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Volume 3 Issue 3 | May/June 2015 Nancy McQuillen, JoAnna Goetz and Hannah Loefke wear classy spring fashions from Maurices.

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PLAN IT Calendar of events

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CATCH IT Nature's Bounty in the Park: The farmer's market returns to downtown venue

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Aberdeen Development Corp Expands: Kati Bachmayer turns her sights to workforce recruitment

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Open Your Home to Cultural Exchange

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Aberdeen College Basketball Continues to Grow: Seasonal highlights and feedback

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Library Program Gets Cooking: New community cooking club

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HEAR IT The Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble: Sparking a musical conversation with the quintet

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OBSERVE IT A Craft of Color and Light: Thom Berg reveals his stained glass artistry

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READ IT BAM! POW! READ!: The Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program

26 Flatlanders Brisket Burger is a local favorite.

EAT IT 20 Tim Hofer talks Flatlanders, brisket and neighbors 22

MAKE IT Made With Love: Moms and dads get sweet for each other with two delicious desserts

BUY IT 24 Gifts for Mom, Gifts for Dad (or yourself) with these cooking accessories from Inspire WEAR IT 26 Spring Into Fashion: Maurices has fresh and fun favorites in summertime style for moms of all ages RECALL IT 44 Looking Back: Aberdeen's electric streetcars

20 Allison Kuch displays summer outdoor diningware.

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BUSINESS 28 What Aberdeen's top employers say about recruiting and retaining professional talent MEDIA 37 Lights! Camera! Action: Aberdeen’s annual Fischgaard 48-Hour Short Film Project SPOTLIGHT 34 The Craftmanship of Varietal Brew: Jon Hepola and Lamar Marshall talk craft beer at Slackers

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36 Spreading Their Wings: Meet Aberdeen's top high school graduates

ON THE COVER Amanda Williams of Aberdeen Christian School is captured in a candid moment by her mother, Angela Williams, in this beautiful photo appearing on the cover. Amanda is graduating with a perfect GPA a year ahead of her peers, and she’s ready to spread her wings and see the world. To learn more about Amanda, our other two featured honors graduates, and their plans for a bright future, please see our Feature section inside.

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32 April Showers Bring May Flowers: Spring is in full bloom at Beadles Floral and Nursery


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MAY AND JUNE ARE TRANSFORMATIONAL MONTHS, full of occasions that implore us to celebrate. The days grow longer, the nights shorter. The winds blow warmer, the sun stronger. And the earth celebrates with us in bursts of color and bloom. Mother’s Day is upon us first in May, and we rejoice the many women in our lives who have helped form us into the human beings we have become. College seniors graduate and move onward into professions for which they’ve been studiously preparing. High school seniors embark into the world and take their first promising steps into adulthood. Children set their hope-filled eyes on summertime bliss with friends and family. And finally, Father’s Day reminds us in June to praise the men who have long been our muchneeded examples of love and devotion. It seems it is definitely a season for celebrating. In this issue, we bring you a little bit of all of these commemorative events. You will find flowers and foliage in bloom at a local nursery, gifts and desserts for mothers and fathers, summer reading programs for children, and the profiles of three of our brightest high school honors graduates. So take your time; peruse the pages. Sit on the patio and soak it all in with the sun. You’ll be glad that you did. This is my second issue of Aberdeen

Magazine, and in my first editor’s note, I wrote about change – the change in our community and within our publication. Ironically, this second issue is also my last, as I say farewell to our little town and venture forward into an exciting new chapter of my professional life. So once again, I’m writing about change-changing and rejoicing. Time flames like a paraffin stove, and what burns are the minutes I live. Since I moved to Aberdeen more than nine years ago, nearly five million minutes have passed me by. I can barely grasp the breadth of that. In those minutes, I have brought a child into the world and raised him, while seeing two others off to college. I’ve published a novel and written another, and run for public office. And I’ve transitioned from a wife to a friend, and welcomed newfound love into my life. Each solitary tick of passing time has been filled with a memory bursting in color and bloom. I could never be more thankful, even as I set my eyes across the ocean to a foreign desert in which I’ll soon live. Adventures close to the heart come in unexpected places. What are you thankful for since you’ve been in our community? Whether you were born here or you were transplanted here as I was, write to us. Tell us about the many experiences you’ve had living and growing in Aberdeen. We have such a diverse community of people and talents, we ought to be sharing ourselves with one another. This magazine is a voice for you, produced for you – the people who love our community – and we’d certainly enjoy hearing from you and sharing your experiences with others. So, go sit outside, read Aberdeen Magazine cover-to-cover, and think about the things you can share with your fellow Aberdonians. Then head on over to a local nursery and get your gardening started; because, as Margaret Atwood so perfectly pointed out what children have always known, in the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. //

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The 2nd annual Run From The Police 5K is coming up. Come meet and support your local Fraternal Order of Police this year at Wylie Park. When: 9 am Where: Wylie park Cost: Entry fee is $20 before April 24, $25 on race day

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Come support Aspire Inc. at their 12th annual Golf benefit. Your entry fee not only helps out a worthy organization but also gets you a cart and a spot at the table for the barbeque being held this year. Where: Lee Park Cost: $400 team, $100 per person

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Northeast Pari Mutuel Horse Racing

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Nature’s Bounty in the Park The farmers' market returns to downtown venue Celebrating the bounty of spring and summer, the Aberdeen Downtown Farmers' Market, sponsored by the Aberdeen Downtown Association, is set to kick off once again on May 7th. Running every Thursday through the end of October, you can find a variety of venders set up from 3 pm to 6 pm in Central Park, across from the Briscoe Building downtown. Among the items for sale are fruits, vegetables, fresh-baked breads, canned jellies, and a variety of homemade items ranging from soaps to jewelry. The best thing about this market is that all items are South Dakota grown and locally made. So, stop by the park, enjoy the beautiful spring and summer sunshine – it’s a great way to support our community’s small mom and pop farms and crafty entrepreneurs. //

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Kati Bachmayer. Photo courtesy of ADC.

IF YOU’VE EVER CONSIDERED HOSTING A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT, there is now a local representative who is eager to find the perfect match for your family. Forte International Exchange Association has employed Aberdeen’s Melissa Erlenbusch to place foreign students in area school districts for either a full academic year or a half-year. Host families are some of the most important and generous volunteers, explains Erlenbusch, fostering cultural exchange between multiple countries. The high school students are considered among the brightest, having met strict criteria for selection, and they’re fully medically insured and selffunded for personal expenses. This academic year, there were students from five countries hosted in the Aberdeen area through FIEA, and the association is eager to surpass that this coming year. If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact Erlenbusch at 605.460.1763 or by email at lmerlenbusch@ midco.net. Please also visit their website for more information: www.forteexchange.org. //

THE ABERDEEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION has a new position staffed by a familiar face. Local native Kati Bachmayer is now the ADC’s Workforce Development Coordinator, after serving former U.S. Senator Tim Johnson for more than 13 years. Bachmayer’s WDC position was created in response to findings in follow-ups to Governor Daugaard’s 2014 statewide Workforce Summits. She assists and facilitates workforce development, recruitment, retention and training in the Aberdeen area.

A Chamber Workforce Advisory Committee has been formed to assist her in this mission. Bachmayer, a University of South Dakota graduate, previously supported South Dakotans with federal agencies, connected with community leaders and traveled to eight SD counties on behalf of Senator Johnson. An avid arts volunteer and supporter, she currently serves as Treasurer on the Aberdeen Area Arts Council Board and is a dedicated Aberdeen Community Theatre volunteer. //


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Aberdeen College Basketball Continues to Grow Seasonal highlights and coach feedback BY ANDREW HANSEN THE 2014-15 SEASON HAS WRAPPED UP for both men's and women's college basketball, and this year was jam packed with up and coming underclassmen, stand-out seniors, teams rising up in higher divisions and even a little hardware given out towards the end of the year. Starting up north at Presentation College we begin our seasonal highlights with the women's team, who went 8-17 in their second year of NAIA Division II. Eric Nelson, PC Women's Head Coach, said, “It's not easy to go through a transition in which the program moves up a division. Most of the teams we play have been in Division II for a long time and we are only in year two. The girls had to work for everything they got and I couldn't be more proud of how they

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played throughout the year.” Leading the way for the team was Sophomore guard Haley Froelich, who got first team All-Conference honors, leading the conference in scoring with a heavenly 21.4 points per game for the Saints. That's good enough for 7th in the entire division. Making the leap into a higher division is a tall task for any team, and PC should be proud of the fact that they are part of an historical move into a more elite division. Next up is the PC men who went 17-9, and like the women's team, they too moved up to the Division II in 2013. Senior guard, Jeremy Comer, led the way for the Saints averaging a blistering 19.8 points per game. That's good enough for 2nd in the their conference. Head coach Jeremy Reigle says, “We will

Haley Froelich of the Presentation College Saints basketball team. Photo courtesy of Presentation College.


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BY SEAN MCCRACKEN LONG WEEKS AT WORK call for a good way to end them. The members of the Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble all agree that there is no better way to do so than getting together with a few friends, ordering some drinks, and having the conversation that is jazz. The Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble is the product of five people who have had a mind for music most of their lives. High school jazz band brought Paul Dutt and Dennis McDermott together in the early 70’s, which led them

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Sparking a Musical Conversation

both to pursue careers in teaching music. As bounce their music off both each other and time progressed, the group as it stands today the audience to create a conversation of gradually began to assemble. music. Mike Jilek was a high school student of “Much of what we do up there is Dennis’ who was also involved in jazz band, improvised… just about every time we play Jimmy Reed was a student at Northern who we do something we haven’t done in a while,” they had played a few gigs with previously, remarks Paul. and Paul met Scott Geffre while student The Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble has already teaching at Central. In fact, Dennis’ first gig received droves of praise and recognition. with Scott was while he was From their numerous, in college and Scott was packed shows at the in 8th grade, so its safe to Ward Plaza, to their first In jazz, each musician appearance at Jazz Fest say that they have definite musical chemistry. must bring something in Sioux Falls last year. Despite this, they say that Each member of the Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble they still meet people who to the table. are surprised to learn that has played with many there is jazz in Aberdeen. musical styles over the years, from rock to funk to They attract folks from a classical. But what is it about jazz that sets number of generations, so this is probably due itself apart to bring them together? to simple lack of exposure. Guitarist Paul Dutt believes, “If you play Dennis McDermott says of his time as a classical or you’re a cover band, the object is teacher, “When you show students this kind to play it as much like the original as possible. of music, it [doesn’t] take long for them to In jazz, each musician must bring something gravitate toward it.” to the table.” And with their apparent return to Jazz Fest No two sets are ever quite the same. The and their unquestionable talent, it wont be long complexity and freestyle nature lets them until others gravitate toward it was well. //

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OBSERVE

A Craft of Color and Light BY NICOLE FISCHER

LOOKING AT THE STAINED GLASS WORKS OF THOM BERG, one finds a spark that sets his work apart from traditional folk pieces. Organic shapes, unique subjects, and vivid color schemes compose works that set the scene of spiritual concepts, candid moments, and abstract design. It is a style that has been mastered with skill. Berg’s journey with glass stems from a kitchen remodel two decades ago. While in the process of resurfacing his cabinets, he realized leaded glass would finish them off nicely. After some research and estimates for commercially made glass, he took the challenge upon himself. Since then, he’s completed restorations, personal and corporate commissions, as well as a large body of personal work. Describing the process of his work, Berg says he starts with a cartoon, or actual sized pattern upon which a drawing or design for the panel/window is created. “The pattern indicates where each piece of glass is going to be on that panel and can be nearly anything, from a classic leaded glass transom to a Marine bulldog in a Pittsburgh Steelers’ football helmet,” says Berg. Creating commissions for clients is a cooperative endeavor. He has them approve the pattern and choose the glass, and from there, they pick the method of assembly they like. “Some clients that come with a definite the design just seems to coalesce, to come idea or picture of what it is they want, together as a joint effort. In both cases, the provide a challenge,” Berg explains. “They satisfaction can be immense.” know what they want and it’s my job to Reflecting on his decades of work, Berg successfully satisfy that vision. But, on the is particularly proud of some of his early other hand, those clients that say that they work and the ongoing want some glass here or relationships that emerged. there, but don’t really know “I can’t forget the work what, present a different There is nothing quite still being done for my challenge. They actually do first contract commission, have an idea and it’s for me like marveling at a Scott Wherry, and all the to find it.” stained glass window fine folks at Primrose According to the glass Retirement Communities, artist, he is up for the in a darkened space. making entry doors or challenge posed by any windows for the chapels creative client. in their various facilities “I find their vision by looking at the room they want the glass in, the around the country. When I think about it, each commission has been unique, and that’s colors around the area, the style of the home, the way it should be.” etc.,” he says. “The more we throw ideas out,

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Artist Thom Berg in his Northen Lights Design Studio in April.

Berg finds the challenge of being an artist is the balance of providing a service that is affordable, professional and unique. And his artist statement reflects this philosophy. “There is nothing quite like marveling at a stained glass window in a darkened space, immersing oneself in the qualities of design and detail, and then suddenly being enveloped in an overwhelming burst of color as the sun moves from behind a cloud,” he says. “The experience provides the viewer with an excitement for which there are no words. If my work can convey even a portion of this excitement, I will be satisfied.” Berg describes the greatest reward from his work as the moment when a client sees their stained glass in place and backlit for the first time, and they say, “It’s exactly what I wanted!” //

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Thom Berg reveals his stained glass artistry


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READ

BAM! POW! READ! The Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program

BY ANGELIA SCHULTZ

SUMMER BREAK CAN BE A CHALLENGING TIME FOR PARENTS, as they creatively seek to keep their kids happily engaged outside of school. Recognizing the needs of their young readers, Aberdeen’s Alexander Mitchell Public Library has put together a variety of fun summer reading programs your kids are guaranteed to enjoy. Ranging from grade-specific to appropriate for all ages, the library offers literary-based storytimes, concerts, and even themed reading options. When reading for prizes, kids receive punch cards and read 10 picture books or five chapter books for a prize, earning up to eight prizes throughout the summer. Teens can also participate, also reading five books for a prize, and earning up to eight prizes as well. Prizes consist of books, gift cards, book bags, and more! Audiobooks and ebooks also count, so teens will be more likely to participate. At the end of the program for each age category, there will be a grand prize drawing. Here is what you need to know:

Beginning June 1 and running until July 31, the below programs are appropriate for grades K-5, unless noted for all ages. There is no registration required. For more information, contact the library at 626-7097. Every Hero Has a Story – Family Storytime: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am. Stories, songs, activities and crafts. All ages welcome. Stories in the Park – Family Storytime: Alternating Wednesdays and Mondays in June at 10:30 am. Stories, songs and games for all ages. June 3rd at Anderson Park. June 8th at Frontier Park. June 17th at Manor Park. June 22nd at Melgaard Park. Jim Gill Concert: A joyful musical experience for children, parents, and grandparents. Wednesday July 22nd at 2pm.

Bam! Pow! Read!: Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Parents are not expected to attend. Superheroes to the Rescue: If you’re going to be a superhero, you have to dress the part. Create your very own superhero costume to take home. Grades K-2 on June 3rd Grades 3-5 on July 8th. Superhero Training Camp: Practice your superhero skills with games and projects. Flying lessons, protecting against evil, and undercover skills will be featured. Grades K-2: June 10th Grades 3-5: July 15th.

Spectacular Sidekicks: Celebrate sidekicks, the often-overlooked heroes, with activities featuring superhero/ sidekick duos. Grades K-2 on June 17th Grades 3-5: July 22nd. Community Heroes: Everyday people are heroes, too! Firefighters, police officers, soldiers, and even teachers are heroes who all live in our community. Learn more about community heroes through activities and projects. Grades K-2: June 24th Grades 3-5: July 29th.

Teen Programs Summer 2015

Designed for readers is grades 6-9, there is no registration required. The programs are held on Thursdays in June and July, typically from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, although a few programs last an extra hour. The Minecraft Tournament does require a laptop, which may be reserved prior to the tournament on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact the library at 626-7097.

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June 4th – Girls Day

June 25th – Make It & Take It

June 11th – Guys Day

July 9th – Twisted Games

June 18th – Mark Kart 8 Tournament until 3:30 pm

July 16th – Minecraft Tournament until 3:30 pm

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July 23rd – Cooking Competition until 3:30 pm July 30th – Make It & Take It

The AMPL displays books and prizes for the Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Photos Troy McQuillen

Children’s Programs Summer 2015


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From Silent Partner to Engaged Owner

I wanted to be their

Tim Hofer talks Flatlanders, brisket and neighbors

neighborhood

bar and grill.

Tim Hofer in his original bar and grill, Flatlanders.

Chicken Picatta is a popular menu item year-round.

Flatlanders has a variety of changing beer taps. The Steak Oscar is a premier entrée and local favorite.

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The Flatlander Brisket Burger is an upscale pub option.

WHAT DOES A FARMER, a franchise owner and a reinvented bar and grill owner have in common? Well, everything, because Tim Hofer is each one of these things and more. This former silent partner of Shenanigans opens up to us about what it means to be a flatlander and why he created a unique restaurant in our community. From a small farm southwest of Mina, Hofer looked out across the landscape and considered building a new bar and grill that featured ever-popular craft beer taps. He had watched Aberdeen grow and expand after owning Shenanigans for 14-years, and he wanted to do something new. “I was searching for a new concept,” Hofer explains, “and a new location. I wanted to be in the northernmost east side of town, closer to the rooftops, to clientele in neighborhoods, and offer them homemade food and great beer. I wanted to be their neighborhood bar and grill.” And it was looking out over that prairie that the name came to him. Hofer says, “I’ve always considered myself a flatlander – that’s what we are here. You can tell that by looking out your window. So I named the restaurant after the neighborhood people we serve – we’re Flatlanders.” It was important to Hofer that the new restaurant offer homemade recipes, so with the help of chefs, he set about the task of creating a menu with recipes made from scratch. “All of our food is from

scratch here,” Hofer says with pride. “Take our French dip, for example. We start with a cut of beef and we season it and slow roast it. Then we slice it fresh. It isn’t a manufactured product. Our soups, sauces, everything – it’s all homemade, and I’m very proud of that.” At Flatlanders, the number one priority is to satisfy customers in every aspect. That’s why Hofer has created a core staff that he feels confident can do that on a daily basis. He explains, “I have a wonderful general manager, a fantastic kitchen manager and a solid nucleus of staff that people who come in here enjoy seeing. And we serve food our customers enjoy and we offer different dishes they can’t get anywhere else, so they keep coming back.” Among Flatlanders’ signature items are The Flatlander Brisket Burger, a juicy half-pound in-house ground and marinated beef brisket; a spin on the traditional Chicken Picatta, served over homemade mashed potatoes; and their 7-ounce house-cut black angus sirloin Steak Oscar, topped with wild-caught lump crab, asparagus, and housemade béarnaise sauce. We were able to sample each of these dishes, and they are truly as delectable as the proud owner boasts. Thankfully, they are also offered on the menu year-round, so swing by this neighborhood bar and grill and try them all. You won’t be disappointed. //

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MAKE

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CHOCOLATE PRALINE LAYER CAKE FOR DAD

That mom will love to make

Stephanie says that the cake is a bit more involved than the tart, because of the layers, but it’s appropriate for any aspiring baker. Also, there are steps that the kids are more than able to help out with, making it fun family time in the kitchen. PECAN MIX

1/2 cup butter

Moms and dads get sweet for each other

1/4 cup cream

BY ANGELIA SCHULTZ

1 cup brown sugar

In the spirit of the upcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we recently caught up with local favorite chef and owner of Canterbury: A Cowgirl's Deli, Stephanie Aas, to bring you two dessert recipes the whole family can enjoy. Parents, gather the children in the kitchen, and make it a family-baking event for your loved one’s special day. //

3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped COMBINE all ingredients EXCEPT PECANS in a saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted. Stir occasionally. Pour mix into two 8” or 9” round cake pans. Sprinkle pecans over the mix. CAKE

1 box Devils Food cake mix, pudding included 1 1/4 cup water 1/3 cup oil 3 eggs

COMBINE all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Beat at highest speed for 2 minutes. Carefully spoon batter into pans over the pecan mixture, splitting evenly. Bake at 325* for 35-40 minutes or until cake springs back. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. TOPPING

1 3/4 cup whipping cream 1/cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract BEAT the whipping cream to stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. ASSEMBLY

PLACE 1 cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up (the bottom of the cake layer). Spread on 1/2 of the topping. Top with second cake layer, praline side up again. Spread on other 1/2 of the topping. Sprinkle with additional pecans, if desired. Refrigerate. Serve. Enjoy. Happy Father’s Day!

Stephanie Aas displays her preferred tart pan at Canterbury: A Cowgirl’s Deli.

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FRUIT TART FOR MOM

That even dad can make

KITCHEN NEED UPDATING?

Stephanie says that, inspired by a tart at Harrods of London, this tart is perfect for oven-shy men to make with the kids, as each component is only a few ingredients.

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CRUST

1/4 cup ground almonds 1/2 cup butter – melted 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup flour 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract COMBINE all crust ingredients in a food processor until well mixed. Press into a 10”- 11” tart pan. Prick with a fork to ventilate. Bake at 350* for 15 minutes. Let cool.

FILLING

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1 tablespoon corn starch

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup fruit juice (pineapple or orange)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon lemon juice

COMBINE all filling ingredients, and mix well. Spread over the cooled crust and top with sliced fruits of choice.

COMBINE all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to cool. Spread the glaze over the fruit tart. Refrigerate. Serve. Enjoy. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Cool, unique cooking accessories from Inspire If you’re a fan of cooking shows on TV, you’ll love perusing the displays at Inspire on east Sixth Avenue. They have some of the most unique, hard-to-find cooking accessories that will impress the heck out of mom or dad for their special days. Or, if you’re feeling inspired to whip up a feast, adorn your kitchen cabinets and drawers with these must-haves. And don’t forget the BBQ! We were particularly fond of the switch-blade (space-saving) BBQ utensils. //

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Mothers Spring Into Fashion Maurices’ has moms' fresh and fun favorites in summertime style BY ANGELIA SCHULTZ Mothers of all ages, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! You can be comfortable and chic at the same time. This spring’s trend in fashion is to prepare the youthful, the mature, and the senior mother for summer style by adding cute hats, lovely necklaces and bracelets, and comfortable classy sandals to your fresh and fun wardrobe. And Maurices in the Lakewood Mall has everything you need to be ready for a day on the lake, an evening at dinner, or a night on the town. Stop by and see Mary Carrels, and she will help fashion you in an outfit that complements your specific age, body type, and style preferences.

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Photos Troy McQuillen

For young new mothers, Maurices has many trendy options for you. Hannah looks super cute in this ombre-style maxi dress with weaved rope belt. It’s made of lightweight gauze fabric to battle the heat, and comes with adjustable straps and pleated front detail. Over top, she is wearing a versatile medium-wash vest with contrast stitching and metallic button front. It has two front pockets and is perfect for layering.

Hannah is wearing jewel embellished sandals with goldcolor chain detail and color beads, and animal print band with goldcolor wrap and a buckle closure. She’s carrying a crossbody pastel patterned purse with leather trim. She is accessorizing with a fun, flirty hat and necklace, which tops off this youthful look.

Maurices is prepared with sophisticated options for the mature mother, as well. Joanna is elegant and ready for a night at the wine fest in this adorable dot lace contrast dress with contrast lining and large keyhole back with metallic button. The lining has a sweetheart neckline.

Joanna is complementing her style with comfortable natural darcy stretch cork wedge shoes with a flexible fit stretch top, and a leather handbag with a jeweled handle. She completes this chic look with layered necklaces and a jeweled watch.

Thanks to our models: Nancy McQuillen, JoAnna Goetz and Hannah Loefke.

Nancy is comfortable and relaxed in smart skinny bengaline capris in textured blue jasmine fabric. They have a smart, flattering fit with relaxed hips and thighs and two functional back pockets. Pockets in front are faux.

For the senior mother, Maurices has many modish fashions to outfit you. Nancy is poised in this lightweight chiffon top with feminine floral lace across the front and a keyhole back with accented button. To ward off the spring evening chill, she paired it with a 3/4 sleeved blush blazer with classy, textured fabric and faux front pockets.

Nancy is wearing charcoal jade tiny gem sandals with rhinestones and soft faux suede soles that are molded for added comfort. She’s carrying a navy and white polka dot clutch wristlet. A necklace and bracelet finish Nancy’s look with a touch of class.

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STRAIGHT TALK | BUSINESS

Recruitment, Retention and Growth Five hiring practices of Aberdeen’s top employers BY JOSH LATTERELL OR ANY ORGANIZATION, hiring the right people is crucial, but for Aberdeen businesses, finding the right person for a key professional position often presents its own unique set of challenges. We asked human resource and management professionals from 3M, Avera St. Luke’s, Sanford Aberdeen, Midstates Printing and Kessler’s to share some of the expertise and hiring practices that have helped them become both some of the largest employers and the best places to work in Aberdeen.

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Successful employers stress the importance of finding employees who share your company’s values. Having the right skills for a job doesn’t mean they are the right fit for your organization. At Midstates Printing, for instance, founding owner Roger Feickert believes in doing whatever is necessary to help their clients. According to HR Director Amy Jones, their company culture requires a lot of thinking outside the box. When hiring, she looks for people who are flexible, like to learn, and are adaptable to change.

Recruitment: Be creative.

Newspaper ads, classifieds, and online job postings are often effective when recruiting new hires, but for certain types of positions, finding local talent can be a challenge. That’s why Avera St. Luke’s looks for a suitable candidate among their current staff. According to Tracy Olson, Human Resources Officer at Avera St. Luke’s, their organization has a strong employee development program designed to groom the next generation of leaders from within, as well as an aggressive internship program to fill entry-level positions. Another effective strategy is asking your employees to recommend someone. “Employee referrals are probably the best tools

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for recruiting” says Kelly Comstock, Director of Team Development at Kessler’s. Social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook are also effective recruiting tools. “More and more individuals are going to social media outlets to find jobs and learn about careers,” says Jennifer Black, Human Resource Manager at 3M. Sometimes you just need to experiment and find out what works for your business. “You really can’t be afraid to go outside of normal hiring processes and try new creative strategies,” says Katie Palmer at Sanford Medical Center.

Hiring: Take time to ensure a good fit.

Hiring someone quickly based on an immediate need or a great first impression can be a recipe for disaster. Successful companies have a thorough process they follow to ensure a candidate is a good fit for the position and the organization. Midstates Printing and Avera St. Luke’s both stressed the importance of asking candidates behavioral questions during the interview, such as how someone would respond to a given situation, or how they have dealt with situations in the past. Midstates Printing has found pre-hire personality assessments such as Caliper to be very helpful as well. These assessments use personality analysis to help determine whether someone will be a good fit for a position with your organization.

Retention: Help your employees connect and grow.

One key to retaining your best people is to help employees connect with the company’s vision and culture. Avera St. Luke’s is an example of a company whose president continually incorporates its faith-based mission into how he leads the organization. “People feel they are a part of something bigger than themselves.” says Tracy Olson. It’s also critical that your employees have everything they need to be successful. At Midstates, the recruiter does regular checkins with new employees to make sure they have adequate tools, support and training. “Training is something we’ve invested a lot of time and resources in the last few years,” says HR Director Amy Jones. “Making sure employees have the proper training to do their job is critical for success.”

Growth: Invest in the community.

These Aberdeen employers all share the belief that their success is tied directly to the success of the community as a whole. They take pride in providing great jobs and bringing new families to Aberdeen. They donate to community organizations, and encourage their employees to get involved as well. Amy Jones at Midstates Printing, sums it up well. “Having happy employees and a good strong healthy company benefits the community. By supporting strong, happy families, it enables us to give back to the community.” //

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Getting started: Know what you’re looking for.

Carrington Mead, a stitcher operator with four-years service, and veteran employee Scott Dunlavy, a finishing supervisor with 12-years seniority, on a job in the Midstates Printing plant.


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Lights! Camera! Action! Aberdeen's original Fischgaard 48-Hour Short Film Project T SOME POINT IN TIME, you’ve A probably thought, I have a great idea for a movie! And this friendly competition is the perfect opportunity to stretch your creativity and move past the procrastination hump. Each year, roughly 15 filmmaking teams are challenged to create a short film from scratch in the confines of just two days. And to make sure nobody starts ahead of time, participants meet at the Red Rooster Coffee House on Friday evening to pick their film genre (out of a hat) and to learn which prop, character, and line of dialogue they must include. Then, after two days, several energy drinks, and very little sleep, the films are screened before a live audience on a Sunday evening at the Capitol Theater in historic downtown Aberdeen. The upcoming 2015 Fischgaard on May 1-3, will mark Aberdeen’s 11th competition. Tom Black has been a Fischgaard organizer from day one, and he has watched the project evolve and improve over the years. “I think the overall quality of the films has gotten very good,” says Black. “Aberdeen has several talented independent filmmakers that are up to the challenge.” Are you up to the challenge?//

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“It was a fun experience. I want to be a filmmaker because it is fun, very creative, and all sorts of things are based around your imagination.”

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Fun Facts: Registration is $20.00 and goes toward cash prizes for Best Film, Creative Excellence, Technical Excellence, and People’s Choice. The Fischgaard Short Film Project was founded by organizer Tom Black and Terry Flamboe. Searching “Fischgaard Film Festival” on Youtube will yield several fun results.

Going the Distance: In 2013, a team from Boston filmed their short movie in Boston, flew to Aberdeen, and delivered the film on time. In 2011, a team consisting of National Guard members filmed their movie in FOB Leatherneck, just outside of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, and emailed the film to a family member who delivered the film.

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ith the mild month of April and the light rains it brought the area, signs of spring and early summer are all around us. In preparation for your summer planting projects, Beadles Floral and Nursery has been seeding and germinating a wide variety of flowers and foliage in their town nursery for several months. Having had time to mature, they are ready to become a beautiful part of your home or business’s landscape. Since 1972, Beadles has been serving the Aberdeen area. The founding owner, Jim Beadle, is a landscape designer who started on commission in the original Koch greenhouse. A year later, his wife Bev Beadle joined him, and they purchased the business from the Kochs and began their own nursery business. Since then, they have become local experts in their field. “If I can't grow it pretty, I don't want to grow at all,” says Bev of her pride in selecting and caring for her plants. “I sell flowers because they are pretty. We put a lot of care into the preparation of our plants so that you can get pretty, full and rounded plants and flowers. Plants are like babies. You don't sprinkle or splash water on a baby to bathe it. You put the baby into the water. And that's how we treat our plants. We thoroughly water them by repeatedly bathing them but not leaving them standing in water.” Beadles carries a variety of very popular plants, including succulents and Welby gardens, petunias in many variable, rich colors, Ipomoea sweet potato vine, sun impatiens, daisies, and geraniums. The list is extensive and available at the store. Bev suggests also adding a few blooms to your 4-inch crops. “Fragrance nemesis is compact, opal looks like an opal, kumquat is bright and fragrant. And heliotrope smells like lilacs when it blooms,” she explains, revealing her knowledge with ease. “Then there are King Tut grasses, which get very tall and it’s very popular. And euphorbia is upright, not trailing, so that’s a nice look as well. And perky pink is also beautiful for height.” The tried-and-true favorites are available as well – the Martha Washington, calliope red geranium, and dahlias that grow well in our climate. But if you’re concerned about the weather elements, Bev has a solution for that as well. “Scavola is the most durable flower we have,” she says. “It can endure the South Dakota sun and wind and thrive beautifully. Anyone can grow it without worry.” You don’t have to be an expert in plants to prepare and maintain a beautiful summer landscape. There are experts at Beadles who are eager to pair you with the perfect variety. Stop into their country store and ask a professional today. Happy planting! //

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SPOTLIGHT

THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF VARIETAL BREW The owners of downtown’s Slackers talk craft beer BY ANGELIA SCHULTZ

Slackers owners Jon Hepola and Lamar Marshall have the largest selection of tapped and bottled craft beer in Aberdeen.

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right beer in the right person’s Craft beer hand, regardless of one’s experience challenges or familiarity with the wide variety the pallet. of beers and their flavor notes. “Often times, we just ask people what they like,” Hepola explains. “If they don’t know, we bring them a couple of samples, and find out what they like and didn’t like about each one. Then we can match them to a beer they’ll like.” “It’s a process,” Marshall continues. “Craft beer is so broad, and nothing is good or bad. It’s just what you prefer, and we can help you find it.”

HEN JON HEPOLA AND LAMAR MARSHALL met eight years ago, they didn’t predict that together, they’d one day own the most diverse craft beer bar in Aberdeen. And local fans of good brew will attest that the young twenty-something owners of Slackers are the leading craft beer experts in town, a label the two men humbly accept. “We know what we need to know,” explains Hepola, a born and bred Aberdeen native. “All we did was beer when we were thinking about opening this bar.” His business partner, Marshall agrees. “We didn’t do anything else,” he says. “We would pick up cases of beer, looking for the next big thing. We were always searching. It’s what we still do.” And that’s why they say they can put the

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The craft beer bar opened its first humble doors in 2011, offering limited taps and a single cooler of bottled craft beers. They offered live music in a small, intimate setting, supporting the local and regional music scene. Their establishment’s popularity quickly grew, and just a few short years later, they had outgrown their space, requiring a move to a larger facility. Quadrupling their bar size, they expanded their taps and bottled selection, and reopened their doors on New Year’s Eve 2014 to a full house before a diverse musical line-up. “We aren’t a sports bar,” Hepola explains. “We offer live music and a different environment. It’s nice to be completely different.” And his partner agrees. “We offer unique products, the best selection and a better alternative to what everyone else is doing,” says Marshall. “We opened up pretty early on in the craft beer scene, as far as South Dakota is concerned, and we just do it very, very well.” Craft beer is relatively young in the United States, emerging in the 1980s and growing in popularity in the last decade. The Slackers’ owners say they thrive on the creative side of craft beer, with its unlimited new ideas and products. “Craft beer challenges the pallet,” Marshall says, discussing Imperial Pale Ales and Sours. “Experienced craft drinkers can tear them apart and get all the flavors after a glass or two. But the industry will keep pushing it, making it more intense. And when it can’t get any more intense, they’ll move on to the next thing. It’s always changing and it always will. That’s what craft beer does.” Hepola suggests that the next trend in craft beer will be reviving the ancient dead styles with barrel-aging and smoky wheats, combining sours with other flavors. “No one has seen this for 150-years in the states,” he explains. “Everyone’s reviving an old style, and we’re ready to offer them to the community.” Recently, they aged a barrel of La Folie in their basement for half a year before offering it on tap. “It was popular. Our customers loved it,” Marshall says. “We may experiment with aging longer in the future, as long as our customers enjoy what we offer.” Citing a solid, receptive community full of great people and talented musicians, the two beer experts say they will continue to strive to grow craft beer locally in their downtown live music venue. “Aberdeen is a fan of great beer and the arts. That’s why we’re here. We love it here.” //

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Aberdeen´s Top Grads

S P R E A D I N G T H E I R W I N G S BY ANGELIA SCHULTZ

AMANDA WILLIAMS High School: Aberdeen Christian School Parents: David and Angela Williams GPA (unweighted): 4.0 College attending: South Dakota State University Area of Study: Horticulture major; Spanish minor MANDA WILLIAMS HAS ALWAYS BEEN MOTIVATED TO LEARN. As this year’s top graduate from Aberdeen Christian School, this Aberdeen native is also completing high school a year earlier than her peers. “I love to learn new things,” Williams explains, reflecting on her academic career and looking forward to college. “And I have always been one to reach a little farther. I’ll be going into SDSU’s Honors program to challenge myself. I would also like to become more diverse in the things I do, so one goal is to branch out my freshman year and try to broaden my interests.” Her love for diversity has been reflected in her language study. “I took four years of Spanish even though I only needed two to obtain most scholarships. I love it because I have a passion for learning about different cultures and this allowed me to do so even while I was still sitting in a classroom in South Dakota.” After college, Williams stated she plans to work for a group called ECHO. “ECHO hires people with a background in horticulture or agronomy and sends them overseas to one of their missionary bases,” Williams explained. “There they teach people how to sustain themselves by growing

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their own food, and they also use this as an that has helped me more than anything.” outreach for missions work.” Williams also feels that she has benefited Williams partially credits her success to the from growing up and attending school in small size of classes at Aberdeen Christian. Aberdeen. “It has always been very personal with the She explains, “I love the size. It isn’t huge student-to-teacher ratio,” Williams explains. and overwhelming, but not so small that you “All the teachers truly care and support all the know everyone who lives here. I also love students and will do anything to help. The having colleges in the community because classes are generally able to be geared more then you have all ages and types of people towards the students represented in town.” than to the curriculum Being open minded and embracing to help them prosper.” life is a characteristic this young woman The eldest of three I love to learn would like to encourage in others. children, she feels that “Always be flexible and welcome new things. her relationship with change,” Williams suggests, “because you her parents and God never know where in life you are truly deserve the credit for meant to be until you get there.” her success. Her philosophy is reflected in one of her “My family has always encouraged us to do favorite Bible verses, John 3:8: “The wind the best that we possibly can with everything blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sounds, that we put ourselves to,” says Williams. “If but you cannot tell where it comes from or we commit to trying, then we should put our where it is going. So it is with everyone born whole hearts into it. And my parents taught me to have a solid relationship with God, and of the Spirit.” //


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TANNON TOPLE High School: Aberdeen Central High School Parents: Greg and Sonda Tople GPA (unweighted): 3.983 College attending: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Area of Study: Biological Science, Neuroscience, Pre-Med

ETERMINED. FOCUSED. ACADEMICALLY THOROUGH. SOCIALLY RESERVED. SELFLESS. These are words used to describe Tannon Tople, the top graduating honor student at Aberdeen Central High School. “I love volunteering and giving to the community,” Tople says, remarking on his activities in SADD, Volunteer Connections and Keystone Honor Society. “I put so much work into school and activities that giving to the community makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something meaningful.” The Aberdeen native is an accomplished performer in the CHS Debate Team’s Oral Interpretation category, and he will be representing South Dakota when performing at the national forensic competition this year. He credits the many opportunities presented to him and having been encouraged by his teachers and coaches as reasons behind his academic success. “I’ve been given many opportunities to mature in high school,” he says. “I was able | ABERDEEN MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2015

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to find who I am and surround myself with friends who are as determined as I am. And Central has provided me many great educators who have both motivated and inspired me. They don’t just teach. They make edifying myself academically enjoyable. I love volunteering So, while at and giving to college, I just want to keep the community. my positive attributes, keep being myself, so I can accomplish the things I aspire to.” After studying biological sciences in premed at college, Tople plans to attend medical school for the neurosciences, and he’d like to go to either the east or west coast to do so. Tople explains, “I want to go to Minnesota

for the culture and to meet new people. My family travels a lot and it’s exciting to come into contact with new people. I want to challenge myself and push myself further, which may mean the east or west coast.” The middle child of three children, Tople looks to his close-knit family when making decisions and considering his bright future, wherever it may take him. “My family is probably the reason I’ve gotten to this point in my life,” he says. “They are my closest support system and my greatest motivators.” Reflecting on his life in Aberdeen, Tople is thankful to have grown up in a smaller town. He explains, “I love Aberdeen. It’s such a close community that encourages family ties. It’s very knit together and supportive. It has definitely contributed to my success. I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had here and I’ll always be grateful to have matured in such a well-rounded, supportive community.” //

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Aberdeen´s Top Grads

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NATHAN ALLEN High School: Roncalli High School Parents: Christopher and Elissa Allen GPA (unweighted): 4.0 College attending: University of St. Thomas Area of Study: Theology O SAY THAT NATHAN ALLEN IS A DEVOTE CATHOLIC may be an understatement. “I want to be a Catholic priest,” says this year’s top graduate from Aberdeen Roncalli High School. And his future plans include going to seminary. Allen explains, “I will be attending University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and I plan to study Theology. My goal while there is to discover what I am called to do.” Finding his purpose in life and becoming the best person he can be has been fostered by the positive and supportive relationships he built while in high school. In a smaller, intimate setting, he was able to thrive. “Roncalli has shown me the importance of faith in my life,” says Allen. “And having a close relationship with my classmates and teachers has been my favorite thing about attending Roncalli. I have learned many lessons and had a lot of fun throughout high school. And this is especially due to the size of the school.” Attending a smaller high school created many opportunities for Allen to be wellrounded and to get involved in extracurricular activities. Throughout his academic

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career, he balanced his commitment to his mind often, this is one thing of which he his studies with a wide interest in sports, seems certain. excelling in football, cross-country, basketball “I’m looking forward to moving onto bigger and baseball. and better things,” says Allen. The second eldest of four “Things that lie beyond the walls children, Allen comes from of Aberdeen and Roncalli High a close-knit family, whom School.” I'm looking he knows he can count on Even as he eagerly moves to be there when he needs forward to moving forward in life, he regards his them. He credits them with hometown with fondness and as onto bigger and a wonderful place to live. his early success in life and his promising future. “The best part of Aberdeen better things. He explains, “My family is that it’s the perfect size,” has always been supportive explains Allen. “It’s big enough of me. They’ve always had so that it has plenty of things to my back.” do, yet it is small enough that Even though Allen was born in Aberdeen you can get anywhere in about ten minutes.” and has lived here his entire life, his closeness With a thankful heart and an eager mind, to his family, faith and friends has prepared Allen moves forward to the next phase of his him to move out into the world to experience life, and Aberdeen sends another one of its new places and meet new people. Selfchildren off into the world well prepared for described as having a tendency to change the journey ahead. //


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LOOKING BACK Electric streetcars shuttled early Aberdonians about town BY TROY MCQUILLEN PROGRESSIVE ABERDEEN INVESTED in an electric streetcar system and had it operational by 1910. This photo was probably taken shortly after that. The streetcars connected NSU, Downtown, the Highlands, and eventually went out to Wylie Park in the summer months. This view may be confusing to many because there is nothing in this picture that is still in existence today, other than the road itself. This was taken on Main Street, on the 100 block, looking north. You can see the Ward Hotel, however, this particular version burned and was replaced with the one we still have today. Even the building (Hatz Block) just past the Ward is gone as well, replaced by the Wells Fargo Auto Finance building. The streetcars would hang out in this location and change conductors. This photo is either from the Dacotah Prairie Museum or my personal collection, as my great grandfather managed the streetcar system until the automobile caused its demise in the early 1920s. //

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Aberdeen Magazine May/June 2015  

Aberdeen, South Dakota's community lifestyle magazine.

Aberdeen Magazine May/June 2015  

Aberdeen, South Dakota's community lifestyle magazine.

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