Grandparents, community draw Kayley to gerontology

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By Sandy Bond

The unconditional love of her grandparents, Ruth Mittleider and the late Mervin Mittleider, and members of her small close-knit community of Herreid was the reason Kayley Mittleider gravitated to a career in gerontology.
Kayley just started her career as the new administrator of the Good Samaritan  Center in Selby after an internship at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.
The daughter of Ron and Diana Mittleider, Kayley and her two older sisters, Courtney and Laci,  grew up on the family’s ranch west of Herreid. She graduated from Herreid High School where she played her heart out for the Yellow Jackets and Campbell County Express in volleyball and girls’ basketball. She received her bachelor’s degree in human services and consumer science with a major emphasis in gerontology from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 2012.
Lithe and athletic of build with a buoyant personality and metabolism, she admits her vice is deep-fried foods.
Both her mom and grandmother were phenoms in the kitchen. One of Kayley’s earliest memories was being allowed to stir the batter for melt-in-your mouth cookies. Grandma Ruth’s cracker mix was ideal for nibbling while indulging in their favorite board games such as Rummycube and Waterworks.
As pheasant season melts into deer season, she retires her 20-gauge shotgun and picks up her .22-250 deer rifle. She admits she hasn’t shot a deer this year but is still living in the glory of bagging a 5×4 buck on opening day last year. She concedes she’s a pretty good shot.
“It’s an art I picked up hunting with my dad,” she said.
When she heard about the position opened by an outgoing administrator, she and her fiancée Andrew Cartmill were thrilled. He has a bachelor’s degree in park management from SDSU and holds a position with Ritter Farms of Mound City.
She’s close to family in Herreid. In addition, she’s close enough to visit her two sisters and their families.  Courtney is an optician and her husband, Chad Neff, is a pharmaceutical salesperson. Kayley’s first niece, Cambree, is 10 months old. They live in Sioux Falls.
“I get to spoil her all I want,” she said.
Laci and her husband Matt Aberle live in Bismarck. She is a nurse at Mid Dakota Clinic and Matt is an auto mechanic.
And now that Selby Area School District and the Herreid School District have consolidated sports activities, “I can cheer on the Wolverines without leaving town,” she said.

KAYLEY MITTLEIDER’S RECIPES

Egg Bake
6 slices bread, buttered and cubed
1/2 lb. cubed cheese
1 lb. sausage or ham, fried and cubed
6 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
Beat eggs and milk. Add salt and mustard. Use cooking spray to coat a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Layer bread, meat and cheese. Top with egg mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serves 6 to 8.

Grandma’s Cracker Mix
1 bag regular Bugles
2 bags Nachos
1 air crisped Ritz crackers
1 box Wheat Thins
1 box Sun Chips
1 bag pretzels
1 bottle Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn
12-14 oz. vegetable oil
2 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch powder dip
Mix together and pour into baking dish. Bake at 225 degree for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Makes at least 20 bags.

Raw Vegetable Dip
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 cups sour cream
Mix and chill.

Chicken Casserole
1 6-oz. pkg. Stove Top Stuffing
1 cup hot water
1 stick margarine
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken
1/2 cup onion (or 2 Tbsp. minced)
1 1/2 cups milk
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 can cream of chicken soup
Mix water and margarine and melt. Add stuffing. Add all other ingredients.  Beat eggs and milk and then add to stuffing. Put in greased 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan. Add soup and eggs. Bake 40 minutes at 325 degrees.

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