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Coming Home Series by Reporter & Farmer

Read the stories of our neighbors--those who have moved back after spending time away from Day County, South Dakota--in a series from Reporter & Farmer called "Coming Home" that began in 2013.

Block, Tammy

In the other small towns she’s lived, Tammy Block says, “We became part of their family.” She took that as a lesson and now says, “I hope to be able to show that type of kindness to those who are new to our community now.”

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Porter, Nancy

“I just thought, I’m going to get involved and I haven’t regretted it since,” Nancy Porter said.

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Johnson, Dan

“I want to keep the money in Day County. When you leave the area to spend your money, it doesn’t help anybody out,” Johnson remarked.

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Schoenbeck, Loren & Lisa

“In the summer, we’re up at the lakes almost every weekend,” Loren Schoenbeck said.

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Sannes, Kathryn

“I’m really proud of what my children have done,” Kathy Sannes said. “It’s good to know your children believe in the community enough to come back and make it a better place than where they grew up.”

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Hoberg, Loren

“I like the rural setting with the hunting and the fishing opportunities,” Loren Hoberg said.

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Harrington, Leanne

“I don’t regret coming back at all. It’s a lot easier to raise kids in a small town. You can let them go play in the front yard and know they’ll still be there the next time you look out the window, or that they won’t be very far," said Leanne Harrington.

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Kwasniewski, Robert

“That’s why you travel, to see other places, other things... but the best thing about traveling is always coming home,” Robert Kwasniewski said.

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Lebert, Kirstin

“I have 10 acres here, so there’s room for lots of gardening,” she said with a laugh. In fact, she has help through locals Erik Seppanen and Carly Stoneman. “They help out around here,” she said. “I couldn’t do it without them. There’s so much to do here.”

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Peterson, Pat

“I keep busy in the community, I keep busy with my family,” Peterson said. “I’m grateful. I’m pretty well hooked to this area. This is a nice place to live in.”

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Herr, Joanne

“By then, the kids were getting old enough and were saying, ‘do we really have to move again?’” Joanne Herr said. “Eventually I said, that’s enough. Let’s go home.”

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Hansen, Doug & Lynne

“We’ve just decided we’re staking our lives and dreams in this place,” Doug Hansen said. “Life kind of changes along the way. Those life changes are just part of our dream now.”

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Peterson, Jim and Alice Jean

“We couldn’t wait to get back,”Alice Peterson said. “It was just like we were never gone. It’s just the closeness of everybody.” Jim added, "It’s always nice to come back."

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Rood, Jim

Jim Rood only spent a few months as a Butler resident, but his summer visits to his grandparents' and relatives' farms were so memorable that he always knew he would return to his roots in Day County. In 1998, he and his wife, Sandra, jumped at the opportunity to purchase a farm that had been in the Rood family since 1905. Today, Rood enjoy volunteering and visiting his grandchildren in the Twin Cities, MN.

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Baumgarn, Nathan

Nathan Baumgarn took a job in Selby, because it was as close as he could get to Webster--two hours, fifteen minutes. He was happy to secure a local job at Lake Region Electric, allowing him to live close to his parents, four siblings and his seven nieces/nephews like he planned all along.

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Kuecker, Roger & Carol

While the opportunity to move back came for Roger and Carol Kuecker much quicker than anticipated, they say that they have all that they need in Webster.

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Johnson, Colin & Joanita

“I always enjoy helping people,” Colin Johnson said. “And the money is not why I do it. If you can help somebody, you don’t have to get paid for everything you do.”

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Lutz, Lynn

“They have a great sense of humor,” Pastor Lynn Lutz said. “It’s the local flavor we have here. Some of the things that make us unique.”

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Carlson, Lois

Lois Carlson added, “I think living in a small community, you have more close friends because you can see each other oftener.”

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Kurkowski, Jim

Seeking a more relaxing lifestyle, Jim Kurkowski and partner, Marcia, moved back to the area in 2006. Today, he says he appreciates the uniqueness of Day County, something he didn't realize as a youngster growing up in Waubay.

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Ascher, Travis

“Everyday life is not the same in a big city. It’s a constant, ‘go-go-go!’” Travis Ascher said. “It’s the reason I came back.”

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Haase, Neil

Neil Haase's commute was quite a bit longer than most when he moved back to Webster in 1993. He caught rides in Watertown, Bismarck or wherever to fly back to his base in New York. The pilot retired in 1997, shortly after marrying his wife, Susan, in Webster in 1993.

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Lesnar, Pete

Pete Lesnar must have been destined for Day County -- he was born in Waubay, raised on a farm near Grenville, worked in Webster and now lives in Bristol. After his second stint in the military, Pete decided to pursue a barber's license and master's degree after realizing he was pretty good at cutting hair. Not long after, he purchased a barbershop in Bristol (now Pete's Barber Shop) and has offered the service ever since.

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Garry, Todd

"I moved back because of the opportunity to be my own boss,” Todd Garry commented, then added, “It made it extra easy to come back to a community I know.”

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Greening, Wilferd "Buzz"

Wilferd "Buzz" Greening came home in the 1960s, hoping to obtain some financial help from his parents to buy a store in Groton. He's been back in Waubay ever since, as he took over his family business instead, the local pharmacy. After selling the business in 2005, Buzz enjoys retirement in his hometown.

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