Cook of the Week


Cooking beats Ramen noodles

Deciding he was tired of Ramen noodles, Brett Van Vugt ventured into cooking just out of high school. He has discovered he inherited the cooking gene from his grandma, Anita Van Vugt. “I decided to cook a good meal and found out I was pretty good at it,” he said. “I have been pretty lucky at cooking. I went in […]

Meal rides with grandma are great memories

Robert Banik says he is a man of simple tastes. “Steaks, burgers and hotdogs with Heinz ketchup and Ball Park buns,” he said. “The simple things in life.” He isn’t much of a cook he said, but has several special grilling tricks that make his steaks and burgers a hit when he fires up the grill. “I use Rick’s Salt […]

Weisbeck’s garden provides bounty

Fresh is better, according to Lisa Weisbeck, who grows a garden that fills her shelves and freezer with homegrown produce and herbs. Lisa’s family loves tomatoes and many of the dishes she cooks contain the produce from her garden. In fact, last year, she and her husband Mark, canned about 90 quarts of tomato and vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce, and […]

Virginia Mitzel enjoys life

At age 83 Virginia Mitzel enjoys life to the fullest. She is a decorating consultant for Signature Home Styles (for 36 years now), is the treasurer at the Herreid Senior Center and sings in the choir at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, where she has been a member for 65 years. She was born and raised Virginia Lang in Herreid, […]

Dana thrives in a challenging atmosphere

Dana Sota likes to be pushed outside of her comfort zone. She thrives in a challenging atmosphere and is excited to tackle the new adventure in her job as the Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. A 2010 graduate of Bowdle High School, Dana is glad to be back in the area after spending time in Fargo N.D., working […]

Answering God’s call brings Darla back to area

An incident that ended Darla Hadrick’s law enforcement career opened the doors to God’s calling and brought her back to Selby, where she had spent time as a child. Pastor Darla Hadrick went to grade school in Selby when her father was a pastor at the United Methodist Church. The family moved to Webster where Darla graduated from high school […]

Love of soups now a part of Val’s lifestyle

Val Matheny lives her life naturally. She loves gardening, hiking, yoga and lifts weights. Her kitchen is filled with spices and ingredients for her favorite one-pot meals, soups. A couple of years ago Val decided to explore the reason she had stomach issues. She found that she had problems digesting raw fruits and vegetables. That is when she her love […]

Moran has a passion for the outdoors

Taylor Moran is a country girl through and through. She has a passion for the cowboy way of life and said if she could live in the saddle she would. “But that doesn’t pay the bills,” she said. Born and raised in Arvada, Colo., a suburb of Denver, Taylor spent time in the McLaughlin area as a child, when her […]

Love of nature drives Louise’s hobbies

Louise Acheson’s love of nature and her approach to gardening play a big role in her helping to protect the butterflies, birds and bees. She lives just east of the Mobridge city limits with her partner, Wade Bryant. Louise is retired now and spends her time during the summer months planting and tending to gardens of flowers intended to attract […]

Hollaar’s kids looked forward to freshly-made buns, rolls

Twylah (Vander Vorst) Hollaar and her husband, Eldon, tried living in a city once, but her husband was not happy there and they moved back to the Pollock area. When the Hollaars were first married, they lived in Bismarck, N.D., where Twylah worked as a registered nurse at the Bismarck Hospital, but Eldon didn’t care for the city. In 1958 […]

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