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Cardboard Confessionals Student Project Becomes Popular Book

A school sociology project began when Mitch Reed invited his students at Waverly-South Shore to answer six basic questions about themselves and place their answers in a cardboard box. The project led to a popular first book and launched Reed’s second career as a motivational speaker.

Mitch Reed was presented with an Acts of Excellence on April 3 in Aberdeen on the Northern State University Campus.

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Collaboration Brings Art Program to Leola Students

Colorful Creations of Aberdeen and the Leola Arts Council joined forces to bring creative arts opportunities to Leola school students. Nearly 160 students from grades 3 through 12, including those from three Hutterite colonies, are participating.

The Leola School Arts Outreach Program was presented with an Acts of Excellence on April 3 in Aberdeen on the Northern State University Campus.

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Northern State University Hosts Germans from Russia Center

The story of how Germans from Russia settled in South Dakota and influenced the history of the state is told in a new feature at the Beulah Williams Library on the campus of Northern State University. After years of effort, the permanent exhibit opened in October 2018.

The Germans from Russia Cultural Center was presented with an Acts of Excellence on April 3 in Aberdeen on the Northern State University Campus.

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Watch Faulkton Mural receive an Act of Excellence

Turning a Grain Elevator into Artwork

The community of Faulkton invited an Australian artist, Guido van Helten, to use a local grain elevator as a giant canvas to showcase artwork that will be visible for miles around. One town official says “the sky is the limit for the tourism boost” the massive mural could provide.

The Faulkton Mural was presented with an Acts of Excellence on April 3 in Aberdeen on the Northern State University Campus.

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Building Forever Families – Adoption & Family Services offers personalized adoptions

Barb Pearson-Cramer, a child of adoption herself, started a business with her husband to provide personalized adoption services to other families seeking children. The Faulkton-based agency is licensed to handle adoptions in South Dakota and North Dakota.

They were presented with an Acts of Excellence on April 3 in Aberdeen on the Northern State University Campus.

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Granary Becomes Center for Art and Culture.

A 1928 granary built by a Groton-area farm family was restored and transformed into the centerpiece of a 2.3-acre campus for the celebration of Northern Plains art and culture in the James River Valley of rural Brown County. The center is administered by the Dacotah Prairie Museum of Aberdeen.

They were presented with an Acts of Excellence on April 3 in Aberdeen on the Northern State University Campus.

Granary Rural Cultural Center

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Aberdeen Acts of Excellence Underway!

Our Acts of Excellence Celebration in Aberdeen is underway!

Were you able to catch South Dakota Public Broadcasting In the Moment today with two of our newest Acts of Excellence recipients Building Forever Families and the Granary Rural Cultural Center?

If you missed it live or want to listen again, you can find it archived tomorrow on SDPB’s website here.

There is still time to tune in live for our Dream Chasers panel presentation though!

Dream Chasers – The Aberdeen Region Way: Resilience & Prosperity

Watch SD.net for the live broadcast of the Aberdeen Acts of Excellence panel discussion today from 2:00 – 3:00 CT.

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Tolstoy Wind Chiller 5K Celebrated for Excellent Acts

Celebrating Acts of Excellence, One Act at a Time

The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Isaac Lincoln Gallery on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. See all of the event details here.

Wind Chiller 5K Raises Funds for Labs For Liberty

Wind_ch1Two friends who idly wondered five years ago if they could organize a 5K run/walk in north-central South Dakota created a unique fund-raising event to aid Labs For Liberty, an organization that provides dogs service dogs for military veterans. Katie Nold says she and Joann Rader had competed in run/walks in other communities and started talking about organizing their own in the Tolstoy area of northern Potter County. As Nold puts it, “One thing led to another, and the idea for the Tolstoy Wind Chiller was born.’’ The organizers decided to have their competition in January because 1) it wouldn’t conflict with other 5Ks, and 2) “because we are slightly crazy.’’ They added Rader’s daughter, Jenn McCloud to the team for her graphics ability. The cause, or the organization to receive any donations, “was the easiest decision,’’ Nold said. “The three of us have strong love for country and close military ties. Additionally, our family had also begun working with/fostering service dogs for Labs For Liberty.’’

Fast forward to January of 2019 and the fifth annual Wind Chiller is in the books. The event raised $5,600 in 2019. Nold said the three organization may have started the event, “But it is our fellow (citizens) at the starting line; the sponsors who start calling in November, wanting to help support the cause; our family and friends who bemusedly help us; the local café that opens its doors to us annually, and so many others who believe that the world is made a little better by teaming a dog up with an event that make this event successful.’’ The Labs for Liberty website says the organization has a two-fold purpose. First, it raises and trains Labradors to be given as service dogs to wounded warriors and second, it helps those veterans heal by providing a place for retreats. The Wind Chiller 5K has a Facebook page.

More information on Labs for Liberty may be found at www.labsforliberty.org


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Aberdeen Purina Elevator’s Christmas Tree Celebrated for Excellent Act

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The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Isaac Lincoln Gallery on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. See all of the event details here.

Purina Mill Tree Honors Company Founder, Friend

PurinaTree1Because their friend Steve Geidt was hospitalized and unable to enjoy the Christmas lights of Aberdeen in 2017, his friends and colleagues decided to place a lighted tree where he could see it from his hospital room window. From steel pipe, plastic conduit and strings of lights, they fashioned a tree atop the Purina Mills elevator, which was framed in the window of the room where Geidt fought a long battle with cancer. The elevator was operated by Livestock Specialists, Inc. the company Geidt started decades earlier. He started selling Purina feeds in Groton and eventually started Livestock Specialists. According to a story in the Aberdeen American News, two mill employees installed the 14-foot tree to make sure their friend could enjoy holiday lights even as he lay in a hospital room.

“We wanted to get it done as soon as we possibly could,’’ the American News article quotes Tim Cavalier, retail manager at Livestock Specialists, as saying. “He was very involved in his community. By doing this, we were showing him we’re still giving back to our community.’’ A tree stood atop the elevator for many years, but it had to be removed when old equipment was replaced. The plan was to replace the tree, but that didn’t happen until Geidt’s hospitalization. He died the following September, but the lighted tree is a tradition that Purina intends to continue in coming years.

(The accompanying photograph shows strands of lights forming the tree on top of the Purina Mills elevator. Aberdeen American News photo by John Davis.)


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Leola K-12 Arts Outreach Program Celebrated for Excellent Acts

Celebrating Acts of Excellence, One Act at a Time

The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Isaac Lincoln Gallery on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. See all of the event details here.

Collaboration Brings Art Program to Leola Students

1LeolaAn Aberdeen business and a Leola civic group joined together to bring creative arts opportunities to Leola school students. Colorful Creations of Aberdeen created an arts outreach program that Leola ArtC Council sponsored to provide creative opportunities to the students whose school does have an arts program of its own. Nearly 160 students from grades three through 12, including those from three Hutterite colonies, are participating. Superintendent Bev Smith told the Aberdeen American News the school learned of the outreach program only after the budget had been approved, so the ArtC Council agreed to sponsor two sessions.

Gayle Siebel of the ArtC Council said the group considered the outreach a natural fit for the Leola school students. “We’re hoping to maybe continue to develop and expand the art education and theater, as well as music and cultural activities at the school,’’ Siebel told the newspaper. Carly Pochop of Colorful Creations said she thought the program at Leola went well and it was nice to see the students express their creative freedom. She said her business has also had outreach programs in Bowdle and Florence.


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