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Our members do more than follow the news. They make the news.

Job promotions and hirings. New projects. New partnerships. Awards. Every day we hear about exciting accomplishments, historic milestones and other positive aspects of our member businesses that deserve to be shared. Faces & Places is great way to use your membership to be seen. This column appears each month in Chamber News and features information about Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members and volunteers. Submissions may include grand openings, changes in management, moves, expansions, major developments and award recognition.

your company has a business-related success story or personnel change that you want to share, Click Here and follow the instructions. We are pleased to note the following news submitted by our members as printed in the latest edition of Chamber News:

Recognition of Chamber Volunteers
New Faces/Promotions
Honors in Industry
Good Deeds
Name Changes


Julie Nelson
Julie Nelson

Great Western Bank
Karen Noonan
Karen Noonan

CarrierNet Group Financial, Inc.

Jack Dyvig
Jack Dyvig

Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club

Dean Karsky, Farmers Insurance Group/Karsky Agency, and Dick Beck, Beck & Hofer Construction, Inc., were the Ambassador Team of the Year. Together they sold 39 new Chamber memberships during the 2007-08 year.

Dale Thorpe, Beckman Construction, Inc. and Eric Anderson, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage placed second with 31.5 new members.

Rod Carlson, Sanford Health and Bernie DeWald, McKinney, Allen & Associates placed third place with 20 new members.

Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc., was named the 2008 Diplomat of the Year.

The Ambassadors enlisted the help of several associates in obtaining new Chamber members. The following individuals took the top spots during the Summer Chamber Challenge: Lori Lewison, Workplace Marketing and Consulting, LLC placed first with five new members; followed by Jenifer Geerts, Curtis 1000, with two new members for second place; and a three-way tie for third place with Rich Naser, South Dakota Technology Business Center; Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group
Financial, Inc.
; and Matt Teller, First PREMIER Bank.
Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, was Diplomat of the Month for September. Karen Noonan, Carriernet Group Financial, Inc., took second place honors and Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, took third place honors for September. The September Diplomat Team of the Month includes: Captain Jack Dyvig, Sioux Falls Morning Optimists Club, Julie Nelson, Great Western Bank, Mike Teslow, ST Financial Services; Jason Herrboldt, First Bank & Trust, and Marshall Selberg, HJN Team Real Estate.

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New Faces/Promotions

Seth Oeltjenbruns is the new News Director at KDLT. Oeltjenbruns has more than seven years of television news experience and spent the past year as Chief Photographer at KDLT. Oeltjenbruns has earned several awards as a photographer, from both the South Dakota Associated Press and the Northwest Broadcast News Association. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

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Honors in Industry

Anita Kealey, The Design Studio, Inc., was awarded with top honors in two categories at the recent Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards: a Gold award in the Whole House category and a Gold award in the Light Commercial category in the 2008 QR Master Design Awards. Sponsored by Qualified Remodeler magazine, the Master Design Awards is the premier national contest recognizing outstanding achievement in residential remodeling projects. Nominees are remodeling projects from across the country and entries are judged on aesthetic appeal, construction techniques used, financial value of the project, functionality of space and overall impression of the project.

KDLT Anchor Tom Hanson was one of six national winners of The Carter Center Fellowships for Journalism. The fellowship board chose Hanson and five print journalists from around the country. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter created the fellowship to educate journalists on mental health issues facing America, an issue she has championed since her days in the White House. Over the next year the journalists will be given access to the top mental health experts in the country.

Sarah Jelinek, NetWork Center, Inc., received the Microsoft CPLS Engagement Program Top Instructor Award for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Jelinek was chosen from Microsoft Certified Trainers for this award by receiving the highest evaluation scores in the nation. This award honors the finest instructors in the industry for their outstanding work with Microsoft.

Eleven attorneys from Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. (LJSL) were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. LJSL secured a No. 1 ranking in South Dakota in the areas of Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Energy Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Law, Labor and Employment Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Education Law was a new listing for 2009. The following attorneys from the LJSL Sioux Falls office were honored: Lee Magnuson, in commercial litigation and corporate law; Dan Fritz, in insurance law; Jon Sogn, in labor and employment law and personal injury litigation; R. Alan Peterson, in labor and employment law and personal injury litigation; and Richard D. Casey, in labor and employment law.

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Culver's of Sioux Falls donated $1,125 to the American Red Cross, a non-profit organization dedicated to humanitarian relief. The donation comes from coin boxes collected at the restaurants through the Sept. 11, 2008 “Hungry for Hurricane Relief� effort. This is the 2nd year Culver’s has partnered with the American Red Cross to raise funds and awareness to the needs of emergency victims.

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Curt Hage, Chair and CEO of Home Federal Bank, was named the South Dakota Businessman of the Year by the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.
At the 2008 Symon Awards, presented by Business Leadership Network, the following Chamber members were recognized: Home Federal Bank and Lowe’s received the Employer Achievement Award; Linda Vogel, VA Medical Center, received the Outstanding Employee Award; and Southeastern Behavioral Health Care Employment Connection received the Friend of BLN Award.

Junior Achievement of South Dakota was a recipient of the 2008 MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award. Each winner receives a cash award of $25,000 to expand its work, and JA Worldwide shares best practices throughout the organization. Junior Achievement of South Dakota earned the award for the Distance Learning and Participation Initiative. The initiative uses a statewide distance-learning network, DDN, to simultaneously train nearly 1,000 classroom volunteers across the state of South Dakota. A corresponding online training program was developed so statewide volunteers can review training materials as needed before entering JA classrooms. A second aspect of the initiative uses conference calls and website trainings to present orientations to JA board members across the state.

Wells Fargo Financial Bank was awarded Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls’ Supporter of the Year for their dedication and financial contribution to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls. The Wells Fargo Financial Bank and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation combined to contribute a $50,000 grant to help build a home. In the past four years, Wells Fargo has contributed to 34 Habitat builds in South Dakota and donated more than $729,000 to the organization in the state.

The Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annually recognizes companies that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly desirable work environment and to praise them for their leadership, culture and best practices with the Workplace Excellence Award. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth. The following Chamber members were recognized: in the small business category (less than 100 employees), J&L Harley Davidson; in the medium business category (101-500 employees), The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; and in the large business category (501 or more employees), Sanford Health.

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Name Changes

Travel Leaders is the new name for Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates.

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