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Jim Holland

Dee Holmberg was no stranger to putting in the necessary effort to get the job done. Her work ethic showed in the manner she operated Dee’s Market for several years.

“I work, but she worked hard,” said Vi Stoltz, a close friend.

Holmberg sold German foods, sausage, bratwurst, farm-fresh eggs and other produce and specialty foods from her well-known van at local festivals and at her popular shop.

But now Dee’s Market at 3445 Sturgis Road has closed. Holmberg, 78, died early Tuesday morning after a short illness.

Stoltz said Holmberg came through heart surgery about a month ago, but she suffered an incapacitating stroke several days later. Last week, she was moved to hospice care.

Stoltz and her husband ran the store during Holmberg’s illness but with Dee’s move to hospice, a family member decided to sell the remaining stock and close the store.

“She was a good friend through the years. She would do anything for anybody,” Stoltz said.

Stoltz said the business is for sale. Potential buyers should call her at 605-390-6938.

“If anyone wants to reopen the store, I can hook you up with everybody,” she said.

There is enough room to add a small coffee shop or café to go with the specialty foods market at the Sturgis Road location, she said.

“It could be a going little business,” Stoltz said.

Compact Camper Rental

Jonathan Murphree is combining his hobby of woodworking with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in entrepreneurship from Black Hills State University to start a camper rental business — Teardrop For Rent.

Teardrop campers, so named for their aerodynamic shape resembling a drop of water, are the camping equivalent of a tiny home, a step up from pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground but without the towing restrictions, cost and maintenance of a large RV.

Murphree has completed one 4-foot-by-8-foot teardrop, which can be reserved for a night, week or even a month, Murphree said. A larger 6-foot-by-9-foot camper should be ready in a week or so.

“They’re kinda cute retro campers,” he said.

The smaller camper features a queen-sized bed, an air conditioning unit, a TV-DVD combo and outdoor kitchen.

The larger camper, when finished, is better towed by a pickup, he said. The smaller camper can easily be towed by a compact car.

“I’ve got a VW Beetle, and I can actually haul it with that,” he said.

Murphree, 26, is originally from Kansas City but has lived in Rapid City since age 12.

Call Teardrop For Rent at 605-593-6852, or email for more information.

Biz Bits

A groundbreaking for the new Rice Honda Suzuki dealership now on Cambell Street was Thursday at 3337 E. Mall Drive, near Cabela’s and Sickies Burgers & Brews.

Rapid City’s third UPS Store is now open at 1329 Eglin St. in the Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center. The other Rapid City locations are at 3213 W. Main St. and 1430 Haines Ave., Suite 108.

The owners of Puff Paradise, home of Smiley’s Pizza Puffs, had considered shutting down at the Rushmore Mall, but instead they’ve decided to stay open with a revamped menu that started Friday, according to a Facebook post.

Also at the Rushmore Mall, The Sandwich Shop has completed its move from the downtown Creamery Mall. It reopened on Friday near the At Home store.

The Colonial Motel at the corner of Lacrosse Street and East North Street has been leveled to prepare for construction of a Maverik convenience store. I’ve received no word from the folks at Maverik on when the new store might be open.

Contact Jim Holland at 605-394-8429 or at

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