Who We Are

The Reclaim Community board members

Founding board members in May 2016

Back: Randy Larson, Jason Madtson, Ryan Reker (former member)
Front: Terry Skyberg, Elicia Kortus, Kristie Weinkauf
Not Pictured: Jon Hoyme, Jason Klumper

Elicia Kortus: 
President, Founder, Community OrganizerStrategic Visonary
Elicia grew up on the family farm west of Jasper where her grandparents lived, and her father was born. The eldest of 5, she attended school in Jasper where her mom worked as a teacher, until 1993 when the high school closed, and she later graduated from Pipestone High School and earned a degree in Sociology from South Dakota State University.   Elicia has a long history of volunteer service for museums, libraries, hospice and nursing homes, and her love of history and antiques led her to take up a hobby in furniture refinishing and upholstery. Her passion for antiques and historical architecture also meant that the then-closed Pipestone and Jasper High School buildings were both often featured many nights in her dreams, imagining what they could become with a little creativity and investment.  

After becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist and starting her own business in Sioux Falls, she married Robert Kortus, who has two children.  Not long after finding out she and Rob would be welcoming their little girl, Dessa, the Jasper School went up for auction in November 2015, and some of her discussions with alumni led to a fundraiser to try to save the abandoned building.   The community of 630, alumni and friends responded by raising $40,000 in just 6 weeks, and that springboard has led to raising over $120,000 in private donations and $148,000 in grant funds. Now the organization is partway through the planning stage for renovation of the school, as well as a second building, Bauman Hall, they saved from demolition in 2018.

Elicia is a strategic thinker with a strong vision and a desire to create community resilience via incremental development, preservation, and environmental strategies, to capture and recycle materials, buildings, and keep dollars circulating in the local economy. She is committed to learning and educating others on the value of preservation as a revitalization tool, strives to be a collaborator in everything she does, and uses creativity and determination to find solutions to complex problems in ways where everyone can “win” together in a more equitable future.
Her belief in the power of community and volunteerism is a testament to the long history of service that the entire Jasper community embodies.

Jon Hoyme: 
Founding Board Member, Educator, Nonprofit Director and Developer
Jasper was full of Hoyme’s for many years, and Jon’s ties run deep, dating from when his grandfather and three brothers settled there in the 1800’s. As a matter of fact, at least five of his family members’ names have been found scrawled on the wall in the wings of the stage in Bauman Hall. Jon attended Jasper High School, where his dad taught chemistry, was the principal, and coached. 

In his Junior year, their family moved to Wisconsin, where he met his wife Ruth.  Jon taught school, and Ruth was a nurse for 14 years until they moved to Slayton MN where Jon served as Camp Director of Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp and Ruth continued her nursing career. Both of them have ample experience working with people, serving for non-profits, and development of organizations and communities. 
In retirement, Jon has kept busy doing volunteer work, and joined our board as a founding member in 2015.  His experience in nonprofit development has been a major asset, and his wife Ruth has also been a valuable part of our volunteer team, as well as serving for the Murray County Historical Society Board.
Jon’s experience and ties to Jasper have given the Hoyme’s a strong commitment to, and growing understanding of the importance of preservation, and their trips to Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, visiting buildings that have been there for hundreds or thousand of years really opened their eyes to the charm and potential for revitalization.  Jon says “it has been a fantastic experience getting to know and work with a fantastic group of folks working to develop a new vision for Jasper and the surrounding areas.”  He and Ruth have 4 children and 8 grandchildren and still live in Slayton MN. In his free time he enjoys wood working (and borrowing ideas for it from fellow board member Terry Skyberg), and also working with a group from church making faith chests for Baptisms. 

Stay tuned for the remaining board profiles which will be added shortly!

 Randy Larson, Vice President

Jason Madtson, Treasurer

Kristie Weinkauf, Secretary

Terry Skyberg

Jason Klumper

We would like to thank all our sponsors and donors. Not all donors are listed as we have multiple donation payment processors, and compiling totals across platforms is time consuming. We will continue to update this list.

Our Community Partners


LG EveristBob Quissell“O” So Good Restaurant
Bill & Joyce SextonDouble ‘D’ Gravel75 Diner Family Restaurant
Honoring Marge Skyberg Leslie & Eldora Stoltenberg NannestadGarretson Food CenterA&S Drug
Don and Emily MadetzkeHank’s FoodsAmdahl Motors
Connie Walvante WildeL.G. Everist, Inc.Americas Best Value Inn
Barb DeBates BrooksMarge Skyberg Leslie + Eldora Stoltenberg Nannestad FamilyArrow Motel
Norris & Mavis Larson FamilyMark’s Electric of PipestoneBole-Mor Lanes 
Linda & Dean WenzelNorris and Mavis Larson FamilyBrummel’s Sewing and Shoes
Buffalo Ridge Insurance Inc.O’Neill, O’Neill, & Barduson Law OfficeC&B Operations, LLC
Busse Plumbing, Heating & Air ConditioningPeoplesBankCoborn’s 
Cattnach Insurance Inc.Pepsi of PipestoneCone Flower Boutique
Cragoe RealtyPipestone Building Materials, Inc.Dar’s Pizza
Culligan Water – Luverne & PipestonePipestone County Medical CenterDawn and Company
Green Lantern Bar & SteakhousePipestone Dental CenterDragonfly
Jaycox ImplementPipestone Pizza RanchEdgerton Bakery
Luverne Area Chamber & CVBSioux Valley EnergyEdgerton Food Center
Luverne Building CenterSkyberg ConstructionFirst Bank & Trust – Pipestone
Security Savings BankSpEd FormsFour Seasons Mercantile
Sioux Valley EnergySteve’s Electric & Plumbing, LLCGarretson Food Center
Top Notch Car WashSunshine FoodsGrandstay – Pipestone
Sterling’s Cafe & Grille Grandstay Hotel of Luverne
Jason Johnson Green Lantern Café & Bar
Sunshine Foods – Luverne Hair LTD
SpEd Forms Hair on the Square
Pipestone Building Materials Hank’s Foods
Mark’s Electric Humble Hill
Grandstay – Luverne J&S Logos
Hank’s Foods Jasper Soy Processor’s LLC
Tinklenberg Lumber Katie’s Closet
Alfred & Clara Aaker Families Kneip Auto Repair
Richard Skyberg Kneip Auto Repair
Monogram Meat Snacks L.G. Everist, Inc.
Pepsi of Pipestone M & H Hardware & Appliance
Pipestone County Medical Center McDonalds – Pipestone
  Palisades Oil & Propane Co.
  Pepsi of Pipestone
  Pipestone Building Materials, Inc.
  Pipestone Co Star
  Pipestone County Pork Producers
  Pipestone Floral
  Pipestone Hist Soc Museum
  Pipestone Pizza Ranch
  Pipestone Publishing Company, Inc.
  Pipestone True Value
  Pipestone Veterinary Services
  Pizza Ranch – Luverne
  Print Express
  Randall and Janice Fey
  Red Shack
  Redeemed Remnants
  Rustad’s Design Center
  Schomacker Cleaning
  Sincerely Yours
  Sterling’s Café & Grille
  Stonehouse Supper Club & Quarry Lounge
  Subway – Pipestone
  Tailgators Grill & Bar
  Tally Ho Kaffie
  Teals Market
  The Gulch 
  The Historic Calumet Inn
  The Paintin’ Place
  Tinklenberg Lumber
  Tinklenberg Lumber & Hardware
  Titan Machinery
  Treasure Chest
  Tucker’s Walk 
  Tyana’s Boutique
  W-2’s Quality Meats
  Wendy’s Flowers
  Wild Flowers Coffee Boutique


A and S DrugsA & S DrugsBrian’s 19th Hole BBQ Pit & Catering 
Angela MillerBongaarsCan Dad Camera LLC 
Barbara WeberBrian’s 19th Hole BBQ Pit & CateringCoborn’s in Pipestone 
BongaarsCarrow’s True ValueDrooger’s Food Center
Brenda BosticCoborn’s Dynamic Health
Brian SchneiderD&T Meat MarketE-Clips LLC
Carrow’s True ValueDar’s PizzaHistoric Calumet Inn 
Chad BuddenDiane BrockbergHot Spot Salon & Spa 
Coborn’s – PipestoneDroogers GroceryJasper Flooring Store 
D&T Meat MarketDynamic Health Chiropractic, Ltd.Kelly’s Koffee & Grill 
Dar’s PizzaEdgerton BakeryKneip Auto Repair 
Diane BrockbergFirst Bank & TrustKristin Kallsen 
Dr. Paul A HenriksenGeyermans Clothing CoLange’s Cafe
Drooger’s Food Center – EdgertonHank’s FoodsLinda Madtson 
Dynamic Health Chiropractic, Ltd.Health SeekersMN West Cosmetology Dept
Edgerton BakeryKneip AutoMonk’s Secondhand Store 
Edward Jones – PipestoneLange’s CaféPipestone Co Historical Museum 
First Bank & TrustLinda MadtsonPipestone County Pork Producers
First Farmers & Merchants – PipestoneMcDonalds – PipestonePipestone Interiors
First State Bank – PipestoneMonk’s Second HandSecond Edition 
Geyermans Clothing CoNew Country of Pipestone -China BuffetStoney Point Recreation and Campground
Hank’s FoodsPipestone Co Historical Museum Tinklenberg Lumber of Edgerton
Health SeekersPipestone Groom Room Barber ShopTom Tourville, author
Jay NorbergPipestone Publishing Company, Inc.Top Look’s Co. 
Jerry BaustianPizza RanchWind Creations II by Janice 
Jim KneipPlaza Salon hair and nail studio April Be Photography, Sibley IA
Jim MonkSo Jo’s  
John DraperSturdevant’s 
Kneip Auto RepairSubway -Pipestone 
Lange’s CaféTeal’s Market – Luverne 
Laurie MerrillTinklenberg Lumber 
Linda MadtsonTop Look’s Co. / Laurie Merrill 
Mary HildebrandtVince & Kris Kallsen 
McDonalds – Pipestone  
Monk’s Second Hand  
New Country of Pipestone  
Pipestone Co Historical Museum   
Pipestone Groom Room Barber Shop  
Pipestone Livestock Auction  
Pipestone Pizza Ranch  
Pipestone Publishing Company, Inc.  
Plaza Salon hair and nail studio  
Sandy Swanson  
So Jo’s   
Stacy Quist  
Steve Lange  
Sturdevant’s – Pipestone  
Subway Pipestone  
Susan Hoskins  
The Paintin’ Place  
Tinklenberg Lumber  
Tom Darveaux  
Top Look’s Co.  
Vince & Kris Kallsen
Sponsor Logos
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