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Melanie was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. After high school she attended Central Oregon Community College and then Western Oregon State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. Discovering she had a passion for business, she went into partnership and ran her first restaurant in Oregon for ten years. She then decided to move to Faulkton in 2010 to be closer to her family and take over her parent’s business. The Burger Shack was established in 2003 by her parents, then they decided to retire and sell the business to Melanie.
Melanie has been in the food and beverage industry for twenty years, owning a restaurant in Oregon and general Managing a restaurant and Lodge in Kula, Hawaii. After a lease option on the Burger Shack for … Read More »
After graduating from Faulkton High School in 2000, Lisa Mueller attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN where she earned her BA in Exercise Science. With her passion in the health and wellness field, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in massage therapy, therefore continued her education at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN, while also employed as a personal trainer. Lisa had always had the dream and lifelong goal of being a successful entrepreneur.
After her marriage to husband Kyle, they moved to Algona, IA where she opened her own massage business, Mueller Therapeutic Massage in 2005. The background and expertise that Lisa brought to her business of overall wellness and fitness made her business an immediate success. With the opportunity to move to South … Read More »
Faulkton Area Economic Development Initiative
I have always loved to cook. Before my Mom corralled me to start helping her in the house, I spent the summers making mud pies with my sisters. We even set up our store and sold them to our brothers!
My husband Fred and I got married in the drought year of 1976, and began our dairy business just weeks later. We were blessed with seven wonderful children in fourteen years. We worked together as a family in our dairy and farm until the barn burned to the ground in 1992. I began working at the Legion Café in Orient in 1993, and that was where my catering career began to blossom. Once again, we were working together as a family, as we prepared and fed up to 900 people … Read More »
Ron’s childhood was spent on the rural prairies near Carpenter, South Dakota. He attended school in Willow Lake while his passion for design grew. Farm and shop class experiences with welding and fabrication provided creative outlets and problem-solving opportunities. After graduating high school in 1987 and a brief stint in a packing plant, he enrolled at Lake Area Votech in Watertown, SD in June of 1988. He received a degree in Advanced Building Trades, which gave him tools to take on design and construction problems.
He next moved to DeSmet, SD where he went to work for Gordon Holland Construction. This was a position that brought valuable experience which enhanced his education in this trade.
In the spring of 1991 he started a small manufacturing business in his garage; Yankee Manufacturing. Through Yankee, he produced a small group … Read More »
Clint Waara has been named the new Vice President of Business Development for Dakota Resources and Dakotas America LLC. A statewide, private, not-for-profit rural development organization, Dakota Resources serves all of South Dakota with the capacity to initiate model programs, broker projects and organize coalitions around rural development issues.
A partnership of Dakota Resources and the North Dakota Rural Development Finance Corporation, Dakotas America assigns New Markets Tax Credit allocations for approved investments in qualifying projects located in rural, highly distressed low-income communities in the United States.
In his new position, Waara communicates the capabilities of Dakota Resources and Dakotas America to investors, communities, government agencies and other strategic partners. He works with Dakota Resources President Beth Davis and Dakotas America Managing Director Lin VanHofwegen to bring the products and services of both organizations to economic development groups and communities ready to invest in … Read More »