Celebrating Acts of Excellence Across South Dakota

Thank you to everyone that could join us in November for our Acts of Excellence Celebrations in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Please enjoy some images below of the recent recipients that were recognized last month.

Rapid City Area Recipients

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Rapid City Area Recipients (click on each title to learn more):

  1. North Middle School: Creating An Environment of Excellence
  2. The Dahl Art Center through the Decades: Brainchild of Art Dahl
  3. Children’s Memorial Garden
  4. Museum Preserves History of Civilian Conservation Corps
  5. Rapid City Airport Roof Goes Green
  6. Boy Scout Builds Miniature Libraries
  7. From Medicine to Actor – Streeter Shining

Sioux Falls Area Recipients

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Sioux Falls Area Recipients (click on each title to learn more):

  1. 2017 Tour of Mid-West Ambassadors of Music
  2. All Saints Neighborhood Association
  3. Clair Halverson – Rocking Comfort for Neonatal Newborns
  4. Using Art to Raise Awareness of Endangered Species
  5. Harrisburg Middle School:  Solving World Problems Through Empathy
  6. Katie Donates Her “Real” Heart
  7. Stockyards Ag Experience Tells Farming’s Story
  8. Creating a Lifeline for Military Veterans


Submit your own Acts of Excellence on our website here.

Inductee Jack Rentschler was born in April

Wishing Jack a Very Happy Birthday!

Image of Inductee Jack Rentschler

1997 Inductee Jack Rentschler

In 1973, Jack Rentschler was presented with a rare opportunity. An Amoco truck stop, on the north end of Sioux Falls, along I-90 became available for lease. It was then Jack changed the course of his life. He left a comfortable, secure and promising career with Amoco Oil to purchase what became Rentchler’s Truck Plaza. At that time, the nation was engaged in a recession with no end in sight and an Arab oil embargo, which left fuel in short supply. Jack saw something there and overcame the obstacles the price of fuel placed in his way during the 21 years he operated the truck plaza before selling it in 1994.

Locally, Rentschler served on numerous boards including: Prince of Peace Health Care Center Advisory Board, Children’s Care Hospital and School Board Member, University of Sioux Falls Trustee, Northwest Bank Advisory Board Member, Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Empire Farm Show Chairman, Minnehaha County Republican Party, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce president and board member and Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority Chairman.

In serving South Dakota, Jack was a member of the SD Board of Regents, Norwest German Farmer Mutual Insurance Co., SD Hall of Fame Past president and board member, and Greater South Dakota Assoc. (SD State Chamber of Commerce) president.

Read more of Jack’s Legacy of Achievement here.