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EDITOR

Barb Andrews

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Troy McQuillen

 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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T A B L E of C O N T E N T S 

Volume 2 Issue 3 | 2014

30 FEATURE

The True Story Behind Storybook Land

28 OPEN HOUSE

Modern Prairie

THE LOOK

A new look for the historic home of Alonzo Ward

24 THE GOODS

The Awwww Factor Chic finds for little gals and guys

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Hush Boutique New and Hot for Moms and Tots

IN THIS ISSUE 6 EDITOR’S NOTE

THE HUB 8 BUZZ What’s sizzlin’?

PROFILES: PG 11

TRACY HARMS

14 SCENE Aberdeen Magazine was there, were you?

The Birth Doula

18 TASTE The Perfect Pie

PG 15

22 GALLERY Angela Guthrie Shimitz at the Wein 23 COPY & CHAMOMILE A Curious Man

IN THE BACK 34 TOP FIVE Our best picks for your social calendar

GREG SMITH

The New Guy PG 17

THE OBGYN TEAM

Sanford’s Angels

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EDITOR’S NOTE

FROM BARB ANDREWS

CONTRIBUTORS ABBY BUEHLER

Graphic designer, writer and contributor.

GREG GILBERTSON

It Takes a Village A community made for family

I

WAS AN ABERDEEN ORIGINAL, born at Dakota Midland Hospital (now Midland Campus) and raised by the old fashioned ideals of my parents. I feel privileged to have grown up within the comforts of a community founded on rural values and urban appeal. My mother was a supermom, singing to me in the womb, giving me an educational head start through Dr. Seuss books and Sesame Street Magazine, and instilling in me the Midwestern traditions of faith and family. When some Aberdeen babies grow up, they move away in search of opportunities (they think are) only available in a larger city. But soon, finding themselves longing for the comforts, safety, and familiarity of their hometown, they move back. Grown children realize much of what they left Aberdeen to find was here all along. They begin a satisfying career, buy a home, and with the support of parents and lifelong friends, start their own families. The next generation begins. Hub City babies abound. This issue is devoted to the joy of children and the services and opportunities for families in our fine community. Discover all Aberdeen has to offer in both traditional and non-traditional services, support, and resources necessary to raise a healthy, happy child. On the Cover, take a moment to awwww over the latest additions to the Hub City, irresistible newborn Aberdonians, as captured by Amber Sue Photography. Our Feature tells the tale of Storybook Land, a magical place for children and adults alike. In Style, we reveal a whole shopping cart’s worth of adorable and functional retail for baby and momma alike. Get to know more of the folks that strive to make this community great through the provision of quality education and family services in Profiles. Then, check out our Top Five – our best picks to adorn your social calendar. But before you sit back and enjoy another great issue of Aberdeen Magazine, you might want to grab an ice pack and thermometer, because you are about to catch baby fever!

ON THE COVER

PRECIOUS PARCEL

T H E H U B C I T Y ’S N E W E S T A R R I VA L S With the gentle touch of Amber Sue Photography, we bring you Aberdeen’s newest arrivals. From left to right we have Briggs Allen (son of AJ and Emily Munger) who is eighteen days new, Jakob Michael (son of Mike and Angela Keller) – just fourteen days new, and Amber and Kevin Bergeson’s own little blessing, Veda Mae, only 22 days new. The three Hub babies are seen wearing Cassie Plooster’s ‘Perfectly Sweet Creations.’ Cassie is a hat maker from Huron, SD whose baby fare can be viewed on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlySweetItems).

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Aberdeen Magazine Scene Photographer. Capturing you in action. JOSH LATTERELL

Web designer and writer with a fondness for big ideas, great stories, and memorable adventures. TIM PIERSON

Chef, food enthusiast, and owner of Mugs Coffee House. MINA SOLINGER

NSU student, writer, and Aberdeen Magazine contributor. JENNIFER STREIFEL

Alexander Mitchell Public Library book club member. Book reviewer. Tea drinker. LAUREN YARBOROUGH NIKOLAS

Fearless do-it-yourselfer and recipe creator.

CONTACT INFORMATION | ART CREDITS HUB BACON MAP (P. 8) KESSLER’S FOOD & LIQUOR 615 6th Avenue SE, Aberdeen (605) 225-1692 POUNDERS PUB & GRUB 1702 6th Avenue SE, Aberdeen (605) 725-2337 FLATLANDERS KITCHEN & TAP HOUSE 2020 8th Avenue NE, Aberdeen (605) 262-3663 INSPIRE 3001 6th Avenue SE, Suite 1, Aberdeen (605) 725-2326 WALMART SUPERCENTER 3820 7th Avenue SE, Aberdeen (605) 229-2345 THE GOODS (P. 24-25) MELTING POT CREATIONS www.facebook.com/rmgmeltingpot BEADLE FLORAL AND NURSERY 906 S 8th Street, Aberdeen (605) 229-5256 EVER AFTER BABY BOUTIQUE 424 S Main Street, Aberdeen (605)725-2600 KLEIN’S CRAFTS AND HOBBIES 406 S Wilson Street, Aberdeen (605) 229-0661 THE LOOK (P. 26-27) HUSH BOUTIQUE 2020 8th Avenue NE, Aberdeen (605) 262-4041 AMBER SUE PHOTOGRAPHY (507) 360-4321 www.ambersuephotography.com CONCEPTS, AN AVEDA SALON SPA 419 S. Main St., Aberdeen (605) 262-8332  P. 5 Storybook Land, Open House, Awww: Troy McQuillen | Hush Boutique: Amber Sue Photography 6 Editor: Barb Andrews | Contributor: Courtesy Contributors 8 Bacon Map: Troy McQuillen | Dr. Tonemah: Courtesy NSU | Bethesda: Courtesy Bethesda | Montessori: Courtesy Montessori School of Aberdeen 10 Melgaard Statue: Troy McQuillen | 4 Brushes Mugs: Courtesy 4 Brushes 11 Birth Doula: Troy McQuillen 12 Target Products: Courtesy Target 13 Nursery: Courtesy Before and After 14 Les Misérables: Greg Gilbertson 15 Greg Smith: Troy McQuillen 16 Cause for Paws : Greg Gilbertson 17 Sanford: Troy McQuillen 18 Thatzza: Troy McQuilllen | Pasta: Courtesy Thatzza Pizza 20 Recipe: Barb Andrews 22 Artwork: Courtesy Angela Shimitz | Artist: Troy McQuillen 24-25 Troy McQuillen 26-27 Amber Sue Photography 28-29 Troy McQuillen 31 Castle tower: Courtesy Ben Benson | Early Sets: Courtesy Aberdeen Parks and Rec 32 Castle, Arial View: Courtesy Aberdeen Parks and Rec | Visitor Center: Troy McQuillen | Yellow Brick Road: Courtesy Aberdeen Sertoma Club 34 Miles of Smiles: Courtesy Dr. Opp Advanced Family Dentistry  8 Bacon Map: Dan Niemi 30 Storybook Land Illustrations: Dan Niemi


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COLLEGE CORNER

NSU Commencement WITH SPEAKER DR. DARRYL TONEMAH DR. DARRYL TONEMAH will deliver the spring commencement address on May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Barnett Center. Tonemah is a graduate of NSU who has since gone on to receive his Ph.D. in counseling psychology and cultural studies. He is also an advocate for American Indian affairs, an actor, and an award-winning recording artist. //  FOR MORE

INFORMATION, CONTACT UNIVERSITY RELATIONS AT (605) 626-2552.

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COMING SOON

Bethesda Makes a Splash BETHESDA LONG-TERM CARE HOME is offering

even more ways to care for Aberdeen’s aging population. They will be expanding their current services through a new K.O. Lee Adult Day Health Center, scheduled to open this fall. In addition, at that same location, thanks to a generous legacy donation, Bethesda will be able to provide their residents with the healing benefits of a new state-of-the-art therapeutic warm water therapy pool called “HydroWorx2000.” It is the first pool of its kind in South Dakota. //  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BETHESDA’S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, CALL (605) 225-7580, OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT: WWW.BHA.CC

STUDENT IAN JUNG IS WORKING ON THE PINK TOWER, ONE OF THE CLASSIC MONTESSORI MATERIALS FOUND AT THE SCHOOL.

FUN FINDS

BUZZ SCENE TASTE GALLERY REVIEW PROFILES

Montessori School of Aberdeen BY JOSH LATTERELL YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUR CHILD a great

start in life, so why not consider The Montessori School of Aberdeen? The school provides a developmental learning environment for children ages three to six years old, based on the principles created by Dr. Maria Montessori. For over 100 years this unique alternative teaching method has been helping students around the world develop their inner discipline, natural curiosity, and love of knowledge. In addition to both full and part-time enrollment during the school year, Montessori will also be offering a half-day summer program, June 2-30. //  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ENROLLMENT CALL DIRECTOR SUSAN DALAGER AT (605) 725-2269 OR VISIT MONTESSORIABERDEEN.COM.


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20 FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES FOR LESS THAN 20 BUCKS

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GET LOST! Use large cardboard

boxes to make an outdoor maze by popping out the ends and taping them together with packaging tape.

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Time to explore! Take the family to the Dacotah Prairie Museum Children’s Exhibit and Frontier Life Room where learning can be so much fun.

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ANT THAT A GREAT IDEA! Have a

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GRAB YOUR SUNSCREEN! Pick up a

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ALL ABOARD! Head out to Wylie

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FUN WITH FOAM! Pick up some

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WHAT A COOL FORT! Build an indoor

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GET COOKING! Assemble mini

picnic at Melgaard Park and serve your child’s favorite food.

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IT’S PLAYTIME! Watch your kids

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SPIN YOUR WHEELS! Enjoy a family

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MAKE AND TAKE! On Thursday

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STAY SHARP! Bring the family to

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MAKE A WISH! Fill your inflatable

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GIVE BACK! Spend the day

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WE ALL SCREAM! Work up an

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GET FIT AS A FAMILY! Take the whole

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SCULPT AWAY! Make your own play

climb the jungle gym at Lakewood Mall while you sip on a frothy espresso from The Little Dipper. 



few pool noodles at Walmart and make it a swim day at Mina Lake. Park and take a ride on the Storybook Land Express.

Barbasol shave cream at Kmart and build foam sculptures in the yard; then play in them in your bathing suits. dome perfect for hot summer days by fastening a flat sheet to a box fan and anchoring the bottom by attaching it to several heavy pillows using clothes pins.

dessert pizzas with sugar cookie dough from Ken’s and decorate them with funny faces made out of your child’s favorite fruit.

bike ride on any of the beautiful paved recreational trails that wind through town. Check out the trail map at: http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/ DocumentCenter/Home/View/401

afternoon at Central Park you can enjoy family friendly crafts made available by Parks and Recreation. Alexander Mitchel Public Library from June 1-July 31 during their summer reading program, and fill up a punch card to be eligible for prizes! swimming pool with pillows and blankets for a long night of stargazing.

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TIME TO CREATE! Take your child to

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BIGGER THAN LIFE! Use a large piece

Four Brushes for a paint-your-own pottery session. 

 of paper and trace your child’s body, then help them to make clothes out of construction paper for their life-sized paper doll.

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CELEBRATE AN UNBIRTHDAY! Throw

a costume-themed impromptu party (such as Alice in Wonderland) using items you already have around the house.

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volunteering as a family at the Aberdeen Area Humane Society. appetite on a family walk and then treat everyone to kiddy cones at Bonn’s Eats & Treats. crew to the YMCA for open swim or open gym.

dough, then dry the sculptures on a windowsill, and paint them with acrylic paint.


HUB

PROFILE

TRACY HARMS

AUTHOR: Barb Andrews

PHOTO: Troy McQuillen

THE

BIRTH

DOULA

MORE THAN JUST A HAND TO HOLD

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racy Harms is an Internationally Certified Birth Doula, or more simply put “a woman who serves.” She has been working to give pregnant mothers a more positive birth experience for four years. A Doula’s job is to provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during, and just after a birth. “I believe every woman should be able to have the birth experience she desires when possible,” says Tracy. Tracy meets with expectant mothers a few months prior to the birth, to develop a personalized birth plan. She also instructs women on positions that I LOVE SEEING can be used to ease THE JOY ON discomforts, help EACH MOTHER’S labor progress, and FACE WHEN encourages the SHE HOLDS HER incorporation of NEWBORN FOR massage, birthing THE FIRST TIME. balls, and the partner’s involvement. A Doula’s positive effect has proven results. Tracy notes, “Evidence based statistics show that births with a Doula in attendance have a labor time that is reduced by 25%, the need for pain meds is reduced by 30%, and there is a 60% decrease in the use of epidural analgesia to relieve pain. But most importantly, the overall cesarean rate is reduced by 50%.” Tracy works in a supportive role with healthcare professionals to help make each birth a beautiful and memorable one for her client. Tracy says healthcare professionals appreciate the involvement of a Doula because it improves birth outcomes, “I will help to keep the mother calm, focused and moving around, when possible, to progress the birth along.” //  For more information on Tracy’s services, give her a call at (605) 870-2010.

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HUB

PROFILE

GREG SMITH

AUTHOR: Josh Latterell PHOTO: PHOTO: Troy Troy McQuillen McQuillen AUTHOR: Josh Latterell

THE

NEW GUY

G

reg Smith moved to Aberdeen this January 6th, the coldest weekend of one of the coldest winters in recent memory. Yet despite the frigid temperatures, it’s the warmth of the people here that he remembers most. “I found volunteers who were willing to step up and haul boxes for me,” says Greg, “That meant a lot that they would be willing to do that for somebody that they never really met or spent time with before.” Greg is the new Director of University Relations at Northern State University. Though he has only been in town a few short months, Greg believes there’s more I GET REALLY to Aberdeen than meets the eye. “I’m impressed with the vibrant, friendly, welcom- PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I ing atmosphere that seems to be part of DO: TRYING TO the Aberdeen experience,” he says. Greg’s HAVE AN IMPACT, been pleasantly surprised by all Aberdeen has to offer. “I think when you get a chance AND TRYING TO to learn more about the community there’s LEAVE THINGS IN A BETTER PLACE so much here that it just feels like you’re discovering something that you never knew THAN THEY WERE WHEN I GOT existed before.” HERE. Greg grew up in a small agricultural town in eastern Washington state. In 1975 he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend Bethel College (Now Bethel University) where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees. After many years in the Twin Cities area, Greg is excited about the opportunites his job at NSU has given him both to relocate to Aberdeen and to help the community grow and prosper. //

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AAHS Cause for the Paws

Pat Downie and Pam Bocker

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Chuck Minard, Karen Minard, Kathy Schaunaman, and Herb Schaunaman

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AAHS Board Member Jackie Kahre, Tammy Knoll, Board Member Carole Kiesz, Teresa Knoll, Vangie Miller and Board Member Kathy Griffin

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Kody Schochenmaier, Nicole Mann, Peggy and Todd Mann, Kayla and Eric Schwan

Puppy Love

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ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 locals gathered at the Ramkota Hotel Banquet Room for Cause for the Paws, Aberdeen Area Humane Society’s annual fundraiser. Guests were moved to tears by a film showcasing the Humane Society’s adoptable animals along with adoption success stories. Minerva’s provided a gourmet meal and guests were entertained by the music of Bob Downie and Memory Lane. Fundraisers included: a live and silent auction, split pot, t-shirt sales, games (such as spin-the-wheel and pick-a-prize), and a drawing for a Samsung tablet. //  THIS YEAR’S EVENT RAISED ENOUGH TO COVER APPROXIMATELY ONE MONTH’S WORTH OF EXPENSES FOR THE ABERDEEN SHELTER.

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HUB

PROFILE

AUTHOR: Barb Andrews

PHOTO: Troy McQuillen

SANFORD’S ANGELS

THE

WOMEN’S HEALTH

EXPERTS

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anford Hospital’s OBGYNs Jillian Stewart, MD, Melissa Hieb, DO, MS and Breanne Mueller, MD, make for one unstoppable team. Specializing in the care of women makes these ladies well equipped for the task of ensuring Aberdeen babies are brought safely into the world. But their job doesn’t end there. “We provide care for a wide range of medical issues; much more than just pregnancy and problems of the reproductive system. For many women, the OBGYN is their primary care physician!” Dr. Stewart explains. “We care for many female issues for all stages of a female’s development and aging,” Dr. Hieb adds. An OBGYN is significant in that they are trained to understand the unique issues that women face throughout all stages of life. When the time comes in a woman’s life when she is ready to conceive, the OBGYN plays a crucial role in the process, providing services that start with pre-conception counseling IT IS ALWAYS and continue long after the INTERESTING baby is born. “We educate AND REWARDING WHEN YOU CAN people on what is normal HELP IMPROVE A in pregnancy, we watch FEMALE’S WELL carefully for potential problems, we guide people BEING, HER FAMILY UNIT through the process of FUNCTIONING, dealing with bumps in WELCOME A the road, we prepare for NEW LIFE, AND delivery, and we share in SOMETIMES their excitement and joy SAVE A LIFE. when the baby is finally here!” Notes Dr. Mueller. DR. MELISSA HIEB ”The most challenging part of my job is maintaining a balance between home and work,” says Dr. Mueller. Being an OBGYN has many challenges, but just as many rewards. Dr. Stewart adds, “I wanted to become an OBGYN because I believe that a woman’s relationship with her OBGYN is different than any other physician-patient relationship. We have the privilege and unique opportunity to care for a patient through many important life events and discuss topics that she might not discuss with even her closest friends.” //

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HUB | TASTE

AUTHOR: Mina Solinger

DINING OUT

Thatzza Pizza Fast, fresh, and delicious? Exzzactly!

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pizza by the slice while operating a keeps loyal customers coming back seasonal business in an East Coast is their original pizza combinations. mall. He noticed the pizza places One of the most popular pizzas, always seemed to do well, even the Chicken Cordon Bleu, comthough he felt the quality of the slicbines chicken, ham, bacon, and a es left something to be creamy ranch sauce. desired. Will thought if Another popular item he could start a business is the Midwestern-inselling generous-sized spired Pot Roast Pizza, slices, then why not do complete with mashed that, but with a pizza of potatoes and gravy. And gourmet quality. who says Pizza can’t be Being able to grab for breakfast? Thatzza’s pizza by the slice traditional Breakfast through Thatzza’s Pizza is loaded with drive-thru window fluffy eggs, crisp bacon, makes for both a fast and cheddar cheese. and tasty meal. And And they have two drive-thru options don’t new a.m. varieties, the CREAMY FETTUCCINI end with pizza. Pastas Southwestern and GarAND HEARTY SPAGHETTI such as spaghetti and den Breakfast Pizzas. ARE COMPLETE WITH A fettuccine, along with Any whole pizza can be SIDE OF GARLIC TOAST. accompanying favorites ordered for carryout or like Cheesy Garlic Toast and Italian delivery. Whether it’s something Fries, are all available in minutes. out of the ordinary you’re craving, In addition to the convenience or just a classic slice of cheese, Thatzza Pizza hits the spot. // Thatzza offers, another aspect that

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berdeen’s tradition of enjoying quick, gourmet-quality pizza available by the slice, began in 1990 with the opening of Thatzza Pizza. A creative team made up of Will Peterson, Arnold Matthews, and Doug Stern founded the local pizzeria, at that time located in the Lakewood Mall. The original menu was similar to the one that is used today, but with fewer feature items. Will developed many of the unique pizza combinations, while some were created by a few talented Thatzza employees. As the popularity of the little pizzeria grew, Thatzza chose their new location at 20 6th Ave SW, complete with a drive-thru window, and they’ve been there since 1993. Current owners are Will and Christy Peterson, and Arnold Mathews. Christy’s brothers are also involved in the business. Thatzza Pizza owner Will Peterson got the idea of offering gourmet

THATZZA PIZZA AFTERNOON SUPERVISORS RYAN STERN AND MATTHEW SIMMONS JOIN OWNER CHRISTY PETERSON WITH A TRIO OF PIZZAS: CHICKEN CORDON BLEU, POT ROAST (SHOWN IN DETAIL) AND PEPPERONI.


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Creative ways to transcend your Italian pie

By Tim Pierson

ne of the joys of food is its power to transcend culture. “If I can’t walk in their shoes, I’ll eat their dinner.” The key to this transcendence is authenticity. If I make a pizza: with Italian flour crust, the sauce with Roma tomatoes just picked from a garden in Naples (Napoli, to be accurate), topped with sausage made from hogs fed whey from Parmigiano Reggiano, then aged and smoked in the chimney of a worker from the Ferrari factory in Modena (I can’t think of Modena without Ferrari), and huge basil leaves picked this morning from a hillside near Rome (Roma) before the morning dew disappeared, charred to perfection in a coal-fired oven (yes, coal!) to a live recording of Puccini recorded at La Scala – that would be ideal. 

 HOWEVER, it’s late, the family is hungry, supper isn’t even started yet, and I’m living in the real world. That’s when it’s time to become a refrigerator chef! But before I begin, I am reminded that frozen pizza, straight out of the box, tastes a lot like the picture of pizza on the box. Then I reflect on what my late Uncle Milt always said, “We’ll doctor it up.” Being optimistic, I start with the produce bin in the fridge. I throw out the brown lettuce, the limp green onions (scallions), the cilantro turning black (it does that in three days), and the spotted lemon. I’m left with half an onion wrapped well enough to be usable, some rather wrinkled grape tomatoes, and a

green pepper with a soft spot. Moving up to the shelves, I spot the ubiquitous jar of olives (black or green is irrelevant), the remaining three eggs in a carton that I can’t remember purchasing, the butt of a summer sausage, a bag of shredded cheese with a recent expiration date and (we’re still in South Dakota) a half-bottle of ranch dressing.

MOVING to the canned goods, there’s a jar of marinated artichoke hearts that have been there since before the kids were born, a four-ounce can of diced green chilies, a can of corn, a can of diced tomatoes, several small cans of those disgusting but delicious smoked oysters, baby clams, sardines and anchovies. And lastly I find the magic ingredient— beans. I’ve got black, baked, pinto, kidney, butter and cannellini. Then I take everything I’ve found and pile on the tower of toppings, giving form to what started out as a one-dimensional pizza.

WE’LL DOCTOR IT UP

ALL OF MY FINDS (with the exception of the expired produce) can make a frozen pizza more interesting, filling and nutritious. The trick, I say to myself, is to keep in mind the basic culinary principals of contrasting flavors, textures and color. Now I’m ready to reap the rewards of my ingenuity, along with the fringe benefit of getting junk out of the icebox. Sorry folks, this is no recipe, but merely meant to remind you how with a little magic, you can always make the best of what you have. //

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AUTHOR: Lauren Yarborough Nikolas

DINING IN THE CRUST For me, the perfect pizza hinges on the crust. I like mine a little crisp on the bottom, with a bit of chew to it, and of course it’s got to be nice and thick! In order to achieve this I chose to bake it in a deep dish, cast iron skillet— the dough being about half an inch thick after I’ve rolled it out. If you prefer thin crust, simply roll it extra thin, and bake on a cookie sheet or pizza stone! The dough will know what to do.

A little flour can be a big help if things get sticky.

Combine the first six ingredients in your mixer, or sift them together by hand. Don’t skimp on the wheat gluten, it’s vital to achieving a fluffy, chew-able texture when using whole wheat. If you’d prefer a white crust, just make sure you use bread flour, and you can skip the wheat gluten. Once sifted, you can add the last two ingredients and mix well, kneading until you have a smooth ball. If it’s a little too sticky to work with, add a few tablespoons of flour, and keep kneading. Now, divide the dough ball into 4 smaller balls. Roll out each ball into the shape you want your pizza, and let it rise at least 20 minutes at room temperature before baking. If it starts to dry out, you can lightly brush it with olive oil.

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4 For the Crust: MAKES CRUSTS TOTAL

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6 teaspoons vital wheat gluten 5 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup white flour 2 tablespoons yeast 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water

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MAKES ENOUGH TO COVER 4 CRUSTS

1 13-ounce can of whole tomatoes 1 tablespoon white cooking wine 4-5 whole sun-dried tomatoes 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 tablespoon oregano 6 or so torn-up spinach leaves

For the Toppings

• Vanilla frosting and fruit or streusel (for dessert pizza) • Vegetables (peppers, onion, olives, tomatoes, asparagus, spinach) • Cooked meat (hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, chicken, bacon) • Fresh herbs and spices (oregano, basil, pesto, garlic, thyme) • Gourmet cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, smoked Gouda, provolone)

Sauce is the second most important element of a great pizza. I’ve been told that my sauce tastes like a legitimate, gourmet pizzeria sauce. I hope you think so too. It’s really quite simple to make, and if there is any left over… well, hello spaghetti night!

Thin crust with cheddar and fresh mozzarella, asparagus, purple onions, spinach, and roasted tomatoes.

Combine all ingredients and simmer on medium heat until the sauce thickens — about 20 minutes. You’ll want to watch for the bubbling, spattering lava coming out of that pot while you stir. I resorted to wrapping my hand in a towel while I stirred mine! Remove it from the heat and put in the refrigerator to cool a little (or make it the night before). Cooling is essential. If you put sauce on the crust while it’s still hot, it could kill the yeast in the dough.

TOPPINGS Oh the toppings! This is the best, and coincidentally, the easiest part. Top it with whatever you want— go wild! My favorite pizza is what I call “Greek Pizza”, topped with Kalamata olives, feta, and roasted red peppers (and some yellow pickled peppers on the side). After the dough is proofed, and topped with the sauce and toppings, it’s time to bake! I baked mine at 425 for about 25 minutes. You will have a longer baking time if your vegetables or other toppings have high water content. //

Making your own pizza 100% from scratch might sound like a lot of work, but it’s really quite fun – especially when you get your family and friends involved! Let the kids shape their own mini pizzas with cookie cutters, and make funny faces with the toppings. And if you don’t feel like offering different pizzas to appease everyone, let your family top their own, choosing from a vast spread of cheeses, vegetables, and meaty toppings!

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AUTHOR: Barb Andrews

LOCAL GALLERIES

 POP ART POOCH is an oil pastel depiction of Angela’s black lab “Dane.”  TRIUMPHS AND TRIALS was created using mixed media. Angela’s work will be on display at Presentation college’s Wein Gallery from June 1 to July 31

Looking Forward to Looking Back Art Talk with Angela Guthrie Shimitz

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ngela Guthrie Shimitz will be the feature solo artist in the Presentation Wein Gallery this summer. She began creating art in high school as a way to express herself and relax. Then in college, “I realized that it was something I wanted to do for a career, and I wanted to share my love and passion of art with others, especially the youth.” Through her role as an art educator at Ipswich Public Schools, she’s been sharing the joy of art for nine years. Angela encourages her students to experiment with a variety of mediums to find their own artistic voice. When it comes to her own artwork, she loves working with multiple mediums, but is partial to acrylic and watercolors. Within these mediums, Angela conveys her unique point of view through the use of shapes, lines, and colors. “I think the message that I’m trying to convey

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with my work is just to appreciate life and all of the simple things around us. I think in college my work was a bit darker, but as I’ve matured, I see all of the beauty around me. Life is definitely what you make of it, and I find a lot of inspiration in Aberdeen and I THINK THE the surrounding areas,” Angela MESSAGE THAT explains. I’M TRYING TO Angela agreed to the PC CONVEY WITH Wein Gallery solo show about MY WORK a year ago when she was IS JUST TO approached by the gallery’s APPRECIATE curator, Brad Tennant. “Brad is LIFE AND ALL so supportive of the arts, and re- OF THE SIMPLE ally is an asset to the Aberdeen THINGS community,” says Angela, “Little AROUND US. did I know I would be eight months pregnant at the time of the show! I hope my daughter will look back someday and be proud of her mom for taking this opportunity.” //

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BOOK REVIEW BY: Jennifer Streifel

A Curious Man: O

n May 14, 2014 the AMPL Book Club will discuss the biography A Curious Man: The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe it or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson. Leroy Robert Ripley, an American cartoonist and amateur social scientist, was born on February 22, 1890 in Santa Rosa, California. As a child, Robert was cruelly teased for being different. He had large protruding and crooked front teeth, ears that stuck out from his head, and a stutter. After school, while both of his parents were working, Robert would either retreat to the attic and spend hours drawing, or roam the streets of Santa Rosa. Despite warnings to avoid Chinatown, he was drawn to this “exotic and bizarre” community. This fascination with other cultures and countries continued throughout his life. When a freelance writer named Carol Ennis rented a room in the Ripley home, she saw potential in Robert. She asked him to draw some political and sports sketches, which she shared with the editor of the San Francisco Bulletin. At the

The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe it or Not!” Ripley

time, the use of photography was rare, especially at sporting events, so newspapers relied on cartoonists for illustrations. Robert’s work impressed the editor, and he was hired at the age of fifteen. Robert went on to work at the San Francisco Chronicle and later, the New York Globe. The Globe sent Robert to Europe with the idea that he would turn his adventures into popular stories and cartoons. While working for the Globe, Robert began to introduce sports trivia into his illustrations. This led him to produce “Champs and Chumps”, a sketch depicting nine athletic achievements. Readers responded warmly, wanting more. “And the rest is history...” Robert expanded his work to cover world events as well as sports. He searched for the most unusual experiences he could find to retell in his “Believe it or Not” cartoons. In his lifelong quest to discover bizarre facts, Ripley visited over two hundred countries, and his work grew to include radio, movie shorts, museums, books, and even television. Ripley, who started off earning eight dollars a week, ended up making $700,000 a year. His legacy lives on in The New York Times, book publications, and museums, and his spirit continues to stimulate our curiosity about the world. //

CHINESE OOLONG TEA Robert Ripley’s lifelong fascination with the Chinese culture inspired me to pair this book with oolong tea. Made from the same plant as black and green tea, oolong tea stimulates thinking skills and may help prevent ovarian cancer.

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OPEN HOUSE

Modern Prairie

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his Prairiestyle dwelling, home to Hayley Hilton and Trevor Lien, was originally built in 1909. Located in the Highlands Historic District on North Main, it was designed by architect Franklin Ellerbe, for Alonzo L. Ward, Sr. (founder of the Alonzo Ward Hotel). The exterior’s first story is intricately decorated with tile and brick and the second story is stucco. Two brick chimneys graze the skyline above, and contribute to the enduring look of yesteryear. A love for lasting value and meticulous attention to detail resonates within the interior walls. Original oak woodwork frames elegant rooms that hold true to both form and function. Updates are modern, yet classic, maintaining the integrity and timeless beauty of this relic of Aberdeen history. PHOTOS BY TROY MCQUILLEN

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TIMELESS MEETS MODERN Hayley and Trevor have brought the prestigious Alonzo Ward House into present-day. Through the use of clean lines, rich colors, vibrant artwork, and choice pieces of historic relevance, they’ve created a modern home that is truly timeless.  ONE STUNNING FEATURE

of the historic house is its multitude of chandeliers from the famous Steuben Glass company. The iridescent glass called “Aurene”, became a best seller for Steuben from 1904 to 1932. The strong Art Nouveau influence of these shades, and the warm light they produce, allow each fixture to serve as a functional art-piece.

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Hayley and Trevor have created an escape to wine country within the lowest level of their home. Perfect for entertaining or enjoying a romantic evening by soft light.

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By Abby Buehler

ILLUSTRATIONS BY DAN NIEMI

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For many, fairy tales

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ith each tale greater than the one before, it seems as though somewhere long ago and far away, it all really happened. The creators of those tales wove magic between the lines of text, making the characters and their stories jump off the page and letting our imagination run wild with the impossible. In Aberdeen, there is a place where these children’s classics really have come to life. This place is Storybook Land and Land of Oz, the theme park located in Aberdeen’s Wylie Park. Starting with a small donation given by the Aberdeen Sertoma Club of $3,575 in 1972, Storybook Land has grown into the icon of Aberdeen. The tale of how Storybook Land and Land of Oz came to be is a fairy tale all itself, with the Aberdeen Sertoma Club playing the role of fairy godmother.

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE MAGIC The idea for Storybook Land originally began in 1969 as a tribute to former Aberdonian L. Frank Baum, who wrote the famous The Wonderful Wizard of Oz children’s book series, which became the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The Land of Oz park was to be created within Wyle Park and showcase Baum’s talents. As years went by and little progress was made, the focus shifted to a park that would not only include a Land of Oz, but also bring to life classic fairy tales. During that time, the Sertoma Club adopted Storybook Land as their club project. “It really took off when the Sertoma

above MANY OF THE EARLY SETS seener. In 1987, were created by local florist Leo Web You can see the fairy tale castle was completed. e during the plac its in put fully care g bein t a turre year long construction.

Club got involved with it,” recalled former Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Director Don Gannon. In 1972, a master plan for the theme park was completed, which read, “Storybook Land will be a fantasy of design, color, animation and music that will delight the young and old.” Featuring a three-foot deep lake with an island and two streams, the plan showcased fifteen fictional characters or scenes from fairy tales along with ten figures from The Wizard of Oz that would all be located in the heart of Wylie Park. Construction of the Storybook Land sets began in 1976, with the cost of materials for the fairy tale sets being donated or sponsored by local clubs, businesses and community members. The first set completed was the mill, which was sponsored by the Cosmopolitan Club. Progress really took off in 1980 with the completion of 25 fairy tale sets. Many were designed and constructed by local florist Leo Weber and included sets such as Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. As the park took shape, the Sertoma Club knew they were missing something. And that something was a castle. “The potential for this thing is boundless,” said Sertoma Member Bob Gruman during an Aberdeen City Council Meeting

in June of 1985, which was recorded in the American News. Bob played and continues to play a large role in the park’s development. “This is really going to put Aberdeen on the map,” added Bob. And how right he was. The castle has become the identity of Aberdeen. From the patches police officers wear on their arm to the city entrance signs, it’s an image that defines Aberdeen and has helped Storybook Land become a huge draw for tourists. “The castle was probably the big challenge early on,” says Sertoma Member and Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department Director Doug Johnson. But the introduction of the Storybook Land castle opened up so many doors for additional program options at the park, that it made it all well worth it. The castle was the turning point for the park. Following the castle, Land of Oz development took off and many great additions including the train and depot, carousel, balloon ride and most recently, the visitor center, were completed through the dedication of the Sertoma Club and Aberdeen Parks and Recreation. “The fun part is it’s been a gradual growth,” says Doug. “You tend to appreciate it more when you’ve worked over so many years and seen it grow.” “It didn’t happen overnight. It took 41 years,” says Sertoman Tom Agnitsch. “And it’s amazing.” MAY/JUNE 2014 |

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OVER STORYBOOK LAND’S LIFE, two of the largest undertakings for the Sertoma Club and Aberdeen Parks and Recreation have been the castle and the new visitor center.

Did you Know?

ABERDEEN SERTOMA MEMBERS have put in roughly 1,200 feet of sidewalk, including the yellow brick road in the Land of Oz, and 8,000 hours of labor and development. 127 CUBIC YARDS OF ROCK from the Crazy Horse Monument near Custer were hauled across the state by the South Dakota National Guard in 1995 to be placed in the stream that flows through the Munchkin Land area. 700 HOURS was the amount of time it took volunteers from the Burlington Northern Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Lodge 2825 Union and the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department staff to install the train track, which is almost a mile long.

STORYBOOK LAND TODAY AND TOMORROW As Storybook Land stands today, the meticulous grounds hold over 60 fairy tale sets children and adults can enjoy. And the best part—it’s all free. “Every weekend we go out there,” shares Ricky Rhea, Aberdeen community member, “The carousel ride and train ride are the two favorites of my family.” One Aberdeen grandmother says on a hot summer day her grandson even prefers Storybook Land to swimming, “I told my 5-year-old grandson this summer we could go to the waterpark, and he said, ‘I like Storybook Land better than the waterpark.’ It’s just a very nice place.” Each season there are about 230,000 to 240,000 visitors that visit this magical place, and it’s not just Aberdeen residents. “If we get company I make sure to take people from out of town there. I love it,” says local resident Irene Kaiser, “It’s the best thing Aberdeen ever did.” Former Aberdeen resident Tricia Wahlberg, who now lives in Grand Forks, N.D., has also made sure friends make the trip

down from North Dakota to visit Storybook Land and Land of Oz. “I moved away in ’93, and every time we come down we go to Storybook Land,” shares Tricia. “I grew up going there, I was about thirteen when they started building. Watching it get bigger over the years has been amazing. You can take a ride on the carousel and train for a buck. You can’t beat that.” She adds, “The other great part is my dad’s friend helped build the rainbow, so a piece of him will always be there.” Through community support, Storybook Land and Land of Oz have become part of several Aberdeen residents’ lives in one way or another. Whether memorializing a loved one through a brick or bench donation, or helping construct a set, there are many ways it touches the lives of this community. “I took pictures of my daughter at every nursery rhyme and made a scrapbook for her for her birthday,” recounts Teresa Lewis. “She loves the Land of Oz. We just went on the balloon ride and that was fun.” “I think the rides and

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activities add an important piece to the park,” explains Doug Johnson. “When we look to the future we want to continue adding.” The Sertoma Club is working on doing just that. As early as next summer, Storybook Land could house a Family Gravity Coaster – a ride 260-feet long with six cars that can hold up to twelve adults and children – thanks to the Sertoma Club’s fundraising efforts. Change does not stop there. Updates to the park, such as adding shade in the castle performance and sitting areas, replacing walking bridges, expanding sidewalks and adding wayfinding signs, will also take place. With 40 years of memories, and a bright future in sight, Storybook Land is sure to be a beloved source of pride in the Aberdeen Community for generations to come. //

ABOUT THE HISTORY OF STORYBOOK LAND AND LAND OF OZ?

The Aberdeen Sertoma Club’s latest project has been creating a book and video, with the help of McQuillen Creative Group, chronicling the evolution of Storybook Land and Land of Oz. The book and video are available in the Storybook Land Gift Shop.

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Sanford Health Women’s Expo MAY 3

Come out to the DEC (Dakota Event Center) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this year’s Sanford Health Women’s Expo. The Women’s Expo is sponsored by Sanford Health, The DEC, and Dakota Broadcasting. There will be discounted and free health screenings, seminars that are both educational and fun, a vendor marketplace, door prizes, morning snacks, refreshments, a healthy box lunch, and complimentary wine tasting, pedometers, and lots of other goodies. 

Kaiser and Al Novstrup, which are all candidates from Aberdeen. Mayor Mike Levsen and Aberdeen City Councilwoman Jennifer Slaight-Hansen are running uncontested for their current positions. The Brown County Auditor candidates are Democrat Maxine Fischer and Republican Thomas Wanttie, both of Aberdeen. The Brown County Commision election, made up of three open seats, will be contested by Democrats Paul Dennert of Columbia, Tom Fishbach of Warner, and Louis Liebig of Aberdeen; and Republicans Doug Fjeldheim of Westport, Nancy Hansen of Aberdeen and Mike Wiese of Aberdeen.

Grape Times JUNE 19

This year’s premier wine event will be held the night of Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. The enchanting atmosphere of Parkview Nursery, reminiscent of Italy, makes attending Grape Times a memorable experience. Along with fine fodder, guests will enjoy an array of wines, sponsored by Kessler’s and Johnson Brothers Famous Brands.  TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT KESSLER’S LIQUOR DEPARTMENT. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL GO TO BENEFIT THE NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION.

Fischgaard Short Film Project JUNE 20-22

Where can you buy a handheld camcorder on Friday, and have a live audience viewing your film on the big screen of the historic Capitol Theatre by Sunday? Only at Fischgaard! The Fischgaard Short Film Project is a yearly event open to area independent film makers, who take on the challenge to write, shoot and edit a four to seven minute film in one weekend. The kickoff (where filmmakers are assigned their film’s genre and required elements) is at the Red Rooster Coffee House, Friday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m., and public viewing takes place at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets for public viewing can be purchased after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Capitol for only $5.  IF YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE A FILM, REGISTER PRIOR TO JUNE 20 ONLINE AT WWW.FISCHGAARD.ORG. BUT HURRY, ENTRY IS LIMITED AND ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

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TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SANFORD ABERDEEN MEDICAL CENTER GIFT SHOP, MAVERICK’S STEAKHOUSE, AND KEN’S SUPER FAIR FOODS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE EVENT, CONTACT (605) 626-4219.

Summer Elections JUNE 3

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Smile Palooza

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On June 3, hit the polls and let your voice be heard. Voting for three open seats on the Aberdeen Public Board of Education will be determined among Brian Sharp, Scott Wirth, Bob Nikolas and Kevin Burckhard. Democrats Mark Remily and Angelia Schultz, both of Aberdeen, are competing for the District 3 Senate seat. The winner of that race will then run against Republican David Novstrop in the general election. Democrats Dennis Feickert of Aberdeen, Dustina Gill of Sisseton, and Steven McCleerey of Sisseton will be running against one another for the two open seats in the District 1 House of Representatives. In addition, two seats in the District 3 House of Representatives will be competed for by Democrats Burt Elliott and Pat Hale, and Republicans Daniel

Smile Palooza, the event formerly known as Miles of Smiles, is coming July 12th to Wylie Park. This year’s themed event “Ever After – A Classic Fairytale” will run from 1-4 p.m. Smile Palooza is a one of a kind, fun-filled family extravaganza! Imagine an afternoon in the park where thousands gather from several states to see super heroes and princesses come to life. The Tooth Fairy and Tooth Man welcome old and new friends, 18-foot walking puppets roam the park, and the world’s largest toy bubble tower fills the sky. Fire trucks, clowns, circus animals, multiple inflatable houses, live music, dance contests, horse races, and celebrities abound! There will be crazy-fun activities for all ages, t-shirt cannons, snacks and drinks, tons of prizes, and endless laughter. And the best part- Smile Palooza is completely free!


Comprehensive cancer care at Sanford Aberdeen When Dawn Seiler discovered she had a tumor in her arm that would require immediate therapy, the Aberdeen resident wanted to be close to the comforts and convenience of her home. And Sanford Aberdeen fulfilled her request. Her tumor, about 4 inches long, had eroded a large portion of her humerus, which caused the bone to break. “If I didn’t start chemotherapy immediately, I was at risk for losing my arm,” says Dawn. “Traveling back and forth for chemotherapy would have been a huge inconvenience for me and my family. I’m a homebody, so it was a relief to stay here at home and receive excellent care.” In the summer of 2013, Dawn had her arm repaired and the tumor removed. She then began intensive chemotherapy treatments, under the care of Dr. Bongi Rudder at Sanford Aberdeen. With board certification and fellowship training in hematology and oncology, Dr. Rudder provided Dawn with specialized and personalized care. Because of a demanding career in the Aberdeen school system and an active lifestyle, Dawn appreciated the individualized care she was given by Dr. Rudder and the entire team. “The care I received from Dr. Rudder was both competent and caring,” Dawn says. “I feel like she understood who I was, and what I wanted to get back in my life. Dr. Rudder based her treatment plan around my personal needs.” 622-12400-0409 3/14

And all patients will receive that same level of care. From screening services, to diagnosis and treatment options, Sanford provides a full spectrum of cancer care. “Our patients can expect personalized attention from care coordinators, access to expert educational staff, and monitored health and well-being throughout their treatment process,” says Dr. Rudder. “We also provide innovative healing therapies, and pain and symptom management to improve our patients’ quality of life.” While Dawn did not want a cancer diagnosis, she was grateful for the welcoming approach from the team at Sanford Aberdeen. “I never dreaded going to my appointments,” she says. “The entire staff at Sanford took the time to get to know me. They were by my side the whole way and I knew I was in good hands.” Dawn has now officially completed her chemotherapy treatments, and recently started radiation therapy. She is grateful to have the high level of care available to her in the community she loves so much. “I always knew I was welcome at Sanford,” she says. “The medical team has always put me first and they have been exactly what I needed most during this time in my life.” Call (605) 725-1700 to schedule an appointment or learn more about the cancer therapy services provided at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center.

Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center provides a full scope of treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical, for a variety of cancer types including: • Bone marrow disorders • Brain and spinal cord tumors • Breast cancer • Digestive system cancers (colon, pancreas, liver, stomach, esophagus) • Endocrine cancers (thyroid, adrenal, salivary) • Genitourinary cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney, testis) • Head and neck cancers • Leukemia • Lung cancer • Lymphoma • Multiple myeloma • Sarcoma • Skin cancers


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Aberdeen Magazine May/June 2014  

Aberdeen, South Dakota's Community and Lifestyle Magazine

Aberdeen Magazine May/June 2014  

Aberdeen, South Dakota's Community and Lifestyle Magazine

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