Reed Engle is shown at the post office in Wessington Springs. After 20 years serving as a United States Postal Service clerk, Engle has recently stepped in to role of postmaster.

Reed Engle Begins as WS Postmaster

After 20 years working as a United States Postal Service (USPS) clerk in Wessington Springs, an opportunity arose for Reed Engle that was two decades in the making. 

When longtime Wessington Springs postmaster Sherri Redmann retired last year, Lynette Jungemann of Wolsey was hired for the job. Soon after she began in Wessington Springs, the postmaster position in Huron became available. Once she accepted the Huron job, the Wessington Springs postmaster again opened and Engle was well-prepared for the new role. 

“I knew my job and was an instructor for new employees at being window clerk,” Engle said. “I wanted and was ready for a new challenge.”

On March 16, 2019, Engle officially began as postmaster in Wessington Springs which also oversees the Woonsocket, Gann Valley and Alpena post offices.

“It’s a lot more responsibility including being in charge of managing people,” Engle explained. “I knew the postmaster had to do a lot and four months in, I know I have more to learn — and at the post office there is always more to do.” 

Engle said that although the daily task of sorting flats and letters may lend to the perception that each day is the same at the post office, that notion couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

“From ever-changing weather, to the volume of mail, to who is working where, conditions are constantly changing. Every day is very different,” Engle said. 

Originally from Lemmon, SD, before beginning at the post office Engle cut meat professionally, starting his post-secondary career at the Pipestone Minnesota campus of Southwest Technical College studying  meat cutting and sausage making. It was there that he met his wife Brenda. A job cutting meat at the grocery store in Woonsocket brought him to the Wessington Springs area and when a position opened up at the post office, he began as a clerk in August 1998 and never looked back.

A Sergeant First Class in the South Dakota National Guard 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade out of Sioux Falls for 13 years, Engle holds another position locally that brings its own set of rewards and challenges, commander of the American Legion Willman-Fee Post 14.

As postmaster, Engle said he looks forward to serving area residents within the community that, right from the start, welcomed him with open arms.  

“As soon as we moved to Wessington Springs neighbors introduced themselves. Kim Schultz drove up to the house and asked, ‘where do you want the propane tank’ even before we called to get it set up,” Engle fondly remembers.  “We felt immediately welcomed. My goal is that our postal customers feel that same level of hospitality.”