He’s a Farmer

My tribute to all the farmers out there during planting season. Man or 
woman, we see you and we thank you. 


He slowly closes his eyes after the family has eaten their meal. Kids are running around screaming and playing, yet none of it phases him. He sits perfectly still, head never nods. He wakes up 20 minutes later, and joins in on the conversation, enjoys the laughs only to rush away again.

We don’t see him again for a long length of time for it is planting season. He is a farmer, his work is never done. His hands get tried, his feet weary, but the land needs to be worked. Knowing how many people depend on him in order to complete his work, his shift often last longer than 24 hours.

His family takes time to stop and see him in the tractor, after round, after round, after round. If he’s lucky, he gets fresh food from supper he missed with his wife and children. He is a farmer.

When the sun goes down, the tractor keeps running and the field begins to grow. A moments break, to fix the broken, then off to plant again. Every second the worry piles in, wondering how this crop will go.
He’s a farmer. His work ethic is guaranteed, but the results are never sure. Every row stretched on for miles, never knowing the crops full potential.

He will only get a month or two to fix his tractors, plan out the harvest and spend time with family. He is a farmer, his work is never done.

Harvest quickly comes and he is gone again. Brining in the crop he planted with his heart and soul just months ago. His family knows the sacrifice. A sometimes absent man, means food on our table, a roof over our head and love in our hearts.

He is a farmer, his love for the land is strong. He is a farmer…you can tell by his hands.


Declan Gregory being held by his grandpa Dwayne Erickson.



Entrepreneur: Carrie Kuhl


This week Tangent is featuring entrepreneurs that chose to jump in, to run a business on their own, both feet first.

Today Tangent brings you Carrie Kuhl, who owns Hitch Studio in Brookings, Sd. She has always had a creative touch to everything she does. Going to school for design, she knew her talent could be applied to seeing the world a little differently.

She found a partner in crime, Renee Halgerson, and they opened the studio in February of 2014.

In regards to opening the studio, Carrie said, “Owning this type of business has been a dream of mine for some time. Once I realized that I wanted more out of my profession I began working towards this goal.”

One thing Carrie quickly realized, in order to follow your dream, you have to be able to jump off of the mainstream and make your own path. It is scary, intimidating and tough.

“Finding a new stride [was the hardest lesson learned]. Working in a corporate setting for over 10 years meant that I had a routine and a relatively predictable day. When you own your own business, there is no routine and never will be one. You need to be flexible and ready to make tough decisions every day.”

Part of the unknown is what is so exciting to Carrie. Always being able to approach situations with an even temper has helped her get to where she is today. She has learned some of the biggest benefits in working your own business, is finding what makes you happy.

“The greatest benefit is that it challenges me everyday and every single day brings new adventures. It fills my cup,” said Carrie.

She also has a huge heart, which comes through in all the work she does for her clients. It isn’t about money or fame that keeps her driven, it’s about the product and the consumer.

Carrie said, “Happy customers [drive me]. When someone comes in for a website or design work, they have a dream or vision similar to one I had once. It is so rewarding to be a part of another person’s dream.”

In her spare time she lends her hand to other entrepreneurs, has a little boy to raise with husband Jason, (who started Kuhl Prints) and keeps creativity at the forefront. The one thing in running your own business is to make sure you don’t lose yourself.

“[The decision is] going to be one of the scariest decisions you have ever made. The most beneficial thing we did in the beginning was our homework. We were very prepared when we started our business and we each had run a successful freelance business along side our full-time jobs, so when we started we had a small client base.”

To learn more about Hitch Studio and Carrie, visit: http://hitchstudio.com/about/ or



*** Thank you Carrie for sharing your story! Your words can be there to help support someone who is ready to take the leap.***


Written by Kristin Marthaler. Copyright 2016.

Entrepreneur: Stephanie Drietz


Tangent is featuring entrepreneurs this week. Our second feature of the week goes to Stephanie (Skulstad) Drietz. She was born and raised in Granite Falls, MN. She then attended college at Minnesota State University – Moorhead. Currently she resides in Fargo, ND.

She has developed her business Drietz Designs as a freelance graphic designer.

Putting her amazing skills to work every day is a blessing for her. She is married to Tom and has two little boys. This allows her to be more involved in their lives. Not all things come as planned.

She said, “I was laid off of my full time marketing/design job and decided to start Drietz Designs to see if I could make a living working on my own. With many prayers said, and blessings granted, I have been able to successfully run my own design business since.”

Stephanie has been working hard since 2011 building her clientele and ensuring she continues to grow her business.

“I have worked with some clients since the beginning, I have gained some new ones, and lost some existing ones, but it is so fun to design for all different kinds of businesses.,” she said.

With her passion for designing and creating a new perspective on the same white page she has learned a lot in the last five years.

“Everything falls on you since you are the only one running the business. So always check, double check, and re-check all the work that you do!”

When it comes to taking a risk and jumping in with both feet, Stephanie says, “do it!”

“Take risks! Jumping off on my own was the biggest risk I have made in my life, and now I get to wake up each day to do what I love. Designing for variety of different businesses AND staying home with my kids. It is a lifestyle I really never envisioned growing up, but I feel so lucky that I get to live this life. Take the risk.”



*** Thank you Stephanie for sharing your story. Your words of encouragement will definitely help inspire others! ***


Written by Kristin Marthaler, Copyright 2016.

Entrepreneur: Julie Petersen

This week Tangent brings you personal stories of those who have started their own business. 

As an entrepreneur myself, I find inspiration in others who choose to start their own business. Those who chose to conquer the working world alone. Some have found a great business partner to work with, which has made their business even stronger. Some power through on their own. This week, our first highlight is Julie Petersen of Watertown, South Dakota.

389593_10151454533900366_2006030959_nJulie bought her salon, Prestige, in 2007 after graduating from cosmetology school. Five years later, she realized her passion was coaching and teaching and joined Inspiring Champions, as a coach. Since opening the salon, Julie has moved her salon into a larger building, hired additional staff and increased product knowledge with her employees every year.

Julie believes, “There’s no such thing as standing still. You’re either moving forward or moving backwards. Education and trainmen for myself and my team sets everyone up to move forward, or at least gives us some tools to push through obstacles.”

Developing her team and training them to be the best in the area, has come with a lot of personal growth.

Julie said she, “Had major growth in the beginning, and have had to deal with growing pains.  During this time I made decisions for the team, not the business. In the end, it’s the business that will remain, not always the employees. I am learning to overcome making decisions for people just to satisfy them, and making decisions for the business, which in turn benefits the people who are loyal to the business.”

The one thing about running a salon is you are dealing with a lot of different personalities. You need to not only know how to talk to your clients, but also know how to work with those on your team. Julie advises, “Learn how to communicate with all different types of personalities. Learn the personalities and how to appreciate what they bring to the table. Know you’re personality and embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly so you can always be in a place of internal growth.”

The reason I chose to highlight Julie first is because I have seen her growth first hand. I have seen her question her decisions, have more passion about the company than anyone ever will, and always look internally first when figuring out how to fix situations.

It is easy to tell everyone what to do, pretend you know everything and turn over employees left and right. Julie believes in growing her employees and helping them reach their full potential. She truly wants everyone to be a better version of themselves and enjoy their passion every day.

In regards to what keeps her going, “I honestly am motivated by acknowledgement first, and money second. So when I feel most successful, I’m surrounded by a team that is coachable and grows under coaching, which I feel is my God given gift to I utilize in my position, and they openly acknowledge and appreciate me. I could have a penny to my name and feel as though I am rich solely because I am appreciated.”

In her rare spare time, Julie sings in a band Our Therapy and attends her husbands softball games, attends church and volunteers in the community.


*** Thank you for sharing your story Julie! I hope others can learn from your words and be inspired by your passion. ***


Written by Kristin Marthaler, Copyright 2016.