Stensland triple-scooping ice cream efforts in Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Over the next month, Stensland Family Farms will be triple-scooping its efforts in Sioux Falls. 

On top of its ice cream shop and country store on West 41st Street, the family-owned company will be opening up locations at Falls Overlook Cafe and on the east side of town. 

Stensland is hoping everyone will be screaming for its ice cream this summer, and dairy products, because they’re putting in a lot of work to make their sweet treats easy to find in Sioux Falls. 

This is a sneak peek inside the new E. 41st and Sycamore location that will open in Mid-May. 

“I’ve got it it in my mind it’s going to be about 14 weeks of nonstop working but it’s going to be exciting. I think these two new locations are going to probably catapult us into a whole different level. There’s a lot of people that know who we are but there’s more people that don’t,” Stensland said. 

General Manager Mark Stensland says expanding to the east side and to Falls Park is a big task. His goal is to make sure there’s no drop off in the quality customers have come to expect from the west side store. 

“The community has such high expectations. We’ve kind of done this to ourselves. They love our product. They love our customer service. They love our clean store. We want to take that to other locations,” Stensland said. 

The demand for their product seems to be there. We caught up with Julie Nielsen and her family as they were walking their cat at the falls. 

“Just going for a walk. Taking the cat out and about to just get some fresh air,” Nielsen said.

She thinks having Stensland in the cafe at Falls Park is a great idea. This location will open in a few weeks.

“Yes I do because it will be good, especially in the summer time. A lot of people like ice cream, especially when it gets hot and humid. The falls are always busy,” Nielsen said. 

Nielsen also lives in southeast Sioux Falls and says she’ll be a regular customer at what will be a neighborhood Stensland ice cream shop at E. 41st and Sycamore. 

“That’s cool. I’ll probably go there a couple times, or maybe more. We’ll see,” Nielsen said. 

If you’re not at one of Stensland’s Sioux Falls locations, you can find its products in 50 retailers and 30 restaurants in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. About 75-percent of the Stensland creamery’s operations in Larchwood are now dedicated to these efforts.   

“We milk 170 cows, the robots do. We have tours. They started back up on April 15. We’ve already scheduled over 3,000 people,” Stensland said. 

Stensland Enterprises President Leah Moller says new partnerships are always popping up. 

“The creamery end, been partnering with Lewis here in town, sort of doing exclusivity with dairy products. All local, farm fresh,” Moller said. 

It takes a lot of manpower to make it all happen. One of the biggest struggles is finding workers for the new locations.

“15-18 down at the farm and we’re, of course, hiring right now still for the season. We probably have about 30 between all the locations,” Moller said. 

Several of those employees are members of the Stensland family. Mark says guests love knowing who they’re doing business with and word continues to spread about the Stensland story. 

“You know there’s nine Stenslands that work in the business, people love that. There’s a customer that said the other day, you guys are a destination place,” Stensland said.

Stensland is hiring right now for all shifts. If you’d like to apply, you can visit the Stensland store on west 41st St. in Sioux Falls. 

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