Kelby Krabbenhoft 2017 Inductee SDPB Interview

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SDPB Radio Interview Aug. 1, 2017 We continue to meet our 2017 inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. This year’s class is inducted into the Hall in Chamberlain on September 8th and 9th. Today, we welcome Kelby Krabbenhoft, CEO of Sanford Health. Sanford is a health system that boasts 45 hospitals and 289 clinics spanning nine states and four countries.

2017 Inductee Poet CEO Jeff Broin awarded prestigious George Washington Carver Award

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Jeff Broin, CEO of Sioux Falls-based biorefiner Poet, received a prestigious award this week for his contributions to the field of industrial biotechnology.

Broin was awarded the George Washington Carver Award in a ceremony at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal on Monday.

The Carver Award recognizes “significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining, and biobased products.”

Previous recipients have included CEOs of DuPont and Dr. J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder of Synthetic Genomics and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity.

“Jeff Broin is one of the great innovators and entrepreneurs in the industrial biotechnology sector,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, in a news release. “He ranks among the most influential leaders in agriculture as well. Biofuels have created new markets for agricultural products and rejuvenated rural America. Jeff Broin has positioned POET at the forefront of developing cellulosic ethanol and improving the economics of biofuel production.”

Broin built Poet from a small facility in Scotland into the largest biofuels producer in the world, annually producing 1.8 billion gallons of fuel and 10 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed, among other products.

“I am very humbled by this award. George Washington Carver was an historic leader in finding new potential in agricultural products to meet the world’s needs,” Broin said. “That’s what we strive to do each day at POET, whether it’s producing biofuel from starch and cellulose or finding new or better ways to produce co-products such as distillers grain, corn oil, fiber, liquefied CO2 and more. I believe agriculture is the key to solving many of our world’s challenges.”

Broin is also due to be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September.

Dude Ranch Owner to University Professor Inductee Watson Parker

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This month’s cover of Bank Note Reporter has the image of a No. 1 Deadwood $10 note. The note is part of Stack’s Bowers’ sale at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver this year.

I have a soft spot for Deadwood, as my thesis advisor, and the teacher of various classes I took, was Dr. Watson Parker. Parker wrote what I’m guessing is still the definitive book on the history of Deadwood, titled Deadwood: The Golden Years. He even appeared in a 2004 episode of The History Channel’s popular show, “Wild West Tech,” talking about Deadwood.

I have paperback and hardcover copies of his Deadwood tome, both nicely inscribed to me by Dr. Parker.

For many years, I had a photocopy of an article from the Advance-Titan, a university newspaper, tacked to the wall above my desk. It was about how he turned from being a dude ranch owner to a university professor.

Dr. Parker died in 2013. Two years prior, he was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. A Wikipedia page for him says that his Deadwood book was the first book that HBO’s “Deadwood” creator and director, David Milch, purchased in doing research for the show.

Besides knowing his stuff about the Black Hills, Dr. Parker taught his students about writing and research. He would stress that, as a writer, you can get a reader to go where you want, but you have to take him there.