KSFY 2017 Inductee Acceptance Speeches Video Highlights

Another Shout-Out! to KSFY for their terrific 2017 Inductee Speeches video highlights at this link.

What great work to capture Champions with boots on the ground in South Dakota.

KSFY Video Clip

KSFY’s Vanessa Gomez introduced all of this year’s champions of excellence in South Dakota. The inductees are:

James Abbott, Vermillion, SD (Education)

Andrew Bogue, Rapid City, SD (Law)

Jeff Broin, Dell Rapids, SD (Agriculture)

Ernest Carlsen, Sioux Falls, SD (Business)

Niels Hansen, Brookings, SD (Agriculture)

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Sioux Falls, SD (Professional)

Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sioux Falls, SD (Medical Field)

Jeff Scherschligt, Sioux Falls, SD (Business)

Thomas Shortbull, Rapid City, SD (Education)

Governor Harvey Wollman, Frankfort, SD (Political)

The South Dakota Hall of Fame board of directors selected the honorees earlier this year. This new group of inductees joins the list of other South Dakota Hall of Fame members that have been honored since 1974.



2017 Inductee Tom Shortbull and Chair Richard Gowen KNBN Interview

Each year, 10 people are inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. And this year, a familiar face from Rapid City is among the mix.

Thomas Shortbull is a collaborator and advocate for Native Americans and education. Shortbull is currently the president of Oglala Lakota College, helping students across the state get their degrees.

Shortbull said that his nomination is a good way to show off the hard work of Oglala Lakota educators.

“I’m really appreciative of the South Dakota Hall of Fame for inducting me because it allows me to spotlight the important work that our college does for giving our college students an opportunity to get a college degree,” he said.

Shortbull began making a difference from the very beginning. He was selected to coordinate of the Task Force on Indian-State Government Relations. He served the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations as a South Dakota state senator, and served as Oglala Lakota College’s president not once, but twice.

Chair of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, Richard Gowen, said Shortbull is vital to the community, and he is honored to induct him.

“Tom is an outstanding educator,” Gowen said. “He has shown over the years his involvement. He has served in our legislature; he has served in several very important responsibilities. So we’re very pleased that Tom was nominated and we were able to elect him to be a 2017 inductee in the South Dakota Hall of Fame.”

Not only is it an honor for Gowen, but also for Shortbull as a nominee.

“It’s a great feeling because it validates your career and the work that I do on behalf of my college on the Pine Ridge Reservation,” Shortbull said.

The college president also said to stay true to what you believe.

“Don’t lose your positions because 9 times out of 10, your positions on what is right – is right. And don’t lose heart.”

Shortbull will officially be inducted into the hall of fame on Sept. 8 in Chamberlain. The event goes through Sept. 9.

Inductee Nancy Tystad Koupal Editor SD Historical Society Press Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Anniversary Year

Publisher’s Weekly: This year marks the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth on February 7, 1867, and two small presses are marking the occasion by publishing books offering new perspectives on the life and times of the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie series.

Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The South Dakota Historical Society Press kicked off the anniversary year in May by publishing Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal. Koupal isn’t only the editor of this collection of 11 essays examining the life and times of the Little House on the Prairie books: she also is the director of the press, which published Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.

The book was an instant bestseller, selling out of its 15,000-copy initial print run before its pub date. It became the hot—and hard-to-get—title of the 2014 holiday season—even though it clocked in at 472 pages and cost $40.

To date, Pioneer Girl has sold more than 165,000 copies and is in its 10th print run. In comparison, SDHSP’s second bestselling title, Tatanka and the Lakota People, has sold about 15,000 copies. Print runs for SDHSP titles typically range between 1,000–5,000 copies.

Despite the success of Pioneer Girl, Koupal insists that it wasn’t just the hope of publishing another bestseller about an author that people can’t seem to get enough of that steered her towards publishing Pioneer Girl Perspectives, which to date has sold 7,500 copies and is still in its first print run.

“We wanted more perspective moving forward with a textual study of Pioneer Girl,” she explained. “Why is she so popular? She wasn’t even a supporter of women’s suffrage and women’s rights.”

The first essay in the collection, “The Speech for the Detroit Book Fair, 1937,” is the transcription of a presentation Wilder made during a literary event held inside a Motor City department store. It is one of the rare occasions during which Wilder spoke publicly about her life and her books, and the speech includes reflections upon the world beyond the prairie and the famous little houses she lived in as a child.

Koupal said that she worked hard to make the essays accessible to the kinds of readers who snapped up copies of Pioneer Girl. The essays examine Wilder from various angles, and boast such intriguing titles as “The Strange Case of the Bloody Benders: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and Yellow Journalism” by Caroline Fraser and “Little Myths on the Prairie” by Michael Patrick Hearn. As an added treat for Wilder fans, the long-time attorney for the Little House Heritage Trust, Noel Silverman, for the first time discusses Wilder in a Q&A with Koupal in “Her Stories Take You with Her: The Lasting Appeal of the Little House Books.” His take on why Wilder is still so popular? It’s because her tales emphasize interdependence among members of a community rather than independence. “[Wilder’s] narrative says that I can build a better house, faster, if Mr. Edwards will help me, in return for which I will gladly help him build his house,” Silverman states in the Q&A.

The Natural World of Wilder

In September, Timber Press is publishing The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Marta McDowell, with original illustrations by the first illustrator of the Little House on the Prairie books, Helen Sewell, and by her successor, Garth Williams. In contrast to the scores of other books that focus upon Wilder and her family’s experiences, McDowell, a landscape designer who teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, examines the impact of the natural world upon Wilder.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder begins with the Little House in the Big Woods in Pepin, Wis., where Wilder was born, and continues, like the Wilder family’s travels, through the Dakotas and then on to Missouri. Describing her research as an “odyssey of the natural world,” McDowell noted that Wilder wrote extensively in her fiction and nonfiction about the trees, wildflowers, creek systems, and land forms of all the places she traveled through.

Wilder’s writings also, McDowell pointed out, explore the evolution in farming practices during the late 19th and 20th centuries. “She goes from preindustrial farming to mechanized farming. She talks about everything from thresher binder machines with horses when she was a child to, by the time they moved to Missouri, having a gasoline-powered tractor and a car,” McDowell said.

Marta McDowell. Photo: Marco Ricca.

Although McDowell did not grow up on a farm, and lives in New Jersey, she is only one generation removed from farm life, with a father from Kentucky and a mother from rural Illinois. Reading Wilder’s books “brought back a lot of memories” for McDowell, who includes in the book personal essays inspired by Wilder, such as an essay about how her father would crack open Black walnuts for her mother to make nut rolls, which was prompted by Wilder’s description of cracking open Black walnuts.

In contrast to Silverman’s theory about Wilder’s appeal to later generations of readers, McDowell asserted that Wilder’s popularity endures because she was a trendsetter, someone who practiced sustainable farming long before it became popular.

“Before she was a writer, Wilder was a farmer. Sustainability wasn’t a trend, it was a way of life. Farm-to-table could be measured in the distance from her garden to her kitchen,” McDowell said. “Wilder’s novels celebrate the small farm, a nuclear family overcoming hardships for the security of home and homestead. She documented a dream of life on the land, a simpler way that, for most of us, will remain in the realm of fiction. But through her words we can picture ourselves, transported, smoking the meat, picking the plums, harvesting the potatoes, and grinding the wheat.”

Inductee Jim Woster “Beef Buck Member”

Pictured ready to serve the beef sandwiches are Beef Buck board members Bob and Nancy Montross of De Smet, SDSU Coach Stieglemeier and Beef Buck board member Jim Woster of Sioux Falls. (Courtesy photo)

On Sunday, July 31, Beef Bucks traveled to Brookings to “beef up” Coach John Stiegelmeier’s South Dakota State University football team.  After working out in full gear, the SDSU players and coaches relaxed with beef sandwiches compliments of Beef Bucks, Inc.

Beef Bucks, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education.

Inductee Vance Thompson Expands to Montana

Snapshot(43) Read his story of excellence at this link

Sioux Falls-based Vance Thompson Vision will open a Boseman, Mont., clinic for eye care in early September.

The clinic will focus on cataract, Lasik, glaucoma and corneal speacialty care. Dr. Russell Swan will lead the Bozeman team, according to a news release.

The center will feature laser suites, exam rooms and advanced diagnostics.

“Our goal is to provide care where our patients need it,” said Dr. Vance Thompson, founding partner of Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls. “This new clinic will allow our patients better access to premium eye care in their region. We’re committed to growing along with the city of Bozeman and providing the best customer experience available to patients in Bozeman and the surrounding areas.”

Having recently moved to Bozeman, Swan had a fellowship with Thompson, Dr. Alison Tendler and Dr. John Berdahl in Sioux Falls.

Movers and Shakers in the Argus Leader Business Journal


The South Dakota Hall of Fame 2017 Class of 10 inductees are: James W. Abbott, Vermillion, education; Andrew Bogue, Rapid City, law; Jeff Broin, Dell Rapids, agriculture; Ernest Carlsen, Sioux Falls, business; Niels Hansen, Brookings, agriculture; Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Sioux Falls, professional; Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sioux Falls, medical field; Jeff Scherschligt, Sioux Falls, business; Thomas Shortbull, Rapid City, education; and Governor Harvey Wollman, Frankfort, political. The Honors Ceremony will be in Chamberlain, on Sept. 8 and 9 and is open to the public. Tickets are available at sdexcellence.org or by calling 605-234-4216.