Spirit of Dakota names 10 nominees


Ten outstanding women have been nominated by their communities to be honored at the Spirit of Dakota’s 35th Anniversary Celebration and Award  Banquet in Huron.

They are, in alphabetical order: Angela Ehlers, Presho; Robyn Freedom Flickinger, De Smet; Roberta Hindberg, Tea; Caryn Hojer, De Smet; Sandra Larson, Box Elder; Coleen Liebsch, Arlington; Jody Moritz, Faulkton; Kristi Noem, Pierre; Marileen Tilberg, Onida; and Linda Witt, Bristol.

South Dakota’s premier women’s award will be presented Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Huron Event Center.

The winner will be chosen by a statewide commission of Tona Rozum, Chair, Mitchell; Julie Garreau, Eagle Butte; Carol Johnson, Watertown; Julie Johnson, Aberdeen; Jean Hunhoff, Yankton; Suzette Kirby, Sioux Falls; Marsha Sumpter, Kadoka; Ginger Thomson, Brookings; Watertown; and Bev Wright, Turton.

The award is given to a woman who has demonstrated vision, courage and strength of character in the development of her family, community and/or state.

All 10 women will be given distinguished recognition throughout many activities planned on Saturday, Oct. 2, including Tea in the Afternoon in the country home of Rodney and Beckie Freeman, an art show open to the public in the lobby of the Huron Event Center from 4 to 7 p.m., a 5:30 p.m. social, and 6:30 p.m. banquet.

The winner receives an individually created framed bronze oval with the pioneer woman sculpted by South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere and modeled after his nine-foot sculpture that stands outside the Huron Event Center.

Tickets for the banquet may be purchased at the Huron Chamber Office or by calling 605-352-0000 or 1-800-487-6673.

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