Dakota Rising Fellows Do It All

Posted on April 13, 2017

Paula Jensen
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From bakers to builders, there are all kinds of entrepreneurs in this world. Our Dakota Rising Fellows are a diverse group, but they quickly bond over the shared passions and challenges of being rural business owners. No matter what business you bring to the table, you will be part of something truly special as a Dakota Rising Fellow — just check out the esteemed list of entrepreneurs you’ll be joining, if you apply.


Burger Shack | Melanie Hoke, Faulkton

Cheryl’s Catering Service | Cheryl Schaefers, Polo

Crow Peak Brewing Company | Josh Fritz and Jeff Drumm, Spearfish

Hot Springs Vault | Cristin Stewart, Hot Springs

Lotus Up Espresso and Deli | Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, Lead

The Cake Lady | Cheryl Swatek, Wagner

Vanilla Bean Bakery | Peg Austin, Spearfish

Wild Dutchman Products | Tobey Vander Laan, Mound City


Dakota Greens of Custer | Jeff Prior, Custer

Sisseton Flower Shop | Jenny Nelson, Sisseton

The Potting Shed | Cindy Kopecky, Faulkton


Anderson Industries | Kory Anderson, Webster

Black Hills Urethane | Chris Malo, Spearfish

Common Sense Manufacturing | Kelly Melius, Faulkton

ESCO Manufacturing | Mark Stein, Watertown

Homan Welding | Chad Homan, Faulkton

Iron Outfitter | Chad Gollnick, Piedmont

J1 Insoles | Lorri Riley, Spearfish

Pioneer Buildings | Jay Yohner and Bradley Hahn, Martin

RABCO | Chris Brill, Spearfish

Snowflake Metalworks | Ron Waldner, Whitewood


Chicken Creek Communications | Dee Sleep, Spearfish

HH Designs | Hillary Holland, Britton

Pechous Publications | Barb Pechous, Wagner

TDG Communications | Dustin Floyd and Monte Amende, Deadwood

Western Sky Media | Bryan Lessly, Spearfish


Aberdeen Parts Store | Mark Bower, Aberdeen

Apparel Worx | Rachel Woods, Wagner

Double Duty Portable Storage | Emily Heintzman, Aberdeen

Elmwood Studios | Troy McQuillen, Aberdeen

Hitch Studios | Carrie Kuhl and Renee Halgerson, Brookings

Mainstream Boutique | Julie Fischbach, Aberdeen

Mammoth Handcrafted Signs | Curt Lout, Hot Springs

Quilter’s Corner | Lori Holt, Faulkton

Trail Tamer Specialty Vehicles | Brad Heitmann, Eden

Twin City Hardware | Les Bellet, Deadwood


CO-OP Architecture | Tom Hurlbert, Aberdeen

Custom Touch and Limo | Ruth Bouza, Wagner

HealthSource | Dr. Bob McIntosh, Rapid City

Help-U-Rent | Jenni Tucker, Spearfish

Focus West Gallery | Les Voorhis, Spearfish

Mueller Therapeutic Massage | Lisa Mueller, Faulkton

Nonprofit Resources | Kristin Bennett, Britton


Quarq Technology | Jim Meyer, Spearfish

CompQuest Technology | David Malsam, Aberdeen


Bunkhouse Inn | Margaret Lindskov, Isabel

Sunrise Ranch | Mark Hollenbeck, Edgemont

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