Walkabout Mother Bin owner, Dave Hedt, is highlighted in this month’s South Dakota Magazine (May/June 2020) magazine. If you haven’t received a copy, below is the text as it appears in South Dakota Magazine. We invite you to learn a little more about the owner of Walkabout Mother Bin and South Dakotans.
OPEN HEARTS, OPEN HOMES
“More than anyplace else in the world, South Dakotans will open their homes, their hearts and even their resources to you. They’ll trust you until you do something wrong by them, and if you do the right thing they will bend over backwards and give you the shirt off their back. I felt at home when I first came to South Dakota in 2003 to work on the grain harvest with a man I met in pub in Australia in 1999. I find that good people are good people everywhere you go, but South Dakota just has more than their fair share. South Dakotans will also welcome new ideas. When I went to the arts council and suggested a 110-foot mural on a grain elevator, not one person said it was a dumb idea. A lot of people in other places might question why I would invest in a strip mall in a town of 700, but small towns need services too. I would do it in 10 more South Dakota towns if I could get financing.”
Hedt, a native of Australia, has traveled to 20 countries but settled permanently in South Dakota in 2013. His Faulkton strip mall now includes a bar, gift shop, hair salon, hardware store, insurance agent and offices for his own businesses: Walkabout Mother Bins, a portable grain storage system, and Outback Wrap, his “born of frustration” invention that organizes hydraulic hoses on heavy equipment.
Headquartered in Faulkton, South Dakota, Walkabout Mother Bins focuses on quality constructed bins; providing an efficient, easy, and affordable harvest system that limits overhead and downtime for farmers. Walkabout Mother Bins is uniquely positioned to be the springboard that will usher in a new era of harvest efficiency in the North American grain belt.