Inductee Dana Dykhouse spoke at Morning Fill Up speaker series


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2011 Inductee Dana Dykhouse

Dana Dykhouse, 2011 Inductee, spoke to an audience of nearly 100 on the morning of March 30 at The Garage in Rapid City as part of the downtown co-working space’s Morning Fill Up speaker series.

Dana, the First PREMIER Bank CEO, discussed philanthropy and economic development in South Dakota. After the Morning Fill Up, presented by the Numad Group, he joined SDPB’s Steve Zwemke for more discussion on In The Moment. Listen to the interview here.

Read more about 2011 Inductee Dana Dykhouse’s legacy of achievements on our website here.

RC Businessman Chuck Lien, 93, Passes Away

We are saddened to share that Charles ‘Chuck’ Lien, 1998 Inductee, passed away this weekend at the age of 93. He was deeply committed to his community and family and will be greatly missed. We are honored to include Chuck as one of our Champions for Excellence in South Dakota and we are positive his legacy of achievements will live on for many generations to come. We will be celebrating his life this week along with many.


Local businessman Chuck Lien died Saturday, April 7, 2018, at age 93.

As Pete Lien and Sons, Inc. celebrates its 75th anniversary, sole-surviving founder and Chairman of the Board, Chuck Lien, worked six days a week until his final days at age 93 as the longest-serving employee with 75 years.

Born of humble beginnings on a farm in Waubay, SD on a cold February day in 1925 to mother LaRece Lien-Haugan and father Peter Calmer Lien, Charles Holm Lien grew up as a hard-working farm boy destined for greatness. At an early age, Chuck ventured into the mining business with his father and brother in Rapid City.

With a promise made to his father back in the 1940’s, Chuck spent a lifetime nurturing the business known as Pete Lien and Sons to pass on to the third generation, his nine children raised by him and his wife of nearly 65 years, Barbara J. Vidal Lien.

Chuck and Barbara Lien

At 18, Chuck enlisted in the US Army, serving in the Philippines during World War II with honorable discharge as lieutenant three years later in 1946.

Assisting his father with the fledgling business and finishing his college education from 1946 to 1950 with a General Engineering degree emphasis in Business and Business Law from the University of Wyoming,

Chuck was called back to active duty from 1950 to 1952 initially as a 1st Lieutenant with the SD National Guard during the Korean War and led Company A of the 109th Engineers Combat Battalion as Captain.

Upon his return from the Korean War, Chuck worked to build Pete Lien and Sons. As challenging as the past several decades had been for Chuck to build Pete Lien and Sons to one of the largest and most successful family-owned businesses in South Dakota and in the mining industry nationwide, he always found time to help others along the way. Lending a hand whenever he could through his wealth of experience and success, with his creative thinking, and in his motivational encouragement, Chuck provided guidance and direction to anyone in their journey to success.

Chuck is well known for his contributions for the betterment of Rapid City and as a champion of South Dakota.

He served as President or Chairman of United Fund, the Rapid City Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the national Crushed Stone Association, on the Defense Orientation Conference Association, and several other non-profit organizations. His organizational abilities led to the creation of the Rapid City Safety Council and the Western South Dakota Development Company, earned him the George Award from the Chamber, Sertoma’s International Service to Mankind Award, the Family Business Didier Award in 2007, an induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Leadville CO Pit & Quarry Mining Hall of Fame in 2014, and afforded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Chuck’s interest in the youth as a leader in several organizations, such as serving on the Board of Directors for St. John’s Hospital, on the Board of Directors of Black Hills Sports, and as a leader on the Black Hills Council for Boy Scouts, has led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in donation to various youth activities, most notably the donation of Pete Lien Memorial field for Post 320 baseball and the Chuck Lien Family Park on M Hill.

His deep love for his country and community, for South Dakota, and for Rapid City, was profound and heartfelt. He appreciated that freedom is not free and supported every effort of our armed forces as a proud and humble veteran.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bruce H. Lien, and three grandsons. Chuck leaves behind a request to “Celebrate Life”.

Those celebrating his life include his bride of nearly 65 years, Barbara J. Vidal Lien, his children Julie A Lien, LaRece and Andi Shattuck, Melanie and Thom Palm, Pete and Nancy Lien, Lisa and Bert Jocks, Suzy and Rich Gabrielson, Sam and Joel Brannan, Chris and Julie Lien, and Stephanie and Michael D’Urso, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and the many friends who Chuck knew and loved.

Chuck asked that those who want to give a memorial to please make out a check to your favorite charity and give in the name of “The Chuck Lien Family”, ending his life how he lived it…very humbly.

Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday, April 12th at 10:00 am.

Chuck was also an owner of KNBN.

Read more of Chuck Lien’s story on our website here.

Inductee Alton ‘Al’ Cornella Born in April

Wishing Al a Very Happy Birthday!

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2005 Inductee Al Cornella

Alton “Al” Cornella was born April 2, 1947. His grandparents homesteaded in Perkins County. His family moved to Hettinger, ND in the early 1950’s. He graduated from Hettinger High School in 1965 and joined the U. S. Navy shortly after graduation. In 1969, he moved to Rapid City, SD. After working in the commercial refrigeration business, he founded his own firm, Alton Cornella Refrigeration Service Inc, in 1975.

Al has been active in numerous organizations involving business, community service, and government. He has also served on various local, state and federal boards and commissions dealing with military issues, environmental regulation, and economic development.

Inductee Frank Farrar was born in April

Wishing Frank a Very Happy Birthday!

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2006 Inductee Frank L. Farrar

Frank L. Farrar was born in Britton, South Dakota on April 2, 1929, to Virgil W. and Venetia T. Farrar. He is the youngest of their five children.

Frank graduated from Britton High School then went on to further his education at the University of South Dakota where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business and a LLB degree at the School of Law. While attending the University of South Dakota, he served as president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and interfraternity council, and was the student body president as well. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

After graduating from the University of South Dakota in 1953, Frank served two years in the Korean Conflict and was discharged as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve until discharged as a Captain. He then performed as an Internal Revenue Agent, a judge, States Attorney for Marshall County, Attorney General for three terms, and served one term as Governor for the State of South Dakota.

After his public career, Frank entered into various business opportunities to include real estate, insurance, farming, banking, and investments. To assist in bettering the lives of others, he supports charitable programs that emphasize poverty, poor health, and job opportunities.

Driven by a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Frank participated in the Senior Olympics as well as the Ironman competition throughout the United States and the World. He has completed 24 Ironman competitions since turning 65 years of age. Through exercise, good nutrition, help from above, and the love and care from his wonderful wife, Frank’s cancer has gone into remission.

Everything Frank Farrar has done, large or small, was accomplished through hard work and determination. He gives credit for the successes in his life to the support, encouragement and sacrifice of his wife, Patricia, who has done so much for the family. Frank and Patricia Farrar celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in 2006.

Read more of Frank’s Legacy of Achievement here.

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

Read more about 1996 Inductee Glenn Jorgenson’s story here.


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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

Read more about 2009 Inductee Carol Regier’s Story of Excellence here.


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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.”