A pioneer in broadcasting. An advocate for elderly caregiving. A United States representative and senator.
These are just a few phrases describing some of the 10 people being inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame this week.
The 10-member class will be the 42nd to enter the organization in its 45 years of championing a culture of excellence in South Dakota. The South Dakota Hall of Fame provides recognition to individuals, groups and organizations who do just that through the election of inductees and the provision of an archive of the history of those contributions to the state.
Greta Chapman, CEO of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, said this year’s inductees continue the tradition of their predecessors in providing an example of the principles that have been part of the organization since its inception in 1974.
“I would say they got it right from the very beginning in the sense of honoring people, to celebrate and inspire, and build the future of the state,” Chapman said. “I think that mission resonates today, and it quite likely will for the next 45 years.”
As with past inductees, the 2019 group represent a variety of different individuals who used their skills and intuition to make South Dakota a better place for all its citizens. Those individuals made significant contributions to the disciplines of medicine, business, philanthropy, invention, arts, politics and agriculture. The South Dakota Hall of Fame has over 200 living members and more than 700 members total.
The 2019 South Dakota Hall of Fame Honors Ceremony kicked off Friday and continues Saturday in Chamberlain. The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. More information on the event, as well as tickets, can be obtained at the organization website sdexcellence.com or by calling 605-234-4216.
Reuben Bareis, Rapid City, will enter the South Dakota Hall of Fame for his work in advancing elderly health care in South Dakota.
After graduating from the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver 1952, he moved on to the University of Michigan, after which he was invited to join the Dawley-Kegaries Clinic in Rapid City. It was there his interest in nursing home was piqued.
“My grandparents sowed the seeds to get me into the elderly care arena. I loved them and vice versa,” said Bareis, now 91.
He visited a nursing home owned by Marie Sheldon, the only privately operated nursing home in Rapid City in the 1950s. In the next 25 years, he encouraged six more facilities to be opened, as well as Westhills Village, a continuing care facility developed by a group of First Presbyterian Church members. He became medical director of three of those facilities.
“I enjoyed taking care of older people. It’s not the easiest in the world, but they are grateful, and I relate to them,” Bareis said. “I’m 91 years of age, I know how some of them feel.”
Bareis, who now lives at Westhills Village as a resident, said it is an honor to be inducted into the hall, though he stresses he could not have accomplished what he did without the hard work of others.
“I had a lot of help,” he said.
Tony Bour, Sioux Falls, will be inducted to the hall for his contributions to South Dakota business.
“I’m still shocked about it. It’s just something that was not on my bucket list,” Bour said about his nomination and induction.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he inherited a love of building things from his grandfather and father, who was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, a World War II bomber pilot and aircraft mechanic. He soon began work in an aircraft factory in St. Paul, and after graduating, he stayed on with Champion Aircraft for 11 years.
He decided to make a change in careers in 1966 and went into cabinet making. He started Starmark, a cabinet manufacturing plant. After selling the company, he eventually started a new cabinet building company, Showplace Wood Products, which is 100 percent owned by its employees and has grown in the subsequent years.
“We’ve grown to over 600 employees, with dealers in all states, including Hawaii and Alaska,” Bour said.
Though he recently retired from day-to-day operations, he remains president of the board of the company. He also started South Dakota Salutes, a group that organizes shooting competitions for first responders.
Bour said making the move to South Dakota changed his life for the best.
“I love South Dakota. I’ve lived here since 1979, and it’s just an awesome community,” Bour said.
A native of Dell Rapids, Dick Brown is a fifth-generation South Dakotan and will be inducted into the hall for his work as a public service leader and philanthropist.
“It’s a very humbling experience. It’s one of those things when you feel an affirmation of the things that we have been doing with our lives,” Brown said.
Brown earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in political science at the University of South Dakota under William “Doc” Farber, who ended up becoming a lifelong friend and mentor. It was Farber who passed along his philosophy of “think of the possibilities.”
“And that was really tied to the idea of making a difference,” Brown said.
During his career, he worked for United States Senator Karl Mundt, served as executive director of the ten-state Missouri River Basin Commission in Omaha and then moved back to Sioux Falls to work as the executive vice president of the Sioux Falls Downtown Development Corporation. He also served as the president of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, among many other roles.
He is noted for a leadership style of inclusiveness, humor and collective decision-making, traits he said comes naturally to South Dakotans.
“The bottom line is that South Dakota has a great opportunity for people to be involved,” Brown said. “You have to be understanding and empathetic and open to a wide variety of things. You can become a better person, and you don’t have to be a star. Just become part of it.”
John Calvin was drawn from Michigan to South Dakota by the pheasant in 1962. Since then, he served as an adviser to four South Dakota governors and grew into a respected business executive and philanthropist.
“It’s amazing and I’m very pleased and grateful because South Dakota has meant so much to me,” said Calvin, who now resides in Watertown.
Calvin worked for Lockheed Martin for nearly 22 years and held several executive positions with the company. After becoming president of Dyna Technology, a company based in Sioux City, Iowa, he purchased Palm Industries in Litchfield, Minnesota. South Dakota Gov. George Mickelson convinced him to move his company to Watertown. That began a relationship with the highest levels of South Dakota government.
“Gov. Mickelson was a special man,” Calvin said.
Calvin included his employees in the ownership of his company, Angus Palm Industries, which allowed them to reap financial rewards after the company was sold to a larger corporation. He also encouraged employees to learn new skills at Lake Area Technical Institute and often helped pay for the cost of childcare.
Calvin said he owed it to his employees for their years of support.
“If they’re working hard for me, it’s my responsibility to work equally hard for them,” Calvin said.
Helen Duhamel, a native of Windsor, Missouri and raised on a Nebraska ranch, moved to Rapid City with her mother to run a boarding house. She graduated high school in 1922, which was her last formal education. Though she was gifted in math, her father denied her the opportunity to attend college.
“She wanted to go to college. Her brothers had gone to college, and she went down to her dad who helped her brothers and said I want to go to college, and he started to laugh and said you’re a girl,” Bill Duhamel, Helen’s son, said. “This was about the time women got the right to vote.”
She married Bud Duhamel and entered a domestic role. But when the great drought and economic depression hit, her father-in-law encouraged her to use her bookkeeping skills to help the family keep from losing the Duhamel store and building. By 1937 the business was out of debt and she had bought out the rest of the family.
Duhamel recognized the power of broadcasting for advertising. She purchased a minority interest in radio station KOBH in 1943, which would eventually become KOTA. In 1954, she filed for a broadcast television license. It would be the first in western South Dakota and only the second in South Dakota.
The broadcasting business continued to expand, and in 1961, she was elected president of the South Dakota Broadcasters Association, the first woman to run any state broadcasting organization in the United States. The company was recently sold to Riverfront Broadcasting in Yankton.
Helen Duhamel died in 1991.
Born in Rolla, North Dakota, Clyde Fredrickson would find his way to Britton, where the seeds of massive advances in home building were planted when he was encouraged by a friend to use his carpentry skills to put up a house.
“It was kind of a do what you had to do to put food on the table thing. We had an opportunity to build a house for a gentleman and his family. We got started, and before we were done we had two others built. We moved (to Britton) for a little bit, and we’re still here.”
He grew up on the Turtle Mountain Mountain Indian Reservation, where his father Don worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and his mother was a cook at the local hospital. Talented at carpentry, he and his brother formed Fredrickson Construction. Eventually, they expanded with the intent to build and sell metal plate connected roof trusses, a fairly new product to the housing industry.
As the construction industry modernized and the architecture designs of roof lines changed, the trusses became more complicated and expensive to produce. Fredrickson obtained a patent for a new truss design in 2005, a product that achieved stunning success that remains in production today.
Fredrickson advised persistence and working with the right people to those hoping for similar success in business.
“Persistence is always one of the biggest keys, but the thing that has probably been the best part of it has been trying to find the right partners,” Fredrickson said. “The right partnerships that would complement each other. I think that is probably the key to the success of a project.”
Bill Groethe, Rapid City, was only 12 when he began his career in photography.
“I’ve been a professional photographer for 80 years, so that’s my only profession. I started in the studio as an apprentice when I was 12 and I’m soon to be 96,” Groethe said.
Throughout his career, Groethe has photographed countless events and scenes, but he has a special place in his heart for images of historical significance. Having been an active photographer in the early part of the century allowed him the opportunity to photograph many once-in-a-lifetime events, such as the construction of Mount Rushmore.
“We covered the Mount Rushmore construction from start to finish,” Groethe said.
He also photographed famous Lakota leaders such as Nicolas Black Elk and the Akicita survivors of the Battle of the Greasy Grass, also known as the Battle of the Little Big Horn, at their reunion in 1948. Other notable subjects included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama.
“I’ve always concentrated my free time shooting historic things,” Groethe said.
He has donated works to public institutions like the Rapid City Airport and Oglala Lakota College, and was respected during his career for a philosophy of hiring employees of all races, religions, sexes and classes and for paying a fair wage for their labor.
Groethe said he is proud to have contributed to the historical fabric of the state through is photography.
“I’m a photographer, that’s what I do,” Groethe said.
Tim Johnson is a familiar face to most South Dakotans.
Born in Canton, Johnson graduated from the University of South Dakota before eventually running for the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1977. That began a decades-long career in politics that saw him rise from the state house, to the state senate and eventually the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
“It has been an honor to serve for 36 years. It’s been very satisfying,” said Johnson, who now lives in Sioux Falls.
Johnson developed a reputation as a hard worker and a good listener and took on many challenges for the state of South Dakota. He said he is particularly proud of his work with Mni Wiconi, a project that brought badly needed clean water to three Indian reservations as well as small towns and ranches across a huge section of western South Dakota. Johnson also joined with the rest of the South Dakota congressional delegation to work to keep Ellsworth Air Force Base, then targeted by a federal commission for closure, open. They succeeded.
He suffered a massive brain bleed due to an Arteriovenous Malformation in 2006, and fought for his life after being placed in a medically-induced coma. He recovered enough to return to the Senate floor and give a speech thanking his colleagues for their support during his absence in a scene that saw nearly every seat filled in bipartisan support. He announced in 2013 that he would not seek a fourth term.
In today’s politically-charged climate, Johnson said the need for bipartisanship is greater than ever.
“It’s important to keep in mind that no one party has all the answers, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats. It’s important,” Johnson said.
Lyndell H. Petersen
Lyndell H. Petersen will enter the South Dakota Hall of Fame this year for his work as an advocate for agriculture.
“It’s hard to describe. You reflect on the past and you realize that you didn’t get there alone. It’s a chance to appreciate the people around you,” Petersen said of his induction.
He grew up as the son of a railroad worker whose career made stops in Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota. He attended what was at the time South Dakota State College and earned a degree in animal science, which he used to teach classes in agricultural practices and principles to veterans returning from World War II. He eventually went to work for the SDSU Extension Service, where he expanded his insight on agricultural economics.
In 1976, his frustration with the inequities and inadequacies of state law related to agricultural producers led him run for the South Dakota Legislature.
“The variety of challenges that came to the legislature in itself kept it interesting. My philosophy is that it is a system of processing concerns and ideas from the public. That’s what the legislature is for,” Petersen said.
It was serving the agricultural producers, and the public at large, that made those years of service special, he said.
“Helping them serve their own interests in the process. That was probably the most gratifying thing for me,” Petersen said.
Originally from White River, James Scull took an interest in carpentry and built a successful construction business that still thrives in Rapid City.
After a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, Scull worked briefly for Firestone Rubber and Tire in Akron, Ohio. But soon the plains of South Dakota were calling him back.
“I’m a small town guy from western South Dakota. And as much as they wanted me to stay, my wife said it was time to go home. So I said, I’m terribly sorry, I have to go home,” Scull said. “That’s two different worlds, Akron, Ohio and South Dakota.”
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1974. Though he was working in carpentry as his father and grandfather had, he soon realized that he was more talented as an estimator than a builder. He was asked to become a 50 percent partner in a small construction firm.
In 1985, he launched his own venture, Scull Construction. The company has since evolved into one of the largest construction companies in the state, employing over 300 people.
He continues to work with Scull Construction and serve with several civic and wildlife organizations.
Ethical treatment of both employees and his customers is vital to building strong business relationships, he said. His employees all share in the profits of his company, something that makes it more of a family than a business enterprise.
“I’d say, first of all, the key component to most businesses is the people who work with and for me. I can’t do it alone,” Scull said. “It’s got to be a family, I feel. Everyone does it differently, but I want them as part of my family, and we all share in the pride of what we do as well as financially.”