Once they got married, they had plans to settle down somewhere big. Yet, when they started thinking about where they want to raise their future family, they kept coming back to the idea of a rural area. Brandon took a job in Marshall and when the dental practice in Madison went up for sale, they decided to make the move back to Madison and take over the business. Moving back home, Brandon says, is one of the best decisions they have ever made.
Brandon and his wife, Courtney, have lived in Madison for 15 years now and are raising three children—Charlie, JT, and Kate—all teenagers attending school at Lac qui Parle Valley. Brandon has been running the Madison Dental Clinic since he moved back. He is happy to be working in the small-town healthcare system, noting how unique it is compared to urban areas. Everywhere he goes in town, he is likely to run into patients, because of that, he noted that there is a “social contract in a small town that is unwritten but everybody knows what it says—we all need to give each other our best.”
Brandon and his family are also sure to support the community outside of work, as well. From serving on a variety of boards to eating and shopping local, the Ulstads do all they can to help the community prosper, while enjoying time together as a family. They often like to explore Lac qui Parle State Park, attend and participate in productions at the Prairie Art Center, and golf nine holes at the Madison Country Club. It didn’t take long after Brandon moved back to the area to soon realized that the things he once overlooked growing up, are actually some of the many reasons he appreciates rural living.
“I knew without question that there was no place that I’d rather watch my kids grow up and that there’s no other place that I want to keep my roots planted. I feel like this second time home, I’m appreciating all that Madison has to offer and we are enjoying living in the good old days while we’re living them.”