A Sioux Falls "city" kid turned farm girl when she moved to rural Worthing, SD at age 10. Jacquie grew up on the softball fields of SE South Dakota, graduated from Lennox High School, attended college at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA, and later completed her master's degree at Portland State University in Portland, OR. She was very involved in student activities throughout, especially those focused on service and advocacy.
Jacquie served two terms in AmeriCorps, and her first "big kid" job was working at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she worked for seven years. She currently is employed in the Extension Center for Youth Development at the University of Minnesota.
Jacquie enjoys being involved in social justice and community development projects as well as youth-related organizations like HOBY. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, riding her bicycle, balloon twisting, exploring craft breweries, and both spontaneous and planned traveling.
Dan grew up between the small towns of Remsen and Marcus, IA. He was an active kid, participating in various sports, the Boy Scouts, and working as a hired hand on neighboring farms.
Dan graduated from MMC High School and spent the next nine years in Vermillion, SD as a Computer Science undergrad/grad student and full-time employee at the University of South Dakota. In college, he was very involved in campus and community organizations like the SAE Fraternity, Dance Marathon, and the local cycling club. In 2010, Dan left USD to partner in a business building websites called Web Concentrate.
Taking full advantage of the freedom in self employment, Dan has spent the last three years on a somewhat nomadic wander through SD, OR, and MN. In his spare time he enjoys visiting coffee shops, breweries, and bike lanes all across the Twin Cities.
Jacquie + Dan
If you know Jacquie and Dan, you know there's always more to their story. But for the sake of brevity, here's the abbreviated version of how they became a couple.
The first of their interactions began while working at USD. Jacquie had asked a colleague for some recommendations of people who might be interested in creating a website for a youth leadership organization she was involved with (HOBY). The colleague recommended Dan, so Jacquie reached out and he declined! BUT, he did refer someone and offered to volunteer at another time if needed. The need came later that year during the organization's annual seminar.
At the post-seminar cook-out, they realized they lived right across the street from each other and started hanging out more often. Jacquie would frequent Dan's place for summer barbecues, movie nights, "Mama Letsche" pumpkin bars, and freezie dates.
While others suggested for years that they would make a cute couple, they continued with the "just friends" reply whenever asked. Four years after they first met, following an unforgettable Halloween party with friends, Dan asked "does everyone tell you we should be together?" Jacquie replied, "yeah, do they ask you that, too?" And Dan said, "yeah... so why aren't we together?" And the rest is, as they say, history!