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

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

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

     

     

     

     

    New Businesses Announced at Parkside Place 

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

     

     

     

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

     

     

    Legacy Financial Partners Honored As Top Wealth Management Team by Barron’s Magazine 

    Kristin Hill, a financial advisor with Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Watertown, was named to the list of “Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Management Teams” published by Barron’s Magazine, a publication covering business and finance. The list recognizes wealth advisory teams that specialize in serving individuals and families, and have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business.

    The Legacy Financial Partners team was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, credentials of their team members, the resources at their disposal to serve clients well, regulatory and compliance record, and revenue produced for their firm.

    Legacy Financial Partners is a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC with locations across the Upper Midwest in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska. The team provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and provided in one-on-one relationships with their clients. For more information, please contact us at 605-882-4343

    About Ameriprise Financial
    At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 125 years. With extensive advisory, asset management and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of approximately 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or planwithLFP.com
     
    Visit barrons.com for additional information about Barron’s.

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

    The South Dakota Hall of Fame inducted 9 “Acts of Excellence” from Northeast South Dakota during a special event at Lake Area Technical College on Thursday (April 15th, 2021) evening.  The “Acts of Excellence” program highlights the work of South Dakotan’s who are doing great things, each day, across the state.

    The first “Act of Excellence” to be recognized was the Goss Opera House restoration project. Brad Johnson, Jamie Mack, Jen Pendley and Milt Carter from the Goss Opera House were all on hand to receive their award. Brad Johnson spoke about the restoration project's start in 2008, the community raising five million dollars, and its completion in 2020.

    Also recognized at Thursday night’s induction ceremony was the Lake Area Technical College Reach for the Stars program. Philip Madsen, a recipient of a NASA scholarship said the opportunity to work side by side with NASA engineers was an incredible experience.

    The work done by the late Terry Redlin and the Terry Redlin Art Center to aspire young artists secured their place in the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Julie Ranum, the executive director at the Terry Redlin Art Center, accepted this honor, speaking of Terry's encouragement of the arts in people of all ages.

    Other inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame included: The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1054 for their work on numerous projects. Watertown Healthy Youth for their programs that educate youth and parents on healthy choices. W.W. Tire for their relentless drive to go above and beyond to take care of their customers. Mellette Memorial Association for their outstanding work to preserve state history and the first Governor’s home, the Mellette House. Meatball Ministry, providing food to those in need. Started by Gene and Betty Torness or Rural Big Stone City. South Dakota State University Extension Office for their guide which provides a series of traditional Lakota and Dakota Games. For more information about the “Acts of Excellence” program, and award winners, visit the South Dakota Hall of Fame website.

     

     

    Scott Dagel Achieves Circle of Success Recognition at Ameriprise Financial

    Scott Dagel, CFP a Private Wealth Advisor/financial advisor with Dagel, Jakober & Associates a financial/private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, in Watertown has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement. 

    To earn this achievement, Dagel established himself as one of the company’s top advisors. Only a select number of high-performing advisors earn this distinction. 

    He has 31 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial/in the financial services industry. 

    As a financial/private wealth advisory practice, Dagel, Jakober & Associates provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and is delivered in one-on-one relationships with their clients. For more information, please contact Dagel, Jakober and Associates at 605-886-4059 or visit the Ameriprise office in Watertown, Aberdeen or Sioux Falls. 

    About Ameriprise Financial
    At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 125 years. With a network of approximately 10,000 financial advisors and outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/team/dagel-jakober-associates

     

     

    ESCO Invited to Join WSA

    ESCO Manufacturing recently announced membership in World Sign Associates as the organization’s newest Endorsed Vendor. Membership in WSA is an honor for those companies that have shown their dedication to quality craftmanship, business ethics, and corporate citizenship. As part of their commitment to the industry, WSA Endorsed Vendors collaborate with sign companies to provide trusted solutions, and also provide ongoing training to other WSA members at regional meetings and virtual seminars.

    ESCO is a leading manufacturer of custom wholesale signage across the United States.  Founded in 1965, ESCO employs roughly 100 team members between its Watertown and Webster facilities.  Known for its quality craftsmanship and customer experience, ESCO has remained a stable force within the sign industry for decades. 

    Company President and 3rd Generation owner, Stuart Stein, indicated partnering with the World Sign Associates could be a potential game changer for the company.  “ESCO has been fortunate to partner with many loyal customers throughout the previous 50+ years.  Our intention with joining the WSA is to create new opportunities to showcase our expertise with even more sign companies across the United States and into Canada.” 

    World Sign Associates is the premier trade organization for electrical sign manufacturers and suppliers throughout North America. Members represent some of the industry’s top talent. They craft custom signs as well as signs for regional and national programs, either by working independently or by combining the strengths of nearly 200 sign manufacturers and suppliers throughout North America. Founded in 1947, World Sign Associates offers an executive forum for education, fellowship, support and the exchange of ideas. WSA members adhere to the highest ethical business standards and bring the utmost value to their customers.

    For more information, please contact World Sign Associates at 800.421.0641 or ESCO Manufacturing at sstein@escomfg.com.

     

     

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

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

     

     

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

     

     

    PLHS Welcomes Therapists to Rehabilitation Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Holiday Inn Express set to Open March 30th

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

    The hotel is located at 2803 8th Ave SE.

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

     Local Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Donated $40,000 in Gift Cards/Meals to First Responders & $100,000 to Local High School Seniors in 2020-2021

    LaHaise Management, LLC (dba Buffalo Wild Wings): In March 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic had arrived.  This forced businesses to shut down, schools were closed, and sports across the nation were canceled. It was a tumultuous time for everyone. Todd and Susan LaHaise, the local owners of Buffalo Wild Wings were determined to do something positive during a period that was so overwhelmingly negative.  They helped our local hospitals and first responders. They also rewarded local high school seniors.

    They launched a gift card program in May where guests buying a $25 gift card received an additional $5 for free.  Additionally, each purchase raised $5 that would be donated to hospitals and first responders in each community. The response was incredible! In the end, $40,000 was raised for those that have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. Thanks to the community support behind this program, Buffalo Wild Wings was able to donate thousands of meals and gift cards.

    Todd and Susan also wanted to reward the thousands of graduating high school seniors. With little warning, their year had come to an abrupt end. No sports tournaments. No prom. No traditional graduation ceremony.  It was important to send these future leaders a message that their hard work did not go unnoticed and there would be a day when they would be able celebrate their accomplishments. Buffalo Wild Wings contacted more than 100 schools throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota and were able to donate a $10 gift card to each graduating senior, totaling in excess of $100,000. 

    In a year never seen before, communities were tested. Buffalo Wild Wings is extremely honored to be part of this community for so many years and equally as proud of its community members. 

    About LaHaise Management LLC & Buffalo Wild Wings
    Headquartered in Fargo, ND, LaHaise Management, LLC (dba Buffalo Wild Wings) was established in 1989 and is proudly owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise. Buffalo Wild Wings features a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards across the country.  Currently, there are more than 1,025 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

     

     

     Fieber Van’s Implement Breaks Ground

    Fieber Van’s Implement broke ground this week on their new building which will be located at 2436 10th Ave SE in Watertown, SD. 

    “We’re beyond excited for the building of our new facility to be started,” owner Donald Fieber said.

    Currently, sales and service for Fieber Van’s Implement is being conducted in an existing building at the same address.

    “Thankfully we’re able to provide service and sales to customers in the current building, but we look forward to the day our new, considerably larger space is ready,” owner Chris Fieber said.

    Brothers Chris and Donald of Goodwin, SD, partnered with Van’s Implement of Hull, IA, to open Fieber Van’s Implement in December, 2020.

    Construction of their new building is projected to be complete by Summer 2021. It will hold their showroom, parts department, and sales department.

    “We’re excited to bring a full line of equipment at affordable prices to this area,” Chris said. “We will strive every day to bring the best experience to our customers.”  

    Fieber Van’s Implement carries equipment manufactured by Deutz-Fahr, Kioti, Manitou, Samasz, Amazone, McHale, Grab Tec, Patz and Edney Distributing. They service all makes and models of farm equipment. For more information, call Chris at 605-881-2448 or Donald at 605-881-8220.

     

     

    Marco CEO Set to Retire

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

    During his time at the helm, Gau has taken Marco from a mid-sized business technology provider to the largest of its kind in the United States, and a company recognized for its performance and its people. He has been intentional about sustaining a fun workplace and being a good corporate citizen while growing the business.

    Under his leadership, the company consistently achieved double-digit annual revenue growth and expanded from about 160 employees to nearly 1,200 at 54 locations from the Dakotas to the East Coast. Jeff has earned a series of awards over the years for his leadership in the industry and nationally. 

    Marco President Doug Albregts will become CEO on April 1. Albregts joined Marco in 2019 and brings leadership and industry experience as the former President and CEO of Sharp Electronics America and Group CEO of Scientific Games. 

    “I’ve known Doug for a long time and he’s absolutely the right leader at the right time for Marco,” Gau said. “He brings a valuable perspective from his prior roles and already has helped make us a better company. I am looking forward to how Marco will thrive under his leadership.” Click here to read the original release.

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

    Melissa Herrboldt Promoted to General Manager of KXLG Radio

    Former KXLG Sales Manager, Melissa Herrboldt has been promoted to General Manager of KXLG Radio.  The promotion follows the decision by station owner Bob Faehn to retire on February 3rd of this year.  Faehn said the decision to promote Herrboldt to the position comes after a few years of succession planning. 

    Faehn said his decision to retire now had a lot to do with Herrboldt being ready to take over the management of the station. He says she understands the business very well. 

    Herrboldt graduated from Webster High School and attended Lake Area Tech were she graduated from the Marketing, Management and Sales program. Herrboldt worked in radio sales for one year before being hired by Faehn.  She was hired in August of 2009.  The radio station went on the air the following month. 

    Herrboldt says she had learned a great deal from the way Faehn managed the station and the employees. She says that she understands the value of good employees and the relationships that have been built with the community partners. 

    KXLG has also hired Serena Schlapkohl. She will be assuming duties in sales and as the new promotions director for the station. Schlapokhl will begin her duties on March 1st.

     

     

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

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

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

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

    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."

    Click HERE for original release.

     

     

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


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

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

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

     

     

    Stein Celebrates One Year of Ownership

    Chapter 1 – Complete.

    On February 4th, 2020, the day I purchased our 3rd Generation family sign business from Mark Stein, there were 11 total cases of COVID in the United States. Today, we are approaching 30 million. If someone told me what the next year would look like before I signed the dotted line, I’m not sure if I would have followed through with the purchase. The uncertainty. The volatility. The responsibility. Trying to figure out how to run a business while one of the deadliest and costliest pandemics strikes the globe. Yet, here I am one year later with one helluva story to look back on. “Woe is me” entered my mind for a brief period last spring. But that didn’t last long because those that truly know me, realize I’m always up for a challenge. 

    Here is irony at its best. My Dad gave me a letter on his last day of work. It was a letter filled with advice, which I actually re-read today and plan to do so each year on this day. It was lengthy, heartfelt, and still means a great deal to me 1 year later. The best part of the letter was in the first paragraph: “We’ve talked about most of these things, and some of these you well know, or are already doing. But if nothing else, this will let you know I can relate to most everything you’ll be going through in the years ahead and am always available to talk, or to just listen.” 

    Sign the purchase agreement and then… Bam! COVID hits. Don’t ever recall visiting about how to navigate and survive a global pandemic, Dad. 

    I soon dismissed the “Woe is me" mentality. Instead, what an opportunity! What a unique chance to learn and grow as a leader. There will always be challenges with running a business, but having this experience will most certainly prepare me and our team for future successes. 

    I wrote myself a letter on 2/3/19, the day before I purchased the business, with the intention of using the letter as a reality check after my first year as owner. I covered several topics within the letter. The first part I remind myself of how blessed I am to have this opportunity. My dad (and mom too) sacrificed so much through the years to make ends meet. Second, make a difference in the lives of your team, customers, and community. Create experiences that make them say, “WOW!” by Living the Vision. Third, stay present at home and don’t shortchange the very most important people in my life. Lastly, when things are going well – give God the Glory and put your trust in Him. And when things are not going well, do the same thing.

    Looking back on my first year of business ownership, there were certainly some highlights. The company remains profitable, in stable condition, and fortunately we were able to navigate the last year without a single layoff. There were WOW experiences for our team, customers, and communities. My family is still by my side and my faith undoubtedly grew over the last year. If I’m being transparent, there are also many areas I fell short and will learn from too. I’m not perfect; I’m just trying to get better each day. 

    Here’s the neatest part of the story. Mark, in his final and 40th year with the company, led the company to its all-time highest year in sales volume. I am still so happy for him! But guess what? While we may not surpass our sales from last year, the company has a realistic shot to finish with our 2nd best year of all time, which ends on 3/31/21. Incredible! My sincerest thanks to each and every one of our team members-- the last year was a total team effort. 

    Chapter 2 begins now.

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    TSP's Watertown Office to Relocate

    TSP was not a stranger to Watertown when it opened an official office in 2017. TSP’s long history of partnering with Watertown clients stretches to the mid-1950s and the firm’s work on religious and education projects. TSP-designed local buildings include Holy Name and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches, Prairie Lakes Cancer Center, the Watertown Event Center, and the South Dakota National Guard’s Brig. Gen. Ernie Edwards Readiness Center. 

    The new office in Watertown will be located at 14 W. Kemp Ave. as of February 1, 2021, just around the corner from its original space on South Maple Street. 

    Office Manager and structural engineer Tadd Holt has been with TSP for nearly 21 years and has worked from his home office in rural Watertown since 2005. The new office will provide the space needed for the architectural and engineering services TSP offers, he said. Projects in Watertown include designing the new animal-care facility at Bramble Park Zoo, now under construction, and the new roof on The Goss Opera House. TSP also is working with local clients to provide designs for the new City Hall renovation, the Boys and Girls Club reroof, Fieber Van’s Implement, and the Dakota Tube addition. 

    The move strengthens TSP’s commitment to the Watertown community, said CEO Jared Nesje. “Watertown is expanding rapidly, and we’re excited to be invested in the community’s growth,” he said. “This is a tangible indication of how positive we feel about the future.” 

    Holt is pleased that his office will remain in the downtown area. “The downtown locale is perfect for enjoying Watertown’s friendly atmosphere,” he said. “The variety of businesses found downtown creates an inviting and productive setting.” 

    TSP is a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering firm that exists to make our communities better, by design. Through teamwork, service, and passion, we listen and develop a deep understanding of our client’s "why." We collaborate with them to build trust-based relationships and discover solutions that combine form, function, and economy. To learn more visit TEAMTSP.COM.

     

     

    Prairie Lakes Welcomes Oncologist to Cancer Center

    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Vijay Rao, MD, oncologist and hematologist. He joins staff at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center; including, Bipin Amin, MD, Jeffrey Brindle, MD, and Kristina Rieffenberger, CNP. 

    Dr. Rao is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. For over 13 years he’s compassionately served patients with cancer and infusion treatment. Dr. Rao completed his internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his free time, Dr. Rao enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

    “I am committed to providing compassionate and high quality cancer care to patients in Watertown and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Rao. 

    You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Rao by calling the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center at 605-882-6800. A referral is not required to schedule an appointment.

     

     

    Prairie Lakes Names New Radiology Director

    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) named Bryan Beckedahl as the Director of Radiology. His responsibilities include managing radiology services; including, X-Ray, CT Scanning, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound. 

    Beckedahl accepted the Director of Radiology position with over 13 years of experience. His previous role with Consulting Radiologists, Ltd gave him familiarity with a variety of organizations, including PLHS. 

    Beckedahl grew up on the family farm in Sherwood, ND, where his family farmed in Canada and the USA. After high school graduation he received his Radiology Technology degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.  He then attended the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he earned his Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) Ultrasound degrees.  While working as a Sonographer, Clinical Coordinator and Lead Clinical Instructor for the Ultrasound Program at the Mayo Clinic, he received his Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) degree. He has a Master’s Degree in Management and Health and Human Services from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. 

    The outdoors, hunting, fishing, photography and attending his nephew’s sporting events are all activities Beckedahl enjoys in his spare time. A 35 year cancer survivor, he knows healthcare from his experience as a patient and through his expertise as a professional. 

    "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Director of Radiology at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System”, said Beckedahl. “I know many of the staff at Prairie Lakes through my previous position and look forward to continue working with them in this new role.  I was attracted to PLHS due to its positive culture, the professionalism and work ethic of the staff.  We have made great progress in offering multiple radiology procedures and biopsies, and are always looking for new ways to offer more services.” 

     

     

    Crestone Development Makes Major Investments in Downtown Watertown

    Watertown, SD based Crestone Development, a division of Crestone Companies, is making a major investment in downtown Watertown. Crestone has purchased five downtown properties bookending on
    the East and West ends of Kemp Ave. 

    “This is a major commitment to continue the revitalization and development of downtown and Watertown in general,” said Crestone owner Eric Skott, who has partnered with various investor groups
    to purchase the properties. “We believe in downtown Watertown and all of the charm it has to offer! The opportunities downtown is limited only by one’s imagination. We have acquired several of these
    properties with a focus to preserve the rich history and architecture of the area.” The five downtown properties are:

    Building number one, the “Hanten” is also known as the “Granite Block Building” on the SE corner of Kemp and Broadway. This building used to house Todd Architects and Bratland Law. This property, along with the Mellette are currently being studied to determine the highest and best use for the investor group. Some options are condominiums, apartments, luxury-professional office space or a boutique hotel.

    Building number two, “The Mellette” as it’s currently known, is the home of ML Portraits and several other businesses on the NW corner of Kemp and Broadway. This property, along with “The Hanten” are currently being studied to determine the highest and best use for the investor group. Some options are condominiums, apartments, luxury-professional office space or a boutique hotel.

    Building number three will be aptly named the “Longworth” after a long-time resident and businessperson whose orthodontics office was housed here for many, many years. This building is currently home to BC Hair Designz Studio on the main level. The second level will house several one-bedroom apartments. 

    Building number four, 218 East Kemp, is located directly across the street to the South of the planned downtown park. It will house 2000 square feet of commercial space on the main floor and four one-bedroom apartments on the second level. 

    Building number five, 15 1st Street SW, formerly Zimmel's Furniture, is on the West end of Kemp Avenue and is planned to be the future home of “The Marketplace.”  The Marketplace will be the future home to 9,000 square feet of retail space and 62 modern-luxury apartments. The project will involve razing the current structure and building new.

    Formed in 2006, Crestone Companies specializes in commercial and residential construction along with real estate development in NE South Dakota. Crestone offers project management, property acquisition and entitlements, design-build, value engineering, construction, and asset management. Known for its integrity and willingness to think outside the box, Crestone has earned a reputation and awards for setting the standards of excellence.

     

     

    Trego Joins First Bank & Trust

    Curt Trego, Community Bank President for First Bank & Trust Watertown, SD, joined the organization in 2020. Curt brought with him over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, including his previous role as a Market President for more than a decade. Prior to his role as Community Bank President, Curt was a Business Banking Manager and Retail Sales Manager in the Watertown market. In his current role, Curt will help grow a diversified bank branch that excels in delivering community banking services. 

    Curt gives back to the community by being an active member of Kiwanis for the past 32 years, as well as an advisory board member of Providence Solutions of South Dakota. He has served as a past executive board member for the Watertown Development Company, along with serving as the 2019 campaign cabinet and advanced gift co-chair. Curt also served as an advanced gift co-chair for the Boys and Girls Club building capital campaign in 2017. He is a past president of the Lake Area Technical Foundation Board of Directors, also serving the same role in Kiwanis. In addition, Curt acted as a United Way board member and campaign chair, as well as a past board member of the Watertown Baseball Association and the Salvation Army. 

    An Aberdeen, SD, area native, Curt received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen. When he’s not working, Curt enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. Curt and his wife Shelly reside in Watertown, where they raised three children.

     

     

    New Leader Selected for Watertown East Central Court Appointed Special Advocates

    Beginning January 1st, Terri Mielitz of Brookings will replace Cammie Mengwasser as the program director for East-Central Court Appointed Special Advocate in Watertown.

    Mengwasser resigned her position and will join East-Central’s board of directors in 2021. She opened the Watertown office in 2021 when East-Central expanded from its Brookings headquarters.

    “Cammie has done a tremendous job establishing the program in Watertown and raising awareness of the need in the community and the difficulty of children in foster care,” said Julie Wermers, executive director of East-Central CASA in Brookings. “We are tremendously grateful for the dedication and commitment Cammie has made to our program, her passion for CASA has undoubtedly set the program up for continued success into the future.”

    Mielitz is the current volunteer coordinator in the Brookings office. She brings proven experience and plans to build upon Mengwasser’s successes.

    EC-CASA volunteer advocates provide a unique opportunity to help change the trajectory of the lives of children in foster care and other at-risk youth.

    “Terri knows the benefit of these relationships firsthand, not only as a youth in the foster care system but she and her husband Neal became licensed foster parents and cared for 62 children over a span of 13 years. She turned a personal history of childhood trauma into a voice for victims of abuse, and a desire to make a long-term impact,” said Wermers.

     

     

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

    Northeast South Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (NESD SHRM) held their annual meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Paige Sullivan, NESD 2020 President, presented Gwen Kahre of Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard with the 2020 Human Resource Professional of the Year.

    Gwen was nominated by her employer for her outstanding human resource performance for the employees she serves and her volunteer time to the NESD SHRM Chapter.

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

     

     


    VisionPoint Relocates Downtown

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

    Visionpoint is the first tenant on the ground floor of the Lofts and specialize in Holistic Wealth Management, Corporate Retirement Plans, along with Business Continuity & Estate Planning. Scott has always taken pride in offering advice based on research, knowledge, trust, and integrity.  

    Scott's team consists of Senior Financial Consultant Lee Rycraft, Financial Consultant Bailey VanSickle and Client Service Associate Christine Dolney. A Ribbon Cutting welcoming VisionPoint Advisory Group downtown will be announced at a later date. VisionPoint can be found online at www.vpadvisor.com or call 605-878-4111. 

     

     

    Fieber Van’s Implement Opens in Watertown

    Brothers Chris Fieber and Donald Fieber of Goodwin, SD, recently announced they have partnered with Van’s Implement of Hull, IA, to open Fieber Van’s Implement in Watertown, SD.

    “We’re excited to bring a full line of equipment at affordable prices to this area,” Chris said. “We will strive every day to bring the best experience to our customers.” Although construction of their showroom is just beginning, Fieber Van’s is already up and running, serving customers with both sales and service from their shop located just west of Wal-Mart in Watertown.

    Construction of their new building is projected to be complete by Summer 2021. It will hold their showroom, parts department, and sales department. The current shop will also be receiving a makeover in Spring 2021.

    Chris and Donald have a combined 37 years’ experience in the agriculture industry, working at Fieber Dairy in Goodwin, SD. Joining Fieber Van’s Implement is Service Manager and Technician Chad Frensko. Frensko has 27 years’ experience servicing and repairing agricultural equipment and will work on any make or model.

    Fieber Van’s Implement will carry equipment manufactured by Deutz-Fahr, Kioti, Manitou, Samasz, Amazone, McHale, Grab Tec, Patz and Edney Distributing. Fieber Van’s Implement is located at 2436 10th Ave SE in Watertown, SD. For more information, call Chris at 605-881-2448 or Donald at 605-881-8220.

     

     

    World's Richest Woman Donates to Lake Area Tech  

    Lake Area Technical College of Watertown is deeply honored to receive the news that they are the recipients of significant impact gifts from philanthropist and popular novelist, MacKenzie Scott.

    The announcement, made through social media, states that 384 organizations, including Lake Area Technical College, received generous donations to assist in continuing the good work they are already doing. The college will be using the donation to support transformative initiatives that will remove barriers for students and allow them the success everyone deserves.

    MacKenzie Scott focused her giving on immediate support to people suffering the economic effects of the pandemic crisis but also seeks out organizations for their leadership’s track record of effective management and significant impact in their fields.  Her post also recognizes the important role played by these organizations in continuing to provide vital services during the pandemic. She also notes that these organizations are known for profound encouragement felt each time a person is seen, valued and trusted by another human being. Her team took a data-driven approach to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams who get results, and who have low access to philanthropic capital. Scott identifies organizations with high potential for impact and paves the way with unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with full trust and no strings attached.

    Lake Area Technical College President Mike Cartney comments, “It’s humbling to be recognized for our good work and it’s our intent to be exceptional stewards of the gift. There is no doubt, it will impact LATC current and future students, and citizens of South Dakota for a long time to come.”

    According to Scott, “These 384 carefully selected teams have dedicated their lives to helping others, working and volunteering and serving real people face-to-face at bedsides and tables, in prisons and courtrooms and classrooms, on streets and hospital wards and hotlines and frontlines of all types and sizes, day after day after day.”  Scott continues, “We shared each of our gift decisions with program leaders for the first time over the phone, and welcomed them to spend the funding on whatever they believe best serves their efforts. They were told that the entire commitment would be paid upfront and left unrestricted in order to provide them with maximum flexibility.”

    Because Lake Area Technical College is currently in the silent phase of their Capital Campaign and in keeping with the donor’s desires, the amount of the gift will not be released at this time.

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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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