What do Peter Norbeck, Hubert Humphery, Eleanor Stegeberg, McGovern, Myron Floren, Karl Rolvaag and the Lawrence brothers all have in common? They were all descendants of Norwegian immigrants who came to Dakota Territory from Norway and who had a profound effect on the histories of our state and nation.
On April 24, at the annual meeting of the Clay County Historical Society, James Olson will present an illustrated talk on the forbears of these folks and many others. The meeting will start at 6:05 p.m. with one of the society's famous potluck dinners – there may even be something Norwegian to enjoy.
As this is the society's annual meeting, an election of officers will take place prior to Olson's talk. Olson is a native of South Dakota and was born at Webster. He is a retired Lutheran pastor and presently lives in Sioux Falls.
From 1975 until 1986, he served as Lutheran campus pastor at USD's Luther Center. During that time, he also served as president of Clay County Historical Society. Olson has presented many informative talks to the group and has conducted meetings at which various antiques and collectibles were evaluated as to value.
He is also an inveterate collector of many kinds of antiques including a vast collection of containers used in the retail stores of long ago. The public is cordially invited to this meeting and new members are always welcomed to the historical society.
Rotary learns of Coyoteopoly's goals
The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting on Tuesday, April 8, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD.
Rotarian Greg Huckabee introduced two students from the Beacom School of Business as the speakers for the day. Their presentation was about ?Coyoteopoly', what it is and what its goals are. The presenters were Blake Hanish, CEO of Coyoteopoly, and Katie Bjorum, president. It is a student organized and run
business. �The purpose of Coyoteopoly is to get students, professional educators, family, friends and the community involved in a charitable service-learning activity to benefit Vermillion and the surrounding areas.� It is organized and run like a corporation with business students fulfilling all the roles within the corporation.
Coyoteopoly was established in 2004 by Professor Greg Huckabee to combine interdisciplinary service lear-ning project to reinforce classroom and actual experience for business students. In its first year the students collected almost 5000 food items and raised $911 dollars for the Vermillion Food Pantry. In the intervening years their goals continued to escalate and in 2007 they collected over 10,000 food items and over $10,000 for the Food Pantry. In the spring of each year they also set other goals such as helping the 86th Combat Surgical Hospital in Baghdad in 2005 and in 2006 their project was Operation Iraqi School Children. They have also cleaned local parks and raised $10,000 for the local Bike Path Park.
Their goal this spring is to raise $12,000 to help fund local participation in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The goal of the Imagination Library is to provide one book per month per child in the Clay County ages 0 to 5 at no cost to the family. The United Way in Vermillion had also adopted this project in 2002. Currently there are 231 children in the Vermillion area in the project, but there are 600 others who are not being served. Those receiving the books have been very excited.
April 12 was designated as Coyoteopoly Day in Ver-million and the surrounding area. Students went going from door to door to collect donations. Service organizations and businesses in Vermillion were also asked to participate. The goal was to raise $12,000, provide a learning experience for the students involved, achieve a 95 percent attendance on Coyoteopoly Day and in-crease community recognition of what Coyoteopoly is all about.
More information about Coyoteopoly can be obtained at their Web site: coyoteopoly.com.
Mortinson guest of retired teachers
The Southeast Area Retired Teachers met at the Vermillion Public Library at 10 a.m. on April 9, with 25 members and two guests present. Pat Dusseau introduced Dr. Roy Mortinson as our speaker.
Dr. Mortinson spent two tours overseas with the National Guard. He was in Kuwait in 2003 and in Iraq in 2005. The facilities in 2003 were very primitive and tents were their shelters.
His second tour had much better facilities and he worked at a brick building which was �Lava Clinic.� It was a �plush� facility because they had electricity, air conditioning, tables, running water and supplies.
Their shelters were buildings this time. Insects such as sand flies and mites, caused problems. Some of the troops had emotional distress from their family situations in the states. There was a time for questions.
Donna Schafer reported that the scholarship committee has two applicants. Both have good qualifications.
The two books that were purchased as memorials were passed around. South Dakota Curiosities by Bernie Hunhoff was purchased for Mary Johnson. The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz was purchased for Helen Manley. A book will be selected for Dell Colwell.
Pat Dusseau would like a picture of each person from the '50s for a display at the membership party. Class pictures would be fine.
A membership party/ AARP birthday party will be held at the library on May 14 at 4 p.m. Members may wear clothing from the '50s and we hope to have a bubble gum or a hula hoop contest..
AARP is holding a free shredding day on May 8 at the Arena parking lot in Sioux Falls. There will be a sock hop at the Center for Active Generations on May 9. There will be many free workshops at the Convention Center on May 10 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
4-H'ers learn photography tips
The Jolly Juniors and Juniorettes met Monday, April 7 at the fine arts building for a photography demonstration. At 8 p.m. we returned to the 4-H building for our regular meeting.
We talked about 4-H camp – the cost is $100 for kids ages 8-12. Registration is due April 25.
On May 5 we will meet so we can assemble teacher appreciation gifts and glue our wood flower projects. Starting June 3, our club meetings are going to be changed to Tuesdays. Our letters of encouragement were mailed to SD National Guard groups.
On May 9, our club is going to see The Sound of Music at the Vermillion High School. Our next club meeting will be May 5.
Demonstrations were done by Ashley Sorenson on thrifty piggies.If you are interested in 4-H, contact the extension office at 677-7111.
Club members express their thanks to John Banasiak.