Nesselhuf named Outstanding Young South Dakotan Nov. 5

Nesselhuf named Outstanding Young South Dakotan Nov. 5
The South Dakota Jaycees presented Benjamin Nesselhuf, a Vermillion, with a Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotan Award at the Watertown Event center on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Nesselhuf currently works in the insurance field, and has also worked on Tom Daschle's re-election campaign. He previously served as an intern for the S.D. House of Representatives Democrat Caucus, and as the campaign manager for Curt Hohn.

In 2000, Nesselhuf ran against two incumbents and was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives. At 25-years-old, he was the youngest person to be elected to a state office in the history of South Dakota. After serving two terms in the House, he ran for and was elected to the South Dakota State Senate.

His political work and faith directed him to an opportunity to help raise over $60,000 for Prison Congregations of America. Nesselhuf has also been instrumental in finding ways to help women and children in Guatemala, where he has traveled numerous times over the past 15 years.

He has received Outstanding Young Civic leader, Friend of Ethanol, Service to Mankind, and Richard Kneip Young Leaders awards. In addition to Nesslhuf, the 2005 ten outstanding young South Dakotans are Dr. Derek J. Ferrie from Mitchell, Scott Swier of Yankton, Anya Linn of Spearfish, Lawron Bohr from Plankinton, Sandra Leach from Jefferson, Kelly Manning, Joel Fauth and Colin Steen from Sioux Falls and Tracey Millar from Redfield.

South Dakota State Jaycee President, Dave Pond, presented each one a medallion and the TOYSD trophy in recognition of their accomplishments.

The South Dakota Jaycees anually select and honor Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans. Each honoree is awarded the distinctive TOYSD trophy. The awards ceremony dramatizes each winner's career in narrative form and provides a stage for the honorees to challenge and inspire South Dakota's young citizens.

For more information contact Angela Weber at 605-940-9692, Korena Keys at 605-310-7168 or go to

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