31 Under 31

Meet Yankton's 31 Under 31 - young leaders, volunteers, and community members who love the greater Yankton community and have chosen to make it their home! 

Whitney with her familyMarch 1 

Whitney Devine

Co-owner at Midwest Insurance Agency, Inc.


“The community of Yankton as aided in my growth as an entrepreneur, mother and passionate volunteer for several organizations through its supportive and moral driven environment. Yankton has several opportunities whether it be professional or recreational for younger individuals and families which is why I love Yankton and why my husband and I chose to raise our family and grow our business here!” 

Amanda with PathwaysMarch 2

Amanda Halsey

Case Manager with Pathways Shelter for the Homeless

“During a visit to Yankton to see family, I saw beauty and opportunity in the greater Yankton community. I strolled the decorated downtown and was reminded of the beauty of urban downtowns I've visited growing up. I dreamed of someday opening a coffee shop here. When I learned about Pathways Shelter for the Homeless and an employment opportunity working for the organization's great mission, I started house hunting in Yankton. It was a huge step moving from Huron to Yankton on my own, but I'm so excited to be a part of the greater Yankton community!”

March 3Justin with Shur-Co

Justin Norling

Human Resources Generalist at Shur-Co

“When first presented with the opportunity to work in Yankton, I was immediately captivated by all of the obvious attractions that draw so many people to the area.  The restaurants, golf courses, beaches, and thriving downtown district were all major factors in what brought me to Yankton, but the people I’ve gotten the chance to meet and work with since being here are reasons why I may never leave. I’m excited to see the great changes coming to the area, and to be a part of the promising future this city undoubtedly has.” 

March 4Ariel with her family

Ariel Gray

Owner/Founder of GRAYinspired


“My favorite activity is kayaking the Missouri River. Yankton provides beautiful scenery for paddlers. My mind is able to tune out and take in my surroundings that gives me peacefulness I find hard to get anywhere else. I am very lucky to live in such a beautiful community that gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the river.”

March 5Kayla at Essence Salon

Kayla Kolda

Licensed Cosmetologist/Owner of Essence Salon

“One of the things I love most about the greater Yankton community is how truly different everyone is. I get to talk to people one on one every day. At times I get to hear what others are doing in the community and see how involved people are. It's so great to see so many people come together to continue to make this community great.”


March 6Andrea with her family

Andrea Siemonsma

Academic Services Teacher at Sacred Heart School

“Girls on the Run is such a phenomenal program, I'd have to say that serving as a coach is my favorite way to give back to Yankton and invest in the youth. Through GOTR, girls build confidence by embracing what makes them unique, learn way to be healthy physically, socially and mentally, while having fun working toward a goal. It equips them with skills and strategies to help them handle life experiences. Seeing the growth, teamwork, dedication, and hard work of these young ladies is pretty inspiring.”

March 7Kate and Mason

Kate and Mason Schramm

Realtor at Vision Real Estate


"Work and family brought us back to the Greater Yankton Area. We choose to stay here because the Greater Yankton community offers us the opportunity to grow professionally, personally, and socially. Other communities might share some of Yankton’s resources, but it would be difficult to find another community with Yankton’s combination of charm and opportunity."

March 8Tyler and his family

Tyler Buckman

Business Banking Trainee at First Dakota National Bank

“I was born and raised in Yankton. Growing up in this community with family and friends always gave me a reason to stay. Greater Yankton is a community that offers great opportunities for growth, personally and professionally. It has wonderful attractions such as a lake for camping, great restaurants, a historic downtown, and a multitude of others that makes Yankton a wonderful place to live and raise a family.”

March 9Gavin hiking

Gavin Zimmerman

Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial


“My favorite thing about Yankton is the opportunity for adventure. My family and I love the outdoors and frequent the hiking trails often. One of our favorite things to do in the summer is go boating and fishing both above and below the dam. Yankton provides us with so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the community members are welcoming and eager to include us in events going on around town.”

March 10Mary and Dejay

Mary and Dejay Langel

On-Air Personality & Production Manager at Riverfront Broadcasting and Receiving Clerk at Applied Engineering

“We’ve chosen to make Yankton our home because we have both found fulfilling careers here and we love its big, small-town atmosphere. We love its proximity to the natural beauty of the river. We enjoy taking our high-energy lab for walks across the Meridian Bridge and out by the lake (where he LOVES to swim). Our love for animals makes the Heartland Humane Society a perfect fit for us when it comes to volunteering; we also enjoy helping out with Keep Yankton Beautiful’s efforts to preserve the natural beauty of our town.”

March 11Jose at work

Jose Alonso

HR/Safety Representative at American Foods Group – Cimpl’s


“One of my favorite recreational opportunities in Yankton is being part of the City volleyball league whether its indoor or outdoor. I have participated in them for a few years and now that I have recently moved back I am looking forward in joining a team once more. It’s a great time. I get to meet new people and make new friends while having fun and being a little competitive.”

March 12Niki and her family

Niki Warren

Owner/Founder of Empower Fitness Studio

“I choose to live in Yankton for the support, encouragement, and small town feel. Both my husband and I were born and raised in Yankton and knew there was no better place to raise our twin boys. After 10 years in Kansas City we recently moved back to Yankton in order to surround ourselves with friends, family, and opportunity.  Yankton provides a wealth of support to young entrepreneurs like myself.  My family, friends, and others that reside in Yankton have encouraged and supported me on my new journey as a business owner. I am humbled that I have the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and empower so many women in the Yankton community through the Empower Fitness studio.”

March 13

Tara and Colby Kuchta

Operating Room Nurse at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Auditor for the SD Department of Revenue

“We love the community of Yankton not only because we were born and raised here, and our family is here, but because of everything Yankton offers us. We received amazing educations growing up here, and we want that for our children as well. Yankton has endless recreational activities for us to enjoy from spending time at the lake to taking a stroll across the Meridian Bridge, and hopefully a new pool in the near future! All of this along with the exciting new ideas surrounding the Meridian District downtown makes this a perfect community for us to want to grow as a young family.”

March 14Katie and her husband

Katie Doty

4-H Program Assistant for the Yankton County Extension Office


“I choose to live in greater Yankton area, because there are so many opportunities within this community.  Through my love of 4-H and my job, I have gotten involved with numerous programs that all aim to help the youth in the community grow and gain knowledge.  I obtained my degree from SDSU, but always knew that I would come back home to continue farming on the family farm with my husband, Tyler, and to someday raise a family in a community that offers so much for its youth.”

March 15 Zeke and Drew

Zeke Matthews

Co-owner of River City Relics and Student in accelerated nursing program at University of Sioux Falls


“What I love most about Yankton is the small-town atmosphere, down-to-earth people, and all of the great recreational opportunities by the lake. I’m a Virginia native, but the community here is so welcoming that it has been easy for me to call Yankton home.”

March 16Jeremy with his dog

Jeremy D. Krieger

Retail Banker at First National Bank

“When I moved to Yankton in 2005, I was immediately drawn to the area. There is always something to do outside. One of my hobbies is Photography, and Yankton’s scenery is perfect!  I enjoy hiking the trails out by the lake or walking the bridge and trail in town with my dogs. I choose the Yankton community, not only for the great company I work for, but also for the great people I have around me every day.”

March 17Katie with her family

Katie Rederick

Co-owner of Hideout Studio & Spa and Instructor at The Green Room Dance Studio


“I choose to live in the greater Yankton not only for my family, but Yankton gives me the opportunity to offer big city services right here in town without clients having to travel outside of the community. The Greenroom Dance Studio provides children of all ages the ability to express their love for the art of dance and I am grateful for being able to have a full-time career along with teaching talented dancers at night!”

March 18Ryan and Mallory

Ryan Cwach and Mallory Schulte

Attorney at Birmingham & Cwach Law Offices, Prof. LLC and Judicial Law Clerk at United States District Court for the District of South Dakota

"We grew up believing that our future success would be measured by how far from Yankton we could venture. But the farther we ventured out, we began to miss our small town. The people of Yankton have a great energy. They deeply care about their community. They debate the town’s future passionately. And recently, they have been working together to put words into action. This communal connectedness and action is difficult to find in the other communities we live in. Ultimately, we want to live in Yankton because we care about it and other people do too, and that’s actually pretty unique in our experience."

March 19Ashleigh at work

Ashleigh Israel

Quality Engineer at Parker Hannifin (Baldwin Filters)

“What I love the most about the Greater Yankton Community is the people. I am a transplant to Yankton from Eastern North Carolina and everyone I have met in Yankton has been so kind and helpful, especially through my first South Dakota winter. Yankton also provides a beautiful community through the many parks and recreation facilities they offer, which is very appealing to me as I love the outdoors and look forward to spending many hours by the lake. I also love that Yankton feels a sense of duty in the way they support the many locally owned businesses in the area. This, for me, is key to economic growth and development of our beautiful city! There's only one question remaining - when is it going to thaw out, y'all?!”

Carly with her dog on the bridgeMarch 20

Carly Manahan

Coordinator/Domestic Violence Advocate at River City Domestic Violence Center


“When choosing where to live after graduating from Mount Marty, the choice was simple: Yankton. Not only did I have a job I adore at River City Domestic Violence Center, but in the past four years of school, I had developed a second family without realizing it. Moving from Colorado without knowing anyone here was scary, but the community members are all so welcoming and always willing to lend a helping hand. I now have a home and second family (and even third) all because of Yankton and the kind hearts that make up the community.”

March 21Terry and Lizzie

Terry and Lizzie Huber

Middle School Language Arts Teacher in Gayville and Ultrasound Tech in Sioux Falls 

“Having both grown up in the Yankton area, we recently moved back for many reasons. Yankton provides amazing educational opportunities, as well as recreational opportunities for all ages. The Yankton School District did a fantastic job preparing us for our futures. We love the various opportunities to be near the water in the summer and have recently become involved in the city volleyball leagues as well. We also love Yankton for its agricultural opportunities and support for all local farmers, and we look forward to raising our children here!”

March 22Samantha with her husband

Samantha Bruening

Police Officer with Yankton Police Department


“Yankton is a community that offers so much with having the river right next to us. My husband and I have recently established our lives within the community by starting our own construction business, Bruening Construction. So, when we aren’t busy serving our community we like to enjoy the recreational activities of fishing, kayaking, boating, camping, or taking a walk across the Meridian Bridge. I am very fortunate to live in a community where I can lend a helping hand but yet get away and enjoy the endless opportunities of the Missouri River.” 

March 23Liz and Joe with their family

Liz and Joe Healy

Infection Control Coordinator at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Engineer at Shur-Co

 “We are both from Yankton and returned here for the opportunities available in engineering and healthcare, in addition to helping on the family farm. We love that Yankton allows access to living a healthy lifestyle whether it's in the various healthcare facilities available including several medical specialties, mental health services, or its wide assortment of trails, bike and walking paths, and water activities.  We are dedicated to ensuring our children will enjoy the same clean, healthy, outdoor lifestyle that we were fortunate to grow up in.”

March 24Max and Brittany

Max & Brittany Korus

Business Owners of Max Refinishing


“Yankton is the place where we grew up. We choose to live in Greater Yankton because we love it here - our families are here, the small-town feel, countless opportunities, summer activities, the list goes on. Growing up here helped shape us into who we are today.  As entrepreneurs in Yankton we're excited for the opportunity to help our community!”



March 25Stephanie and Jacob in front of Boys & Girls Club

Stephanie & Jacob Siebrandt

Program Director at Boys & Girls Club of Yankton and Employee at Harmelink Farms


“I love Yankton and answering why is easy. I came into this community knowing no one but my husband and a few of his friends. It did not take long though for the community to welcome me. I met so many other professionals, all who provided opportunities to meet other people and get involved. The people in Yankton are friendly, helpful, and encouraging. I’ve made lasting friendships from what started with a simple hello, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for me and my husband. I know Yankton will support us along life’s path. Where once I went into Walmart knowing no one, now I can’t leave without saying hello to someone!”

March 26Emily Lincoln

Emily Lincoln

Special Education Coordinator at the South Dakota Human Services Center

“To me, volunteering is a way of life I grew up with. Currently, my favorite ways to volunteer locally are with Yankton Food for Thought, packing Sack Packs, at the Yankton Area Mental Wellness Conference, and putting in extra time and dedication as a special education coordinator and teacher at the Human Services Center. Volunteering means so much to me - I do it for the satisfaction that I’ve done my part to better my community. I chose to live in Yankton after growing up here because of the feel of the community and volunteering is at the heart of it. Feeling like I’m making difference in ways that are beneficial to those around me - that’s the true meaning of community.”

March 27Kelsey with her husdand

Kelsey Hunhoff

Owner/Manager of Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill

“When my husband, Matt, and I moved to Yankton, his hometown, we were looking to be closer to family and searching for new career opportunities. We found both and are so appreciative of the Yankton community in supporting our business and dreams. The Greater Yankton community is so unique in the local services, outdoor recreation, activities and special events that it has to offer and we look forward to creating many memories here with our family.”

March 28Stephen at the bank

Stephen Brua

Marketing Director at Services Center Federal Credit Union


“This academic year, I’ve had the opportunity to help volunteer tutor Webster Elementary students for Math is Fun through the Yankton Area Literacy Council. Working with the 1st and 2nd graders once a week is rewarding in seeing the improvement in math concepts, their increased confidence, and seeing them excited when they beat us tutors in a math game.”

March 29Kim with her family

Kim Crissey

Pharmacist at Walmart

“We chose to live in greater Yankton for the many opportunities it provides our family. Education is extremely important to us and we know the great education our children will receive here. We also love the recreational activities available to us and take full advantage of the lake, river, parks, and trails in greater Yankton.”

March 30Molly with her husband

Molly Wellenstein

Co-owner Hideout Studio & Spa

“I choose to live in greater Yankton because it is a welcoming community that is full of personal and professional opportunities for me, my husband, and our growing family. Historic downtown Yankton has a special charm that I'm able to contribute to professionally at Hideout Studio & Spa. For us, Yankton has it all - strong church community, amazing networking and volunteer opportunities, being close to family, and, of course, summers spent boating on the river. I think anyone can feel the amazing shift in energy in Yankton and that there are great changes to come. I look forward to being part of this chapter of Yankton's growth.”

March 31Laura and her family

Laura Alexander

Revenue Cycle Manager for Avera Medical Group Yankton


“The greater Yankton area offers a variety of different recreational opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, for people of all ages. Families can spend the day at Lewis and Clark recreation area swimming at the beach, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, or camping. The city has a variety of parks with playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, just to name a few. Even in the winter months people can stay active at the gym, swim, ice skate, play basketball or volleyball or utilize the archery center. There is a little something for everyone, and I look forward to raising my family here.”


March 1Carmen Pacheco

Carmen Pacheco

Owner at Mulberry and Grace


"I love how Yankton is a safe and supportive place for my family to grow, and for me to grow as a young professional. Not only does Yankton continue to diversify, which is important for my young Hispanic family, there is also an emerging entrepreneurial spirit in this community which is inspiring." 

March 2Jeremy and Katie

Katie & Jeremy Hoeck

Customer Service Manager at First National Bank & Assistant Sports Editor at the Press & Dakotan

“As animal lovers, we are both ardent supporters of Heartland Humane Society.  We really believe that you can tell a lot about a society by the way it treats its animals. We are so grateful that the greater Yankton community supports and advocates for the welfare of companion animals!”

March 3Mandi Gause

Mandi Gause

Co-owner Boston Shoes to Boots


“It is so exciting to be a part of the new opportunities and positive energy in our city. I am excited for the future and so happy I made Yankton my permanent home. “


March 4Brandon Wagner

Brandon Wagner

CTE Teacher at Yankton High School

“Growing up on a farm (and now returning to rural Yankton) has given me opportunities that I would have not otherwise been able to experience. I believe our community is filled with people who value hard work and humility, which are a few of many reasons I cannot think of a better place to raise a family.”

March 5Azure Rodriguez

Azure Rodriguez

Student at Mount Marty College

“The thing that I love most about the greater Yankton community is that there are a plethora of opportunities to become involved no matter what age you are. I have never felt discouraged while sharing my thoughts or ideas to community leaders I have only felt encouraged and motivated. Being able to have community leaders that truly believe that anyone can make a difference is what makes our community so strong.”

March 6Sam Hummel

Sam Hummel

Employee at Kolberg-Pioneer

“I chose to live in the Yankton area because of the young professional and entrepreneurial culture that is being cultivated. Yankton offers a wide array of opportunities for everyone to get involved! I currently focus the majority of my volunteer efforts with the MMC Shooting Team and the 4H Shooting Sports club. My favorite recreational opportunities in the greater Yankton area are all of the outdoor opportunities present - from shooting, hiking, water sports, biking, and motorcycling.”

March 7

Maggie Kaltsulas

Marketing Specialist at Shur-Co 


“We have a charming downtown area with fun and unique shops. I love shopping, and I have the opportunity to find some really neat things and support our entrepreneurs.  But probably the thing I love the most about Yankton, are all the employment opportunities and the overwhelming support of local manufacturers. Both my husband and I have been given the opportunity to work in our fields of study; we’re so lucky! I’m a Marketing Specialist at Shur-Co®. I love my job and have been able to do some pretty cool things since being employed at Shur-Co®. I’m so grateful for all that we have in Yankton and am excited to see what other opportunities will unfold for our community."

March 8Neil Kaltsulas

Neil Kaltsulas

Manufacturing Engineer at Applied Engineering

“It’s difficult to pick a favorite recreational opportunity as there’s so much to do in our area, but recently my wife and I have discovered a couple new activities that we enjoy.  Last summer, we were members of the Yankton Community Garden, and we had a great time. We didn’t have much prior gardening experience, but we spent three or four nights a week at the garden learning from the Master Gardeners, getting to know our plot neighbors, and just enjoying time outdoors.  We learned a lot, and we are looking forward to doing it again this summer. We are also huge fans of Bragging Rights on Thursday Nights. The atmosphere along the river is fun. We have a beverage or two and sometimes there is Music at the Meridian going on as well.  Plus, it is a nice way to get a head start on the weekend. We also think it is great that local charities are asked to participate which allows them to bring awareness to their causes.”

March 9Sarah Honrath 31 under 31

Sarah Honrath

Marketing Consultant & On-air Personality at Riverfront Broadcasting

“I love the size of the community and its friendliness factor. After living here two years, a trip to the grocery store always means encountering several acquaintances; at the same time, when I go to community events, there are always fresh faces. I love that Yankton is large enough to have a vibrant network of volunteers and community organizations, yet small enough that your presence truly counts at every event.”

March 10Tayler & Kellen Moser

Tayler & Kellen Moser

Administrative Support at Yankton Middle School & Teacher at Gayville-Volin High School

“We love the big city feel Yankton has, along with its small town pride. The community has a sense of family that most other cities and towns do not. Being born and raised in Yankton, we know the values that have been instilled within us, and we want that for our own family.”

March 11Stacy Hubert

Stacy Hubert

Financial Advisor with Edward Jones


“I love the inclusiveness of the greater Yankton community. I admire everyone who helps make Yankton a better place to live and work. I appreciate how we support each other and I look forward to the future of Yankton with excitement!”

March 12Joseph Tielke

Joseph Tielke

Program Director at Pathways Shelter for the Homeless

“I can't see myself anywhere else! There's so much pride in our community and everywhere I go I meet folks who have invested in the future of Yankton and are working tirelessly to make it a bright one. How could you not want to be a part of that?”

March 13Raelynn Coldwell

Raelynn Coldwell

Communications Director at Sacred Heart Monastery

“When I initially came to Yankton to pursue a Graphic Design Degree at Mount Marty College, I was immersed in an environment for the making of a great base of relationships that to this day I still have. Needless to say, it is such an exciting time to be a young adult in Yankton, the spirit of entrepreneurship is being nurtured, and I hope to be a team-player in some of the initiatives to come.  Here I am able to serve and volunteer in a much more fluid way. The fact I can run across the bridge, trails, or by the river any given day of the week is also a perk, I’ve even had my first kayaking adventures here!”


March 14Brittany LaCroix

Brittany LaCroix

Events and Promotions Coordinator with the City of Yankton


“I love the energy and support that surrounds new ideas here! I love that all my friends are moving back and starting families/careers here. It helps give Yankton a little burst of energy that everyone can feed off of to make it better and continually grow.”

March 15Matthew Malloy

Matthew Malloy

Kindergarten Teacher at Gayville-Volin Elementary School

“I am very grateful to live in such a supportive community. Yankton presents many recreational opportunities: a beautiful trail system, Lewis & Clark Lake, Lake Yankton, the Mighty Missouri River, and the Chalks-Bluff Multi-Use Trails. I appreciate the opportunity not only to enjoy these features but also to reach my goals as an athlete and a coach.” 

March 16Tonya Olson

Tonya Olson

Library Director at the Yankton Community Library

“I really think Yankton is on the precipice of change in regards to being even more of a regional leader in the state of South Dakota, and that change really seems to be community driven. We’re investing more in the community and more in ourselves. As a citizen, and the library director, that’s really exciting. You also can’t beat the Meridian walking bridge and trails; my fiancé and I utilize them nearly every day when the weather is cooperating!”

March 17Lynn Meredith

Lynn Meredith

Team Member at Embroidery & Screen Works, Inc.


“I love my community because the people you meet here become your family. We support the endeavors of young professionals, entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Yankton is a community that is always giving back and I am excited to see the endless possibilities come alive. Yankton is the perfect community to grow a family! My husband and I both have been blessed with opportunities to work in Yankton. I work at Embroidery & Screen Works (EASW) and truly enjoy my career and all of the opportunities that have been offered to me.”

March 18Amy & Jesse Bailey

Amy & Jesse Bailey

Freelancer & Executive Director of Pathways Shelter for the Homeless

Amy: “I love the size and character of our community! Yankton is large enough to offer amazing employment, volunteer, and recreational opportunities while still being small enough to not get lost in the crowd. The people here genuinely care about your well-being and want to help young professionals succeed.”

Jesse: “My favorite volunteer opportunity in Yankton is spending time with my mentee through Big Friend-Little Friend. I get to make a difference in his life while we have a blast exploring the great recreational opportunities in our community.”


March 19Brennan Ewald

Brennan Ewald

Co-owner Boston Shoes to Boots


"Yankton is an exciting place to be right now. The community is collectively coming together to make positive changes and I'm grateful to be a part of what's to come for our town." 

March 20Carly Sourada

Carly Souhrada

Project Manager at Avera Project Management Office

“My favorite volunteer opportunities have been through the United Way LINC socials and volunteer events.  LINC has been a great way to meet other young adults who want to network, learn more about their community and make a positive impact on Yankton.”

March 21Katie Blaalid

Katie Blaalid

Inside Sales Coordinator at Kolberg-Pioneer


“I love the lake! My family and I enjoy dinner cruises watching the sunset. It means the world to me to share lake time with my nephew Kellen. I have spent most of my life living by the lake and this is where I am the happiest. Living by the lake you are embraced by the spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and the beautiful shining stars!”

March 22Rachael White

Rachael White

HR Representative II at the University of South Dakota

“I volunteer my time as President-Elect with the Southeast South Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SESD SHRM) in Yankton. The SESD Chapter offers opportunities for growth to local Human Resources professionals through monthly meetings, conferences, and networking opportunities. We are always accepting new members and I would be happy to talk with anyone who might be interested in finding out more information!”

March 23Brad Link

Brad Link

Family Connections Coordinator at River City Family Connections

“What I love most about the Yankton community is that it is a community that doesn't limit itself. Yankton and its wonderful people continue to strive into the future by progressive action to making this a wonderful place to live and grow together as a community.”

March 24Natalie Gubbels

Natalie Gubbels

Staff Accountant at Williams & Company


I chose to live in greater Yankton because I enjoy the small town atmosphere that provides abundant opportunities. There are great little boutique shops, restaurants, and the parks are beautiful; greater Yankton really fits my active lifestyle!”

March 25Mollie Grey

Mollie Grey

Owner The Sandbox


“I choose to live in Yankton due to something I historically chased in my life: becoming a female business owner and being supported in my efforts. I know I wouldn’t have the same story in Minneapolis or Atlanta and I believe Yankton opened up that door for me. I’m doing something different and I’m being embraced and that’s all I can really ask for.”

March 26Kristen Hicks

Kristen Hicks

Director of Marketing & Communications at Mount Marty College

“I've never been a part of a community so full of new energy, opportunity, and promise. My job, community involvement, my friends and family life, my outdoor hobbies; every aspect of life leaves me fulfilled. Yankton offers so much, and the resources to make a great life are right at your fingertips. That's what I love about our community.”

March 27Laura & Nicholas Westergaard

Laura & Nicholas Westergaard

Owners NatureScaping Designs

“What is there not to love about the greater Yankton community?  We love the countless opportunities Yankton has to offer.  From recreation to business opportunities, there is something for everyone.  The support of young entrepreneurs in our community is amazing and has helped our company grow. Owning a landscaping company, we are very conscious about "Curb Appeal" and we are always impressed with the hard work that the city puts into making our community beautiful!  We are excited to spend the rest of our lives here!”

March 28Jason Frinck

Jason Finck

Owner K Construction and Painting in Tabor


“I enjoy the opportunities to expand and develop my business; K Construction. Using my business I can provide jobs for my friends and the surrounding community. Yankton is a great place to volunteer my time and talents to improve the community while participating with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and the Lewis and Clark Homebuilders Association. I enjoy furthering my industry while reaching out to the people of Yankton.”

March 29Sandy Boack

Sandy Bouck

Massage Therapist at Riverbend Massage Therapy

“After living in Florida for the past 3 years, I was truly thankful to relocate my son and myself back to the community of Yankton. I missed the small town vibe with the friendliness and support the people of the greater Yankton offer. I appreciate the growth of small, locally owned businesses in Yankton.”

March 30

Megan Tjeerdsma

Human Resources Assistant with Kolberg-Pioneer


“I am grateful for the year-round adult recreation leagues that Yankton offers. It’s a great way to meet and interact with the amazing people in our community!”

March 31Brittany Mueller

Brittany Mueller

Occupational Therapist at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Prairie Estates Care Center

“We love Yankton and choose to live here because of the people. Yankton is bursting with people from all generations and all walks of life who are eager to see our community grow and flourish. It is because of this love throughout our community that my husband and I are excited to raise our family here.”

April Fools! We're featuring two young leaders today!

Kasi FossKasi Foss

Financial Aid Counselor at University of South Dakota and Owner Sunny's by Kasi

"What I love most about the community of Yankton is its charm. Yankton offers the basic necessities for shopping and has a vibrant downtown lined with bars, restaurants, and quaint shops...all right along the Missouri river! The people are laid-back, friendly, and always make you feel right at home."

Drew DelvauxDrew Delvaux

Owner Delvaux Designs and Photographer


“I love living in Yankton because of the supportive community. The people in our community truly strive to help each other turn dreams into realities. There is an undeniable positive momentum rolling in the community right now. It's contagious!”

Thanks to everyone who nominated a young leader in our community! Yankton's future is bright with the dedication of these and many other young community members!

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