HURON — Bryon Noem, Pierre, has accepted a position on the Spirit of Dakota Selection Commission. Noem will be the first gentleman to serve on the commission since its inception in 1987. Previously, all the first ladies of the state have held a position on the Selection Commission. The announcement was made by the Spirit of Dakota Award Society of Huron.
Noem joins a 10-member commission representing a diverse spectrum of business, civic and professional backgrounds. The commission includes Tona Rozum, Mitchell, Chair; Glenna Fouberg, Aberdeen; Julie Garreau, Eagle Butte; Rep. Jean Hunhoff, Yankton; Suzette Kirby, Sioux Falls; Marsha Sumpter, Kadoka; Ginger Thomson, Brookings; Judy Trzynka, Watertown; Bev Wright, Turton and Noem.
Noem grew up in Hamlin County and graduated from Northern State University with a degree in Business Finance. After college, Bryon coached basketball and worked on the family farm, eventually obtaining a position at the Bryant State Bank as an insurance agent. Eventually he purchased the insurance portion of the bank and turned it into Noem Insurance. Bryon is married to Governor Kristi Noem and they have three children. Having worked in small businesses his entire career, he now operates a crop insurance agency near their home in Castlewood. Noem has continued coaching high school basketball and running his business while working with Kristi to create a stronger South Dakota for the next generation.
The public is invited to attend the 33rd annual recognition event at the Huron Event Center on October 5. A social begins at 5:30 p.m. with the awards banquet following at 6:30 p.m. An art show will be held from 4-7 p.m. in conjunction with the event. For ticket information, contact the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau at 352-0000.