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A People Apart Jennifer Streifel, a Hutterite Colony schoolteacher for 24 years, provides an inside look at the Hutterites’ unique way of life.
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38 YESTERDAYS Double Depots mark Aberdeen’s beginnings 40 TOP FIVE Get cultured at the best events in town
ANTHONY BERGALOWSKI Takes Pride in His Celtic Heritage PG 18
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A FEATHER IN HIS CAP
Our “cover guy” is Mr. Courtney Rott, a wellknown face about town. Courtney’s jolly grin is exuberating his excitement over hosting the first ever Aberdeen Oktoberfest, a German-themed event that celebrates the traditions of just one of many Aberdeen cultures. This issue of Aberdeen Magazine is dedicated to fall 2014’s opportunity to immerse one’s self in the unique melting pot that makes up the Aberdeen community. This is your chance to learn all about the diversity that exists in and around our area, and to appreciate the beautiful tapestry of folk that make up our friendly Midwestern town. And one more thing: We want to say thanks to Courtney for adding another great cultural event to Aberdeen and to Aberdeen Community Theatre for making our cover guy look so sheek! SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 |
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From Whence We Came OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS Aberdeen’s cultural diversity has grown in leaps and bounds. However, if we take a moment to look back into Aberdeen’s past, we can see that our little Midwestern city has always been a big melting pot of variety — from those who thrived here before history was written to those who relocated from across the globe. Yet many of us (myself included), have lost track of our cultural beginnings. Thankfully there are folks within our community that make the effort to hold firm to their roots and not let Aberdeen’s cultural history and it’s accompanying customs become lost with the passage of time. This issue of Aberdeen Magazine is devoted to celebrating the many cultures that make up our colorfully-quaint Midwestern town, a place whose citizens embrace one another’s similarities while celebrating our diversity. Before continuing on to enjoy the biggest issue yet of Aberdeen Magazine, prepare yourself for cultural enlightenment. We are about to uncover the brilliant tapestry of unique folk that make up our great city. For it is truly our diversity that unites us, giving Aberdeen a culture all its own. Get ready to celebrate, with ethnically inspired fashions, culturally themed events and cuisine from around the globe! Oh, and one more thing…after realizing I knew little of my own heritage, I did some research and discovered I am a third-generation descendant of an indigenous people who live in Norway, Finland and Sweden. They are a generally nomadic group, often referred to as Laplanders. Taking time to learn about my own cultural roots has had many fascinating implications and I recommend that you do the same. I now know what to answer when asked, “Why do you get so tan?” My ancestors were dark-skinned folk with prominent cheekbones and deep-set eyes. I’ve read that even our ancestors’ diet can lend insight into our body’s tendencies. For example, the Laplanders did not typically consume dairy, and I, along with many other members of my family, am lactose intolerant. If only I could locate a nice cut of fresh reindeer meat (or smoked in true Laplander tradition) I bet I’d be more satiated than ever! // WE WANT TO SAY THANKS FOR MAKING THIS
Our Biggest Issue Yet! HERE AT MCQUILLEN CREATIVE GROUP (publishers of Aberdeen Magazine) we pride ourselves in designing top-notch advertising for our clients in the form of print, radio, TV and websites. Subsequently, we are being given the opportunity to present some of our best ad work within the pages of this publication. We applaud all of our advertisers for realizing the value of a community magazine and supporting it with enthusiasm. A big thanks to all of you! And we want our readers to understand that community ads are a welcomed addition to any city magazine. From them, you can learn so much about your community, you can find out about (or be reminded of) essential companies and services that exist right here in your hometown. Then you can bounce over to an advertiser’s website and learn even more! And all of our ads are in perfect alignment with Aberdeen Magazine’s mission — to uncover for our readers all of the interesting people, places and things in Aberdeen that you might not yet know about. However, one thing you’ll never see in Aberdeen Magazine is the “ad-for a-story” concept. In other words, we don’t pick our editorial content based on which advertisers are included. Oftentimes themes will coincide, but one is never mandated by the other. This leaves us free to direct each issue’s content based on what we feel is the most relevant, fascinating and entertaining. Get ready to enjoy our biggest issue yet, chocked full of both great entertainment and great advertisements! Again, I want to say thanks to our advertisers for helping to make Aberdeen Magazine’s second year a hit, and thanks to the Aberdeen community for supporting a publication that strives to make Aberdeen an even better place to live. // —TROY MCQUILLEN
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CORRECTIONS IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! It was probably neither, if you were trying to see The Aberdeen Air Show (as listed in last issue’s Top Five events calendar), because although we’re sure it would have been a really great event, it was in fact a misprint. We really didn’t mean to send you on a wild goose chase, or out looking for any other kind of bird, or plane, for that matter. We’re genuinely sorry but we promise to make it up to you with this issue’s awesome Top Five Events that are definitely happening. THE NEW SHOPPES ON 7TH STRIP MALL houses a lot of great new businesses, but “Brew 21,” as listed in our last issue, isn’t one of them. Oops! Our mistake! The good news is that there is a business in Shoppes on 7th called “rue21,” a hip young clothing store featuring the latest fashions for guys and gals. Be sure to check it out!
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Record-setting pilot Matt Guthmiller flies home LOCAL GOLDEN BOY MATT GUTHMILLER returned to Aberdeen after becoming the youngest pilot, at age 19, to fly solo around the world in July of this year. Guinness World Records confirmed Matt’s record flight on July 23. His record-setting round trip was a flight from El Cajon, California back to El Cajon, California. Limitless Horizons, a fundraising agency, was created to help support Matt along the way. Limitless Horizons also provides aid to Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and to increasing participation in existing computer science programs. //
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ON JULY 25, LOCALS CELEBRATED WITH MATT IN A WELCOME HOME CEREMONY AT ABERDEEN REGIONAL AIRPORT’S HANGAR 9. THE CEREMONY OPENED WITH A GREETING FROM HANGAR 9 MANAGER DARRYL SHOOK, FOLLOWED BY A WORD FROM MATT HIMSELF. ABERDEEN TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR CODY ROGGATZ PRESENTED HIM WITH A CONGRATULATORY PLAQUE AND ATTENDEES GOT THE CHANCE TO MEET MATT AND HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN WITH HIM.
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HAVE YOU BEGUN PLANNING YOUR SPECIAL HOLIDAY MEAL? It’s never too soon to change up that predictable old spread of turkey, trimmings and pumpkin pie. This year, pick up a slice of inspiration and treat your guests to a taste of the gourmet. Two sisters, raised in Hecla, South Dakota, and taught the values of hard work and fresh ingredients by their grandmother, have taken their pie-making skills all the way to the Big Apple. Through their uber-popular recent publication, The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop, Melissa and Emily Elsen have brought a taste of their success from Brooklyn back to Aberdeen for a recent book signing. The Hecla sister’s New York pie shop has been featured on Food Network, the Cooking Channel, in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and New York Magazine. In addition, these ladies were named, “Artisans of the Year” by Time Out New York in 2011. The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, now available at the Corner Bookstore (across from Kessler’s), features more than 60 pie recipes, complimented by beautiful photography. This year leave that pumpkin in the can and impress your guests with a taste of the gourmet. // GRAB YOURSELF A NAPKIN. YOU’RE ABOUT TO DROOL OVER 60 PAGES OF AMAZING GOURMET PIE RECIPES, CAPTURED IN MOUTH WATERING PHOTOS. THE FOUR & TWENTY BLACKBIRDS PIE BOOK BOASTS SUCH FEATURES AS BLACK CURRANT LEMON CHIFFON, SALTED CARAMEL APPLE, AND GREEN CHILI CHOCOLATE PIE.
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nthony Bergalowski, a local farmer whose friends call him “Red,” is one-quarter Irish and takes pride in his cultural roots. This is one of the reasons he makes it a point to annually attend Aberdeen’s Northeastern South Dakota Celtic Faire with his wife, Katie (who is full-blooded Irish) and their three children. Red has especially enjoyed practicing the Celtic Heavy Games, traditional Celtic games performed as part of the Celtic Fair. Red’s large stature gives him an advantage when playing such games as: the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss, Putting of the Stone, Weight over the Bar and Weight for Distance. Red and his family love all of the unique festivities offered by the Celtic Fair. Red partakes of such traditional Celtic refreshments as Guinness, a popular Irish dry stout and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Katie adores shopping for handmade crafts and clothing, and the whole family gets a kick out of seeing folks parade about in traditional Celtic attire. A hearty tradiIT’S tional Celtic meal accompanied by an ambiance IMPORTANT of music performed by such bands as the local TO ME THAT Long Nines and Twin Cities Brian Boru Pipe MY CHILDREN Band, as well as the rhythmic sound of the ARCC KNOW WHERE cloggers, makes for a great time that the whole WE CAME family looks forward to with anticipation. FROM. Red first became interested in learning more about his own Irish heritage when he enrolled in the military at age 18. “Joining the military gave me a more worldly view and, in turn, made me realize the importance of finding out more about who I am as a result of my heritage.” So, Red contacted his grandmother, Patricia Clarke Berkram (who is 100% Irish), who has made it a lifelong goal to research and preserve the family history. She was excited to hear of Red’s new found interest in his cultural roots and jumped at the chance to educate him on the hardships and victories experienced by their ancestors. Since becoming a father, Red feels even more strongly about preserving his family’s cultural legacy for the sake of his children and and generations to come. “It’s important to me that my children know where we came from. The farther away we get (generationally speaking) from my grandmother, the more we are at risk of losing information about where we came from.” This is why Red is pleased that Aberdeen has such cultural events as the NESD Celtic Faire, where folks can come together to celebrate what both unifies and diversifies our community. //
THIS YEAR’S NESD CELTIC FAIRE AND GAMES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BROWN COUNTY FAIRGROUND FROM SEPTEMBER 20-21. THE EVENT RUNS SAT. 10 A.M.-10P.M. AND SUN. 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT VISIT: WWW.NESDCELTICFAIRE.COM.
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THE INAUGURAL “HUB CITY BREWTOPIA” was the first summer beer event put on by Pounders Pub & Grub, intended to introduce locals to a whole new world of beer. On July 19, over 25 beers were served from 18 different breweries. Crow Peak Brewing, a distributor based in Spearfish, was on hand with two of their tap room only brews. Special food was prepared just for the event, including: brats, soft pretzels, and pretzel necklaces. Pounders showed off a new drink, a “hopped” lemonade, made with or without alcohol. Brewtopia was set in a fun outdoor atmosphere with the goal of giving folks the chance to mingle and drink, while getting a taste of the growing craft and specialty beer culture in Aberdeen. Pounder’s Brewtopia, followed by Beer School in the fall and spring, 40 constantly-rotating beer taps, a new expanded bottle menu and new food items to be paired with beers, all show how this pub is striving to be a driving force in Aberdeen’s new beer culture. //
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Kevin and Diane Kalkman (Huron) braved the heat to sample beers.
The Long Nines, a family band, made up of Pete Burckhard, and his sons Joel and Jeremy Burckhard, performed their special brand of foot stompin’ Irish Folk Music for the crowd.
Spearfish, SD-based Crow Peak Brewery represented the state's only brewed beer. Matt Melanson from Crow Peak was on hand to tap up the tasters.
Downtown Wine Walk
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THE ABERDEEN DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION, along with the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, kicked off the inaugural Downtown Wine Walk on July 24. Over 300 tickets were sold for this “Art on Main” fundraiser. The two entities are in the process of raising funds to secure sculptures for the bases that were installed in the new streetscape design in 2011. Wine walkers were treated to live music on every block and sampled dozens of wines and beers being poured by store owners and volunteers. It was a great way to lure people into stores whom may never venture downtown. //
(left to right) Sara Goldade, Suzette McQuillen and Stacie Wiedebush sample wine and beer in the Animal Room of the Dacotah Prairie Museum. Volunteer Barb Michlitsch provided the pouring.
Jared Carda and Tom Hurlbert from COOP Architecture stopped into Studio 9 for a sampling.
A tranquil summer evening provided the perfect backdrop for an event-filled journey on foot through Aberdeen’s Downtown.
Suzanne Souza (left), Mark Papstein (center) and Laura Patterson stopped for a photo opp.
Ben Victor loaned his famous Sampson sculpture to the Aberdeen Downtown Associate as an example of the type of art being sought for the sculpture bases. Local musicians, Nick Brandt, Austin Vetter and Brodigan Morton provided live music for those passing by.
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AZATLAN MEXICAN delightfully accompanied by the joy-filled RESTAURANT offers an vocals of Latin American music. For a really exotic travel destination right authentic Mexican experience, opt to be down the street, enticing seated in the bar area. Mazatlan’s bar has an your taste buds with all the intimate appeal that feels more like a cantina authentic flavors of real Mexican food. When than an indoor pub, and is always kept wellthis family-owned business opened in 2003, stocked with your favorite brands of tequila. owner Eva Ornelas and her son, When planning the Mazatlan Fabian Aguire’s goal was to provide menu, Fabian and his family set out the taste of authentic Mexican to to stay true to authentic Mexican people who may be less accusingredients and spices, while tomed to the bold flavors of Latin keeping the “milder” Midwestern American cuisine. Current manager ABERDEEN palate in mind. “It’s authentic to a Fabian Aguirre said he and his point,” Fabian says. Through dishes IS JUST family chose Aberdeen to open that range from mild to red pepper A GREAT their restaurant because his father Mazatlan caters to any and CITY WITH hot, felt this would be a great town to all taste buds. Their most popular live in. “Aberdeen is just a great city GREAT menu items include: Fajitas for PEOPLE. with great people,” says Fabian. Two, the Chicken Quesadilla, and The restaurant’s tame exterior anything smothered in their white contrasts with the lively atmosphere and queso-style cheese sauce. During the week, exotic mural (by artist Atonio Magaña) that Mazatlan runs daily specials, featuring such runs vibrantly across its interior walls. As you favorites as: Pollo Fajitas with White Cheese, dine, the sound of margarita glasses clinking Verde Supreme, Cheese Steak, and Speedy together and crunching of tortilla chips is Gonzales.
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It should come as no surprise, that Mazatlan is known as the local hot spot for that one-of-a-kind flavor of authentic Mexican food. Whether it’s for a pair of Midwestern-inspired pulled pork tacos, or a sizzlin’ hot fajita straight out of Mexico City, there’s always enough time to take a mini-vacation to Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant! // MINA SOLINGER
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Mom’s Fry Bread Recipe for Indian Tacos An old-time favorite from my family’s table to yours
ho doesn’t love old-fashioned Fry Bread, the fluffy golden bed of dough that envelopes all the lusciousness of an Indian Taco? I’m not sure if it is our Native American heritage that has made Fry Bread one of my family’s favorites for generations, but I can tell you that it has been a crucial piece of our gatherings for as long as I can remember. To me, Fry Bread encompasses a feast that celebrates community, and the helping hand we extend to one
TO MAKE FRY BREAD, the distinct foundation of the Indian Taco, I always start by heating my oil right away so that it is the perfect temperature by the time I get to frying. I fill the pan with peanut or canola oil about 3 or 4 inches deep, and heat on medium for about 10 - 15 minutes. You don’t want to rush this process. If your oil is too hot it will burn the outside of the dough, leaving the inside raw. MIX ALL DRY INGREDIENTS in the bowl
of a stand mixer, using the bread attachment. Mixing by hand is fine too, you’ll just need more elbow grease! Once everything is shuffled together, slowly add the water and mix
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another during times of need, joy and even sadness. A piece of Fry Bread alone, divvied out to the elders first, with a warm bowl of wosapi, or buffalo stew, has and always will be an amazing comfort food, and a product of our richly diverse region. So as you go forward and try my mother’s delicious recipe, know that every bit of work you put into it will result in a new origination story for your own family — new traditions and morals built from a beautiful blending of cultures.
away. I usually mix for about a minute or so. Then everything will be well blended. Your dough should be very soft, but not so sticky that you can't handle it. Turn it out onto a well-floured surface and pinch the dough into balls just bigger than a golf ball. Take into account how wide and deep the pan is that you will be using to fry them in. You don't want Fry Bread dough too large to fit into the pan! Let your dough balls rest for 5 minutes. Keep in mind that the individual balls will need to be about ¼ inch thick, once flattened with a rolling pin.
BEFORE I START THE FRYING PROCESS I like to
first make a very small sample bit of dough and place it carefully into the oil to make sure it is hot enough. The dough might
sink for a few seconds but it should simmer and rise to the top like a fried phoenix of golden glory! Now that the oil is ready, I quickly roll out 3 or 4 pieces- whatever your counter space will afford- and cut a small hole in the middle of each. I then very carefully place the pieces one by one into the oil. After a few minutes of frying, you’ll want to flip the bread over, but it is very important that you only flip your Fry Bread one time. I’m not sure why this is, but that's what my mom’s recipe says, so you'd better just listen to her! Once you remove the lightly-browned bread from the oil, transfer it to a wire rack so the excess oil can drip off and dry. Now repeat 7 more times, and “tada!” You’re all ready to top that Fry Bread with yummy taco fixings and have a feast that’s sure to become your newest family tradition!
4 C flour 1/2 C powdered milk 1 1/2 T sugar 1 t salt 1 1/2 T oil 2 C lukewarm water (approx.)
• A large deep pan for frying (filled with enough oil that your dough will float) • Rolling pin • Wire cooling rack • Small tongs • Countertop or hand mixer • Taco fixings of your choice (if you want to make Indian Tacos) Yields: 8 Fry Breads
A FAMILY TRADITION Dani Daughtery (Oglala Sioux), has been making authentic Fry Bread as the base for her own delicious Indian Tacos her entire life. She was once asked to prepare hundreds of Fry Breads for a Native American wake. A gentleman in attendance thought the Fry Bread was so delicious he proclaimed he would be willing to marry whoever had made them! Dani recently treated Aberdeen Magazine publishers Troy and Suzette McQuillen to an Indian Taco feast. Pictured here is her version of the “proposal worthy” Fry Bread Indian Taco. As does Lauren, Dani also relies on a tried-and-true family recipe, one handed down by her grandmother. Dani’s Indian Taco toppings include: typical taco-seasoned ground beef, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, salsa, black olives and beans. Instead of refried beans, Dani stews pinto beans in bacon brine for 12 hours. Troy and Suzette left thoroughly satisfied and anxiously awaiting another invite! SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 |
AUTHOR: Barb Andrews PHOTO: Troy McQuillen
COURTNEY ROTT, JR. I N TE R E S TI N G A MOST
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ast year, Courtney Rott, Jr., (pictured here at Slacker’s Bar & Hobby) was given the privilege of organizing Kessler’s Oktoberfest, a one-time German themed event. This year, he wants to keep the celebratory spirit of Germany alive by brining you the first ever community Aberdeen Oktoberfest. When asked why he’s so enthusiastic about German culture Courtney explains, “I’m three quarters German-Russian. Rott is a municipality in Bavaria, and Rottweil is a city in Baden-Wurttemberg, where the Rottweiler breed of dog originated. So yeah, I’m no stranger to eating sauerkraut.” Courtney has been tossing around the idea of bringing a community Oktoberfest to Aberdeen for a few years. “I was always amazed that there wasn’t an ongoing German I WAS ALWAYS festival in Aberdeen, when we have such a AMAZED THAT large population of German-Russian ancesTHERE WASN’T try.” Courtney’s goal is to host a community AN ONGOING cultural festival with activities the whole GERMAN family can enjoy. Aberdeen Oktoberfest FESTIVAL IN will include several authentic German ABERDEEN, components. There will be performances by WHEN WE HAVE the S.G. Edelweiss dancers out of St. Paul, SUCH A LARGE Minnesota — the same “Schuhplattler” POPULATION dancers that blew the lederhosen off of OF GERMANlast year’s crowed at Kessler’s Oktoberfest. RUSSIAN Schuhplattler is a traditional dance where ANCESTRY.” men in lederhosen slap their thighs, knees, and soles of their shoes, as they clap their hands and stomp their feet. And then there’s the beloved dog show, a parade of German breeds presented on stage, along with an explanation of the job they were bred to do. Don’t blink or you’ll miss the dachshund races — a series of heats that take place on a short course at Central Park. The Aberdeen Oktoberfest will feature real German wine and beers such as Ayinger and Hofbrau, served in glass and stoneware mugs. Or you can go all out and opt to sip your drink from a glass boot! Enjoy refreshments accompanied by your favorite traditional German cuisines. “Morning and afternoon are filled with family-friendly activities rooted in German history and culture. We follow that up in the evening with a party atmosphere — great music and lots of dancing. It’s a full day of entertainment!” Courtney exclaims. //
THE INAGURAL ABERDEEN OKTOBERFEST WILL TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 11 FROM 12 P.M. UNTIL 12 A.M. AT THE ABERDEEN CIVIC ARENA AND ACROSS THE STREET AT CENTRAL PARK.
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The Bare Bones Art Talk with Brenda ‘No Hawk’ Kohlman
Nature is my inspiration,” says local artist Brenda ‘No Hawk’ Kohlman, when asked from where she derives her artistic inspiration. “Whether I’m looking at a majestic mountain range or watching a squirrel searching for food on my back roof, my imagination takes off with the desire to recreate that image on any canvas available.” Nature also offers Brenda a non-traditional canvas. She’s accustomed to the standard cloth canvas, but also enjoys creating pieces through the use of bison bones, coyote bones, gourds and other natural objects. Through her work, she’s traditionally chosen animals and
GREAT RACE is an example of Brenda’s work with ledger books, once used to document credits and debits from stores, banks, etc. This piece represents the coming of the railroad and how it drove the bison to near extinction. EAGLE WAR CLUB was cleaned, carved and painted from a bison jawbone. ABERDEEN THEN AND NOW was created for Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, this piece represents Aberdeen during the 1950’s.
nature to convey messages about history and Mother earth. Recently however, her subject matter has shifted towards a focus on people. Brenda’s artwork can been seen across the region. “I have several pieces as permanent installations throughout South and North Dakota and most recently did a piece for Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center Pediatric Play Area. In addition, I just completed commissioned artwork for the Timber Lake Museum.” Brenda is the feature artist for the month of October at the Artworks Coop Gallery in the Lakewood Mall, where her work is displayed and sold year round. //
BRENDA is pictured here painting Aberdeen Then and Now for Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center.
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BLACK SWAN was carved and sculpted using three separate gourds.
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AUTHOR: Barb Andrews PHOTO: Troy McQuillen
ride in Darren Geffre’s Native American heritage infiltrates the sounds and lyrics of this local musician’s acoustic performances. Darren grew up learning to play music in Aberdeen. Then he decided to take his musical career to the next level by touring in the Native American music scene both in South Dakota and New Mexico. While on tour, he would visit Aberdeen to speak to area Native American youth about empowerment and overcoming obstacles. Darren plans to continue inspiring young Native Americans in pursuing their dreams, by demonstrating how they too can achieve their goals by deriving strength from their heritage. “As long as I am breathing, I will always help inspire my people to be everything the creator put them here to be,” Darren explains. And AS LONG AS I Darren is a true inspiration. At the height AM BREATHING, of his musical career, he was nominated for I WILL ALWAYS two Grammies and had a rotation spot on HELP INSPIRE Clear Chanel Radio. MY PEOPLE TO Since Darren retired from tour, he’s BE EVERYTHING continued performing locally, supporting THE CREATOR such events as Culturefest, an annual PUT THEM HERE community event that takes place TO BE. each fall on the campus of NSU (check out our Top 5 on page 40 for Culturefest event details). This December, Darren will organize his own live music event, the Kitchen Christmas Concert, bringing together local singer-songwriters and regional talent to celebrate the season. Darren got the idea to put on a live event for a good cause from the Kitchen Concert acoustic jam sessions he’s been holding in his own kitchen on Saturday nights. “I have local musicians come over and I release a new song each week on my YouTube channel.” You’ve got to check it out. //
THE LIVE KITCHEN CHRISTMAS CONCERT WILL BE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 FROM 7-9 P.M. AT THE RAMADA INN CONVENTION CENTER. IT WILL BE AN ALL-AGES EVENT THAT INCLUDES A SPECIAL VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS! ADMISSION IS ONE TOY PER ATTENDEE. TOYS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO OUTLYING RESERVATIONS AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE CHILDREN IN NEED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DARREN AT 605-838-2554 OR DGEFFRE@HOTMAIL.COM.
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The Book Thief by Makus Zusak
n September 10, Alexander Mitchell Public Library’s AMPL Book Club will discuss Markus Zusak’s historical fiction tale The Book Thief. The setting is Nazi Germany, as seen through the empathetic eyes of the Angel of Death. Nine-year-old Liesel Meminger is the lead character. Her story begins on a train ride toward Munich in January 1939. Liesel is almost ten as she and her brother Werner travel with their mother, a Communist, who is being forced to give her children away to strangers. Before the train arrives at Molching, six-year-old Werner becomes ill and dies. He is buried in some unknown township along the way. An apprentice gravedigger accidently drops a book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook, as he leaves the burial. Liesel sees the black book with silver writing on it, picks it up and keeps it. Thus, “The book thief had struck for the first time — the beginning of an illustriGERMAN ous career.” MINT TEA Liesel arrives at the home of her foster parents, Hans and Rosa I suggest reading this Hubermann, distraught, having tragically beautiful story now lost both brother and mother. while sipping a glass of Fortunately, she forms a close bond German mint tea on ice. with Hans, who comforts Liesel after Seep together two green her night terrors and teaches her to tea bags and five fresh read. The narrative spans the life of mint leaves for about ten Liesel Meminger from 1939 to 1945. minutes in two cups of As Liesel adapts to her foster parents boiling water. Add oneand neighbors, she becomes best third cup of lemon juice, friends with Rudy Steiner, a classtwo-thirds cup of sugar, mate who is eight months older than and five cups of cold her. Rudy is Liesel’s partner in crime water. Chill, pour over as she steals books from the mayice, and enjoy. or’s wife, Ilsa Hermann. Liesel also befriends Max Vandenburg; a young Jewish refugee Hans has agreed to hide in the Hubermann’s basement. Max and Liesel share a passion for reading. Each part of the story bears the title of a book, depicting an important point or lesson learned as Liesel overcomes challenges. The Book Thief is less about the war than it is about the effects of war. It is a charming, yet chilling tale of ordinary people trying to survive extraordinary circumstances. Finally, the book is about appreciating the power and influence of the written language on the lives of Zusak’s compelling characters. // JENNIFER STREIFEL
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THE QUAINT COUNTRY-STYLE HOME of Lynn and Curt Brewer is the backdrop for the little slice of paradise they’ve created in the form of a backyard sanctuary, sprinkled with whimsical bits of character and charm. The blooming outdoor seating area is where the Brewers enjoy spending most of their days. Their simple yet meticulously loved backyard is adorned with Curt’s handmade birdhouses and rustic furnishings, and serves as a natural playground for the Brewer’s feline friend, Sadie. They’ve made the most of their humble abode through an interior and exterior décor that embraces their love of kitsch, creature comforts and the great outdoors. //
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Sometimes it's what’s on the outside that counts. Who can resist this oh-so-inviting outdoor sanctuary? WHEREVER YOU MAY GNOME
This fantastical little world awakens the imagination. THE COMFORTS OF HOME
The Brewer’s cozy interior is filled with soft earth tones and plush furnishings, perfect for a lazy afternoon spent lost in a favorite novel. WONDER IN THE DETAILS
Personal touches such as this hand-painted gourd, nestled next to Curt’s workshop, are what make the Brewer’s backyard feel like a magical place.
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This canary yellow kitchen brings in the sunshine, even on a rainy day.
KITSCH IS IT The Brewer's love for their four legged family member, Sadie, can be seen almost everywhere you look. From catty collectibles to the kitty treehouse and daybed Curt built just for her.
Curt’s Oglala Lakota Sioux roots have inspired him to make creations that are in unity with nature. He spends many afternoons in his workshed, dreaming up such pieces as those pictured to the right. There is meticulous attention to detail within Curt’s work. Note the handmade furniture on the birdhouse’s deck, the stoic expression carved on one walking stick, and the careful selection of color on the feathers of his Native American jewelry.
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A CLOSER LOOK AT BROWN COUNTY'S DISTANT PAST
JUST A FEW MILES FROM ABERDEEN on lands that envelope the Elm River, a treasure chest of Native American artifacts exist, lending insight into the daily lives of some of Brown County’s very first residents (long before “Brown County” was a county at all). Artifacts, whose uses range from hunting to decorative wear, tell the tale Arrowheads like these were used for thousands of years for hunting and in battle. The arrowhead on the right was likely designed for war, as the “tail” created by the notch around the artifact’s base would make the arrow nearly impossible to pull out of its victim.
These oceanic conch shell beads, found near the Elm River, are evidence of the impressive trade system that existed along the Misssisipi and its tributaries.
of a progressive people with a lively trade system and an appreciation for both practicality and fine craftsmanship. A careful look at these artifacts can help one to visualize the every day lives of a primitive, yet unimaginably resourceful people. // This fragile drilled claw necklace would have been a very valuable piece of jewelry. It probably survived the test of time because it was protected by the soil, perhaps buried by a traveler for safekeeping.
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A PEO PL E A PA R T Getting to know the Hutterites
BY JENNIFER STREIFEL
PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY BRENTWOOD COLONY
Hutterite women pick cucumbers in the community garden for canning.
HILE TRAVELING THROUGH RURAL ABERDEEN, you’ll sporadically run across what appear to be agricultural villages — small communities surrounded by farmland, adorned with modest homes, machinery, buildings, barns, a schoolhouse, and a church. In these villages, live a group of people that those of us from around here are quite familiar with. They are the Hutterites, a people that despite the pressures of an ever-changing outside world, have held true to their humble, communal way of life. In Aberdeen we’re exposed to occasional glimpses of Hutterite culture-perhaps through a purchase of quality baked goods or meticulously handmade crafts: perhaps through a friendly exchange at a local restaurant or grocery store. But despite Hutterites being viewed as our neighbors, business associates and friends, many Aberdeen folks still don’t know much about the Hutterite’s way of life. August of 1984 was when all of that changed for me.
I WAS HIRED TO BE THE SOLE TEACHER at a two-room Hutterite Colony schoolhouse. Though I was welcomed onto the colony as their teacher, for the next 24 years I would become a student of their simple, yet beautiful way of life. When I began, I was the only teacher for kindergarten through eighth grade, except my helper, a young Hutterite girl, who had graduated from eighth grade the previous spring. There were from 15 to 26 children attending school at one time. Fresh out of college, and this being my very first time teaching, it’s safe to say I was in a bit of culture shock. I immediately started reading any materials I could find on the subject of Hutterites, taking care to avoid any curriculum topics which might conflict with their religious values and traditions. I learned that Hutterites were Christians, who believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible. In trying to be respectful of their beliefs, I relied on the minister/German teacher for guidance and advice. When the Hutterite children began kindergarten, they usually spoke little to no English, and I did not speak German. Without
Many Aberdeen folks still don’t know much about the Hutterite’s way of life.
WHERE DID THEIR CULTURE ORIGINATE? The Hutterite religion originated from the Protestant Reformation in the 1500's. Due to a divide in beliefs about the appropriate age for baptism, some Christians of the Reformation formed a distinct movement referred to by others as Anabaptists. Jakob Hutter became the leader of a group of Anabaptists who believed in adult baptism, separation of church and state, and pacifism. In addition because of a Bible verse from Acts 2:44-45, the Hutterites felt the need to create a society based on sharing all things in common (communal living).
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WHAT ARE SOME OBVIOUS CULTURAL DIFFERENCES? Hutterites have a unique yet uniform appearance. Women and girls tuck their uncut hair beneath polka-dot scarves and bonnetts and wear long, gathered skirts. Men and boys wear hats, suspenders and black pants. The married men wear beards. Hutterite clothing reflects a belief in modesty and resistance to worldly influence. Hutterites are expected to live a plain and simple life. Radio, TV, films, and even cameras are discouraged on some colonies. However, many do use modern equipment and the latest farming methods to produce their crops. Some colonies have also adopted the use of computers as a benefit for record keeping and other purposes. They are a practical people and technology increases their efficiency. Language is another factor that sets these communal people apart. Generally, English is only spoken in school and when doing business in the outside world. The Hutterish dialect is an oral language; High German with a sprinkling of Slavic (Moravian, Romanian, Ukrainian) and English words.
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Hutterite men perform the colony maintenance work. They are seen here preparing to pour a new sidewalk. Hutterite women are pictured canning their cucumber crop. A variety of vegetables are canned in order to preserve them for the months ahead.
the assistance of my young teacher’s aide and my older students, I would have been lost. ONCE I ADAPTED AND FELT MORE AT EASE, teaching at a colony school became a wonderfully enriching experience, but I sometimes felt challenged by a differing perspective on the importance of education. The Hutterite Colony is an agriculturally based society, heavily reliant on pre-determined roles and trades. This made it understandably difficult for some parents to see the practicality of their children spending eight hours a day, five days a week at a schoolhouse. Another challenge I faced as a teacher was the prohibited use of audio-visual equipment. Although we had a small school library, its contents were very limited, so I would go to the Alexander Mitchell Public Library several times a week, to keep reading materials fresh and interesting for my students. Without the potential distractions of telephones, televisions,
or even radios, most of the children were very eager readers. Then things began to change when by 1989, nineteen private colony schools joined together under one principal to organize annual in-services and save administrative costs. A second change came when most of the colony school districts became part of their local public schools because of a 1996 shift in federal funding. Then another big adjustment occured in 1999, when Hutterville Colony started a high school program. In May of 2004, Hutterville marked the first colony high school graduation ceremony in South Dakota. By 2008, several South Dakota colonies engaged the Chester School District’s resources to provide an online school, so that their students could achieve a high school education without leaving their own colony. Twenty-six out of 56 colonies chose to participate, six additional teachers were hired, and a closed or private educational intranet system was employed.
My life was enriched by exposure to the Hutterites’ principles of sharing, and their efficiency was stunning.
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HOW DOES A NEW COLONY COME TO BE?
This tractor pulls a large grain cart, an essential piece of machinery used during harvest time. This is a typical “street view” one might see while driving past a colony on a rural road.
When the population of a colony exceeds the economic ability of the land to support it, a new colony is formed . The colony will split when the population reaches about 125 people. This maintains the ability of the colony to remain an efficient and organized community. In order to build a daughter colony, land must be purchased, and buildings must be constructed. When the new colony is ready, about half the people stay and half move away. According to Samuel Hofer (author of Born Hutterite), the average population of a colony is about 90 people or 15 families. In 2004, there were about 54 colonies (approximately 6,000 Hutterites) in South Dakota. It is likely that number has grown to be closer to 60 today.
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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO GROW UP HUTTERITE?
WHILE TEACHING AT THE HUTTERITE COLONY, I came to admire the simplicity and interdependence of colony life, in contrast with my own culture’s values of consumerism and individual achievement. My life was enriched by exposure to the Hutterites’ principles of sharing, and their efficiency was stunning. Hutterites, as all people, have difficulties in life, yet the fact that they are taken care of from the “cradle to the grave” provides a security unknown by those of us in the outside world. At the same time, I feel it is a way of life one must be born into to accept, because the self-sacrifice and strong adherence to religious ideals would be an insurmountable challenge for most of us. It was wonderful to have been accepted and influenced by the Hutterite people I’ve had the privilege of knowing. Though the Hutterites called me “teacher,” I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I had to be a student of their way of life. //
A Hutterite’s life follows a more predictable pattern than those of us living in mainstream society. Their communal way of life is based on religion, rather than politics. Because they live according to biblical scriptures, as mentioned earlier, the principle of communal living is fundamental to their faith. As expressed by one believer: Christ did not practice ownership of personal property, so the Hutterite Brethren Church encourages its members to live the life Christ lived. Children are taught early on to adapt to communal life. Toddlers learn traditional songs, prayers, and appropriate behaviors by the kinder school grandmothers. Respecting elders and the community is essential to unity, considered God’s will for the Hutterites. Children begin their adult lives at the age of 15. They move to the adult dining hall and begin to learn adult responsibilities. Traditional roles are determined by age and gender. Young men mostly do field work and assist older men with livestock, construction, mechanical labor, or trucking. Head positions, such as minister, German teacher, or financial manager are elected by the complete community brotherhood who are registered member of the community/church. Young ladies learn to sew, cook, butcher, and garden. Supervisors among the older women include: head seamstress, head cook, the garden woman, and kinder school teachers. While males and females are segregated both in church and in the dining halls, young people are given opportunities to meet for social interaction. Young, unbaptized adults often travel to other colonies to work, meet, and court. Marriage cannot occur before a young person has been baptized, usually during their twenties. Engagements are short, possibly only one or two weeks before the wedding. Formal consent must be given by the preachers of the prospective couple. Most commonly, the bride and groom are from different colonies. Engagement ceremonies take place, first at the bride’s colony, then a couple of days before the wedding, at the groom’s colony. The wedding is performed on a Sunday morning. The bride wears a blue dress with no veil. Rings are not exchanged. The couple does not kiss during the church ceremony, and after the wedding, the bride will relocate to her husband’s colony.
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AUTHOR: Troy McQuillen PHOTO: Courtesy Library of Congress, photographed by N.A. Brothers, Aberdeen
DOUBLE DEPOTS RAILROAD AVENUE AND MAIN STREET – 1911 Do you realize that the Milwaukee Depot located at 1 North Main Street is actually the fourth depot built by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad (a.k.a Milwaukee Road) around this Aberdeen location? When the railroad reached the Pacific in 1909 they had already added Puget Sound to their name (C.M.StP.&P.S.). Then after a 1928 reorganization, Puget Sound was changed to Pacific. According to information in several publications published by the Aberdeen/Brown County Landmarks Commission, the depot on the left was the second depot; completed in 1889. The first depot was apparently built in 1881 across Main Street to the East (not pictured). The depot in the center is the third depot; completed in 1904. The two-story depot (left) was moved
This is the second depot built for the C.M.StP Railway. It was completed in 1889 and later moved into this location.
PROSPECT OF FREE LAND LURES PIONEERS WEST, THROUGH ABERDEEN. twice to accommodate the center depot, was converted to administrative offices and was also used as the freight depot. If you look closely, you’ll see people bundled up. It appears to be very cold. This picture was taken in 1911, which is interesting because the depot in the center burned in January of 1911, taking the older depot (left) with it. The fascinating aspect is, our current depot (far right) was also started and completed that same year. All these depots are not to be confused with the other existing depots in town built for competing railroads. This picture shows advertising for free land in Montana, near railroad lines. The exhibit hall in the foreground was no doubt set up to allow people to file claims. In fact, it seems to be decorated in a Christmas theme. Free land in Montana? Not a bad gift. //
This is presumably the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Main Street. The view of the photo is looking northwest, from across the street (to the east) of The Flame. The long shadow in the left foreground would be from the Commercial Hotel (Bel Aire). The shadow on the right probably is from the Aberdeen Fruit Commission Building (Ralph’s Heating and Air Conditioning, demolished).
Built in 1911, in the prairie-style of architecture, this is the fourth depot built by the Milwaukee Road. It was rapidly constructed at an estimated cost of $93,000. From 1911 to 1969, South Dakota’s only transcontinental passenger service was available from this depot. In peak years, 14 scheduled passenger trains stopped here daily.
He’s sort of hard to see, but there is dog standing in front of the mailbox, right in the center of the picture.
This is the third depot build for the Milwaukee Road. It was completed in 1904. It appears to be located between railroad tracks as a train is parked behind it.
Too bad we can’t read what’s on this windwhipped banner.
Living History Fall Festival
Fall Arts and Crafts Show
Leave your time machine at home and take a scenic drive to the Granary Rural Cultural Center. The Living History Fall Festival is your chance to see prairie history unfold before your eyes! Take a journey through the past guided by the Dacotah Prairie Museum as they bring our area’s yesteryears back to life through: historical displays, demonstrations, reenactments, music and fun activities for the whole family. This free event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION,
At the Lakewood Mall’s Fall Arts and Crafts Show, only the craftiest of crafters survive the cut. This festival presents artisans from Aberdeen and the surrounding multi-state area selling arts and crafts for all tastes and styles. Beautiful works of art in the form of furniture, wall art, clothing, and live performances can be expected and enjoyed. And the best part? Entrance to the Fall Arts and Crafts Show is completely free! The event runs Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE
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THE FOLKS AT THE SOUTH DAKOTA FILM FESTIVAL put out an invite to Asian acting sensation, Bai Ling to come represent her film, Yellow Hill: The Stranger's Tale. She stole last year's Festival by wearing funky clothes and striking poses for hundreds of photos.
Culturefest 2014 NOVEMBER 7
Go around the world in a day at this year’s community Culturefest. Northern State University is proud to partner with the Aberdeen community to celebrate the fourth annual Culturefest on Friday, November 7 at the NSU Barnett Center. Culturefest provides a genuine celebration of approximately 25 differing cultures and the countries they represent. This is a unique opportunity to share in several aspects of the variety of cultures that exist both at NSU, and throughout the community and region. The event is divided into two sessions. The first,
South Dakota Film Festival
CONTACT DR. CONNIE RUHL-SMITH AT 605-626-7789 OR CONNIE.SMITH@NORTHERN.EDU.
The Vienna Boys Choir NOVEMBER 8
Where’s the popcorn? This unique statewide event for filmmakers and film lovers to gather, mingle and watch pretty cool movies began in 2007. SDFF acknowledges films made by filmmakers from the Great Plains with the common goal to screen the “best” films submitted regardless of their geographic origin. There is nothing like indie films on the big screen! FOR MORE INFORMATION,
The Vienna Boys Choir, brought to you by the Aberdeen Area Arts Council, will perform live at the Aberdeen Civic Theatre on Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Boys Choir, a choir originally appointed as entertainers for the Holy Roman Emperor. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court; at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million audience members in countries such as Asia, Australia and the Americas. The choir’s repertoire includes medieval, contemporary and experimental music. FOR MORE INFORMATION,
CONTACT THE ABERDEEN AREA ARTS COUNCIL AT 605-226-1557.
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from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is geared toward students involved in the study of world languages and the NSU Center for Statewide E-learning. The second session, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., caters community members, along with students, parents, and university personnel. Attendees will get the chance to sample a variety of authentic foods, partake in games and activities, face painting, arts and crafts and international entertainment from around the globe! Culturefest is a community-focused event and both sessions are open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the door. FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, PLEASE
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Results indicated that 3D mammography lead to a 41 percent increase in invasive cancer detected, a 15 percent decrease in unnecessary
recalls for false alarms and a 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers. “Three-dimensional mammography finds more of the invasive, harmful cancers and saves women the anxiety and cost of having additional screenings for what turns out to be a false alarm,” said Cink. “Women see little difference between a conventional 2D mammogram and a 3D mammogram; the exam takes just a few seconds longer and the positioning is the same, but I believe the real difference is in the enhanced information available to the doctor with a 3D image.”
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