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The 7th annual “Swing FORE Seniors” Trail Ridge Golf tournament will be held at Prairie Green again on Thursday, July 21st with a shotgun start at noon.  Registration and lunch start at 11am.  Special thanks to those who have supported, played, or donated over the past 6 years, and we look forward to this year’s even bigger edition.

Jason Honey, Marketing Director and Golf Event Captain, donated a kidney recently but plans to be at the event to meet everyone. He says, “I look forward to this golf tournament every year because of all the fellowship and support we receive from those we work with.  I really want to talk about my passions and compassion to those that golf this year, and pray that we can keep this thing growing. I’ve learned so much as a person working in Senior Living and at Trail Ridge these past 14 years and I am wanting to help our community develop and grow so that we can continue to lead the way in Sioux Falls when it comes to serving our older adults”

There is still room for more golfers/teams, but time is running out.  Reminder: our golf tournament includes 18 holes of golf (scramble best ball format), cart, 2 drink tickets!, lunch, supper, and swag bag full of golf balls and goodies.  This year we have a hole in one prize of $10,000 cash, a “Putt FORE Mission” prize valued at over $400 – it’s a 4 burner flat top griddle, and thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes.  The big raffle prize is 4 tickets to a Minnesota Wild Hockey game, with Minnesota Wild sweatshirt and other items.

All proceeds go back to Trail Ridge for campus improvement projects.  To play, donate, or support the tournament in any way, contact Jason Honey at Trail Ridge (605) 339-9123 or email

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In this video, Shanna Eckberg, COO at Trail Ridge’s parent company ABHM, and Matt Reiners, Co-Founder of Eversound, (a company that creates listening technology for better engagement) discuss changes in senior living during the pandemic and those made at ABHM communities like Trail Ridge.

Ms. Eckberg describes how ABHM adapted new methods of engaging residents and delivering services while maintaining a healthy and safe environment for residents. One key factor in the success of ABHM is the staff. Eckberg states, “The professionalism and dedication of the staff has never wavered. During these difficult times they always put our residents first and we want to recognize those efforts.”

Reiners and Eckberg also discuss the use of technology during the pandemic. Ms. Eckberg explained, “ABHM Communities encouraged residents and families to use technology and social media to stay connected. Maintaining relationships during these difficult times is vital to their wellbeing.”

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Here are some of the highlights of Trail Ridge residents Jim and Pat Croston sitting down and talking about why moving to Trail Ridge was the right Independent Living decision for them. If you’d like more information about making the move for yourself or a loved one, call Jason Honey at 605-339-4847.

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On Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 12pmTrail Ridge will host an event at South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance. Fisher Sisters Real Estate will speak on the topic: Downsizing: What You Must Know Before You Move.  Please join us for a light lunch while the following points are discussed: 1) Discussing Options, 2) Exploring Budget, 3) Educating Yourself, and 4) Making a Decision and Creating a Plan.

The event is free and limited to the first 30 RSVPs to allow for social distancing. Masks are strongly encouraged. South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance is located in the former Badlands Pawn building, 1600 W Russell St, Sioux Falls.

We ask that you RSVP for the event to Trail Ridge Marketing Director, Jason Honey.  You can call him at: 605-231-8111 or email

Trail Ridge Senior Living Community is a not-for–profit and one of eight communities owned and operated by American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM). The community offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care on an 18-acre campus located in the southwest area of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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The 6th Annual “Swing Fore Seniors” Trail Ridge Golf Tournament event will be held Thursday, July 23rd at Prairie Green Golf Course on 69th Street in Sioux Falls. We want to thanks all those who have supported the Trail Ridge Golf Tournament over the past five years and look forward to this year’s even bigger and better edition.

You are invited to participate in this event, either as an individual or with a team of golfing friends. Registration-wise, we are off to a good start, but there is still room for many more participants. Food, beverages and prizes will all be part of the festivities. By golfing in this tournament you will be helping raise funds that support the seniors at Trail Ridge.  All proceeds go back to campus improvement projects.

We have a great day planned and want you to be a part of the event! To sign up or sponsor a hole call Jason Honey at Trail Ridge (605) 339-4847 or email


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In 1948 two young girls, one from Sioux Falls and one from Salem, SD entered Augustana College. They and two other girls moved into a one bedroom basement apartment on the corner of 33rd & Summit. 72 years later they would once again find themselves together at Trail Ridge!

Edna Otten moved in to Trail Ridge and has been in precautionary quarantine for the past two weeks. Her picture was in the Trailblazer and Ramona Buchholz saw it. She remembered that she once knew a girl named Edna and that her boyfriend’s last name was Otten. She wrote Enda a note, left it at her door and within the hour Edna called her. They discovered that they had been roommates for a year in that small basement apartment with the heater in the middle!

Edna and Ramona as children, had gone to the same Lutheran church in rural Montrose and when the time came to find a place to live in Sioux Falls connections through family brought them together.

The women remember cooking and studying in the evenings and would occasionally go to a movie. Edna was busy with her new boyfriend, Orval, who she later married and her job working as a lawyer’s secretary. Ramona went home on weekends to help on the farm. She had no brothers and was her father’s helper in the field and with the animals.

The two women only lived together for one year and went their separate ways after that. Ramona became a teacher in Avon, SD where she met a very nice farmer named Nate! The two married and lived for a while in Mitchell but came to Sioux Falls in the 50’s where Ramona continued to teach. Edna and Orval married and she worked as a secretary for many years and also worked at Sioux Falls Book and Stationary.

Edna and Ramona look forward to when they can actually meet each other in person again. Ramona said she just wants to be able to give her a big hug!


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On Thursday July 25thTrail Ridge will once again host its annual benefit golf tournament at Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls, SD.  This year will be the 5thannual tournament and has been renamed and branded cleverly as: “Swing Fore Seniors”.

Jason Honey, Marketing Director at Trail Ridge, said of the 1 day event: “It’s really an awesome day filled with golf, fellowship, and meeting new people. Every year we try to make it a little bigger and a little more fun”.  The tournament is a 4 man best ball scramble format that kicks off with a shot gun start promptly at 12pm.  Lunch and Dinner are included with your entry fee as well as a swag pack stuffed with golf related items.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a variety of prize packages.

Trail Ridge is very thankful for all the businesses that have supported us over the years and again this year in 2019.  There is still time to either support our cause or sign up a team of golfers. You can contact Jason Honey at Trail Ridge by calling: 605-231-8111 or visit the dedicated website  for more information.

All proceeds raised go directly back to benefit the residents of Trail Ridge through campus beautification project which have included things like:  water features, gardens, and benches.  In 2019 funds raised will benefit future walking paths.

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Jason Honey, Marketing Director at Trail Ridge, recently appeared on the Keloland Living TV program with host Brittany Kaye. While on the show, Jason discussed lifestyle at Trail Ridge as well as the 2019 Trail Ridge Golf Tournament.  The pair also touched on plans for the walking path at Trail Ridge and how to support that project. To view the full video, click here.


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