Meet the Owners

Meet the Owners 

Bob Zwart

Bob Zwart started Dells Auto with his brother Rick Zwart in November 1999. “What I learned early on is it’s a process, and that process begins with taking care of the customer. Buyers come back if you take care of them.” Internet and phone connections are crucial for the Dell Rapids business. “Golden West has been there and provided us with that from the very beginning. It’s nice that they’re local, and it matters to us.”

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Travis Kuehl

The Travis Electric owner enjoys Hartford's small-town, progressive feel - including fiber optics from Golden West. At his wife Wendy's encouragement, Travis Kuehl started his business in 2005 as a one-man operation. Today, Travis Electric employs 24 people – and like Hartford, is still growing. Travis credits the rapid expansion to the wide range of projects the business tackles. He appreciates Golden West upgrading the town and rural area to the fiber optic network starting in 2013. “Golden West’s customer service has been outstanding,” he says. “Their investment in Hartford has been huge.”

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Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson once worked on set with Dustin Diamond, Bob Saget, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former child actor gave up his acting dreams when his family moved to Dell Rapids, but his passion for cinema lives on. Today, he owns the historic Dells Theatre — and it’s his mission to keep the town entertained.

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Stacy & Kyle Wengler

Stacy and Kyle Wengler own two very different businesses in Hartford — but they complement each other in different ways. Learn more about their eye-catching sign, their devotion to the local business community, and why they probably won’t complain about too much garbage.

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Kari Karst

Kari Karst is a Dell Rapids native who never imagined she'd be running a successful family business from her hometown. When the opportunity arose to purchase a business her dad once worked for, she left the California dream behind – and couldn’t be happier.  

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Terry Arends

Terry Arends is a Hartford resident whose job at Central States Mfg. involves providing customers with the best products for their needs. You have to be on your game to make sure your clients get exactly what they want, he says. He believes attention to detail sets you apart from the competition. “Golden West has been a great partner with Central States,” Terry says. “They ensure we can keep our business running by providing us with our phones, emails, and fast speeds.”

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Merlin & Sherri Goebel

Merlin and Sherri Goebel believe adaptability is the key to small-town success. That, and committing to the local community — whether by carrying fresh produce or supporting charitable causes. The Goebels have owned Sunshine Foods in Hartford for two decades and still believe the best is yet to come.

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Aaron & Amie Delgado

Aaron and Amie Delgado moved to Dell Rapids to be closer to family. The couple turned a few heads due to their unconventional look but were welcomed with open arms. Their coffee shop, LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse, attracts both regulars and visitors with tasty treats and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

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Teri Michaels

Meet Teri Michaels, owner of the Hartford Veterinary Clinic in Hartford. Teri embraces the small-town lifestyle that Hartford provides. It’s one of the draws that brought her and husband, Phil to town in the first place.

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 Lynnae Redenius

Meet Lynnae Redenius, owner of Tammen Auto & Tire Inc in Hartford. Her willingness to learn and dedication to providing excellent customer service has paved the way for her success.

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 Mike Parks

Meet Mike Parks, owner of T&C Self Service in Dell Rapids. The service station/convenience store offers everything from hot dogs and cold beer to a friendly ear and community support. 

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 Adam & Kim DeJong

Meet Adam & Kim DeJong, a Hartford couple committed to helping the community. Longtime Hartford residents and owners of the local Pizza Ranch franchise, they help feed and support the community.

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 Robin & Justin Eich

Robin and Justin Eich both grew up in small communities. When the couple married and decided to start a family, they wanted a similar upbringing for their kids. Hartford proved to be the ideal setting; 20 years later, they are thriving — at home, at work, and in their many extracurricular activities.  

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 Steph & Jordan Schmidt

Steph and Jordan Schmidt give Dell Rapids residents things to do without leaving town. The Schmidts own Pinz LLC, offering entertainment and award-winning food, and are members of the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative. Like Golden West, Steph and Jordan are committed to making a difference in their town and giving back to the community by investing in its future.  

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 Chris & Callie Tuschen

Chris and Callie Tuschen craft community - and beer - in Hartford. The Tuschens own Buffalo Ridge Brewing Project and are members of the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative both personally and with their business. Like Golden West, Chris and Callie pride themselves on the connections they provide and are committed to helping Hartford grow and be an even better place to live.

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