiovascular medicine from Bridgeport Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and his fellowship in Interventional Cardiology was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Kalaga is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, and internal medicine.
“I look forward to meeting the people of the Watertown region and providing personalized Cardiology and Vascular care to the patients and community,” said Dr. Kalaga. “After working as a locum provider at Prairie Lakes the past 18 months, I got to know the team and decided that this is where I belong.”
Prairie Lakes Cardiology is located at the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic. For more information, please visit prarirelakes.com/cardiology. To schedule an appointment, call 605-882-7777.
Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics Joins Prairie Lakes Healthcare System
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is proud to announce the transition of Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics (GLO) to Prairie Lakes Orthopedics. The acquisition became official when paperwork was signed on Monday (August 1, 2022) afternoon along with a welcome event for the staff joining PLHS.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics have had a long-standing relationship to offer orthopedic and surgical services to the community and region. GLO has operated as an independent practice since 1985 and has three orthopedic surgeons, two advance practice providers, and 11 employees that have now transitioned to Prairie Lakes employees. The surgeons, Michael Vener, MD, Gerald Rieber, MD and Casey Johnston, MD and their team occupy space in the lower level of the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic and will remain at this location.
“We are both grateful and excited to welcome the Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics staff into the Prairie Lakes family,” said Interim CEO, Paul Macek. “This change is monumental for both organizations. By combining the talent and expertise of the two organizations, we can continue to expand the scope of orthopedic care and services to Watertown and the surrounding communities that we serve.”
The collaborations developed between PLHS and GLO have created a great foundation for new opportunities in the future. Joining teams and resources will allow Prairie Lakes Orthopedics to offer a complete orthopedic journey with procedures, rehabilitation, and sports medicine all in one convenient location to optimize patient care.
To schedule an appointment with Prairie Lakes Orthopedics, please call the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic at 605-882-2630. For more information and to learn more about the Orthopedics team, visit prairielakes.com/orthopedics.
Prairie Lakes Adds Provider to Dermatology Staff
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes licensed and board-certified Physician Assistant, David Feist, MS, PA-C, to the Dermatology Clinic staff. He joins Dr. Jeffrey Smith and Abby Gietzen, PA-C in the expert care of patients with conditions related to the skin. Prairie Lakes Dermatology specializes in general and surgical dermatology as well as cosmetic procedures and treatments.
Feist received his Physician Assistant degree, with a surgical specialization and focus in dermatology, from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Feist trained at several prestigious Manhattan hospitals including the New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising/Marketing Communications. Feist is relocating to Watertown from Arizona with his wife and three children where he has been practicing dermatology for the past 10 years. He enjoys swimming, running, performing arts, stand-up comedy, golf, music, and spending time with his family.
“I enjoy getting to know my patients and helping them understand and improve their skin conditions, both medically and cosmetically,” Feist said. “My family and I are excited to become a part of the Watertown community.”
Prairie Lakes Dermatology is located at the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic. For more information, please visit prarirelakes.com/dermatology. To schedule an appointment, call 605-882-7690.
Hospital Hill Run Donation to the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House
On June 11th, 2022, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System held the 25th 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 $3,250 was donated to the Caring Club House. Shown are members of the Hospital Hill Run Committee: Shannon Bleeker, Lydia Newman, and Lisa Dahl, Executive Director of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation. Also pictured is Suellen Roby, Caretaker, Prairie Lakes Caring Club House
Committee Members not photographed are Dr. Dan Reiffenberger, Tom Beaudry, Chief Tim Toomey, and Bryan Beckedahl.
Sponsors of the 2022 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, Dakota Portable Toilets, Graf Billboard Signs, Watertown Chamber of Commerce, KXLG and First PREMIER Bank / PREMIER Bankcard.
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 more than $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.
Audiologist Joins Professional Hearing Services
Professional Hearing Services, Inc. expanded their professional staff recently when Dr. Brett King joined their team of hearing healthcare professionals.
“We are blessed that our business continues to grow and proud to have Dr. King join us,”
Dr. Todd Decker, Audiologist and owner of Professional Hearing Services, Inc. said. “Our patients will appreciate Dr. King’s knowledge and her commitment to quality patient care.”
Dr. King received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2022 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree in 2018.
"I am blessed to join such a caring team at Professional Hearing Services, Inc.” Dr. King said. “I look forward to serving northeast South Dakota and improving the lives of others through better hearing."
Dr. King is originally from Arlington, SD, where she currently resides with her husband. In her spare time, Dr. King enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on walks with her two dogs, reading, and traveling.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. King, call Professional Hearing Services at (605)882-1591 or visit www.2ears.com.
Professional Hearing Services, Inc. is located on north highway 81 at 405 18th Avenue Northeast. They are open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find out more, visit www.2ears.com.
Lisa Ronke named Director of Community Relations
Supporting Residents and Families with Senior Living at The Village
Lisa Ronke has been named Director of Community Relations for The Village of Harmony Hill in Watertown, SD. In this position, Lisa will be the key resource for residents and their families as they consider the senior living options offered at The Village. Opening in early 2023, the facility will offer a continuum of care comprised of independent living apartments, assisted living apartments and memory care units along with a variety of amenities.
Sister Barb Younger, OSB, Director of Communications for Mother of God Monastery, said Ronke is an amazing choice for the position. “In addition to her prior work experience and talents, what really sets Lisa apart is her unmatched compassion for individuals and families going through this process. We couldn’t have asked for a better advocate for The Village and its residents!”
Making the decision to move yourself or a loved is significant. There are questions and concerns unique to each person and situation. Lisa is available to make sure you have what you need to make an informed and confident choice regarding your new residence.
“I am very excited to join the team at The Village and the opportunity to work with residents and families,” Ronke said. “I am especially passionate about memory care and look forward to being a key resource for individuals and families who find themselves in need of that type of service.”
The Village is phase one of an intergenerational community planned for Harmony Hill Watertown. With room for 76 residents, the three buildings will be connected to each other as well as The Commons. Designed for intentional interactions among the residents as well as with the community at large, the programs, activities and services offered at The Commons will facilitate engagement across generations. Both residents and guest will find The Village a vibrant place to live, create and flourish.
Lisa grew up and currently resides in Watertown. She remembers her husband Ed, whom she lost to early on-set Alzheimer’s in November of 2021. In addition, Lisa has two grown sons who also live in Watertown with their families.
The Village of Harmony Hill is Phase 1 of a senior living community. This continuum of care, intergenerational community will offer state-of-the-art services for assisted living, memory care, and rehabilitation. In addition, The Village also offers a Commons, which includes 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 non-denominational chapel. With room for 76 residents, the three buildings will be connected to each other and are designed for intentional interactions among the residents as well as with the community at large. The programs, activities and services offered at The Commons will facilitate engagement across generations. Both residents and guest will find The Village a vibrant place to live, create and flourish.
To learn more about The Village, visit www.villagewatertown.org, call Lisa at (605) 237-8407, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nyberg's Ace Hardware: 'We look forward to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor'
A brand-new Ace Hardware store is hosting its grand opening in Watertown, South Dakota.
Located at 700 9th Avenue SE, Nyberg's Ace Hardware will celebrate its grand opening event on Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22.
“Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice and assistance they have come to expect from Ace,” Ace Hardware said, according to a press release. “We look forward to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”
Nyberg's Ace Hardware is designed to fulfill the community's needs.
“The store has been designed to fit the needs of Watertown, including solutions to everyday home maintenance needs, as well as an extensive array of high-quality products in categories such as paint, lawn and garden,” according to the press release.
The new store is packed with well-known brand-name products and supplies for the home.
“Key product offerings include... hardware, electrical, plumbing, automotive and home decor, as well as niche products like Yeti, Scotts, STIHL, Big Green Egg, Milwaukee, Ben Moore, Traeger, Weber.”
Ace Hardware has 5,500 locally owned and operated hardware stores across the globe and has been in existence for 90 years. The company headquarters are located in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Donation Supports Construction of New Appropriate Regional Facility
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has recently made a $2 million donation toward the construction of a new Appropriate Regional Facility (ARF) in Watertown. The Human Service Agency (HSA) broke ground on the facility during the fall of 2021. With mental health needs continuing to rise locally, regionally, and across the nation, this new facility will serve as a significant asset for the support of those in need of behavioral health care in our region.
The new $7 million dollar ARF facility, to be located just behind the main HSA building on 19th street in Watertown, will provide the region with four additional mental health beds where individuals experiencing a mental health crisis can be treated for up to five days. In addition, the ARF will also provide four beds for substance abuse detoxification and continue as the current Serenity Hills, a 16 bed halfway house for men with a dual diagnosis of mental health and addiction. The ARF facility will serve as a safe location, outside of an emergency room, that has the staff and resources readily available to care for individuals who present with mental health or substance abuse needs. The ARF facility is the result of a state wide assessment evaluating the need for more regional care for those with psychiatric needs.
“There is a need in our region for additional mental health facilities and we are dedicated to helping meet this need. We have a very collaborative relationship with the Human Service Agency for patients at Prairie Lakes that require clinical expertise and resources that the HSA provides to our community,” Prairie Lakes Interim CEO, Paul Macek, said. “It’s our partnership with the HSA that links these patients to the services and treatment they need. This new AFR facility will reduce the number of psychiatric and detox walk-ins to the emergency room as these individuals can soon receive the appropriate evaluations and treatment at the right time and receive them directly at the ARF.”
“I am thankful to have such a supportive hospital in our community. We have longstanding and very positive working relationship with Prairie Lakes and their financial contribution to our new mission is proof of their dedication and support to improve mental health services in our community. I look forward to a continued partnership with them as we begin our operations this fall,” said Kari Johnston, Executive Director of the Human Service Agency.
Johnston reports they are continuing to seek donations in support of the Behavioral Health facility to offset the rising and unpredictable construction costs. If you are interested in making a donation, you can go to their website at www.humanserviceagency.org or call Kari Johnston at 605-884-4540.
Prairie Lakes Cath Lab Celebrates 15 Years of Life-Saving Services
May 8, 2022 marks 15 years since the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab) saw its first patient in 2007. Dr. Ivaldo Lunardi, Interventional Cardiologist, who established the Cardiology Program at Prairie Lakes, performed the first procedure. At the time, it was the first Cardiac Cath procedure performed without on-site surgical backup in South Dakota. It marked the beginning of advanced heart care and procedures available to our rural region.
The Prairie Lakes Cath Lab is a special area in the hospital where minimally invasive tests and advanced cardiac procedures are performed by Interventional Cardiologists to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease and conditions. The Cath Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology used to view the arteries and check how well blood is flowing to and from the heart to diagnose and treat conditions in the arteries often without patients needing to undergo surgery.
On the Cath Lab’s ten-year anniversary in 2017, it saw around 800 patients and performed 1,300 procedures that year alone. Today, the Cath Lab has grown to a staff of seven people to include four nurses and three cardiovascular technicians. They oversee stress tests and perform PICC line insertions in addition to cardiology and vascular procedures. Cardiologists and staff are on call 24/7 to provide lifesaving care as well as scheduled procedures.
The Cath Lab was the start of offering specialty services and advanced procedures at Prairie Lakes. Since its inception, there have been many milestones and developments to further enhance the program.
2007 – Cath Lab Program started
2010 – Vascular program was added
2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – Platinum Performance Achievement Award for Excellent Care provided to heart attack patients
2015 – Heart Failure Program started with the addition of the CardioMEM Device
2016 – Complex PCI for calcified lesions with the addition of Orbital Atherectomy Device
2018 – Upgraded Cath Lab table, C-ARM and technology
2022 – IVL Shockwave Therapy adapted as a new technology for calcified lesions
The Prairie Lakes Cardiology team continues to invest in providing high-quality, critical heart care available in Northeastern South Dakota. As Dr. Lunardi once said, "You can leave your heart in Watertown." For more information on cardiology services, please visit prairielakes.com or call 882-7777.
New Innovative Technology for Heart Disease Procedures Now Available at Prairie Lakes
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) now offers a new shockwave technology called intravascular lithotripsy or IVL that safely treats problematic calcium buildup in the arteries of the heart that restricts blood flow.
On Wednesday, April 14th, Interventional Cardiologist, Richard Howard MD, FACC, FSCAI, treated the first Prairie Lakes patient with Shockwave IVL technology. It was used in the Cath Lab during a non-surgical, stent placement procedure to remove severely calcified coronary plaque in the patient’s arteries to help improve blood flow.
The new device uses sonic pressure waves, also known as shockwaves, which pass through soft arterial tissue and preferentially disrupt calcified plaque by creating a series of micro-fractures. After the calcium has been cracked, the artery can be expanded at low pressure and a stent safely implanted to restore adequate blood flow, with minimal trauma to normal arterial tissue.
“The arrival and implementation of this new technology at Prairie Lakes demonstrates our progressive vision to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art care in our region,” said Dr. Howard. “Our cardiology team is committed to providing innovative advancements that are proven to improve patient outcomes.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. As people with heart disease grow older and their disease progresses, plaque in the arteries evolves into calcium deposits, which can narrow the artery. Stents are often used to open an artery, and of the approximately one million patients that undergo a stent procedure in the US each year, 30% have problematic calcium that increases their risk for adverse events. 
“It is exciting to be able to offer and use this treatment option for complex calcified lesions at Prairie Lakes Healthcare,” said Leah Le, Cardiology and Cath Lab Director. “The Shockwave Therapy is easy to use and improves the safety of the procedure for the benefit of our patients and allows us to continue to treat these patients right here in Watertown.”
Reliabank Welcomes Paula Hulscher to Commercial Lending Team
Josh Hogue, president of Reliabank announced that Paula Hulscher will join the bank’s staff in May as a commercial loan officer. Since 1994, Hulscher has been with First District Association of Local Governments, serving the past 17 years as Executive Vice President of the First District Development Company (FDDC). Hulscher has extensive experience with Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs and managed the overall operations of FDDC. She holds an MBA degree from Mt Marty University and a BS degree from Northern State University.
Fieber Van’s Implement Wins Multiple Awards
Fieber Van’s Implement was recently award two top awards from PFG America, the exclusive distributor of the Deutz-Fahr tractor brand in America.
During the recent PFG annual dealer conference, Fieber Van’s Implement was chosen from dealers across the country to receive both the New Dealer Award and the Outstanding Dealer Service Award.
“We are humbled and excited to be chosen for these awards,” Chris Fieber, owner of Fieber Van’s Implement said. “Deutz-Fahr offers incredible machines and we are proud to be able to bring them to the ag producers in our area.”
The New Dealer Award is given to the top performing new dealer during their first full year as a Deutz-Fahr dealer. The Outstanding Dealer Service Award recognizes dealers who invest in the training and resources to support their customers while delivering exceptional service.
The national dealer conference was focused on the strength of Deutz-Fahr and PFG Global while recognizing the incredible growth in the American market through PFG America’s dealer network for the Deutz-Fahr brand.
Craig Maber, President and Owner of PFG America, thanked Fieber Van’s and other award winners saying; “We couldn’t be more proud of our award winning dealers who are focused on the success of their local markets and understand the importance of Deutz-Fahr to their dealerships while improving our ability to grow in their local markets”.
Fieber Van’s Implement carries equipment manufactured by Deutz-Fahr, Kioti, Wacker Neuson, Samasz, McHale, Patz, Edney Distributing, Arctic Cat, Spartan, and more. They service all makes and models of farm and construction equipment. For more information, visit www.fiebervans.com or call 605-753-9834.
New Management of Nutritional and Environmental Services at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) and Sodexo, the provider of nutritional and environmental services at PLHS, are pleased to announce a new General Manager, Mark Keller.
Keller grew up in a small community in central Montana. He attended Dickinson State University in North Dakota and started his management career working in Montana and Washington for 19 years. Keller was most recently with Sodexo at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND the past eight years as the Operations Manager and Safety Team Leader.
“I’m excited to join the nutritional and environmental services team and get to know the people here at Prairie Lakes and in the Watertown community,” said Keller. “I look forward to leading my team in providing high-quality services to patients and guests of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.”
Sodexo Services focus on improving the quality of life of the patients, guests, and staff at PLHS. Our Nutritional Services team, which includes our Registered Dietitians, encompasses all areas of nutrition to provide cutting-edge care to patients in the hospital as well as promote healthy living to our patients and employees at PLHS. The highly trained service staff at Sodexo also provides environmental services to ensure medically clean and disinfected patient rooms, medical equipment, employee spaces, and other common areas within the Prairie Lakes Campus.
Prairie Lakes Nurse Practitioner Completes Doctorate
Jacklyn Karli, Nurse Practitioner with Prairie Lakes Cardiology recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). It is the highest degree of educational training in the nursing profession.
As a DNP in Cardiology, Karli uses her expertise to treat and care for patients with heart conditions. Under the leadership of an Interventional Cardiologist, Karli uses advanced techniques and methods to help patients manage their heart health with follow-up care after an emergency procedure, preventative measures, and managing existing heart problems.
Karli joined the Prairie Lakes Cardiology team in 2015 where she has played a role since the specialty’s inception. She has been with Prairie Lakes Healthcare System for a total of 16 years. Karli received her Associates Degree in Nursing from the University of South Dakota, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University, Masters of Science in Nursing from South University, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Capella University. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and Sigma Theta Thau International Honor Society of Nursing.
“In the early 1800’s, Florence Nightingale stated that ‘nurses need to constantly learn and adapt to be key contributors in health care,’” said Karli. “Nursing is truly a passion of mine, and specifically providing cardiology care to patients in our region. With the completion of my DNP, I have been able to further integrate evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and leadership abilities into my practice. I look forward to continuing to provide high quality cardiology care, right here at home.”
Karli sees patients at the Prairie Lakes Cardiology Clinic in Watertown. Patients may schedule an appointment at the Prairie Lakes Cardiology Clinic by calling 605-882-7953.
Reliabank Announces Promotions
Reliabank CEO David W. Johnson has announced the promotions of four employees. Erik Barnes, Tea, and Alex Stamp, Watertown, have both been promoted to Assistant Vice Presidents/Ag and Commercial Bankers. Janelle Miller, Watertown, and Jennifer Lubenow, Hartford, have both been named Retail Branch Managers for their locations.
Erik Barnes started his career with Reliabank in 2018 as an Ag and Commercial Lender in Watertown and in 2019 accepted the role of Branch Manager/Commercial Lender for the Tea location. He attended SDSU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business/Managerial Economics. He is active in the Tea community and is currently the Treasurer for the Tea Economic Development Corporation.
Alex Stamp joined the bank in 2019 as a loan officer. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Agribusiness from NSDU, Fargo. Stamp then started his career with Cargill in Fargo for a short time before moving onto AgriBank in St. Paul, MN. He quickly progressed in his role from an Associate Underwriter to eventually a Senior Underwriter in less than four years. Stamp handles many types of loans at Reliabank with a focus on Commercial and Agricultural lending. He currently is a member of the Watertown Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member for the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.
Janelle Miller, a graduate of Lake Area Tech with an Associate Degree in Office Systems, has been a Customer Service Representative for Reliabank since 2008. Her primary focus is account openings and IRAs. Prior to Reliabank, Miller spent 12 years on the sales floor at Menard’s. She is currently a board member of Hope in God which is one of the ministries of Divine Providence of South Dakota.
Jennifer Lubenow joined the Reliabank family in 2017 as a Personal Banking/CSR in Hartford before moving to a Loan Assistant role in 2020. She graduated from Dordt College in Iowa with an Associate Degree in Business. Her banking career started at U.S. Bank as a Vault Teller where she quickly moved into a Sales and Service Coordinator role. She currently serves as a board member on her Church’s daycare.
Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Expands Leadership Team
Louis Canfield has been named the Director of Youth Diversion following his service as the Director of Operations. Canfield will be responsible for the management of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in Codington County including case management services, the Teen Court program, and will provide resources and referrals to youth offenders. In this collaborative role with numerous community partners, the goal is to objectively identify the least restrictive next step available for youth members and ensure an effective and efficient juvenile justice system. He will also oversee prevention and behavioral health programs to educate youth and assist with mental health concerns, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. Liz Christianson, Executive Director says, "Canfield will lead a new service line for us here at the Club. This proactive approach will ensure that we are providing services encompassing the whole child, which means prioritizing the full scope of a child's developmental needs. His 18-year tenure with the organization and solid relationships within the community has prepared him to serve in this enhanced capacity."
Brittany Foyt has been promoted to the Director of Operations for the organization which will oversee the operations at 9 service locations in Watertown, including programming and personnel leadership, facility operations, and food service management. Foyt has been a staff member for the organization for 14 years and was the Director of the Kidscope and Arrow Prep programs. "Foyt's experience in program and staff development will be key to her success in this new role," says Christianson. "She brings with her a wealth of knowledge on youth development strategies and staff engagement and how to intertwine the two so that our youth have an optimal experience while participating in our programs. "Foyt will also be responsible for innovative technology solutions and safety initiatives including training, member safety, and emergency procedures.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Receives National Recognition
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) was recently named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country. This is the fifth time PLHS has received this recognition since it was introduced by The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) six years ago.
The NRHA announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals are identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System will be recognized May 12 during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in Albuquerque, N.M.
The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency.
“Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud of the efforts of its staff, physicians, and volunteers who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” says Paul Macek, Interim CEO. “Our recognition as a top 20 rural healthcare system demonstrates confidence to our community and the region we serve that they can count on us to meet the expectations for high-quality care needed now and in the future.”
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Named Top 100 Hospital
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) was recently recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™. PLHS has received this award every year since it was introduced in 2016.
“To be recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital validates our commitment to continually provide and develop top-quality healthcare services to the rural region we serve,” said Paul Macek, PLHS Interim CEO. “This award is a testament to the dedicated efforts that Prairie Lakes’ employees, medical staff, and board of directors provide.”
“Despite unprecedented adversity, rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the highpoints of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.”
Over the course of the last 12 years, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.
Boys & Girls Club Welcomes Megan Fischbach as Behavioral Health Social Worker
The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown is pleased to announce Megan Fischbach as their new Behavioral Health Social Worker.
The primary role of the Behavioral Health Social Worker is to provide social, emotional, and behavioral support as well as strength-based management services for children and families, promoting success within the Boys & Girls Club, school, and community. In her role, Fischbach will be responsible for developing individual service plans in coordination with the organization's range of services and leveraging relevant community resources and referrals as needed.
Fischbach graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Criminal Justice. She comes to the Boys & Girls Club with nine years of experience in Child Protection Services.
The Behavioral Health Social Worker will be a connector. It will work collaboratively with Club staff, public School District employees, and other public entities who support the youth and connect the family to appropriate care. Another prominent role this position will have is to guide our current staff members by providing training opportunities on de-escalating behaviors, bullying education, and crisis intervention.
The need for this position was brought forth as part of the Board of Directors' strategic planning process. It was determined mental health services were a huge concern within the organization. The board took this challenge to fund the position and steer the overall position duties. Club Executive Director Liz Christianson stated, "We are delighted to have Megan join our team. Her extensive knowledge of community resources and case management will give her a solid foundation in serving the needs of our youth. Megan's expertise in trauma-informed care will be a valuable tool to ensure our staff also have the tools necessary to be successful in their youth development positions."Prairie Lakes Welcomes New Physician to Emergency ServicesPrairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Amadin Osayomore, MD to the ER staff at Prairie Lakes Emergency Services. Dr. Osayomore joins Dr. Erickson, Dr. Filler, and Dr. Singh in providing high-quality, immediate care for patients with emergent medical needs.Dr. Osayomore is a board certified family physician. He has compassionately served patients in Emergency Medicine for almost 10 years. Dr. Osayomore completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Edo State Nigeria. In his free time, Dr. Osayomore enjoys riding his bicycle and listening to audio books.“I see my job as a privilege,” said Dr. Osayomore. “The opportunity to help, heal, and give comfort to people in uncertain situations is something that I am very passionate about.”Prairie Lakes Healthcare System’s Emergency Services are dedicated to serving the Watertown community and surrounding region with highly-trained, 24/7 emergent care.
Crestone Acquires Medical Arts Building
Watertown, SD based Crestone Development, a division of Crestone Companies, continues to invest in downtown Watertown with the recent acquisition of the Medical Arts Building at 1 South Broadway. Crestone will be moving part of its operation to the second floor of the building and is in negotiations with a potential tenant on the first floor.
“Our CFO, Travis Schochenmaier, our Chief Experience Office, Traci Stephens and I will be moving from our current location on west Hwy 212 to the Medical Arts Building, said Crestone owner/CEO Eric Skott. We are adding key personnel and are running out of space as we expand our various divisions. The roles of our leadership team are evolving, and we need to rethink how we best manage workflow and internal communication that ultimately effects how we interact with our customers.”
History of 1 South Broadway-
• Built in 1916 and was the First National Bank. Was originally built by Majerus Construction Company.
• Most recent tenant was Living Yoga and was owned by Good Karma, LLC.
• The building has four floors with a total of 8,587 square feet.
• There are discussions happening with a potential tenant on the first floor. Plans for the third and fourth floors are undetermined at this time but could house potential downtown condominiums of about 1,600 sq. ft on each floor.
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.
For more information about this release or Crestone Companies contact:
Gary Weckwerth, VP-Marketing & Development
Prudy Calvin Honored at South Dakota Tourism Conference
The Watertown Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to share that Prudy Calvin was honored at the South Dakota Tourism Conference last week in Pierre. Prudy was awarded the Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award for the Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region.
The Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award is given annually to four industry members, each representing a tourism region of South Dakota. This award recognizes tourism industry professionals who provide remarkable service to visitors and whose work demonstrates an outstanding spring of hospitality.
South Dakota Secretary of Tourism, Jim Hagen, prefaced the award with, “Her wealth of knowledge makes visitors’ experiences come alive as they explore the landmarks of Watertown’s history. This individual is a member of the Mellette Memorial Association and welcomes visitors to Watertown’s historic Mellette House as a warm and passionate ambassador. She’s as active in building the community for the future as she is in preserving its history, speaking at young professionals’ lunches, attending CVB meetings, and more. She’s been a loyal servant to the tourism industry in Watertown for a long time – and has been pivotal to keeping the community’s legacy alive with both residents and visitors.”
Julianne Endres, Marketing/Donor Services of the Watertown Community Foundation added, “Prudy has provided many years of service to the Mellette Memorial Association and has made sure the 1885 house is well taken care of. No one knows or tells the Mellettes’ story as well as Prudy. We are proud of Prudy – and know the Mellette’s are, too!”
Prudy received multiple nominations for this award. Those nominations said this about Prudy, “Her wealth of historic knowledge truly makes her an asset to our community.” and “Prudy is one-of-a-kind and a true Watertown Gem. She exudes warmth and genuine kindness everywhere she goes and leaves an impression on everyone she meets, especially everyone who tours the Mellette House.
Please join the Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau in congratulating Prudy Calvin on being awarded the Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award!
Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics Receives WPD Community Service Award
One of the core values of the Watertown Police Department is Community. Our agency is dedicated to public service through teamwork and partnerships. Each year we recognize various individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions and/or provided outstanding services to our department and to the community. The employees, staff, and management at Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics have been a tremendous partner of the WPD and are certainly deserving of recognition.
In September of 2021, Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics teamed together with Mavericks to hold a fundraising event centered around the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. Together, the two businesses sold food and beverages during the Vintiques car show with portion of the proceeds being donated to the Watertown Police and Fire Departments. The event resulted in nearly $3000 being donated to each department. The Police Department has already begun to use the money to help fund several existing youth programs.
Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics and its employees have been a great partner to our department in so many ways. In 2021, they truly went above and beyond to in their efforts to raise money that will be used for youth programs within our community. For these reasons, we are honored to recognize Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics as a recipient of the Watertown Police Department’s Community Service Award.
Pictured along with AC Ryan Remmers and Capt. Kirk Ellis is President of Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics Robb Peterson
County Fair Receives WPD Community Service Award
One of the core values of the Watertown Police Department is Community. Our agency is dedicated to public service through teamwork and partnerships. Each year we recognize various individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions and/or provided outstanding services to our department and to the community. The employees, staff, and management at County Fair Foods have been a tremendous partner of the WPD for many years and are certainly deserving of recognition.
In the summer of 2021, the WPD unveiled a new community-based program that involved repurposing an existing enclosed trailer so that it could be equipped to serve as an ice cream distribution point. The program, called “To Serve and Protect Ice Cream,” involved our officers giving free ice cream treats to children at community gatherings. The program turned out to be a huge success, with our officers sometimes distributing as many as 400 treats at any given event.
This is where the staff at County Fair Foods really stepped up. They provided the ice cream treats to the WPD at no cost for the first event, and then at a very reduced cost for numerous additional events. That alone was a huge service to our agency and to our community. However, they also helped greatly in another way. The sheer quantity of ice cream treats we were going through at each event meant that acquiring and storing the ice cream was logistically challenging. The staff at County Fair Foods ensured that we always had enough cases of ice cream treats available, and kept the treats in their freezer space until we needed them.
County Fair Foods and its employees have been a great partner to our department in so many ways over the years. In 2021, they truly went above and beyond to ensure that smiles were put on the faces of many children in our community. For these reasons, we are honored to recognize County Fair Foods as a recipient of the Watertown Police Department’s Community Service Award.
Pictured left to right: Captain Steve Rehorst, Chief Tim Toomey, County Fair Owner Tyler Thuringer, Assistant Chief Ryan Remmers, and Captain Kirk Ellis
Mavericks Receives WPD Community Service Award
One of the core values of the Watertown Police Department is Community. Our agency is dedicated to public service through teamwork and partnerships. Each year we recognize various individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions and/or provided outstanding services to our department and to the community. The employees, staff, and management at Mavericks have been a tremendous partner of the WPD and are certainly deserving of recognition.
In September of 2021, Mavericks teamed together with another local business to hold a fundraising event centered around the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. The staff at Mavericks sold food and beverages during the Vintiques car show with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Watertown Police and Fire Departments. The event resulted in nearly $3000 being donated to each department. The Police Department has already begun to use the money to help fund several existing youth programs.
The staff at Mavericks proved to be very generous toward the Police Department at other times during the year as well. On several occasions, they delivered food to the department for our employees.
Mavericks and its employees have been great partners to our department in so many ways. In 2021, they truly went above and beyond in their efforts to raise money that will be used for youth programs within our community. For these reasons, we are honored to recognize Mavericks as a recipient of the Watertown Police Department’s Community Service Award.
Pictured left to right: Captain Steve Rehorst, Chief Tim Toomey, Mavericks Manager Kyle Lalim, Assistant Chief Ryan Remmers, and Captain Kirk Ellis
Chris Noeldner 2022 South Dakota Fire Instructor of the Year
The Annual South Dakota Fire Instructors Conference was held January 8th and 9th at the Best Western Ramkota River Center in Pierre. During the conference Lieutenant Chris Noeldner, of the Watertown Fire Rescue, was awarded 2022 South Dakota Fire Instructor of the Year. Lieutenant Chris Noeldner has dedicated many years to instructing around the state. He has been a part of Watertown Fire Rescue for 28 years and was selected to receive this award by his peers and the South Dakota Fire Instructor Society.
The objectives are based on surveys from students and the classes he teaches in our state and across the Midwest. Fire Chief Don Roland went on to say what an honor it is to have someone chosen from our area. “It’s not very often you get winners from our area. We’re pretty grateful and honored that Chris was able to win this award.”
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 email@example.com.
Kelli Fritz named Development Director for the Village of Harmony Hill
The Village of Harmony Hill begins staffing for capital campaign.
Kelli Fritz has been named Development Director for The Village of Harmony Hill in Watertown, SD. In this position, Kelli will provide oversight, leadership, and direction for the capital campaign, working to increase regional awareness of this unique senior care and living option. As the campaign develops, community stakeholders will have varied opportunities to offer financial support and partnership to bring The Village to life.
Most recently, Fritz worked as Director of Development for the Northern State University Foundation in Aberdeen. Prior to that, she served as both Development Director and Advancement Officer for Presentation College also located in Aberdeen, SD.
“It’s invigorating to be part of this cutting-edge project! What sets The Village apart is the focus on the whole person. We are creating a new standard of care and investing in spaces for elders to live, create, and flourish,” Fritz said. “Because I’ve experienced firsthand the need for this type of care, I find this project so very important and look forward to my role in making it happen.”
Sister Barb Younger, Director of Communications for Mother of God Monastery, said Fritz was the right choice for the position. “Kelli has a zest for building community relationships and an unceasing commitment to making the Village of Harmony Hill a place where a life well lived is possible for people of all ages and stages.”
Fritz obtained her Bachelor of Art from Minnesota State Mankato in 2013. A lifelong resident of South Dakota, Kelli is excited to call Watertown home with her husband, Dylan, and dog, Chevy.
The Village of Harmony Hill will offer state-of-the-art services for assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and hospice care. In addition, The Village will also offer many fully accessible amenities to residents, as well as non-residents, including a coffee shop, restaurant, exercise facility, pool, creative space, pub, outdoor gardens, and an ecumenical chapel. The Village of Harmony Hill is Phase 1 in the development of the Sisters of Mother of God Monastery’s Legacy Project, Harmony Hill Watertown. Mother of God Monastery is the home to a Benedictine community that has been positively impacting Watertown and the surrounding region since its establishment here in 1967.
To learn more about The Village, visit www.villagewatertown.org, call Kelli at (605) 882-6651, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLHS Names New Director of Marketing and Business Development
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce and welcome the new Director of Marketing and Business Development, Lydia Newman.
Newman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies/Business from Augustana University. She is new to the healthcare industry, but has eight years of marketing experience in various industries. Newman previously managed the advertising and marketing for a large manufacturing company in Watertown. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown.
Newman grew up in Lake Preston, SD and currently resides in Watertown, SD with her husband, Keith and their two girls, Mesa (3 years old) and Laine (10 months old). Her hobbies include cooking, volleyball and golf league, traveling, fitness and spending time with family and friends.
“I’m honored and excited to join the Prairie Lakes family and contribute to the continual growth and success of the organization,” said Newman. “I look forward to working with my team to promote the care, compassion, and vast abilities of Prairie Lakes and its staff to the communities, patients, and region we serve.”
Local Real Estate Agents Recognized Internationally for Outstanding Achievements
Real estate buyers and sellers faced a challenging year with rising home prices and multiple offer situations in many markets. Professional real estate agents worked diligently to guide their clients through the process, ever mindful of the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to show property and close transactions in a safe and responsible manner.
EXIT Realty Corp. International recently recognized its innovative, hard-working champions for outstanding achievement during a special awards presentation broadcast throughout the U.S. and Canada:
* Jayson Maguire, Franchisee with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown was honored with the Silver Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 50 and 74 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Maguire was also inducted into the prestigious Emerald Circle in recognition of closing 750 real estate transaction sides during one's career with EXIT.
* Noel Solum, Associate Broker with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown was honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 25 and 49 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
* Jason Goette, Associate Broker with EXIT Realty Connection in Watertown was honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 25 and 49 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
"Real estate markets are cyclical and those professionals who can pivot to represent their clients' changing needs regardless of the market will thrive," said Tami Bonnell, Co-Chair, EXIT Realty Corp. International. "It's because of the dedicated service our agents provide to their clients that EXIT has continued to expand across both the U.S. and Canada. We are proud of their accomplishments and extend our congratulations and best wishes for their continued success."
About EXIT Realty: EXIT Realty is a company founded and built on human potential. A full service, forward-thinking, real estate franchisor with offices across North America, EXIT has to-date paid out more than a half a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates. The Expert Marketing Suite™ including geolocation Smart Sign™ technology gives sellers an edge in a competitive marketplace. The Focus on Good Health blog promotes wellness at work and home. A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. To-date, more than $6 million has been allocated to charity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com and www.joinexitrealty.com.
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
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 email@example.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 DesignationThe 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.
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ISA STEERING COMMITTEES PROVIDE STRATEGIC GUIDANCE FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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."
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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.
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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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