It was a year ago that Blunt resident Sara Van Asperen saw posted a help wanted sign. “The Blunt Post Office needed help in the morning when my business was slow, so I took the job, and it progressed into working in the Onida Post Office,” said Van Asperen. “It keeps me on my toes.”
The Wessington Springs native joined the Huron unit of the Army National Guard right out of high school. “My contract was for eight years, and I served six active duty and two in the reserve.”
Van Asperen also attended college at Dakota State University for a couple of years. “I was married and moved to Huron, and then moved to Pierre for his job with the railroad.”
Now divorced, Van Asperen has two daughters, and makes her home in Blunt with John Sterling and his two daughters. The four girls range in age from seven to sixteen years and attend school in Pierre.
After a half dozen years with Verizon, Van Asperen started her own cell phone repair business, Cell Savers, but saw an opportunity to lend a hand at the post office in Blunt. “When you are in a career a lot of years and shake that up – this is completely something different. Phones is what I knew, now I learn something new every single day I’m in here. I work with very knowledgeable people.” Van Asperen says the change has been good and that she enjoys working at the post office.
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