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Family-owned oil company looks to next generation – as father and daughter go back to school

October 5, 2021

Freeman, South Dakota – population approximately 1,500 – isn’t the sort of place you might expect to discover […]

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Generations of entrepreneurs celebrate 95 years in family banking

August 31, 2021

The first one in the door every morning at BankStar’s Elkton branch is 96-year-old Jack Hegerfeld. “He comes […]

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Building boom means business boom for longtime family companies

August 3, 2021

What would be the worst-case scenario? In 2020, the leaders of Hamlin Building Center asked that question. “We […]

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Hybrid 2021 Family Business Conference Featuring the Fifth and Sixth Generations of the Leinenkugel Family

March 25, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. March 25, 2021 — Prairie Family Business Association will host the 29th Annual Family Business […]

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Fourth-generation bank embraces flexibility, family’s values during pandemic

November 3, 2020

At 73, Van Fishback has been around his family’s bank since he was a teenager. He began full […]

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When cupcakes met COVID: How one family business pivoted to sweet success

June 17, 2020

Inspiration had struck, and Melissa Johnson was going with it. “As I’ve grown older, I can’t say I’ve […]

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Business is ‘popping’ during the pandemic for fifth-generation popcorn company

May 19, 2020

As soon as people nationwide began staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they began watching movies. […]

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From baseball cards and Beanie Babies to a nearly $100M business: Weisser family keeps building

January 17, 2020

Eric Weisser learned the basics of the distribution business as a teenager in the 1990s by selling sports […]

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Lloyd Cos. honored among 30 exceptional family businesses

October 2, 2019

Summer break is a little different for the third generation of Sioux Falls-based Lloyd Cos. The six kids, […]

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Hitting their stride: Family business goes global with Strider balance bikes

August 19, 2019

Hitting their stride: Family business goes global with Strider balance bikes Two-year-old Bode McFarland was the talk of […]

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