Avera to Build $8 Million Addiction Care Center in Sioux Falls

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1996 Inductee Glenn Jorgenson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A huge issue throughout South Dakota are people struggling with drug or alcohol addictions.

It’s an important anniversary for Glenn Jorgenson, an Avera Advisory Board Member. He can say he’s been sober for 48 years. For him, there is no better day for Avera to announce the construction of its new addiction rehab center.

“Hopefully it can help in making things happen and this is a big development for South Dakota,” said Jorgenson.

Back when he was fighting addiction, he says there weren’t many places like this.

The treatment center is going up at the new Avera Health Campus in southern Sioux Falls at the intersection of 69th Street and Louise Avenue.

It’s an $8 million, two-building facility. There will be 32 rooms. Most people will stay there for about a month. Avera hopes having the location near its other new medical facilities will help.

“Sixty to eighty percent of people that have an addiction also have a behavioral health illness, such as depression or anxiety. Since we are so strong in behavioral health care, when we combine that with addiction recovery, I think our patients will have a much higher success rate,” said Dr. Matthew Stanley, an Avera Health Psychiatrist.

The addiction care center is designed to feel comfortable like a home. Trees will surround the center for privacy. There will be an outdoor courtyard and walking trail.

However, an important piece of recovery takes place after patients leave the facility. The first year of sobriety is usually the hardest, but most crucial. To help with this difficult time, Avera staff will stay in touch with people for at least 12 months.

“We feel that families and individuals in our area whose lives are torn apart deserve no less,” said Tom Otten, Assistant Vice President, behavioral health.

Construction is planned to begin this summer. Avera hopes to open the facility around the middle of next year.

Death by alcohol withdrawal is preventable, experts say

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2009 Inductee, Carol Reginer

Alcohol withdrawal doesn’t have to be a killer.

Treating symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can prevent the biggest risks to the patient, said Carol Regier, CEO of Keystone Treatment Center in Canton.

Keystone uses physicians and nurses to treat patients at its detox facility. They check vital signs and then monitor patients closely, checking on them every hour at a minimum, Regier said.

“We look at withdrawal as a very serious condition,” Regier said.

Alcohol presents a very real threat to chronic users and occasional binge drinkers. There are about 88,000 alcohol-related deaths in the United States each year, making alcohol the third-leading cause of preventable deaths.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal depend on the patient. Sometimes withdrawal symptoms are limited to feelings of anxiety, nausea and disorientation.

It is not commonly identified as a cause of death, often because there isn’t enough information, said Dr. Kenneth Snell, coroner for Minnehaha County.

“Alcohol withdrawal is routinely not something we see on the fatal side,” Snell said.

People who go untreated can suffer seizures within a matter of hours after their last drink. About 5 percent will suffer delirium tremens after a period of 1 to 4 days, during which period the person’s life is most at risk. Delirium tremens includes seizures accompanied by confusion, disorientation or hallucination.

Between 5 and 25 percent who suffer from delirium tremens die—though death can be prevented with proper care.

The most severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be effectively treated with benzodiazepine medication, according to decades-old research.

Patients can also be treated with a lorazepam injection to calm seizures. Other withdrawal symptoms can be treated with fluids, good nutrition and Vitamin B supplements. The National Institute of Health recommends treating seizures immediately in a quiet room and providing an IV to the highest-risk patients.

Keystone’s approach to detox mirrors the federal recommendations. It’s highest-risk patients are transferred by ambulance to a general hospital.

“We have never, in 44 years, had a death from alcohol withdrawal here,” Regier said. “Because if they get really severe, we transfer them.”

First Dakota National Bank donates $500,000 to precision agriculture project

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2012 Inductee Larry Ness

First Dakota National Bank has pledged a $500,000 donation to support the construction of a precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University. The donation will help support students who are pursuing the first four-year precision agriculture degree offered by a land-grant university in the U.S.

“Today’s technology is increasing the speed of change on the farm and ranch. Producers who don’t embrace that change will get left behind. SDSU’s precision ag project will be critical to keeping our farmers and ranchers competitive. First Dakota is proud to make this investment in the future of the ag industry and our clients,” said Nate Franzen, First Dakota National Bank ag division president.

Precision agriculture integrates sophisticated technology and actionable data into management practices. As farmers and ranchers strive to efficiently feed a growing population, the demand continues to rise for agricultural technology that helps maintain environmental stewardship and allows producers to optimize inputs and improve profitability on each acre.

“Agriculture is our state’s No. 1 industry. First Dakota is heavily invested and committed to this industry. We are excited to help SDSU continue its vision to stay on the cutting edge of advancing the region’s agricultural interests,” said Larry Ness, CEO and chairman of the board of First Dakota National Bank.

SDSU’s bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture combines collaborative efforts encompassing the departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, and the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. Students are learning about cutting-edge developments at the rapidly evolving intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. The First Dakota National Bank donation will help students learn in facilities that prepare them for lifelong careers supporting economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

“SDSU is extremely grateful to First Dakota National Bank for its contribution to the precision ag project,” says Don Marshall, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “We share a vision of the value of precision technology for efficient agricultural production and its importance in educating tomorrow’s ag-related workforce.“

Titan Machinery Elects Christine Hamilton to Board

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2016 Inductee Christine Hamilton

WEST FARGO, N.D.— Titan Machinery Inc. has announced that it has elected Christine Hamilton to its board of directors. Ms. Hamilton’s term on the Titan Machinery board will begin, March 1, 2018. With the election of Hamilton, the board will now consist of 8 directors, including 6 independent directors.

“We are excited that Christine has accepted our offer to join the Board,” said David Meyer, Titan Machinery’s board chair and CEO.  “Christine has had a distinguished business career, including in the agriculture industry, and we believe that Titan Machinery and the board will benefit from her insight.”

Hamilton is the co-owner and managing partner of Christiansen Land and Cattle Ltd., a large diversified farming and ranching operation in central South Dakota, and is also the co-owner of Dakota Packing Inc., a wholesale meat distribution business. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank, Ninth District, located in Minneapolis, Minn., and as a director of SAB Biotherapeutics, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. Hamilton earned her B.A. in philosophy from Smith College and her M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.

About Titan Machinery Inc.

Titan Machinery Inc., founded in 1980 and headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota owns and operates a network of full service agricultural and construction equipment dealer locations in North America and Europe. The network consists of U.S. locations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico and European locations in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Ukraine. The Titan Machinery locations represent one or more of the CNH Industrial brands, including Case IH, New Holland Agriculture, Case Construction, New Holland Construction and CNH Industrial Capital. Additional information about Titan Machinery Inc. can be found at www.titanmachinery.com.

Daktronics founder Al Kurtenbach to present at ISA Sign Expo 2018

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1992 Inductee Al Kurtenbach

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Feb. 28, 2018 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, will join thousands of industry exhibitors and attendees at the ISA Sign Expo 2018 on March 22-24, 2018. Daktronics, celebrating 50 years in business, will exhibit and also contribute to the expo’s educational sessions.

Daktronics invites visitors to booth #3300 to hear more about its current theme, “Every Moment Matters.” In the effort to make each moment significant, the company helps sign companies become comfortable and profitable selling LED signs and digital networks. In turn, Daktronics appreciates that sign companies are central to the company’s success because of their expertise and location in the local market.

The company welcomes all attendees to come to our booth from 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday, to visit with Daktronics founder Al Kurtenbach. Al is excited to visit with attendees and share stories about Daktronics history, as well as share his ideas about how to grow a business and answer questions from attendees.

In addition to exhibiting, Daktronics experts will present exclusive, valuable ideas and information at these educational opportunities:

  • Lounge & Learn Session
    “Transforming Traditional Advertising to Digital Advertising” (March 23, 1:00-1:30)
  • ISA Sign Expo Educational Session
    “What Your Customers Expect from an LED Display Supplier” (March 23, 2:30-3:30)

Use promo code 30107 to receive your free trade show passes to the ISA Sign Expo.
ISA hosted its first tradeshow in 1947, growing to be the sign industry’s leading event. Last year, the expo opened with record-breaking attendance. Attendees will appreciate the product information and networking opportunities that stimulate success.

About Daktronics
Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, audio systems and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation with offices around the globe. Discover more at www.daktronics.com.

Inductee Tony Chytka born in February

Wishing Tony a Very Happy Birthday!

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1984 Inductee Tony Chytka

Tony Chytka combines his love for rodeo with art to create unique bronze sculptures that replicate the rodeo lifestyle.

Chytka was born on February 28, 1954, and grew up in Yankton. He spent much of his early life around the rodeo, joining the Little Britches group as a young boy. Throughout high school and college, Chytka participated in rodeos and it is that hands-on experience that gives the artist a grasp for the smallest of details.

Chytka has exhibited his work at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City and the Calgary Stampede, among others. Since 1978, Wrangler has commissioned Chytka to sculpt a figure of their champion Bullfighter of the Year and he has done similar commissions commemorating Coors’ Rodeo Clown Barrelman of the Year and figures for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Chytka was a founding member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Artists Group and his work has been displayed at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs.

Bev Morris elected to the SD Hall of Fame Board of Directors


The South Dakota Hall of Fame board chairman, Randy Houdek, announces the appointments of Marci Burdick of Rapid City, Brian Hagg of Rapid City, Bev Morris of Rapid City, and Denny Everson of Yankton, S.D. to the South Dakota Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

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Bev Morris

Bev Morris joined Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country in 2007 and serves as Director of Human Resources. As part of the senior leadership team, Ms. Morris played a key role in the company’s three acquisitions throughout 2014 and 2015. She is the lead Human Resources executive, managing compliance, benefits, employee relations, training & development, and workers’ compensation. Ms. Morris is active in the Black Hills Society for Human Resources Management, for which she has held multiple
board member positions. She holds both the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (CSP) and the Senior Professional of Human Resource Management (SPHR) certifications.

On a personal note, Ms. Morris has two grown children, Brett and his wife Faith, who live in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Amanda (Wermers) and her husband, Ben, who live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ms. Morris is involved in community and church organizations in Rapid City and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, hiking, playing the piano and reading.