June 2022 Chamber News

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Chamber News June 2022

Vol. 57, No. 8


Medical marijuana What employers need to know

In this issue Feature

Medical marijuana What employers need to know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-29

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Top stories 2022 Legislative Scorecard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 Skatepark campaign surpasses goal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 In this issue

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Event Calendars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9

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Economic Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Noteworthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Faces & Places. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-22 Community Appeals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Headlines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-34

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Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair Spring is often a busy time of year for groundbreakings and this year was no exception. Over the last six weeks several groundbreakings were held for development projects around the community. As chair of the Chamber’s Board, I had the privilege of participating in some of these ceremonies.

Alex Ramirez 2021-22 Chair of the Board

Sioux Falls is working on all fronts to keep our economy strong and our quality of life high.

The list of projects tells a story. Businesses, such as Banner Associates and Comfort Inn & Suites Sanford Complex, are building and expanding to meet demand from customers. Two projects reflect the work being done to meet the challenges of a growing city. Affordable Housing Solutions broke ground on six town home/twin home units that will be sold to buyers that meet HUD income guidelines. The Regional Water Reclamation Plant Expansion is designed to both support our existing system and meet the growth and development needs of our area. Finally, ceremonies for Start Up Sioux Falls and the Tomar Park Tennis Complex remind us of what be achieved when people come together for the good of our community. Growth brings both opportunities and challenges. And, as shown through the recent groundbreakings, Sioux Falls is working on all fronts to keep our economy strong and our quality of life high. Quality of life is an important part of our ability to attract and retain a strong workforce. People moving to Sioux Falls from around the country are drawn by not only the job opportunities and low cost of living, but also our safe neighborhoods, excellent schools, arts and entertainment options and more. That is why the recent announcement from the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association was so exciting. SFSA concluded a. They successfully raised $1.7 million in their Chamber-scheduled Community Appeal campaign. The money supports the construction of a new skatepark in the heart of the city. Projects like this enhance our quality of life and are possible thanks to the generosity of our business community! Thank you for your investment in your chamber membership. And thank you for contribution to Community Appeals and other projects that impact us all. Your investment grows our community and can help your business grow too.




Jeff Griffin, President & CEO Diane Balk, Accounting Manager Joan Bartling, Vice President of Finance & Accounting Justin Bentaas, Public Affairs & Research Manager Jill Blom, Graphics & Communications Manager Casey Boerger, Young Professionals Network Manager Kyle Davis, Member Services Specialist Peyton DeJong, Agribusiness Manager Jennie Doyen, Vice President of Member Services Becky Griebel, Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Heidinger, Member Services Specialist Steven Herman, Sales Manager Pat Lund, Member Relations Manager Mike Lynch, Executive Director of Investor Relations, Forward Sioux Falls Debra Owen, Vice President of Government Relations Holly Rader, Vice President of Member Relations Teresa Schreier, Events Coordinator Susan Seachris, Administrative/Accounting Assistant

Chair Alex Ramirez, USA Media TV Chair-Elect Paul Hanson, Sanford Health Vice Chair Scott Lawrence, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc. Treasurer Miles Beacom, PREMIER Bankcard Immediate Past Chair Dan Doyle, Lloyd Companies Chamber President & CEO Jeff Griffin BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Bunkers, Gage Brothers Kim Burma, Midco Tamien Dysart, Think 3D Solutions Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain, Inc. Kayla Eitreim, Junior Achievement of South Dakota Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Dakota State University Jason Herrboldt, First Bank & Trust Angela Lammers, Cetera Services, LLC

Valerie Loudenback, Grand Prairie Foods Tolcha Mesele, Smithfield Foods Nancy Savage, Child’s Play Toys Nathan Stallinga, DakotAbilities Bob Sutton, Avera Health Tony Venhuizen, Standard Services, LLC EX-OFFICIO

Kyle Groos, Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Cindy Heiberger, Minnehaha County Commission Cynthia Mickelson, Sioux Falls School Board Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County Commission Dr. Jane Stavem, Sioux Falls Public School System Mayor Paul TenHaken, City of Sioux Falls

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Events Calendar

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For a current listing of all Chamber events, visit siouxfallschamber.com, read the weekly edition of Quickly, or call (605) 336-1620. You can register and pay for events online at siouxfallschamber.com.

COST: $10, bring your own lunch


RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com


Tuesday, June 7

Noon– 1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 200

DETAILS: Networking is a skill that you can practice and strengthen. Jackie Payne, FranklinCovey, will help you take your networking to the next level with this Business Sense Workshop.


Business Sense Workshop: Networking 101 Tuesday, July 12


4:30–7 p.m. Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort 1415 Grand Falls Blvd., Larchwood, IA 51241 The business fair features more than 30 Chamber members promoting their goods and services.

Complimentary admission, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Small Business Roundtable Tuesday, June 15

July Membership Mixer Tuesday, July 12 4:30-7 p.m. Holiday Inn City Centre 100 W. 8th St.

DETAILS: Make a new connection at the July Membership Mixer, hosted by Holiday Inn City Centre. COST: $5 or use your Mixer Pass. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Morning Mingle Wednesday, July 20

7:30–9 a.m. Architecture Incorporated 415 S. Main Ave. DETAILS: Before your day gets too hectic, join the Chamber for a fun and energetic morning networking opportunity. Drop by for a cup of coffee and great conversation with other members of the business community.

7:30-8:30 a.m. Zoom

COST: Free

DETAILS: What better way to learn and grow your small business than conversations with other small business owners and employees? The Chair of the Chamber’s Business Leadership Council, Vernon Brown, SDN Communications, will moderate the conversation on challenges, opportunities and resources for small businesses. Free to participate, but registration is required.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. The Sandbar & Grill 2310 S. Marion Road

COST: Free RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com

Morning Mingle Thursday, June 23

7:30–9 a.m. Goodwill of the Great Plains/GoodShred 3401 S. Duluth Ave. DETAILS: Before your day gets too hectic, join the Chamber for a fun and energetic morning networking opportunity. Drop by for a cup of coffee and great conversation with other members of the business community. COST: Free

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ChamberHood – Southwest Thursday, July 28

DETAILS: Who are the people in your neighborhood? Join us for an informative luncheon and a chance to meet some of those neighbors. If you live, work, commute or do business in Southwest Sioux Falls, this event is for you! COST: $30 RSVP: siouxfallschamber.com



To RSVP to any of these events, visit siouxfallsypn.com or call (605) 373-2002. Visit siouxfallsypn.com for a full list of events.

Community Connections Tour: KELOLAND Media Group Wednesday, June 1 4–5 p.m. KELOLAND Media Group 501 S. Phillips Ave.

DETAILS: Go behind the scenes at KELOLAND Televisions. YPN Community Connections Tours provide the opportunity to get an inside look at a local business. COST: Free, registration required

Morning Buzz Thursday, June 2

7:30–9 a.m. Bagel Boy 2505 S. Minnesota Ave. DETAILS: Join other YPN members for networking while getting your morning buzz (coffee). Morning-minded young professionals are invited to come enjoy coffee and conversation with other YPN members at Morning Buzz. COST: Free

2022 YPN Golf League Opener Monday, June 6 5–6:30 p.m. Bakker Crossing 47172 S. Clubhouse Road

DETAILS: The YPN Golf League is the perfect combination of golf, the great outdoors and meeting new people. League registration is closed for 2022 but if you missed out, watch for the YPN Tournament later this summer.

YPs Read – Atomic Habits Monday, June 13 5–6 p.m. Remedy Brewing Company 401 E. 8th St., Suite 120

New Member Lunch Wednesday, June 15

Noon–1 p.m. Chamber of Commerce 200 N. Phillips Ave. DETAILS: Are you new to YPN? Looking for the best way to get involved? Join us for our New Member Lunch at the Chamber! This is a great opportunity to meet other new members and ask questions to experienced members. Lunch is included with registration. Space is limited to the first 20 people to RSVP. COST: $10

Reservations for Six Wednesday, June 22

Find us on social media or visit siouxfallsypn.com

Action Team Meetings You can help shape key areas of YPN programming by joining an Action Team. All team meetings are open to any YPN member who would like to get involved. Volunteering with an Action Team is a great way to strengthen professional connections and exercise your skills in collaboration, facilitation and project management. For more details on the responsibilities of each team, visit siouxfallsypn.com.

Social Action Team

Tuesday, June 7, 4–5 p.m. Remedy Brewing Company 401 E. 8th St., Suite 120

Noon–1 p.m. Blue Rock Bar & Grill 4021 Bobhalla Drive

DETAILS: Get to know other young professionals in the community in a small setting and support a Chamber member restaurant at the same time! Reservations for Six is a networking lunch with no agenda, just a meal out with your peers. Limited to the first six to register! COST: Free, food & drink on your own.

Intro Sioux Falls Thursday, June 23

4–7 p.m. GreatShots 2505 W. Benson Road DETAILS: Learn about the various neighborhoods, activities and attractions, resources for residents, and more. Interns, new residents and life–long locals – all are welcome to come discover what Sioux Falls has to offer. Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while networking with other young professionals. COST: Free

DETAILS: YPs Read is a book club for members of the Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network. COST: Free

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Events listed on these pages are curated from entries submitted to siouxfallsevents.com and experiencesiouxfalls.com/events. Visit these websites for details on the events listed here and more events happening in the Sioux Falls area. All events are subject to change. Please check the online events calendars for the most recent updates.


Lake Lorraine Farmers Market (every Thursday)


The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: A Culinary Cabaret


First Friday in downtown Sioux Falls


Opening Night Levitt 2022 Season at Levitt at the Falls


Eastbank Block Party at 8th & Railroad Center


Sertoma Shine and Show (Car Show)


21st Annual Siouxland Renaissance Festival


Good Earth Summer Concert Series (every Sunday)


Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park


Jerrod Nieman at The District


Harrisburg Days


Warren Zeiders at The District


25th Annual Festival of Cultures


Downtown Loft Tour 2022 downtown Sioux Falls


Spring Open House at Wilde Prairie Winery


Good Earth Summer Concert Series presents Commonground


Midwest Honor Flight at the Alliance


YMCA Fore the Kids Golf Classic


Trace Adkins at South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance


Tea Teapot Days


Calm Waters Golf Tournament


Avey Grouws Band at Levitt at the Falls


Hartford Jamboree Days

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More relationships! Business services you need and access to an expert to help you along the way.

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Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour at The District



Anastasia at Washington Pavilion


Eastbank Block Party


Garretson Jesse James Days


Three Dog Night at Washington Pavilion


Sioux Falls Pride Festival & Parade


Tracy Byrd at The Alliance


605 Summer Classic



Family Service 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk

The Good Night Theatre Collective Presents: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Hank Williams Jr at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center


Wagon Wheel: A Celebration of Whiskey & Wine at W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds


Sunday in the Vineyard at Wilde Prairie Winery


Tommy Howell: An Evening of Storytelling & Music


A Butterfly to Remember Memorial Event


Voices Against Cancer Initiative


Ranch Golf Classic at McCrossan Boys Ranch


Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park

Great Shots Comedy presented by Sean Leary


Downtown Summer Crazy Days

Evening in the Vineyard at Wilde Prairie Winery


Soo Foo Moto Show at J&L Harley-Davidson

Jordan Davis at The District


7th Annual Wiley’s Block Party featuring Kip Moore


The Storytellers 90’s Country Rewind at the Alliance


National Veterans Golden Age Games


Zippity Zoo Day at the Great Plains Zoo


Relay for Life of Sioux Falls at Sertoma Park


13th Annual 605 Summer Classic Event



The Dinner Detective at Sheraton Sioux Falls

5th Annual Hot Classics Night at Nyberg’s Ace downtown


South Dakota Peach Festival


Phil Vassar at The Alliance


National Holstein Convention


Daughtry & Black Stone Cherry at The District


Bud Light Pars and Pubs Mini Golf Pub Crawl

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Economic Indicators

Tracking trends in business is just one way that the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is looking out for our members. Sioux Falls is a great place to do business, in part because of its diverse economy. Check here for economic indicators that help show growth and development.

City of Sioux Falls Building Permit Data

Regional Unemployment Rates

April 2022

March 2022


1,599 permits


2,160 permits




2,001 permits

2022 0









Source: City of Sioux Falls




City of Sioux Falls Total Construction Value April 2022
















Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Note: figures represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), not just city; rates are not seasonally-adjusted

400 $542.5 million $366.6 million

Agriculture Trends March 2022



$14.80 $14.80 $15.40







$318.5 million $99.2 million



(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota



(per bushel) U.S. South Dakota

$158.7 million $44.7 million


2020 Source: City of Sioux Falls

Total Construction Value

2022 New Non-Residential Construction Value



$6.11 $6.56 $4.76

Sioux Falls Region Housing Overview April 2022




New Listings: 569 Days on the Market Until Sale: 71 Median Sales Price: $292,500 Inventory of Homes for Sale: 886 Source: RASE (Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire)








Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Headlines, accolades and rankings — Sioux Falls is often in the news for our community’s excellent business climate and high quality of life. Look for that information to be shared again here along with other topical quick hits.

2021 Visitor Impact Sioux Falls


welcomed approximately

visitors from all over the world. ExperienceSiouxFalls.com

These visitors created an estimated


* Destinations International Event Impact Calculator + Estimated visitors and economic impact based on numbers Experience Sioux Falls could count

in economic benefit to the community.

How Does the Visitor Industry Benefit Me?



Net New Money



Job Creation


Experience Sioux Falls is solely funded by: 1% hotel room tax


$2 per room sold per night Business Improvement District (BID) tax

Paid by visitors. Collected by hotels.

2021 Visitor Impact to South Dakota $4.4 Billion 13.5 Million Visitors

26% increase in visitors.

$345 Million

30% increase over 2020.

State and local tax revenue generated.



Travel and tourism supported jobs.

Additional amount of taxes each S.D. household would pay if tourism did not exist. chambernews.com | Chamber News 13

Faces & Places

Faces & Places Our members do more than follow the news. They make the news. Job promotions and hirings. New projects. New partnerships. Awards. Every day we hear about exciting accomplishments, historic milestones and other positive aspects of our member businesses that deserve to be shared. Submit news to jdoyen@siouxfalls.com.

Jennifer Hoesing DakotAbilities

Dr. Rylan Pearson ChiroFamily

Joey Rotert

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Lynda Billars

The Lynda B. Advantage Corp-Lynda Billars KW

David Johnson

DAKOTACARE Administrative Services (DAS)

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers The Ambassador Committee promotes the Chamber and assists in bringing new members into the organization. The Diplomat Committee works to maintain membership strength in the Chamber and provide outstanding customer service to members. Their volunteer service helps to keep the Chamber strong. Featured ambassadors this month are Jennifer Hoesing, DakotAbilities, and Joey Rotert, Black Hills Federal Credit Union. Hoesing is a new ambassador; she has served as

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a member of the Diplomat Committee for the past two years. Rotert has been an ambassador for almost 10 years.

(DAS), was recognized as the Event Champion for consistent attendance and participation at Chamber events and ribbon cuttings.

The ACE Award is presented monthly to one ambassador in recognition of their efforts to bring new members into the Chamber. The April ACE Award went to Lynda Billars, The Lynda B. Advantage, Keller Williams Realty.

The diplomat team of the month for May was Team Heeney: Captain Anna Heeney; Karlie Solum, Sanford Health; Dino DePerno, Keller Williams Realty; Dr. Rylan Pearson, ChiroFamily; and Brady Smidt, Swenson Wealth Management.

Dr. Rylan Pearson, ChiroFamily, was the May diplomat of the month. David Johnson, DAKOTACARE Administrative Services

New Faces & Promotions Holmes Murphy & Associates has added two industry experts to their Sioux Falls team. Lori Clausen is vice president of employee benefits sales and service. She will oversee sales and service efforts and help drive growth, client satisfaction, employee recruitment and development for the Sioux Falls office. Clausen previously served as the President of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Dakota. Mike Klepatz is a client executive. He will provide strategic support to new and existing clients that will allow employers to optimize benefits and effectively manage spending. Prior to joining Holmes Murphy, Klepatz was director of client services and implementation for Sanford Health Plan. Paula Bindert joined The First National Bank in Sioux Falls as a Wealth Advisor and Officer of the Bank. She previously worked as a public accountant for 27 years. Emily Schonebaum was promoted to branch manager of the bank’s Louise Avenue branch. She has worked at the bank for nearly a decade and was previously a teller supervisor.

and brings 33 years of professional experience to First PREMIER Bank. Most recently, he served as Trust Department President for a Minneapolis-area bank and holds Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), Series Seven and Series Sixty-Six certifications. Tom Kaufman has been promoted to Personal Banking Officer. Kaufman joined PREMIER in August of 2020. He will continue to assist customers with personal accounts and consumer loans. Deb Roach has been named the Vice President for Human Resources at Dakota State University, effective immediately. Roach was previously Director of Career & Professional Development for DSU and had been serving as interim Vice President for Human Resources since November. Roach has a bachelor’s of business administration and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from USD.

First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard welcomed Andrea Jansen as an Internal Audit Officer. Jansen will assist with the review of internal controls and processes for both First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard. In addition, Cassie Wilebski has been promoted to Loan Review Officer, Internal Audit for both First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard. Wilebski reviews indirect and direct non-real estate loans for First PREMIER Bank.

Joel Wohnoutka has been named the Interim Director of the Madison Applied Research Laboratory at Dakota State University. Wohnoutka holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from DSU. He worked at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in research and project management roles. Wohnoutka began working as a research engineer for the Madison Cyber Labs Applied Research Lab (ARL) when it opened in 2021. As interim director, he will use his experience in program management to develop future programs and build relationships with agencies and people on the coasts.

First PREMIER Bank has added two new employees and promoted one. Danielle McGrath joined the bank as a Business Solutions Banker. McGrath has nearly 17 years of experience in the banking industry and will support customers with solutions for cash management services that fit their business needs. McGrath has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in business administration. Greg Kummer joined the bank as Vice President, Wealth Management Department. Kummer will oversee the development and growth of First PREMIER’s Trust Services, Investment Management and Private Banking teams. Kummer is a Minnesota native

The Event Company has promoted three employees and hired three new staff members. Kali Trautman is promoted to director of event operations. Trautman, an Augustana University graduate, joined The Event Company in 2017 and has helped increase business by 250%, despite the Covid-19 global pandemic. Ella Rynders is promoted to creative director. She leads the company’s branding efforts and creative direction. She has four years of graphic design, communications, and marketing experience and is a graduate of Dordt University. Paige Timmons is promoted to event designer. A recent South Dakota State University graduate, Timmons worked part-time at The

Event Company while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, and events and facility management. Molly Hill joined as event designer. Hill has experience in project management, copywriting and event planning. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Iowa. Her role includes client and vendor relations, budget management, event design and communications. Chesney Garnos joined as strategic communications manager. Garnos has four years of communications experience in both the government and nonprofit sectors. She creates and implements online engagement tactics for social media and PR strategies for the company and clients. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota. Kendra Wieringa joined as the happiness coordinator. She oversees administrative duties in the office, develops interoffice communications and works alongside the leadership team to ensure the office runs efficiently and smoothly. Wieringa received her degree in marketing and human resources from Dordt University. Security National Bank of South Dakota has hired Donna Larson as a mortgage loan originator. A professional with more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience, Larson has served in a range of mortgage lending roles, including as a processor, as an originator and as the manager of a mortgage company she helped launch. Amy Frankman has been promoted to mortgage loan originator. Frankman graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a degree in project management and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. She has experience as a personal banker, branch manager and most recently was the retail banking manager for the bank’s Sioux Falls branches. Stacey Ratkiewicz has joined HenkinSchultz Creative Services as account executive and business development manager. Ratkiewicz has worked in digital, television and various advertising sales and account roles throughout the region.

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Faces & Places

Honors & Awards More than 60 nominees were recognized at EmBe’s 49th annual Tribute to Women event. The nine winners for 2022 are: Banking and Finance: Kristina Schaefer, First Bank and Trust; Business Achievement: Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual; Community Service: Angela Schoffelman, Avera Health; EmBeliever Award: Nancy Reynoza, ¿Que Pasa? Sioux Falls and Reynoza Real Estate; Government and Law: Shannon Ausen, City of Sioux Falls; Healthcare and STEM: Lora Black, Sanford Research; Humanities and Education: Wendy Mamer, Augustana University; Young Woman of Achievement: Shannon Huether, Central Payments; Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award: Dr. Nancy Free, Child’s Voice and Sanford Health. Two financial professionals with Principal Financial Group have been recognized as members of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict

ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Ron Staebell achieved membership for the 40th year. Tim Dardis qualified for Top of the Table and Court of the Table, both coveted milestone achievements for their membership in the MDRT organization.

Dawn Knutson, Midwest Employee Benefits, has been named a 2021 Promise Award top agent in South Dakota by Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®. The annual award recognizes agents and agencies for their commitment to excellence and fulfilling promises to Wellmark members. This is the eighth consecutive year that Knutson received the Promise Award.

Experience Sioux Falls recognized six individuals and one business with Visitor Industry Awards. Jackie Tuschen, Avera Health, received the Heart of the City Award for significant contributions to the visitor industry through inspiration, spirit and leadership. Thunder Road received the Business Award for exemplifying innovation, creating impact and causing our region to shine as a visitor destination. First Impression Awards were given to Allyson Kasch, Washington Pavilion; Zane Lodmell, Hampton Inn of Sioux Falls; Stevie Zeller, Look’s Marketplace; and Leslie and Stacey Malmgren, Love Marlow.

KELOLAND Media Group has earned two prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards. The awards were given for coverage of the 2021 Drought Tour and KELOLAND Investigates Cold Cases. Regional winners now advance to the national round. The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

graduate of the University of South Dakota. Flicek will assume his new duties in October.

Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI); a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University; a Superintendent’s License in Educational Leadership from UNI, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, also from UNI. He currently serves as the Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership at USD. De Jong will begin his duties at Dakota State on June 22.

Leadership David Flicek has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Avera Health. He will lead all of Avera’s integrated operations of clinics, hospitals and long-term care centers as well as Avera@Home. Flicek is currently President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center and is Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Avera Medical Group. He will continue his duties as CAO for Avera Medical Group. A search will be conducted for the leadership position at Avera McKennan. Flicek has been with Avera for 27 years. He is a native of Sioux Falls, a graduate of O’Gorman High School and a

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Brian Egeberg has been named the next President of Security National Bank of South Dakota. A professional with more than 30 years of financial experience, Egeberg earned a bachelor of arts in management from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Egeberg succeeds Gary Dybsetter, who retired on May 6. Dr. David De Jong has been named the new Dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University. De Jong has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and

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1-5 The May Membership Mixer was hosted by Dave & Buster’s at their new Sioux Falls location at Lake Lorraine. Chamber members enjoyed networking and the chance to explore the new venue, which features the largest television screen in the state. Jared Hilliard, General Manager of Dave & Buster’s, welcomed guests.

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8 9 6-7 Chamber members gathered at Sylvan Learning

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Center for coffee and networking at the April Morning Mingle. 8-9 The DE&I Activator Series concluded with a celebration recognizing the 77 people who had completed the full program. A panel of participants spoke about their experience and growth through the year. Willette Capers, chair of the board for Pathways to Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces, addressed event attendees. 10 Young professionals met at ChiroFamily for YPN Morning Buzz in May.

11 Attendees at a recent

Business Sense Workshop learned practical ways to improve their networking skills from Jackie Payne, FranklinCovey.


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15 12-13 Nick Wendell, the executive director for the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, and Dr. Brian Maher, the executive director for the South Dakota Board of Regents, were the featured guests at the spring Good Morning Sioux Falls breakfast. Wendell and Maher explained how their respective organizations are working together to increase educational attainment and boost South Dakota’s workforce. 14-15 The Young Professionals Network celebrated 13 years of connecting and developing young professionals at its annual Birthday Bash, held at PAve.

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gathered at Crisp & Green for networking at a recent Power Lunch event.

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17 17-19 Thirty-seven members of Leadership Sioux Falls class 36

graduated from the Chamber’s signature leadership development program in early May. Keynote speaker Rana DeBoer, Keystone Group International, addressed graduates and their guests.


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Community Appeals


Community Appeals Scheduled Fund Drives The purpose of the Community Appeals Committee is to qualify and provide orderly scheduling of capital fund drives to the business community. By vetting capital fund drives, Community Appeals affirms the project is a sound community investment and worthy of donor consideration. It is the intent of the Chamber to encourage every business to carefully consider requests for financial support made by Community Appeals scheduled campaigns. Applications for the next round of campaign scheduling opened May 1, and are due no later than Aug. 1, 2022. Non-profit educational and social organizations interested in applying for Community Appeals should contact Mike Lynch at mlynch@siouxfalls.com.



To expand/renovate the McCrossan School and construct an outdoor athletic complex.


To build a new and larger Furniture Mission facility on the Empower Sioux Falls Campus (previously the School for the Deaf Campus).

To add a second Active Generations location on the east side of Sioux Falls.

VETERANS COMMUNITY PROJECT NOV. 1, 2023-MARCH 31, 2024 To build a village of 25 tiny homes for homeless veterans in the Sioux Falls area. A Village Center will also be constructed to facilitate behavioral/physical wellness, serving to link to other services.


To construct a new campus to increase residential service capacity, specialty school capacity and outpatient services.

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Medical marijuana What employers need to know

By Amy Smolik,

For the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

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A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT: The Chamber strives to provide meaningful and current information to our members via Chamber News. I knew it would be difficult to tackle the topic of legalized marijuana in South Dakota. There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding this complex issue, but that is exactly why this information is so valuable for all businesses. As states across the country deal with legalizing marijuana we will continue to see employment laws and state laws change to address issues that surface. I often hear frustration from employers that they need more guidance. I hear you and I am aware that the content provided in this article likely does not answer all the questions. As time goes on, the Chamber will continue to work with government and private business to ensure we are creating pro-business policies and providing clarity for employers, while adhering to the will of the people.

Jeff Griffin President & CEO Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

South Dakota is one of 37 states where medical marijuana is now legal.

Here’s an overview of what the State and City are regulating, and some gray areas for employers to be aware of.

Figuring out what that means for employers is still being defined.

South Dakota and medical marijuana

“When the measure passed in 2020, it was 95 sections long,” said Justin Smith, a shareholder with Woods, Fuller Shultz & Smith. “Since then, there’s been two intervening legislative sessions with changes to the law.” It’s hard not to get in the weeds when talking about cannabis rules and regulations. A major challenge of cannabis usage is that there is currently no test that measures impairment. Cannabis compounds can linger in the body for weeks after using. “The single biggest weakness and problem for employers and businesses is that existing technology doesn’t allow for tests to tell you whether someone is impaired vs cannabis just being in your system,” Smith said. According to the Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that works on marijuana policy, as of 2021, more than four million Americans are medical marijuana patients. South Dakotans are not included in this number. Numbers tracked by the South Dakota Department of Health show that as of mid-May, 768 patient cards had been approved — and will continue to grow. The easy — and recommended — answer is to consult with an employment attorney about setting policies for your business related to use and testing.

The 2020 election marked the fourth time since 2006 that South Dakota voters had the opportunity to vote on marijuana initiatives. Both Initiated Measure 26 (medical marijuana) and Amendment A (recreational marijuana) were approved by the voters. Both initiatives were slated to become law on July 1, 2021. However, in 2021 the South Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to invalidate Amendment A because it violated Amendment Z, which restricted the number of issues that could be part of a ballot measure. In May 2022, a group submitted signatures to place recreational marijuana on the November 2022 ballot, so it could be back again if approved by the South Dakota Secretary of State. Current qualifying conditions for medical marijuana cards include AIDS/HIV, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, cancer associated with severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting; Crohn’s disease; epilepsy and seizures; glaucoma; and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Any South Dakota resident may petition the department to add a serious medical condition or treatment to the list of debilitating medical conditions as defined by law. South Dakota’s medical cannabis program is housed with the Department of Health. In July 2021 the medical cannabis

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program administrator and the medical cannabis attorney positions were both filled. The administrator position is charged with standing up the new program and working with other staff to put the new processes in place. The Department of Public Safety provides staff to perform inspections of all medical cannabis establishments. The Department of Revenue has also played a key supporting role in putting cannabis processes together. According to a spokesperson with the Department of Health, the timelines to get these processes in place were short, but the department has met every deadline set by the voters. IM 26 passed in November 2020. The South Dakota Codified Law, 34-20G, went into effect on July 1, 2021. Administrative rules pertaining to medical cannabis were put in place in October 2021. There are 13 chapters of rules that guide various aspects of the program. In addition, three major online software solutions were put in place for establishment registration, patient/physician registration and seed-to-sale tracking. The Department of Health placed authority with local municipal and county governments regarding medical cannabis establishments and licensure.

What’s new in 2022 Many bills related to medical cannabis were introduced in the 2022 session with only a handful ultimately passing and becoming law as of July 1. Some major changes associated with those laws include giving physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses the ability to certify medical cannabis patients as well as some changes to the testing/laboratory rules. The legislature modified the definitions of certain terms and added terms that have a substantial impact on employers, according to an analysis by Woods Fuller. The most important additions are the terms “safety-sensitive job” and “under the influence of cannabis,” said attorney Seth Lapour with Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith. However, because the term is brand new and not yet interpreted by the courts it is still a gray area. This definition leaves considerable discretion to the employer. The employer’s belief must be “reasonable” under the circumstances. If challenged or analyzed by a court, it is likely it would consider all the surrounding facts and circumstances to determine whether an

Medical marijuana terms to know Medical Cannabis

All parts of any plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not, in its natural and unaltered state, except for drying or curing and crushing or crumbling. The term includes an altered state of cannabis absorbed into the human body. The term does not include fiber produced from the mature stalks of such plant, or oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant. The term does not include the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis. (§22-42-1)


Any entity registered with the department pursuant to this chapter that acquires, possesses, stores, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, or dispenses cannabis, cannabis products, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials to cardholders. (§34-20G- l (15))

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Medical Cannabis Establishment

A cultivation facility, a cannabis testing facility, a cannabis product manufacturing facility, or a dispensary. (§34-20G-l (16))


A patient who has been diagnosed by a practitioner as having a debilitating medical condition or a designated caregiver who has been issued and possesses a valid registry identification card. (§34-20G-l (6))

Debilitating Medical Condition

A chronic or debilitation disease or condition or its treatment that causes wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or any other medical condition as defined by the Department of Health. (§34-20G-1 (8))


A physician who is licensed with the authority-to prescribe drugs to humans. (§34-20G-1 (20))

employer “reasonably” believed injury or damage could result. The legislative changes to Ch. 34-20G were significant for employers with respect to medical cannabis. With the creation of the term “safety-sensitive job” and the definition of “under the influence of cannabis,” employers were given broad latitude to determine whether a specific task is dangerous and whether an employee is considered impaired enough as to qualify for discipline. The 2022 legislature also revised the criminal code to include a new restriction on the ingestion of medical cannabis: No person may smoke, eat, consume, or vape marijuana, marijuana concentrate, or marijuana products in any public place or place of employment. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Sioux Falls and medical marijuana The City has implemented its medical cannabis program and operates it consistent with State law and City ordinance. The City implemented passage, interpretation and implementation of its medical cannabis program along with, and

Non-Resident Cardholders

Non-resident cardholders fall under the provisions of the new laws if they have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition and were issued a registry card by another jurisdiction, have submitted any required documentation to the Department of Health, and have received confirmation of registration. (§34-20G-l (19))

Designated Caregiver •

Is at least 21 years old;

Has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of cannabis;

Has not been convicted of a disqualifying felony; and

Assists no more than five qualifying patients, unless the patients reside in or are admitted to a health care or residential care facility where the caregiver is employed. (§34-20G- l (10))

Source: South Dakota Department of Health

often simultaneous to, state law and regulation. Relevant City policies are Ordinance Chapter 121 (Medical Cannabis Regulations) and Chapter 160 (Medical Cannabis Zoning Regulations). No additional staff were hired because of the passage of IM 26. State law dictates that the Department of Health doesn’t impose any limits on establishment numbers. Local governments, through ordinances, can impose limits on the number of establishments within their jurisdiction. One stipulation is that they must allow at least one dispensary in their local jurisdiction. The Sioux Falls City Council set the number of dispensaries at five.

What else employers need to know Given the nation’s current workforce shortages, the trend seems to be to stop testing for marijuana because it limits an applicant pool. A recent analysis by Quest Diagnostics released in March 2022 showed that in 2021 the rate of positive drug test results among America’s workforce reached its highest rate since 2001 and was up more than 30% in the combined U.S. workforce from an all-time low in 2010-2012. The same study showed positivity rates for marijuana in the general U.S. workforce, based on more than 6 million urine tests, continued an upward climb, increasing 8.3% (3.6% in 2020 versus 3.9% in 2021) — the highest positivity rate ever reported in this study. In the last five years, positivity for marijuana in the general U.S. workforce increased 50% (2.6% in 2017 versus 3.9% in 2021). Employers have a need to balance safety and compliance, while attracting and retaining key employees. State laws vary about marijuana; however, all employers do not have to allow drug use in the workplace or tolerate employees who come to work under the influence. South Dakota’s law reflects this as well — No employer is required to allow the ingestion, possession, transfer, display, or transportation of cannabis in any workplace or to allow any employee to work while under the influence of cannabis. No employer is prohibited from establishing and enforcing a drug free workplace policy that may include a drug testing program that complies with state and federal law and acting with respect to an applicant or employee under the policy. In addition, businesses are not required to allow the smoking or vaping of medical cannabis on their property. Landlords are not required to allow the cultivation of cannabis on the rental property. Under this state law, employers can completely prohibit medical cannabis in the workplace. An analysis by the Woods

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Medical marijuana timeline A brief look at the history of marijuana in South Dakota and nationwide.


As part of a larger trend nationwide to restrict cannabis, South Dakota banned the drug


Hawaii is the first state to legalize medical marijuana


Initiated Measure 1 would have made it legal to plant, cultivate, harvest, possess, process, transport, sell or buy industrial hemp or any of its by-products with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of 1% or less; it was defeated 62.03%-37.97%


Initiated Measure 4 would have provided safe access to medical marijuana for certain persons; it failed on a 52.3%47.7% vote


Initiated Measure 13 would have authorized the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana by and for persons with certain medical conditions; it failed 63.31%-36.69%


July 1

IM 26 — medical marijuana — went into effect. Practitioners begin issuing written certifications, or registry cards.

November •

The South Dakota Supreme Court overturned Amendment A, upholding the lower court’s decision.

The South Dakota Department of Health printed the first medical cannabis patient cards.

The City of Sioux Falls conducted a lottery for its allowed dispensaries.

2022 May

Signatures submitted to put an initiated measure on the November 2022 ballot that would legalize marijuana use, possession, and distribution for individuals 21 years old and older.

July 1

Several new laws related to medical marijuana go into effect: •


Added definitions of “safety-sensitive job” and “under the influence of cannabis” to existing state law regarding medical marijuana

Nursing homes, treatment centers and mental health centers can implement restrictions on cannabis use within their facilities and are protected from being forced to store and administer medical cannabis to clients and patients.


The Department of Health must provide written notice if revoking a previously issued medical marijuana ID card

The number of cannabis plants a qualified card holder can have in their private residence is capped at four plants.

Physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners are eligible to certify patients as qualifying for medical marijuana use.

Testing requirements for cannabis products must be tested in batches exceeding no more than 50 pounds.

Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe began selling cannabis on the reservation following a 2015 vote by tribal authorities to authorize it; under the regulation, buyers are required to consume the product on tribal property.


Two issues related to marijuana appeared on the ballot. Amendment A, a ballot initiative to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis for recreational use passed with 54.2% of South Dakota voters in favor. Initiated Measure 26 legalized medical cannabis, passing with 69.92% of the vote.

2021 February

A lawsuit argued Amendment A was unconstitutional due to violating the state’s single-subject rule for ballot measures (Amendment Z, which passed in 2018). A circuit court judge ruled in favor of the lawsuit, which prevented the legalization of recreational marijuana in South Dakota from going into effect pending a higher court’s decision.

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Nov. 8

If the signatures submitted in May are validated by the Secretary of State, South Dakota voters can vote on an initiated measure legalizing recreational marijuana usage.

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Fuller firm identified several other statutes that directly impact a business’s or employer’s ability to regulate medical cannabis, though not revised in 2022. Related to workers’ compensation, a government medical assistance program or private health insurer, workers’ compensation insurance carrier, or self-insured employer providing workers’ compensation benefits, is not required to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of cannabis. However, issues surrounding employees seeking reimbursement for medical marijuana costs are sure to arise and employers will need to know how to address these requests. For businesses with federal regulations or funding tied to their businesses that are at risk due to positive drug tests, federal law supersedes state law. The rights provided in state law do not apply to the extent that they conflict with an employer’s obligations under federal law or regulation, in particular that they would disqualify an employer from a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law or regulation. Nothing in state law prohibits an employer from disciplining an employee for ingesting cannabis in the workplace or

for working while under the influence of cannabis. However, it’s nearly impossible to assess user’s level of impairment and it’s not yet widely known what effects varying levels of THC will have on people. The statutes do not define or regulate a standard concentration, brand, strain — one of the biggest holes in the legislation, Smith said. Unlike alcohol, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects, there is not sufficient science or evidence to say what amount of THC equals impairment. Even after reading the state law, it’s likely that employers still have questions about what they can and cannot do regarding medical marijuana usage in the workplace. Can employees be terminated for positive marijuana tests? Can job offers be rescinded for the same reason? Should businesses test for marijuana use, and if so, how do you test? “There are lots of gray areas and questions,” Smith said. “We need to raise awareness that this is not a simple deal. Before an employer drafts policy on use, possession, testing or anything else — talk to an employment attorney.”

Who can get a medical marijuana card

Allowable amount of cannabis

Any resident of this state may petition the department to add a serious medical condition or treatment to the list of debilitating medical conditions as defined by this chapter. The department shall consider a petition in the manner required by rules promulgated by the department pursuant to this chapter, including public notice and hearing. The department shall approve or deny a petition within one hundred eighty days of submission. The approval or denial of any petition is a final decision of the department, subject to judicial review. 34-20G-26

Three ounces of cannabis or less.

If the cardholder has a registry identification card allowing cultivation, no more than three cannabis plants unless cardholder meets the requirements provided by the Department and SDCL Ch. 34-20G.

No background checks are required to issue an ID card – which means no violent or drug related offenses will prohibit someone from obtaining an ID card and medical marijuana.

Who can’t get a medical marijuana card

Resources City of Sioux Falls

Medical Cannabis Regulations — Chapter 121 Medical Cannabis Zoning Regulations — Chapter 160

State of South Dakota

Does not provide the required information, fee, or materials;

Codified Law Chapter 34-20G

Previously had a registry identification card revoked; or

(605) 773-3048

Provided false information.

South Dakota Department of Health

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Business Advocacy

2022 Legislative Scorecard A key piece of the Chamber’s annual Legislative Report is the Legislative Scorecard. The scorecard tracks how all 30 legislators from the greater Sioux Falls area voted on the issues that are important to the Chamber’s membership. The Chamber’s advocacy efforts are led by members and conversations begin in September of every year through the work of the Issues Management Council (IMC). The Board of Directors then considers the IMC’s recommendations on the Chamber’s guiding public policy documents which ultimately guide the Chamber’s advocacy efforts in Pierre. Lawmakers earned a “Sioux Falls Community Champion” designation if they voted with the Chamber on 100% of the bills on the scorecard and a “Sioux Falls Supporter” designation if they voted in line with the Chamber on more than 80% of the bills.

Scorecard Key Opposed Chamber’s position Supported Chamber’s position Did not vote Community Champion Supporter

The full 2022 Legislative Scorecard includes how legislators voted on nearly 30 bills. The version presented here is a summary version, showing only the 10 bills that were of highest priority to the Chamber. The Champion and Supporter designations are based on the scores from the full scorecard. The complete 2022 scorecard, along with the 2022 Legislative Report, can be found at siouxfallschamber.com.


Vaccine Retribution: Would have allowed an employee to bring a claim against an employer for actual and punitive damages for injuries or illness caused by a vaccination if it is mandated as a condition of their employment.

HB 1033

Workforce Housing: Sought to make an appropriation for housing infrastructure loans and grants. This bill was hoghoused by a conference committee into an entirely new bill. The Chamber was involved when this bill addressed workforce housing and the scorecard reflects this.

HB 1210

USD Discovery District: Appropriated $15 million to construct a new biomedical innovation facility at the USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls, allowing USD to move to Phase III of their project.

SB 53

Workforce Housing: Appropriated $100 million for housing infrastructure grants that will run through GOED and another $100 million into the Housing Opportunity Fund at the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) for revolving loans with flexible terms. GOED is required to make 50% of their funding available to municipalities with a population less than 50,000.

SB 54

DSU Cyber Program Expansion: Appropriated $30 million to assist DSU with their cyber program expansion, which includes launching the Governor’s Cyber Academy in every South Dakota high school.

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SB 61

STC Health Simulation Center: Appropriated $4.5 million to purchase equipment for a health sciences clinical simulation center at Southeast Technical College. Once completed, the facility will allow for approximately 150 new students annually to help meet the increasing demand within critical health care career fields.

SB 65

Housing Opportunity Fund: This bill would have added housing infrastructure as an eligible expense under the Housing Opportunity Fund and removed some of the limitations regarding income limits and geographical distribution guidelines from project focused solely on housing infrastructure.

SB 130

DSU Applied Research Lab: Allowed the Board of Regents to acquire land in Sioux Falls donated by Sanford Health for the Dakota State University Applied Research Laboratory. It also appropriates $50 million of privately donated funds to the project.

SB 162

Discretionary formula: Revised the discretionary formula for reduced taxation of new structures and residential property.

SB 182

Government intrusion: Sought to prohibit any state agency, elected official or employee of the State of South Dakota to enter into a contract with a bank unless the contract specifies that the bank has no categorical policy, rule, or guidance requiring it to refuse services to firearm manufacturers, distributors, suppliers or firearm trade associations.

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Rep. Richard Thomason (13)*


Rep. Taylor Rehfeldt (14)*


Rep. Doug Barthel (10)


Sen. Wayne Steinhauer (9)


Rep. Mark Willadsen (11)*


Sen. Blake Curd (12)


Rep. Erin Healy (14)*


Rep. Jamie Smith (15)


Rep. David Anderson (16)


Sen. Reynold Nesiba (15)*


Rep. Linda Duba (15)*


Sen. Jack Kolbeck (13)*


Rep. Greg Jamison (12)*


Rep. Ernie Otten (6)*


Sen. Larry Zikmund (14)*


Sen. Jim Bolin (16)*


Sen. Maggie Sutton (10)*


Rep. Sue Peterson (13)*


Sen. Jim Stalzer (11)*


Sen. Herman Otten (6)*


Rep. Kevin Jensen (16)*


Sen. Marsha Symens (25)


Rep. Arch Beal (12)*


Rep. Jon Hansen (25)*


Rep. Rhonda Milstead (9)


Rep. Tom Pischke (25)*


Rep. Chris Karr (11)*


Rep. Bethany Soye (9)*


Rep. Steve Haugaard (10)


Rep. Aaron Aylward (6)*






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61 SB

54 SB



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* denotes legislator is seeking reelection in 2022 Note: If an elected official did not vote on an issue, the issue is not counted when tabulating the annual score.

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Sioux Falls Skatepark Association surpasses campaign goal By Mike Lynch

By August 2023, skateboarding enthusiasts will enjoy a new, state-ofthe-art skatepark at the intersection of 10th Street and Cliff Avenue in Sioux Falls. After completing a hugely successful Community Appeals campaign on March 31, the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association (SFSA) raised over $1.7 million from the Sioux Falls area business community, surpassing its goal by nearly $350,000. With the City of Sioux Falls donating $800,000, the total raised for the project over the past six months is $2.5 million. The City is partnering with SFSA as part of the City’s Master Plan for Nelson Park and will also donate the land for the project. A gifting agreement will be created with the City after final cost estimates are determined. According to SFSA co-founder Walter Portz, the “Let’s Skate” campaign found success by educating the public how the new skatepark will benefit the community. They also dialed into conversation based on the motivations of prospective donors. “The main angles we presented to prospects were the park’s low barrier to entry (skateboard affordability), activating healthy habits in both physical and mental aspects and workforce development,” said Portz. “Telling the stories of individuals and or families that skateboarding has impacted was also very influential.” The primary motivation for this project is community building, Portz said. “By providing a place for people to safely participate in a low-cost, physical activity that doesn’t require fees or team organizations, we are offering an opportunity to be a part of something—a community—while still maintaining your individuality.” Portz said the Chamber’s Community Appeals process is the reason this project will get done. “Without the team, the motivation of a deadline and the access to Chamber members, this project would be floundering. Community Appeals focused and motivated us to get everything together.” Like many quality of life projects, the skatepark will also provide a significant economic impact. “From a workforce development perspective, this space will be another showpiece for our city,” Portz said. “As people look at Sioux Falls as a place to work, start a business or relocate here, as a city, we need modern and progressive attractions in order to recruit young workers and their families. This provides another feather in our cap.” The skatepark will also positively impact tourism. Portz said skateboarding is a creative sport and riders are constantly looking for new terrain and new ways to ride, so inherently, skateboarders travel frequently. Portz said many local skaters may travel to Des Moines, Minneapolis or Omaha, or even make road trips to the West Coast.

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Youth involved in the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association helped reveal the total amount the organization raised through their recent Community Appeal Campaign.

“One obstacle we could not overcome is to define what the volume and scope of that travel is. We only have anecdotal evidence,” Portz said. “We’re bringing ideas to the table about how to quantify this reality and talking to the Tony Hawk Foundation to see if we can find a way to do this in order to help future projects here and elsewhere.” The new skatepark aligns perfectly with SFSA goals, but in the spirit of thinking progressively as skaters do, it doesn’t end there, according to Portz. “The skatepark is the goal, so the real question is what is next? Community outreach? Lessons? Helping other cities build parks? More skateparks in Sioux Falls?” Time will tell what evolves beyond the skatepark. However, with the enthusiasm, creativity and energy for skateboarding in our community, the future looks very bright for SFSA.

Apply for Leadership Sioux Falls The Evan C. Nolte Leadership Sioux Falls program will begin accepting applications for the 37th class on June 13, 2022. More than 1,000 people have gone through the signature leadership program of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce since it launched in 1986. Leadership Sioux Falls identifies current and future leaders of Sioux Falls and educates them on the different aspects that tie the community together, with the goal of inspiring program participants to take action to make a positive impact on the future of Sioux Falls. The program is built around providing educational experiences; thereby helping participants identify ways they can serve and engage in active citizenship of the community in alignment with their individual strengths, talents and purpose. The Leadership Sioux Falls program runs October through April and concludes with a graduation in May. Each session of the program focuses on different facets of the Sioux Falls community and include topics such as education, local and state government, public safety, business and industry and service.

be accepted until August 5. Tuition is $900 and is non-refundable. For more information, contact Holly Rader at (605) 373-2016 or hrader@siouxfalls.com.

The program application, as well as a complete schedule for Class 37 is available at siouxfallschamber.com. Applications will

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Ag scholarships awarded The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has awarded Sioux Empire Livestock Show Exhibitor Scholarships to seven students pursuing post-secondary education. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show Exhibitor Scholarship is given to students who are enrolled in a two- or four-year program for the next academic year, with plans to study in an agriculture-related field. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have participated in the Chamber’s Sioux Empire Livestock Show as an exhibitor of either cattle, market lamb, market goat or market swine. A committee of volunteers from the Chamber’s Agribusiness Division reviews applications and selects the scholarship recipients. The 2022 Sioux Empire Livestock Show Exhibitor Scholars are: • Sheridan Hank, Aledo, IL - Iowa State University to study Agriculture and Rural Policy • Magen Tol, Canby, MN – South Dakota State University to study Agricultural Communications

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• Tyler Loudon, Creston, IA –Oklahoma State University to study Agriculture/Animal Science • Claire Duch, New London, WI – University of Wisconsin – River Falls to study Agricultural Education • Matea Gordon, Whitewood, SD – South Dakota State University to study Agricultural Business, Economics and Marketing • Korbin Leddy, Stockholm, SD – South Dakota State University to study Agricultural Business with a minor in Animal Science • Taylor Kelly, Algona, IA –Iowa State University to study Biology (pre-veterinary)

Using Your Membership

Join The Crew By Holly Rader Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

Many members appreciate the connections that they can gain through their membership in the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Whether you want to grow your professional network or strengthen ties to other business leaders with shared interests, the Chamber has so many options! One of our newer options for volunteering is The Crew. This group is different from most other Chamber committees because it doesn’t have recurring meetings or a minimum time commitment. In fact, The Crew was designed for members who want a way to participate in Chamber activities, but don’t want a long-term volunteer commitment. The Crew is a fun and flexible way to volunteer for short periods of time that fit your schedule. You determine your level of involvement – often your shift is just an hour. You can volunteer as often or as little as you like, depending on your schedule.

What does The Crew do?

Crew volunteers provide support at Chamber events to help make sure things run smoothly. Duties for Crew members might include working the registration table, ushering attendees, assisting with materials setup or taking photos. Chamber events are held in the morning, over the lunch hour or at the close of the workday. While the commitment is low, this group of volunteers plays a crucial role in making Chamber events successful.

How to join

If you would like to join The Crew, or just want to learn more about it, please email Teresa at tschreier@siouxfalls.com. You’ll receive a brief virtual training so that you are prepared and confident when you arrive at your first assignment. Volunteer opportunities are shared with all Crew members once per month. You sign up for the shift(s) that you are interested in and fit your schedule. You’ll receive a reminder prior to any event you’re scheduled for, along with any special instructions needed.

Why be part of The Crew?

Crew members are a welcoming face at the entrance to many Chamber events.

One of the best benefits of being a Crew member is that you’ll have so many natural opportunities to network as you help with the event. If approaching someone new is not your favorite part of networking, you might find that greeting them at the registration table is an easier way to start a conversation. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to get involved with the Chamber, I invite you to consider joining our fun group of Crew members! If you are already serving the Chamber in a different volunteer role – thank you! Volunteers make things happen for our Chamber.

The low time commitment is an attractive aspect of The Crew for many volunteers. It is a way to be involved, without locking yourself into a set schedule.

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Member Voice

Inspiring philanthropy for public parks As a long-time resident of Sioux Falls, one of the things I love most about our community is our dynamic parks system. With more than 80 beautiful parks and an outstanding 29-mile paved bike trail that wraps around the city, our parks system has enhanced my family’s quality of life in countless ways — offering opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature, improve physical and mental wellbeing, create meaningful connections with others, and build lasting memories. My passion for the outdoors and my love for our parks system is what inspired me to join the advisory board for the Sioux Falls Parks Foundation, an affiliate of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation that is working to inspire philanthropy to help sustain and enhance our city’s world-class parks and recreation programming and system. For me, it’s an opportunity to give back to a city and a parks system that have been central to my life for nearly three decades. As a young family, my wife, Susie, and I cherished time on the bike trail with our children. As our kids have grown, we’ve continued to enjoy time together outdoors, and today Susie and I routinely run and bike together on the trail. As a triathlete, I’ve met and built wonderful friendships with individuals and families throughout our community thanks to our bike trail, our city parks and our aquatic facilities.

Kim Patrick

Sioux Falls Parks Foundation

During my professional life, I saw how our parks and recreation system plays a key role in powering the economic engine of our city. Throughout my career, I witnessed first-hand the extraordinary talent we were able to recruit to Sioux Falls because of our fantastic parks, our well-conceived bike trail and our top-level sporting and recreation facilities. Parks can also help us improve and enhance our physical and mental well-being — something that’s especially significant given all we’ve been through during the last two years. Scientific research continues to show that even spending as few as 10 minutes amid nature can make us feel happier and lessen the effects of physical and mental stress. All of these are reasons why I feel so strongly about the importance of sustaining and enhancing our city’s parks system and why I’m honored to serve on the advisory board for the Sioux Falls Parks Foundation. At the Parks Foundation, we believe parks, the bike trail, pools and other recreational facilities play a central role in creating a thriving community. They help open our eyes to the beauty of the natural world, offer us opportunities to better ourselves, help build connections among neighbors and foster brighter outcomes for our kids by offering spaces to play, imagine and explore. Our work at the Parks Foundation is shaped through meaningful connections with the community and collaboration with the City of Sioux Falls and its Parks and Recreation Department. Together, we are inspiring philanthropy to bring ideas to life that align with our community’s needs today, and with its goals for tomorrow. Recent examples of philanthropic

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...our parks and recreation system plays a key role in powering the economic engine of our city.

investments in parks include the Kirby Dog Park at Fort Sod, and Jacobson Plaza, a project that, when it opens in 2023, will further transform downtown with the addition of an ice ribbon, warming house, all-inclusive playground, food hall and more. Our parks have always been what we need them to be at the time — a place to enjoy nature, to gather with family and friends, to make new connections, to train, to find peace and so much more. The Sioux Falls Parks Foundation is here to help sustain these great spaces that bring so much to our lives, and to help make dreams for new and enhanced parks a reality by working with donors, the City and the Parks and Recreation Department. If you’re interested in learning more about the Parks Foundation, or if you’ve been dreaming about how philanthropy could enhance our parks system, I invite you to contact me or another member of the Sioux Falls Parks Foundation advisory board. Visit us online at sfparksfoundation.org. Kim Patrick and his family moved to Sioux Falls in 1996. He recently retired from Sanford Health after a lengthy career as Chief Legal Officer. Kim and his wife, Susie, have two children. Ryan and his wife, Becca, live in Rochester, New York. Katie and her husband, Ryan, live in Fairbanks, Alaska. Kim and Susie hope the parks and rec system and other great attributes of Sioux Falls lure them all back.

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Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce offers a ribbon cutting ceremony or member spotlight video for members to celebrate joining the Chamber, milestone anniversaries, expansions or remodels. The public and all Chamber members are invited to share in the celebration. Call (605) 336-1620 for more information or to schedule your event. Groundbreaking ceremonies are coordinated by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Call (605) 339-0103 for more information or to schedule your event.

12-15 Cleaning

1215cleaning.com 12-15 Cleaning is a locally owned cleaning company serving the Sioux Falls business community. L to R: Josh North, Dan Doyle, Alexis Konstant Mahlen, Lucas Fiegen, Seth North (owner), Nichelle Lund, Jaqueline Donaldson (owner), Ryan Schmidtman and Kathy Donaldson.


Affordable Housing Solutions

800 S. Sycamore Ave. a-h-s.org Affordable Housing Solutions is constructing six townhome/twin home units that will be sold to income-eligible buyers. L to R: Kurt Loudenback, Karl Fulmer (executive director), Dave Rozenboom, Brent Tucker, Jeff Eckhoff, Dominique Jackson and Jeff Griffin.


Banner Associates, Inc.


3900 N. Northview Ave. bannerassociates.com Banner Associates is building a new 14,000-square foot, two-story building in northwest Sioux Falls. It will house the firm’s professional/technical engineering staff in the Sioux Falls region, with the option for a future building expansion. L to R: Jeremy Eitreim, Scott Lawrence, James Drew, Pat Starr, Scott Vander Meulen, Brad Wermers (president), Kurt Loudenback, Carol Kervin, Gregg Jorgenson, Dave Lorang and Mary Johnson.

Digit-All Technologies

27087 Morton Court teamdigitall.com Digit-All Technologies moved to a new location to expand their growing technology business. L to R: Thomas Trimble, April Meyerink, James Gaspar, Clarissa Roemen, Jay Soukup, Wade Backman (owner), Sam Reed, Tom Wight, Andrea Carstensen, Kim Burma, Richie Fieber and Patrick Fitzsimmons. NEW LOCATION

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Ribbon Cuttings

ELBO Computing Resources, Inc.

201 N. Minnesota Ave., #102 elbo.net ELBO Computing Resources, Inc. celebrated their 25th anniversary as a trusted vital partner to the local small business community. L to R: Spencer Harris, Valerie Loudenback, Megan Jansick, Kevin Elsing, Kyle Boese (president), Jay Soukup, Jennifer Hoesing, Amy O’Connor Hoback and Matt Dreke. NEW MEMBER

European Wax Center

4019 W. 41st St. waxcenter.com European Wax Center is a beauty lifestyle brand that provides full body waxing services and a full line of beauty products. L to R: Libbie Dorris, Megan Kjose, Angie Wahl, Megan Jansick, Kailey Bello, Lynda Billars, Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger and Sheena Thompson.


Real Property Management Express

4700 E. 61st St. expressrpm.com Real Property Management Express has moved to a new office and recently added two new partners. L to R: Brent Zomer (CRO), Dalton Bristow, Jay Soukup, Josh Kattenberg (CEO), Jason Herrbolt, Carrie Dragt, Lynda Billars, Alexis Konstant Mahlen and Merlin Huff (president). NEW LOCATION

Regional Water Reclamation Plant


4500 N. Sycamore Ave. The expansion of the City's Regional Water Reclamation plant will extend the useful life of the system for the next 20 years. L to R: Erin Bofenkamp, Mark Hierholzer, Erica Beck, Allyn Brummel, Shad Hochstein, Tony Schnetter, Shannon VerHey, Mark Perry, Reynold Nesiba, Mark Cotter, Bob Mundt, Joe Van Schepen, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Alex Jensen, DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts, Jeff Warkenthien, Phil Greenwood, James Peterson, Chad Meyer and Chris Anvik.

SoDak Stays

sodakstays.com SoDak Stays partners with property owners to run profitable, extremely hospitable, highly unique short-term rentals. L to R: Sam Haglun, Derrick Karsky, Albert Huizing (co-founder), Kuol Malou, Kayla Huizing (co-founder), Henry Huizing, Megan Kjose, Kristin HoefertRedlinger, Natalie Eisenberg and Beth Haglund.


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Tomar Park

100 W. Twin Oaks Road The City of Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Tennis Association broke ground on a $3 million, 12-court tennis complex at Tomar Park. L to R: Dick Jameson, Alex Jensen, Tom Walsh Sr., Jamie Volin, Ann Nachtigal, Carissa Dice, Lydia Healy, Eric Weisser, Steve Kolbeck, Don Kearney and Tory Miedema.


Wegner Roofing & Solar

6100 W. 41st St., Suite 102 wegnerroofing.com Wegner Roofing & Solar creates a superior experience by educating and advocating for their clients. L to R: Matt Thompson, Nathan Stallinga, Kuol Malou, Adam Fischer (branch president), Sandy Case, Kristin HoefertRedlinger, Adam Fischer and Nick Laddusaw.


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Promote your business in Chamber News. Contact Steven Herman at (605) 373-2013 or chambernews@siouxfalls.com.


New Members Avalon Manufacturing

Manufacturing & Production Tamra Enger, (605) 271-4159 4301 N. Northview Ave., 57107 avalonmfg.com

Bagel Boy

Restaurants Brenda Dinsmore, (605) 334-3212 2505 S. Minnesota Ave., 57103 bagelboysf.com

Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services LLC Medical Services & Supplies Britt Zink, (605) 215-8890 6236 S. Pinnacle Place, #106, 57108 brittzinkpt.com


Auto Sales Dusty Johnson, (605) 271-0280 2400 N. Bakker Landing Ave., Tea, 57064 carswapusa.com

Charis Ministry Partners Associate Member Cindy Haiar 1300 E. 10th St., 57103 charissf.org

Central States Insurance

Insurance & Benefits T.J. Cameron, (605) 274-2545 4305 S. Louise Ave., #106, 57106 centralstatesins.com

Comfort Inn & Suites Sanford Sports Complex Hotels & Motels Eric Seljeskog, (605) 431-111

New members are printed in each issue of Chamber News. Following is a list of businesses or individuals who have invested in the greater community by joining the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. An online Membership Directory can be found at siouxfallschamber.com. Want to become a member? Call (605) 336-1620.

Firelink Digital Marketing LLC

Sioux Falls Curling

Fresh Impact, LLC

Steve Smith

Marketing & Digital Services Mychelle Garrigan, (605) 679-8406 firelinkdigital.com

Marketing/Advertising Agencies Kim VanderPoel, (605) 759-4187 300 N. Dakota Ave., #603, 57104 freshimpact4biz.com

Lawn Doctor of Sioux Falls

Lawn & Snow Ryan Nieuwsma, (605) 610-8154 lawndoctor.com/siouxfalls-sd

Molten Audio

Entertainment Services Adam Ellsworth, (605) 321-7160 moltenaudio.com

Northwestern Mutual – Josh Tirrel Affiliate–Insurance Josh Tirrel, (605) 978-9994 2307 W. 57th St., 57108 joshtirrel.nm.com

Northwestern Mutual – Ryan Landmark Affiliate–Insurance Ryan Landmark, (605) 978-9994 2307 W. 57th St., 57108 ryanlandmark.nm.com


Medical Services & Supplies Brian Bucher, (605) 339-4244 800 S. Cliff Ave., 57104 numotion.com

OxiFresh Carpet Cleaning

Doug DeGroot Associate Member

Cleaning Services Bryan McCabe, (605) 951-9988 oxifresh.com

Distinctive Window Tinting

Pestmaster Services of Sioux Falls

Auto Glass Andersson Ramos, (605) 610-5054 615 S. Lyons Ave., Unit 200, 57106

En Place Catering

Catering Jacob Marek, (605) 271-4484 818 E. 8th St., 57103 enplacecatering.com

EPI Investigations & Risk Management Business Consulting Nate Frederick, (605) 759-8778 5015 S. Western Ave., Suite 250, 57108 equitesintl.com

Pest Control Angie Pendergast, (605) 681-4386 2003 N. 4th Ave., 57104 sioux-falls.pestmaster.com

Associate Member Jake McKenzie, (507) 530-2005 sfcurling.com

Associate Member

Sodak Software & Services, Inc. IT Consulting Jason Ackman, (605) 305-4853 sodaksoftware.com

St. Mary Catholic Church

Associate Member Fr. Paul Rutten, (605) 332-6391 2109 S. 5th Ave., 57105 stmarysf.org

TH Grey Boutique

Clothing & Shoes Ondrea Stachel, (605) 271-4132 330 S. Phillips Ave., 57104 thgrey.com

Vin Yan Properties LLC

Lodging Yaneth Leo, (415) 823-0077 421 S. Elmwood Ave., 57104 vinyanproperties.com

Wholestone Farms

Food Production/Distribution Katie Sinclair, (402) 753-3200 900 S. Platte Ave., Fremont, NE wholestonefarms.com


Restaurants Claire Santos, (605) 275-9464 1902 S. Minnesota Ave., 57105 wingstop.com


Coffee Shops Linda Kokenge, (605) 213-1110 815 Gateway Lane, #1, Tea, 57084 zookscoffeebar.com

Plumbing & Heating Wholesale Inc. Wholesale Adam Kaskie, (605) 251-0175 1411 A Ave., 57104 pandhwholesale.com

Sandy Robar Insurance

Insurance & Benefits Sandy Robar, (605) 728-1115 6236 S. Pinnacle Place, #104, 57108 sandyrobarinsurance.com

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Member Anniversaries Congratulations to the following members who are celebrating their milestone membership anniversaries this month. They are part of a continued commitment to our community through their investment in the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Chamber membership, contact (605) 336-1620 or gsfcc@siouxfalls.com. Find a complete Membership Directory online at siouxfallschamber.com.

AAA South Dakota

Kairos University (formerly Sioux Falls Seminary)

Insurance & Benefits AAA.com Member since 1907

Education-Post Secondary kairos.edu Member since 1907

Augustana University

McKinneyOlson Insurance

Founding Members

Education-Post Secondary augie.edu Member since 1918

Insurance & Benefits mckinneyolson.com Member since 1907

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Prairie Farms

Hospitals avera.org Member since 1911

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. Attorneys boycelaw.com Member since 1907

Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP Attorneys cadlaw.com Member since 1907

Electric Construction Company Electricians & Electrical Contractors eccsfsd.com Member since 1907

Gage Brothers

Concrete gagebrothers.com Member since 1918

Girton Adams Company Heating & Cooling girtonadams.com Member since 1909

Journey Group Companies Contractors journeyconstruction.com Member since 1907

Food Production/Distribution deanfoods.com Member since 1917

Results Townsquare MEDIA Television, Radio & Outdoor townsquaresiouxfalls.com Member since 1926

Sanford Health

Hospitals sanfordhealth.org Member since 1907

Smithfield Foods

Food Production/Distribution smithfieldfoods.com Member since 1909

TSP, Inc.

Architecture teamtsp.com Member since 1930

University of Sioux Falls Education-Post Secondary usiouxfalls.edu Member since 1907

Hampton Inn of Sioux Falls/ Hari Har Inc. Hotels & Motels hamptoninn.com

15 Years

Heirloom Creations, Inc. Specialty Retail heirloomcreations.net

Pinnacle Wealth

Financial Services pinnaclewealthmanagement.com

Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management (SESHRM) Associate Member seshrm.org

South Dakota Biotech Association Associate Member sdbio.org

Tires, Tires, Tires, Inc. Tires tires3.com

5 years

American Trust Insurance Insurance & Benefits atiinsure.com

Careers Unlimited Staffing, LLC Employment Agency dakotacareers.com

75 Years

First Year Reinvestors

Associate Member lifescapesd.org

Laboratories & Imaging cannabischemlab.com

Pride Neon, Inc.

D&K Lawn Care and Landscaping LLC


Signs & Banners prideneon.com

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25 Years

Cannabis ChemLab Inc.

Lawn & Snow dklawncaresf.com

Faith & Family First, Inc

The Lot LLC

Perkins Restaurant

Faith Through Frames

Mammoth Sports Construction

Priority Dental Care

The Link

Northwestern Mutual Mike Tuch

Standard Services, LLC

Associate Member experiencethefarm.com

Associate Member faiththroughframes.com

Associate Member linksf.org


Associate Member resilienttoday.org

Auto Sales thelotllc.com

Construction Management mammothbuilt.com

Affiliate-Insurance miketuch.nm.com

Pendar Properties

Restaurants perkins.com

Dental Care & Orthodontics prioritydentalcare.com

Financial Services

Mark & Nancy Wahlstrom Associate Member

Real Estate-Developer pendarproperties.com

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Five Questions

Five questions is a monthly feature on a Chamber volunteer, Chamber member or staff member. Want to be featured here? Call (605) 336-1620.

Five questions with Brooke White Brooke A. White is a healthcare engineer at Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. In addition to her work, you can find her volunteering with numerous organizations in the Sioux Falls area, including the Catholic Women’s Professional League, Bishop O’Gorman Dakota Bowl Committee, the Presentation Sisters, and the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as a member of the Leadership Sioux Falls executive committee. Brooke earned her civil engineering degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a selfdescribed raging Husker fan. She actually scheduled her wedding around the football season back in the fall of 1997!

How did you choose your profession? My father and his brother are both civil engineers. My childhood was filled with trips to a construction site, sitting in the front of a pick-up truck with my dad. I’ve always admired him and wanted nothing less than to make him proud. As it turned out, I have a love of math and science and I somehow made it through to become the next generation of Husker engineers like them!

What is something you are optimistic about? Brooke White

Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

Visit chambernews.com for more questions with Brooke

I’m optimistic about the future of our community. The young people of today will really surprise you when you take the time to talk to them. Having college age kids has allowed us to have many a thought-provoking discussion that left us knowing we’re in good hands.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you? I LOVE to dance!! There’s nothing better than a good wedding dance! Don’t ask me if I’ve ever been a wedding crasher (wink wink)! If you want to be my instant BFF, hit the dance floor and be a dancing queen with me!

What makes a great leader? A great leader is someone who listens with intent and lives their life with a servant’s heart. Good delegation skills never hurt either.

What is the best piece of advice you have received? Girls can do anything boys can do! It’s a silly childhood metaphor, but growing up in the construction industry, becoming an engineer and working in a field so strongly dominated by men…the saying definitely comes to mind every now and again!

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