2019 Honors Ceremony Tickets Now on Sale

Honor the Class of 2019

Join us as we honor the 2019 Class of Inductees at the South Dakota Hall of Fame’s 42nd Annual Honors Ceremony on Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14 in Chamberlain and Oacoma, SD.

This year’s representatives embody the culture of excellence in South Dakota. Inductees for the 2019 class are Reuben Bareis of Rapid City, Tony Bour of Sioux Falls, Dick Brown of Custer, John Calvin of Watertown, Helen Duhamel (1904-1991), Clyde Fredrickson of Britton, Bill Groethe of Rapid City, Tim Johnson of Sioux Falls, Lyndell Petersen of Hermosa, and James Scull of Rapid City.


TICKETS NOW ON SALE


SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

SD HALL OF FAME VISITOR & EDUCATION CENTER | CHAMBERLAIN, SD

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Welcome Reception


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

ARROWWOOD CEDAR SHORE RESORT | OACOMA, SD

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Governor’s Brunch Honoring 2019 Inductees

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Anniversary Reunion at SD Hall of Fame Visitor & Education Center

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Social Hour and Silent Auction

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Inductee Honors Banquet


TICKET PRICES

  • Friday Welcome Reception: Free
  • Saturday Governor’s Brunch: $35 Early Bird | $45 On-Site
  • Saturday Anniversary Reunion: Free
  • Saturday Honors Banquet: $75 Early Bird | $85 On-Site

Purchase by August 23 for reserved seating

SD Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Meet the ten new honorees being inducted into the SD Hall of Fame

The South Dakota Hall of Fame is celebrating its 45th year. Since 1974, over 700 South Dakotans have become members of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, which is designated as the state’s Hall of Fame. There are over 200 living inductees, with the achievements of all inductees continuing to impact our state through the mission to Champion a Culture of Excellence. The inductee accomplishments reach beyond South Dakota in representing and building the future for our great state.

The Honors Ceremony will be held in Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD on September 13 and 14, 2019, and is open to the public. Tickets will go on sale June 1 and can be purchased on the Hall of Fame’s website at sdexcellence.org or by calling 605-234-4216.  

This year’s honorees are:

Reuben Bareis

Rapid City, SD | Medical


Changing the Course for Elderly Caregiving

When Dr. Bareis relocated to Rapid City in 1957, only a single care facility for the elderly existed. Reuben is one of the original board members and helped break ground at Westhills Village Retirement Community. Six more facilities eventually followed, and Dr. Bareis served as medical director of three of them. His work continues to influence South Dakota in this critical care need. Dr. Bareis retired in 1999 after almost 50 years of practicing internal medicine and geriatrics with many accomplishments as a kind and compassionate community leader.


Tony Bour

Sioux Falls, SD | Business


South Dakota King of Cabinetry and Honoring First Responders

Over the course of his career spanning 50 years, Tony Bour has been the guiding influence behind establishing South Dakota as a national leader in the cabinet-making industry. As founder and CEO of Showplace Wood Products, Tony led the company to become the third most nationally distributed cabinet maker. Tony devotes his time to supporting South Dakota communities, and in 2016, he founded South Dakota Salutes to show appreciation for First Responders.


Dick Brown

Custer, SD | Philanthropic

Public Service Leader & Conservationist

A native of Dell Rapids and USD Political Science alumnus, Dick Brown left for Washington, D.C. in 1967 for doctoral studies and to work for U.S. Senator Karl Mundt. He then went on to lead the ten-state Missouri River Basin Commission in Omaha. In 1979, he returned to his beloved South Dakota where his impact has been felt statewide with involvement in the state legislature, charitable organizations, and outdoor recreation.


John Calvin

Watertown, SD | Business

Ambassador of South Dakota Business

John Calvin is a hard-charging, relentless business executive, philanthropist and loyal friend. A Michigan native, the ring-necked pheasant first enticed him to South Dakota in 1962. In 1987, Governor George Mickelson convinced him to move his company from Minnesota to Watertown by offering him the state’s first ‘REDI’ loan. Calvin later created J. Scott Industries and served four governors as an economic advisor, ambassador, and mentor to recruit and nurture new business.


Helen Duhamel (1904-1991)

Rapid City, SD | Business

Trailblazer for Women in Broadcasting

Few people had more impact in the 20th century on women in the South Dakota broadcasting industry than Helen Duhamel. Against daunting financial odds, gender bias, and the relatively small population, Helen blazed a trail in radio and television broadcasting and then cable transmission in the Black Hills. She was not dissuaded putting the signal on the air in the 1950s, bringing entertainment, news, and weather to the people.


Clyde Fredrickson

Britton, SD | Inventor

Homebuilding Industry Revolutionist

Clyde Fredrickson, an inventor, businessman, and community leader, is a pioneer in automation and prefabrication of construction materials. His inventions, which influenced over 80% of the truss manufacturing industry, revolutionized the home building process around the world by saving time and money for every house built with his system. Clyde’s leadership in developing infrastructure as well as the individual skills of rural residents has been critical in helping rural communities survive and thrive.


Bill Groethe

Rapid City, SD | Arts and Entertainment

Preeminent Historical Photographer

Over many decades, beginning in the 1930s, Bill photographed the construction of Mt. Rushmore, the Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk, and the last eight survivors of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. In 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps where he served in World War II as a photo reconnaissance technician. In addition to his world-renowned historical photography, Bill has operated a commercial photography and wholesale photo finishing business for over four decades since 1956.


Tim Johnson

Sioux Falls, SD | Political

36 Years Serving South Dakota Communities

Senator Tim Johnson has been a prominent elected official in South Dakota for 36 years. Before retiring in 2015, he served terms in the S.D. House of Representatives, the S.D. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. During his tenure in office, Tim made an impact in virtually every community, county and corner of the state, which will benefit South Dakotans for many years to come.


Lyndell Petersen

Hermosa, SD | Agriculture

Outspoken Agriculture Advocate

Described by Dave Bryant, former Dean of Agriculture as a “man of towering integrity”, Lyndell Petersen has championed agricultural producers over the span of almost 36 years and spoke out on their behalf in the face of bureaucratic inefficiency and government overreach. During his 18 years serving in the South Dakota Senate and six years as a commissioner for Pennington County, Peterson worked to encourage citizens to access and participate in the legislative process.


James Scull

Rapid City, SD | Business

Construction Groundbreaker and Community Builder

Coming from a family of contractors and craftsmen, Jim Scull has extensive experience in the commercial construction industry. He currently serves as the CEO of Scull Construction Service, Inc., and has been involved in multiple real estate and investment ventures during the course of his career. From an early age, Jim has dedicated his life to building stronger communities, helping to transform the lives of children and families across South Dakota through his support and volunteerism.

Donald F. Montileaux’s Lakota Creation Stories Selected for SD Summer Reading Program

2014 Inductee Donald F. Montileaux
2014 Inductee Donald F. Montileaux

The South Dakota Humanities Council has selected its first tribal author for this year’s reading program. 2014 Inductee Donald F. Montileaux’s collection of three Lakota creation stories written and voiced in both Lakota and English are being distributed to Second Graders across the state for the Summer reading book selection.

Tatanka is the first of three books in the collection, ‘Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People’. It was written by eight Lakota people in South Dakota. Donald Montileaux illustrated the children’s book, then wrote and illustrated two accompanying books ‘Tasunka’ and ‘Muskrat and Skunk’. Montileaux is the author selected for the Young Readers One Book in South Dakota.

Listen to the full South Dakota Public Broadcasting interview here.


Learn more about Donald’s Legacy of Achievement here.

Watch Cardboard Confessionals receive an Act of Excellence

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.

Image of book Cardboard Confessionals by Mitch Reed

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Championing the Culture of Excellence

You can also champion excellence in South Dakota by submitting an act by an individual or organization that is building community through everyday acts of excellence. Submissions accepted year round.

Watch Leola School Arts Outreach Program receive an Act of Excellence

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.

Learn more about Colorful Creations

Championing the Culture of Excellence

You can also champion excellence in South Dakota by submitting an act by an individual or organization that is building community through everyday acts of excellence. Submissions accepted year round.

Watch Germans from Russia Cultural Center receive an Act of Excellence

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.

Championing the Culture of Excellence

You can also champion excellence in South Dakota by submitting an act by an individual or organization that is building community through everyday acts of excellence. Submissions accepted year round.

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.

Image of Faulkton Mural Recipients

Learn more about the Faulkton Mural

Championing the Culture of Excellence

You can also champion excellence in South Dakota by submitting an act by an individual or organization that is building community through everyday acts of excellence. Submissions accepted year round.

Watch Building Forever Families receive an Act of Excellence

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.

Building Forever Families

Learn more aboutBuilding Forever Families

Championing the Culture of Excellence

You can also champion excellence in South Dakota by submitting an act by an individual or organization that is building community through everyday acts of excellence. Submissions accepted year round.

Watch Granary Rural Cultural Center receive an Act of Excellence

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

Learn more about the Granary here

Championing the Culture of Excellence

You can also champion excellence in South Dakota by submitting an act by an individual or organization that is building community through everyday acts of excellence. Submissions accepted year round.

Happy 90th Birthday Frank Farrar

IMG_6923Yesterday was Frank Farrar’s 90th Birthday!

We were able to celebrate with Frank today during our Acts of Excellence Celebration | Aberdeen!

Frank Farrar is a former judge, state’s attorney general, and the 24th Governor of South Dakota. After his public career, Frank entered into various business opportunities including real estate, insurance, farming, banking, and investments. He is also an avid athlete, having participated in the Senior Olympics and numerous Ironman competitions throughout the U.S. and the world. Frank was inducted in 2006.

 

 


 

Learn more about Frank’s Legacy of Achievement at http://sdexcellence.org/Frank_Farrar