Tiny Tykes will open Battle Lake childcare center this fall

  Justin and Jamie Neppl will be the management team behind the childcare facility opening this fall in Battle Lake

Justin and Jamie Neppl will be the management team behind the childcare facility opening this fall in Battle Lake

You have to hand it to little Battle Lake. The community learned area residents were struggling to find enough child care options. So the community banded together to address the problem. You can see the results of that effort today as a new child care facility is being built close to Highway 210. Eventually, that customized building may hold more than 40 kids.

I recently visited with the team contracted to manage the center and get it up and running. Jamie and Justin Neppl own Tiny Tykes, Inc., a preschool and daycare provider in both Wahpeton and Milnor, N.D.

I asked Jamie and Justin about the differences in operating a facility in Minnesota verses North Dakota, the challenges of finding workers and introduced them to various resources in the area. In fact, Jamie said she plans to find out more once about how the area can help her when she starts running over to Battle Lake from their home in Breckenridge.

Justin will soon end his Small Business Development Center work for North Dakota and take on a new unique regional position: economic development for both counties of Richland, N.D., and Wilkin, Minn. It makes sense; working as a region shows cooperation and expands available resources.

The Neppls said they will take their time to add employees to the Battle Lake facility. Jamie said the key to success is her employees. It’s important to have the right work environment. Eventually, they hope to have around 10-12 employees.

Battle Lake and the Neppls will be a good match and we look forward to the future.

Scott Kiemle