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Through The Lens
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
As a teenager living in Bon Homme County, I must have driven past this old metal building with the broken letters spelling out Perkins on the front of it, at least a dozen times and never once thought...
Tanzania: Travel with a Purpose
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
This summer held more adventure than usual for the six Yankton High School students and their teacher, Mrs. Kaiti Ladwig. They traveled to Tanzania for a service learning trip that began June 10 and e...
Educated Driven and Direct
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Take a moment and imagine it is 1865 and you a thirteen-year old young girl. Your sister, two brothers, and you are growing up in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, a populated area located across the Ohio Rive...
Porter the Hoarder and Rebecca Swift
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Rebecca Swift, who now lives in Bridgewater, is a makeup artist, social media director for independent films, performs in her band Trabecca, and is a mom to three, but she is also the creator and illu...
Mead: A Center Preserving Our Heritage Through Culture and Education
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
If you have not visited the Mead Cultural Education Center, put it on the top of your list for things to do in Yankton! The building is an amazing architectural structure and home to the history museu...
Contact Center Serves Many Needs
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
The Contact Center has been a great resource for numerous people in our community, serving various needs. I visited with Jennifer Adamson about her sixteen years with the program, the past 10 years se...
Making Communitites a Lively and Beautiful Place
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
With the month of July comes the recognition of Parks & Recreation employees across the country, all of whom work toward the common goal of making their communities a lively and beautiful place.Th...
Artists Among Us
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
After a long buying trip in the heat of June traveling the winding roads of the Black Hills, Mom and I landed back in Rapid City with a trailer full of one-of-a-kind artwork created by local artists....
Spring, The Rebirth Of Life
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Spring, starting in March and lasting till June, is defined by Wikipedia as one of the four temperate seasons, following winter and proceeding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring...
The Lesters Are All About The Bock
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Bill and Tammy LesterWhen people move into a new house most of them don’t pick one based on their hobby, but this wasn’t the case for Bill and Tammy Lester of Yankton. After searching for...
Women Working In A Male-Dominated Position
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Women working in a typically male-dominated position is becoming more and more of a norm, but there are still leaps to be made. Catalyst studies show that in IT positions, women only make up 23%. Here...
You Can’t Top A Tapa!
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Steve HuffAfter enduring a long, tough winter, Steve and Tracy Huff decided to lighten things up.What was the Yankton couple’s solution? They put out a great spread of foods, tapa style.So, what...
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Harlie HaceckyWhen you’re little, everyone says the sky’s the limit. So, as a child, you dream of doing the extraordinary such as traveling to Pluto or becoming the next princess. I was gu...
Large Munsterlanders: A Breed For All Seasons
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Dogs have always been treasured members of Lori and Todd Rothenberger’s family. Both Lori and Todd had prior hunting backgrounds, while growing up in the South Dakota outdoors. In the years afte...
Watchful Eyes and Compassionate Hearts
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Paul ScherschligtWhen it comes to the safety of Yankton county citizens during an emergency, Paul Scherschligt has their backs. Scherschligt began his role as Yankton County Emergency Manager in Janua...
Mosaic Quartet Unites Others in Faith
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Four women with a passion for singing and a dedication to faith were brought together to spread the rewarding joy of music and worship with others.Wendy Christiansen, Shelley DeJong, Shelly Hansen and...
On Call 24/7
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Donna FrengDonna Freng is a common face for those that associate with Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services (LCBHS). As maintenance supervisor, Freng visits each of the five LCBHS-owned facilit...
10 Packing Hacks For Your Next Vacation
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
We’ve all been told “less is more”, and packing for your vacation is a perfect example of just that. It’s never enjoyable lugging a large bag through the airport or trying to l...
Through The Lens
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Einstein famously said that: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there eve...
Mission Trip To LaGonave Haiti
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
When most people in the Midwest plan excursions to leave the country, Haiti isn’t usually on the top of the list. The 2019 year ushered in a trip full of life-changing experiences for Cory Enfie...
One Crafty Gal
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Shannon ViereckGrowing up in the midwest I have had the privilege to know many people who were raised on a farm. My wife, my best friend, and most friends I knew growing up, and still know to this day...
Yankton’s Young Dancers Are Feeling The Beat
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
The town’s two dance studios - the Green Room and Academy of Dance - provide dancers, from grade school through high school, with the opportunity to take their skills beyond local auditoriums. E...
Radiant In Retirement
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Dr. Mary MilroyDoctors are some of the hardest working people, but even after being retired for almost two years, Dr. Mary Milroy is as busy as ever! Since her retirement in May of 2017, Dr. Milroy ha...
Believe In Yourself
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
DEb BodenstedtDebra Bodenstedt grew up on a farm outside of Wayne, Nebraska where she was taught the merit of hard work by helping her dad with daily chores. It was during these days that Deb started...
Through The Lens
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
This past December my oldest daughter graduated from South Dakota State University’s Nursing program in Rapid City, South Dakota where she has been for the past two and a half years. She recomme...
Hello loyal His Voice readers,
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Hello loyal His Voice readers, I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase, “All good things must come to an end.” Well the phrase now applies to the His Voice portion of our mag...
Professional Problem Solver
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Dan AltmanDan Altman calls himself a “professional problem solver."In his line of work, that’s rather accurate, he’d tell you.“You have to take little steps to solve a problem...
Our Catholic Priests
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Yankton is in the unique position of having two parishes as well as a monastery in town. There are four priests working in Yankton today, and though they are constantly on the move visiting the sick,...
A Super Experience
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Right, Katie BlaalidLast February, the upper Midwest was treated to the second Super Bowl to be hosted in Minneapolis.Making sure the fans in the Twin Cities for Super Bowl LII were entertained was a...
Leprechaun With A Heart Of Gold
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Right, Gene EbneterIf you want to see something guaranteed to make you smile, you need to see Gene Ebneter in his full regalia the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. He is better than a rainbow a...
Serenity On Ice
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Winters in South Dakota can be hard, sometimes brutal, and as anyone who lives in this area can tell you, unforgiving. But there is serenity within this frozen harshness and though sometimes that may...
Taking Command
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Right, Capt. Dan LaMaackDan LaMaack is spending this year in Europe, but it’s no vacation.Capt. LaMaack is commanding the Yankton-based Bravo Battery of the 1/147th Field Artillery with the Sout...
Melissa Svanda: All In For Texas Hold’em
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Melissa SvandaThe pastime of card playing has been around thousands of years, long before binge watching Netflix to stave off winter boredom became the norm. Melissa Svanda of Tyndall, SD. regularly b...
Historic Moment
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Kristi NoemOn Election Night 2018, Kristi Noem smashed one of the last major glass ceilings in South Dakota politics. The Republican became the state’s first female governor.The Castlewood nativ...
A Fairly Simple Hobby
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Ed-left, Mark-rightEd Brogie has been birdwatching since he was 10 years old along with his brother Mark.“My dad would point out birds in our back yard,” Brogie said when he was growing up...
Yankton Girl Takes On Male Dominated Sport
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
When attending wrestling matches, it’s not uncommon to see young men duking it out by means of taking their opponent down on the mat. It is uncommon to see that the person doing the takedown is...
Helping Great Pets Find Great People
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Kelly HaceckyA community and service-minded person, Kerry Hacecky has always been passionate about helping others. The Yankton native spent some time outside the community working with another non-pro...
2019 New Year's Resolutions
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
A New Year’s resolution is a common tradition where a person resolves to change a trait or behavior to accomplish a personal goal or to improve their life. It dates back to the Babylonians who m...
Through The Lens
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
The world is more complex today than what it was ten or twenty years ago. Technology has become so advanced; we now carry phones/computers in our pockets. We have vehicles that can drive and park them...
In Uniform
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
The 1990s were a simpler time.The New York Yankees were back in championship form, Titanic was a smash hit at the box office and if you went to see a game between South Dakota State University and the...
Santa...Bringing Christmas Miracles
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Dale ThunkerDale and Terri Thunker, of Yankton, have four children who are married and have children of their own — nine so far. Forty one years ago when their children were little, the Thunkers...
“I forgot all about my troubles and fell in love.”
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Ryan MarcotteEvery time Ryan Marcotte walks through an airport, through the jetway and steps into the cockpit, he remembers — usually, with a smile — his first flying experience.He was 10...
Searching For A Niche
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Alex HohenthanerWith four successful years of college under his belt in exercise science, Alex Hohenthaner discovered after working a year in a hospital, it wasn’t what he wanted.“I found...
Jones Spreads Holiday Cheer
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
If you’ve driven through the center of Yankton over the Christmas season to view the holiday lights, it’s more than likely you’ve driven past Dr. Larry Jones’ house at 1903 Dou...
Self Defense
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Self-defense is a countermeasure to defend the health and well-being of oneself from harm and is a legal way to use force in times of danger. As of 2016 according to the Bureau of Justice, 5.7 million...
A Stitch Back In Time
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Tucked away in the country, not far off Bluff Road in Vermillion, is a hidden gem: The Farmer’s Daughters Sewing Museum. The museum’s existence is a testament to a family’s strong lo...
Kathy The Original
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Kathy Harens“I think my life has always been so God driven, because I just end up in places. It’s not a plan, I didn’t come out and announce, this is what I’m going to do! I ju...

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The Name of the Wind
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the first of an ongoing trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicle.The series takes fantasy to a whole new level with an extraordinary amount of detail, astonishing...
The Gown
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
As the weather warms, we gradually move into wedding season. Brides focus on venues, flowers, and of course the dress. How will it look? What will people think? Just as we have seen with Meghan Markle...
Brave
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Rose McGowan’s life is riddled with one cult-like experience to the next.Prior to becoming one of Hollywood’s overnight, most desired actors, Rose spent her early, formative years in an It...
Dumplin’
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Though she has been exposed to the pageant world all her life, Willowdean Dickson, Will for short, is not what you might consider typical “beauty pageant material.” She is a self-proclaime...
Caraval
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
In the 2017 young adult novel by Stephanie Garber, the story follows two sisters on perilous journey in the world of Caraval. Scarlett and her sister Tella live on a small island with their controllin...

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Food   Fun With The Huffs
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
When they attended a recent wedding, Steve and Tracy Huff brought the ultimate gift — the meal.And we’re not talking about paying for the catering.The Huffs wanted to provide a special tou...
Food   Fun With The Huffs
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
For a special meal, Steve and Tracy Huff believe you sometimes need to put some mussel into it — or clams or any other kind of seafood.The Huffs have shared some of their favorite dishes featuri...
Summertime Beverages
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Whisky Sour PunchPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 10 minsServings: 10Orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon some together for a fizzy and fun punch. Great for get togethers, and you can even make it ahead...
You Can’t Top A Tapa!
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Steve HuffAfter enduring a long, tough winter, Steve and Tracy Huff decided to lighten things up.What was the Yankton couple’s solution? They put out a great spread of foods, tapa style.So, what...
The More, The Merrier
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Steve and Tracy HuffAfter spending the weekend in the kitchen, Steve and Tracy Huff were loading up their vehicle for the ultimate “foodie” road trip.The Yankton couple love working side b...
His Eats
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
After an 8-inch snowstorm hit Yankton in early December, many residents got out their shovels.Steve and Tracy Huff got out their crock pot and roaster.The couple spent their snowy Saturday afternoon s...
His Eats
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Steve HuffWith the fall garden harvest in full swing, Steve Huff decided to add some zip to his meals.On this Saturday in October, Steve and his wife, Tracy, had spent the morning at the Farmer’...

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Tanzania: Travel with a Purpose
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
This summer held more adventure than usual for the six Yankton High School students and their teacher, Mrs. Kaiti Ladwig. They traveled to Tanzania for a service learning trip that began June 10 and e...
Educated Driven and Direct
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Take a moment and imagine it is 1865 and you a thirteen-year old young girl. Your sister, two brothers, and you are growing up in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, a populated area located across the Ohio Rive...
Lifelong Learning
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Pam VanMeeteren never imagined she’d be in college for twenty-seven years, especially while caring for her family of four children, Alissa, Brian, Abbey, and Ashley with her husband; Jeff. All t...
You May Call Me Earl...
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Have you ever stood in a store all by yourself reading captions on greeting cards laughing hysterically (if you have not, I highly recommend it)? How about looking at, touching, and admiring pieces of...
Mosaic Quartet Unites Others in Faith
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Four women with a passion for singing and a dedication to faith were brought together to spread the rewarding joy of music and worship with others.Wendy Christiansen, Shelley DeJong, Shelly Hansen and...
Yankton Clothing Closet Makes Its Move
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Our community has been allowed a wonderful opportunity to help provide clothing for families in need.With awareness of the need and a partnership between the United Way and the South Dakota Human Serv...
Our Catholic Priests
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Yankton is in the unique position of having two parishes as well as a monastery in town. There are four priests working in Yankton today, and though they are constantly on the move visiting the sick,...
Put Yourself First
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Instinctively, many often put the needs and wants of others before their own. If we don’t take some time to physically and mentally rejuvenate ourselves, our support reservoirs run empty. We can...
Kindness Always Wins
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
With an ever-changing world around us, one thing we can count on is being surrounded by kindness and compassion in our community. When we get lost in the confusion and uncertainty of what lies beyond...
Pastor Dave Gunderson Reflects Upon His Ministry
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Pastor Dave GundersonGunderson retired on July 31, 2017, after serving for 27 years at St. John’s. His length of ministry at St. John’s was the longest time a pastor has served at the chur...
The First Holidays In Yankton
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
As a woman business owner, I find myself wondering about the women who were instrumental in settling Yankton, laying the foundation for what our community is today. What it must have been like for the...
Understanding Epilepsy
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
“Everybody has something.” These three words my husband once said have always stuck with me. The person next to you might have a medical, health or mental condition; emotional trauma; an i...

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A Raccoon In the Family
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
When cruising down the residential streets of Yankton, it’s common to see lots of walkers with their family, friends, and furry canines enjoying nice weather. But it’s not often that the o...
More Than a Family Bond
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Judy Willcut and two of her daughters share more than a genetic bond, they all followed a career of teaching. Even more noteworthy, they all specialize in Special Education.The reward of a high school...
Digging Down To Her Roots
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Though Sheri Burrell didn’t grow up in this area, she’s not a stranger to it. She and her family spent every summer visiting here while she was growing up; Burrell’s father was raise...
The Lesters Are All About The Bock
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Bill and Tammy LesterWhen people move into a new house most of them don’t pick one based on their hobby, but this wasn’t the case for Bill and Tammy Lester of Yankton. After searching for...
A Love Affair With Food
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Erica Wright KostalI am not lying when I say my little sister Erica Wright Kostal was born with a spatula in her right hand, a mixing bowl nestled in her left arm, and a “take charge attitude&rd...
Kozy’s Bar Back In The Family
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Kozy’s Bar on the west end of Yankton is no stranger to the locals.The welcoming gathering place has been there for generations. I had the opportunity to cozy up with Lawrence Kozak and his gran...
Our Mother
Published: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Margaret HunhoffOur mother, Margaret Hunhoff, died peacefully one week shy of her 95th birthday. I took the photo above in front of her Pearl Street home four years ago, before she became ill and move...
Making Memories With Grandkids
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Judy StratmanWhatever happens at Grandma’s house, stays at Grandma’s house.That pretty much described the Grandparent weekends Judy Stratman hosted over the years with several of her grand...

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Micki’s Meanderings
Published: Friday, September 20th, 2019
Hello Her Voice Readers,I sometimes struggle with what to share with you and of course this time was no different however I got to thinking…we are in the WORD business. Since 1977 I have been i...
Micki's Meanderings
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
45 Years? Really??I mentioned in our last issue of Her Voice that I would be going “home” to Rock Rapids, Iowa for my class reunion. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact...
Micki's Meanderings
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Hello Everyone,Hopefully everyone is finally enjoying the beautiful spring weather. It’s been quite an eventful winter and wintery spring. Makes me very thankful for some warmth and sunshine!Wel...
Micki's Meanderings
Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Cheers To 2019!In giving thought to what I’d like to share with you in this January/February issue of course the New Year came to mind. It made me think of how certain things change depending on...
Micki’s Meanderings
Published: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Hello Her/His Voice Readers,I know we are past Veteran’s Day but I found this information really interesting and thought it worth sharing.History of Veterans DayWorld War I dash; known at the...



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