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Stockmen's Selling After 52 Years



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Going to the same building to do the same job every day for nearly 52 years might get old for some people.  However, the owner of Stockmen's Livestock Market in Yankton has been doing just that, and says he's loved every minute of it.

"It has been a wonderful journey," said Gail Sohler.

Gail says he wouldn't change much about the past five decades.

"I've loved every minute of every day of coming to work for going on 52 years," said Gail.

He started working at Stockmen's Livestock Market at the age of 23. Now the owner at 75, he's decided to call it quits, and is selling.

"I didn't make the decision, my wife did. And that's the truth," said Gail.

With the last sale in less than a week, Gail is reflecting on the past 52 years, while looking towards the future.

"It's time for me to move on and somebody young to come in here that's got a lot of youth and energy to give good service. It's time for me to leave," said Gail.

The only major concern Gail has about a new owner coming in is that this prime piece of realestate located right along a main road, will become something other than a livestock market.

"It would be a shame not to see it continue on in this trade area to keep competition for the producer," said Gail.

Until the owner comes in, the fate of the current employees remains unknown.

"I will encourage the new owners to at least give them a look," said Gail.

No matter what the future holds, Gail says it has been a good run.

"I love every day of getting up and looking forward to coming to my stockyards, and being here," said Gail.

He says he's looking forward to spending his new found freetime with his wife, who has been by his side all these years.

The last official sale will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
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