Jason was born, raised and currently lives in Madison, SD. He is the eldest son of James and Joyce Bjorklund, also of Madison. His parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year. His brother Joshua, also of Madison, has been married to his wife (Niesha Zilgitt, of Wentworth) for 7 years. They have two sons, Brayden and Braxton.
Jason is in the sixth of seven generations of Bjorklunds to call Lake County home. His Great-Great-Great Grandfather Peter Bjorklund was an original pioneer of the Orland Township. Jason's father still owns farmland in Orland Township.
Jason has had a wide range of experience in his short lifetime. His first taste of work was at the age of six, driving a John Deere MT tractor, while his grandpa and father baled and stacked hay. He went on to start his first business, "Jason's Lawn Mowing Service", at 15. Jason has worked full-time since then. He has worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant, a farm hand, a grain elevator worker, a welder, a spray painter, a cable and telephone installer, patrolman, a soldier and a truck driver.
Jason has a combined 57 credit hours from the Community College of the Air Force and the University of SD in the fields of Criminal Justice and Psychology. He continually does self-study. His scholarly interests include American History, Business Management, Economics and the Bible.
He is also a decent mechanic. As a high school senior, he was a state finalist in the annual Ford Troubleshooting Contest. He and his father hold the distinction of being the first father and son to compete and place in the event. (The contest was hosted by Chrysler when his father competed in the early 70's.)
Jason loves "old metal". (antique cars, trucks and tractors) He is quite proud of a wide-front M Farmall that he restored for his father in 1995. (Since it still gets used on the farm, it is about ready for another restoration.) He enjoys showing it in the annual tractor parade during the Prairie Village Jamboree.
Jason is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted for Active Duty in 1995 as a Law Enforcement Security Policeman. Because of his responsibility, knowledge and leadership skills, Bjorklund advanced quickly. He is one of the few first-term Senior Airmen to hold the position of Law Enforcement Shift Sergeant, a nearly unheard of accomplishment in the Air Force. As a Shift Sergent he supervised a swing or night shift of 12 cops, at times, even commanding some who outranked him. He was also an Entry Team Point Man, Diversionary Squad Leader and Sniper Spotter on an Anti-terrorism/SWAT team called the Emergency Services Team. He was honored with an assignment to a Sniper School. (Unfortunately, funding for his trip fell through when the federal government shut-down in 1996 because of a balanced budget dispute.) In his spare time, he set-up explosive and drug problems for Police K-9 teams. As a certified decoy, he also assisted the K-9 teams in attack and patrol training. Jason primarily served his time in the military at Kunsan AB in South Korea, Laughlin AFB in Texas, and Prince Sultan AB in Saudi Arabia. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserves in 2003.
Jason started driving truck for Midwest Coast Transport, out of Sioux Falls, in 2001. He never could have imagined the challenges he would face and the adventures he would lead. One of his first loads was a FEMA load to haul emergency supplies to New York immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was also less than a 1/4 mile away from the capture of the "D.C. Snipers", in the early morning hours, in a Maryland rest area. In fact, the pristine, white-sand, Panama City, FL beaches that the tarballs washed-up at, was a favorite relaxation spot of his. He truly feels that America is his backyard. He still looks forward to the adventure each bend in the road brings.
In 2005, Jason undertook a new challenge. He built Dark Horse Express, an ambitious, independent trucking company. He owned three semis, and currently has two. Because of a lack of freight during the recession, Jason was forced to suspend operations in 2008. Because his house and personal vehicles were paid off, he was narrowly able to avoid bankruptcy. The shuttering of his company spurred a deep interest in politics. He believes government legislation, regulation, taxation and loose monetary policy caused the recession.
In 2009 he founded, and currently leads the Madison 9.12 Project. The group is united by 9 principles and 12 values. (The group's principles and values are covered under the "Madison 9.12 Project" tab.) The group meets monthly to discuss history, current events, charity, volunteering and possible solutions to the situations our nation faces. Jason believes that the only way to get our country back to a sustainable path is to learn our history and embrace the principles and values that made us great.
Jason currently drives semi over-the-road for Schak Trucking out of Tyler, MN. He primarily hauls Schwan's Foods, suppling their depots throughout the country.
Paid for by Bjorklund for SD House District #8.
Copyright 2010 Bjorklund for SD House District #8
All rights reserved.