Loving this little Five Island Life.

Meet the Team

Kelly Bay

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Writer / Sales & owner of Five Island Spa Co.

Brook Hayenga

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Photographer / Design, owner of Donyelle Brook Photography & Marketing Director of Lakeside Senior Care.

Katy Thomsen

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Marketing / Content Creator, owner of KT Consulting & Business Manager of Five Island Spa Co.

About Us

Brook, Katy, and I first came together during a planning meeting for Fun on the Five, our local lake festival.


We sat around the table that night, looking at the lake and talking about what we wanted to see not only for the first annual festival but also for the future of our community.


Two major themes came out of the conversations that day, the first was the love we all felt for Emmetsburg.


The second was that something big was missing.

Whether we were transplants to Emmetsburg or replants, whether we considered ourselves locals or imports, we were all missing a widespread sense of community. 


This ultimately became the goal of Five Island Life, a place to bring together Emmetsburg's amazing people, places, businesses and events- both online and in person.

And we are having So. Much. Fun. doing it.

Thanks for visiting, we love this little Five Island Life and we know that you will too.

Love, Kelly, Brook and Katy

Kelly Bay: Writing and Sales

Business owner {hello, Five Island Spa Co!} Mama. Writer. Dreamer. Most likely to drink two IPA's and make you look at pictures of her dogs.

Brook Hayenga: Photography and Tech

Marketing director {Lakeside Senior Care. All about the love.} Missionary {Project 1968}. Mama. Onion addict. Daydreamer. Former diesal mechanic. Most likely to find beauty in the most unassuming spaces.

Katy Thomsen: Content Creation and Marketing


Business Trainer {KT Consulting. Boom.} Mama. List lover. Question master. Doer. Most likely to organize your desk when you're not looking. 

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