A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:
FIRST FIDELITY CEO KENZY STEPPING DOWN: First Fidelity Bank CEO and President George Kenzy has announced he will resign from his role leading the bank on Nov. 1, 35 years to the day after he started working at the bank.
Kenzy and his wife, Laurie, are the fourth generation to lead the bank, which was started by Lowell Lillibridge in 1905 in Burke. Kenzy took over as president and CEO in 2001. The bank said that First Fidelity’s assets and deposits have nearly doubled in his 18 years of leadership, by 80 and 40 percent, respectively, and Kenzy advocated “slow and conservative, but consistent, growth.” Kenzy will remain as chairman of the bank’s board of directors, a position he’s held since 2017.
Dave Nelson will take over as president and CEO. Nelson, who has been senior vice president and Platte branch manager, has worked for First Fidelity since 1995. Burke branch manager Rick Houge — a First Fidelity employee of 31 years — will become the bank’s executive vice president.
In addition to Burke and Platte, the bank has locations in Bonesteel, Colome, Gregory, Murdo and Winner.
— Burke Gazette
KNUST WINS SD TOP DEALER AWARD: Doug Knust, of Chamberlain, was awarded the South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association (SDADA) 2019 Franchised Dealer of the Year Award during the SDADA convention on June 13 in Deadwood. Knust has years of experience in the automobile industry, including serving on a number of different national, local and statewide boards. Currently, Knust owns a Ford-Lincoln dealership in Winner and is the incoming chairman of the SDADA. Throughout the years, his dealerships have been known to support local organizations. Knust is in the running for a national award to be presented at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in February 2020 in Las Vegas.
— Central Dakota Times
AURORA BRULE CARE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: Aurora Brule Care and Rehab (ABCR) will celebrate 50 years of service from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 13 at the White Lake City Park with food, entertainment, and fun. In 1967, White Lake community members spent months raising funds for the project, including asking local residents to purchase stock in the facility. With $85,000 raised through the community, board members were able to apply for the remaining funding needed for the $300,000 project. Construction of the project began in 1968 and finished the following year. Once completed, the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home housed 52 beds distributed across three-wings, chapel, beauty salon and large living space for all the residents to utilize. Today, the ABCR is home to long-term care, assisted living, rehab services and outpatient therapy.
— The Standard