CHAMBERLAIN – Ten men and women who have distinguished themselves in the fields of education, the law, agriculture, business, the professions, medicine and politics are being honored as inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September.
The honors ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9 in Chamberlain.
Honorees and the fields are former Gov. Harvey Wollman of Frankfort, political; James W. Abbott of Vermillion, education; Andrew Bogue of Rapid City, law; Jeff Broin of Dell Rapids, agriculture; Ernest Carlsen of Sioux Falls, business; Niels Hansen of Brookings, agriculture; former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of Sioux Falls, professional; Kelby Krabbenhoft of Sioux Falls, medical; Jeff Scherschligt of Sioux Falls, business; and Thomas Shortbull of Rapid City, education.
The ceremony is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased on the Hall of Fame website at sdexcellence.org or by calling the Hall at 1-605-234-4216.
The mission of the South Dakota Hall of Fame is to champion a culture of excellence in South Dakota: One Act at a Time.
The 2017 inductees represent the areas of higher education, the insurance industry, state parks, health care and wellness, landmark legislation, a pioneer in worldwide biofuels, the father if title insurance, one of the youngest congresswomen and advocacy for Native American culture.
Since 1974, more than 700 South Dakotans have become members of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
There are more than 200 living inductees with the achievements of all inductees continuing to impact the state. Their accomplishments reach beyond South Dakota in representing and building the future of the state.
Wollman taught at Doland High School from 1961-1966 and was later elected to the state senate. He served as both the Senate minority and majority leader, president of the Senate, lieutenant governor and then governor, when Richard Kneip resigned to take an ambassador position.
He sponsored legislation creating the state’s Investment Council, Building Authority, Education and Health Authority, Housing Development Authority and degree-granting Medical School. He was a member of the State Constitutional Revision Commission and served as South Dakota’s Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from 1979 to 1982.
Abbott is a lawyer, businessman and politician. Since 1997, he has served as president of the University of South Dakota. A native of Yankton, he served in the Legislature from 1991-1993, was the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate in 1994 and ran for the U.S. House in 1996.
Bogue (1919-2009) was a World War II veteran and Yankton native. He practiced law in Parker and Canton and served as a judge in Sioux Falls and Rapid City from 1967 to 2009. He was appointed to the federal bench by President Nixon in 1970. He oversaw the busy docket arising from Wounded Knee, the Custer Courthouse riot and other tumultuous events.
Carlsen is a distinguished lawyer, businessman, community leader and family man. He is known as the state’s “Father of Title Insurance.” He became trusted as a knowledgeable adviser on real estate transactions for individuals, realtors, bankers, lawyers and title agents throughout the state.
Krabbenhoft has transformed Sanford Health into a rural health system that is now 45 hospitals and 289 clinics spanning nine states and four countries. With more than 28,000 employees, Sanford is the largest employer in the Dakotas. Sandford has helped fund global children’s clinics, multiple research centers and research to cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer.
Herseth Sandlin carries on the family tradition of public service engaged in South Dakota politics. She served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as both the youngest female member and the first woman elected to the House from South Dakota. In 2012, she became general counsel and vice president of corporate development for Raven Industries, and in February it was announced she would become the 24th president of Augustana University.
Scherschligt has worked in the family business as president and chief executive officer since 1985. He is an expert in insurance and risk management, with specialized knowledge in professional liability and medical malpractice.
Shortbull served as coordinator of the Task Force on Indian State Government Relations, which passed progressive legislation fostering cooperative agreements between Indian tribes and the state. He served as president of Oglala Lakota College twice. From 1983 to 1988 he was a state senator serving the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. He advocated for the reauthorization of the 2005 Voting Rights Act and in 2014 was appointed to the Election Assistance Advisory Commission.