Premier woman’s award celebrating 25th anniversary

The Spirit of Dakota Award Society is seeking nominations for their 25th  Anniversary award presentation and celebration.  The recipient of this award will be announced at a banquet at the Huron Event Center on Oct. 1.  In its 25th year, the Society will again be honoring and hosting outstanding women from every corner of the state.

The 2011 Spirit of Dakota Award winner will be chosen by a state-wide Selection Commission including First Lady  Linda Daugaard of Pierre;  Coral Bonnemann, Brookings; Glenna Fouberg, Aberdeen; Julie Garreau, Eagle Butte; Jean Hunhoff, Yankton; Bette Poppen, DeSmet; Tona Rozum, Mitchell; Suzette Kirby, Sioux Falls; Marsha Sumpter, Kodoka; Judy Trzynka, Watertown; and Bev Wright, Turton. The nomination process is open to all interested individuals or organizations who wish to recognize an outstanding woman in their community.

The Spirit of Dakota Award is presented to an outstanding South Dakota woman who has demonstrated vision, courage and strength in character and who has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in her community and state.

Past recipients have included community leaders in business, government and civic organizations and have been described in newspaper articles as �the cream of the crop in terms of South Dakota�s best.� The 2010 award recipient was Dorothy Kellogg of Watertown a former school board member, a state legislator and a mentor for aspiring young policymakers.

Nomination forms are available by contacting the Huron Area Chamber of Commerce, 1725 Dakota Ave S, Huron, SD 57350 (1-800-487-6673) or online at

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