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Abby from Kolberg-Pioneer

Category:  Success Stories

Ever since Abby was a high school freshman at Pierce, Nebraska, she’s known that she wanted to be a drafter. “I went to Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska,” she shared. “I picked Northeast Community College, because of their drafting program, since I couldn’t manage to take any CAD classes...

Anthony from Kolberg-Pioneer

Category:  Success Stories

“I really didn’t know that much about Yankton,” Anthony shared. “I went to school at Mitchell Technical Institute for Automation Controls/ SCADA. One of the guys, a year under me in the same program, told me that there was a job opening at Kolberg-Pioneer. I applied for it and ended...

Video Icon Ben: Yankton Entrepreneur

Category:  Success Stories

Ben Hanten is an angel investor and the chair of Two Bridges Capital, investing in variety of start-up businesses with high potential, particularly companies willing to relocate to South Dakota.   He co-founded Wire Me Awake, an entrepreneurial conference held at the University of South Dakota. Ben is a lifelong entrepreneur...

Video Icon Blake and Tyler: Homegrown Entrepreneurs

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Blake and Tyler are proud to call Yankton home. The twins were born and raised here. “We’ve lived here twenty-four years,” Blake shared. “We’re not going anywhere else, that’s for sure; we’re sticking tight! We love it here!” Although they moved away to go to college, they always knew that they...

Video Icon Bridget from Applied Engineering

Category:  Success Stories

One of the things that Bridget loves about her job as a Human Resource Specialist at Applied Engineering in Yankton is that she can help other people find the same quality of life that she enjoys. She’s worked for the company since April 2008 and has lived in Yankton since...

Brittany with the City of Yankton

Category:  Success Stories

Brittany is joining the City of Yankton as its Events and Promotions Coordinator. Though this position is new to Yankton, Brittany is not. “I’ve been in Yankton my whole life. I was born here and though I left to go to USD, I still worked in Yankton. Yankton has been...

Chloe: South Dakota Magazine Intern

Category:  Success Stories

An aspiring writer, Chloe enjoyed returning to her roots during her summer internship in Yankton. “I’m from Burke, SD,” she shared, but she chose a larger town for college. “Now I go to the University of Missouri in Columbia, directly in between St. Louis and Kansas City. I wanted to...

Video Icon Daniel from Kolberg-Pioneer

Category:  Success Stories

I work at Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton. Our marketing and sales efforts involve me with two of our sister companies in Oregon and Illinois. My title is Marketing Coordinator for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, and one of the things that I love about my job is that I get to...

Danielle with Williams and Company

Category:  Success Stories

I graduated from the University of South Dakota in May of 2009. I was lucky enough to intern with Williams & Company, PC in January 2009, which is what brought me to the Yankton area.  After my internship which ended in April of 2009, I was offered a full time...

Hannah at Yankton NFAA Archery Center

Category:  Success Stories

Born in southern Alaska, Hannah Bartos moved to Yankton with her family when she was very young. Barely remembering living in Alaska, the only place she has ever called home, was Yankton. Growing up here, she became familiar with the town and with the people.  She says that the best thing...

High School Interns at Applied Engineering

Category:  Success Stories

The Yankton High School Internship Program is nearing the completion of its second semester. High school seniors have had the opportunity to work for area employers and receive credit through the new internship program. Alex, Machining Manager at Applied Engineering, explores some of the advantages they have seen from having two...

Jen and Alex

Category:  Success Stories

Jen grew up in Madison, SD, while I was born and raised in Yankton. We met while attending the University of South Dakota and took advantage of the area’s recreation opportunities, often coming to Yankton to go the beach, boat, or golf with friends and family. I was even fortunate...

Jeremiah and Kami

Category:  Success Stories

We are Jeremiah and Kami.  We live on a small acreage west of Meckling where we enjoy “life in the country.” Our son enjoys taking care of the chickens and making tree forts in the grove.  Every summer, Kami tends the family garden and somehow finds time to get all the...

Jeremy and Rebecca

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Jeremy: I love all of the opportunities to do things outside in Yankton. The parks, trail systems and the lake give us a great chance to do the things we love outdoors, like bicycling camping and canoeing. Another thing I love about Yankton is how active the community is. There are...

Jesse from Big Friend - Little Friend

Category:  Success Stories

I moved to Yankton in 2009 with the intention of finishing school at Mount Marty and leaving soon after. I come from a city of about 70,000 people, so the idea of a town with only 14,000 was somewhat unappealing. However, the recreation alone would have been enough to keep...

Jordan and Rebecca

Category:  Success Stories

Rebecca and I are both transplants to Yankton. I grew up in melon country outside the little town of Woonsocket, SD, about thirty minutes north of Mitchell, and Rebecca is a Cornhusker, raised on a farm near Osmond, NE. We met while attending Mount Marty College in Yankton. After graduating from...

Joseph with Pathways Shelter for the Homeless

Category:  Success Stories

I feel this is a very exciting time to call Yankton home! Nonprofit work was always something I wanted to pursue and our community boasts so many people dedicated to making Yankton a great place to live. I did my share of traveling but I never saw any appeal in...

Justin with Great Plains Therapy

Category:  Success Stories

I was initially drawn to Yankton in 2004 after graduating from Dell Rapid’s St. Mary High School and wanting to attend Mount Marty College.  Mount Marty was a fantastic place to get my degree in biology and chemistry on the road to pursuing my professional goal of becoming a physical...

Kaleb from Kolberg-Pioneer

Category:  Success Stories

Growing up in Menno, Kaleb learned to love small towns and close-knit communities. “I grew up in Menno, about 25 miles away from Yankton,” he shared. “I was happy living in a small town and a small community where everybody knows everybody! I enjoyed it, and I never wanted to move...

Kole: Vermeer Intern

Category:  Success Stories

A small-town Minnesota native, Kole is spending his summer as an intern at Vermeer in Freeman, SD. “I’m from a small town, Fulda, about two and a half hours from here. I grew up on a farm. I’ve been farming pretty much my whole life with my family.” With a fascination...

Mike with Sapa Extrusions

Category:  Success Stories

From Dakota Roots: After graduating from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Mike thought he knew what awaited him in the state – and outside of it. “I assumed I’d have more employment opportunities in my field if we moved,” he says. “At the time my wife also wanted to...

Mollie with The Sandbox

Category:  Success Stories

Since the day Mollie moved away from Yankton, she’s looked for a way to come home.  “In 2010 I moved with my today husband, my then boyfriend to Minneapolis, and I ended up getting a job through a connection as a Talent Acquisition Consultant for technology,” Mollie shared. “Since I...

Nate and Jess from Windstone Buffalo Company

Category:  Success Stories

Ever since I was a little kid growing up in Colorado, I had a special place in my heart for southeast South Dakota. I loved coming out to the small family farm to visit; I loved exploring the old buildings and the woods, getting a tractor ride and going Bullhead...

Raelynn with Sacred Heart Monastery

Category:  Success Stories

Raelynn works at Yankton’s Sacred Heart Monastery. “I moved to Yankton over Memorial Day weekend this May,” she shared with us, “I am the Communications Director for the monastery, so I do the sisters’ PR, manage their website, do their advertising & social media, and spread the word in different...

Robbie: High School Intern

Category:  Success Stories

One of the pioneers of Yankton High School’s internship program, Robbie has had an interest in engineering since he was in middle school. “In eighth grade I went to the Manufacturing Academy class at RTEC,” Robbie explained, “They have a broad range of things – they have CNC machining, they...

Ryan with Birmingham & Cwach Law Offices, Prof. LLC

Category:  Success Stories

My wife and I are both proudly from Yankton, and even at our relatively young ages, we had a strong desire to be home and closer to our families. I was brought back for several reasons. Of course, I found a job that I thought I would like in the...

Sarah Rose with Hot Country 93.1

Category:  Success Stories

It still boggles me that I ended up in Yankton in the first place! I grew up in rural northwest Iowa, and went to college in beautiful Wyoming. After graduating, I came back to the area. On an adventure-driven whim, I moved to Yankton with the sole intent of taking...

TJ and Kari

Category:  Success Stories

My wife Kari and I moved into the greater Yankton area in August of 2010. We both grew up in southern Minnesota, but I attended Mount Marty College from 2002 to 2006. The chance to come back and work at my beloved Alma Mater was too great of an opportunity...

Tara with United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton

Category:  Success Stories

I was born and raised in the greater Yankton area. My (Hoxeng) family's original homestead is a mile from my parents’ farm in Volin. My grandfather was Don Boyd the mailman, a Yankton legend. My great-grandmother was "Mom Mondini" who ran Teen Canteen for many years. Yankton is my home....

Ty and Ashley

Category:  Success Stories

Ty and Ashley said, “The Lord has directed our steps back to Yankton.” Ashley was born in Yankton, “I went to elementary school through high school and graduated here.” After college, she moved to Colorado. Ty’s family moved to Yankton when he was in first grade. “I graduated from high school...

Ty: Proud RTEC Graduate

Category:  Success Stories

I have lived in the Yankton area my entire life. As a young child, I lived in the country and at the age of fourteen, my family and I moved into town. I graduated from Yankton High School in May 2014 and in the fall of 2014 I enrolled in the...

Wyatt from Kolberg-Pioneer

Category:  Success Stories

After growing up in small-town Nebraska, Wyatt came to Yankton for the river and an opportunity to be a design drafter. “I like to be by the river,” he said. “Growing up, we always came up to Springfield to go fishing.” Last fall, Rhonda with Kolberg-Pioneer and Rita with Greater Yankton...

Zach from Glass Act

Category:  Success Stories

Zach chose Yankton to move forward: “I’m from Vermillion originally, I moved over here because I like the area.” While Zach enjoyed living in Vermillion, he owned that he has made better choices in Yankton, “I feel like I’m a better person since I’ve moved over here. I’ve been here...