South Dakota Hall of Fame announces inductees


CHAMBERLAIN — Fame abounds in Oacoma and Platte as two individuals are named as South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees.

Christine Hamilton, Oacoma resident and Kimball High School attendee, and Marcus King, lifelong Platte resident, were recognized for their ability to be pioneers in their particular field and improve the quality of life in the state.

Hamilton and King are among 10 named as South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees. They will be formally recognized as the 2016 class at the annual Honors Ceremony on Sept. 9-10 in Chamberlain.

"These are two very wonderful people in South Dakota," said Don Barnett, board member for the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Hamilton is being inducted into the hall of fame for her work as an agricultural economist and leader in the field of agriculture, according to Barnett.

She is a managing partner of Christiansen Land and Cattle, LTD, as well as founder and co-owner of Dakota Packaging, Inc. She has also launched two South Dakota-based capital organizations.

"She just brings a degree of intellectualism to agriculture," Barnett said. "She just brings a degree of intellectualism to agriculture."

The South Dakota Hall of Fame is inducting King for creating economic competition in the grocery store market in Platte and neighboring communities.

He trains grocery store employees to become managers then offers to sell the store to the employee turned manager. During this process, King acts as business adviser to the stores.

"He's added so much to the quality of life in the communities surrounding Platte," Barnett said.

The other inductees come from various areas in South and represent multi fields.

• John Barlow, of Rapid City, is an active member in the medical field and has strived to improve the profession across the state. Barlow has served in a leadership roles in various organizations and projects.

• South Dakota State University political science professor, Robert Burns, began his undergraduate career at the university and later returned as a professor. During his time in Brookings, he received the Teacher of the Year award seven times. He has retired from teaching, but he remained in Brookings.

• Rick Holm, Brookings doctor, strived to provide healthcare across the state by hosting a PBS television show, radio show and other media through his website prariedoc.org. He has also served as the President of the South Dakota State Medical Association and governor of the South Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

• JoEllen Koerner, of Sioux Falls, spent 48 years in the nursing profession, and she used that time to stress the importance of patient care. She serves as the senior vice president for clinical quality at CareSpan, an organization focused on serving rural and reservation-based communities.

• Elizabeth Meyer, of Sioux Falls, spent her professional life educating South Dakota about mammograms and breast cancer. She has received awards for helping to establish state-mandated insurance for mammogram screenings.

• Joy Nelson, of Watertown, spent her life as a real estate broker in Watertown, and later bought and donated a ranch to Lutheran Outdoors of South Dakota. Joy Ranch opened in 2012, and since then has served youth and adults with special needs.

• Jack Redden, of Rapid City, has been recognized for his work geological work. He has contributed to the South Dakota community's knowledge of the minerals in the Black Hills.

• Bill Russell, of Deadwood, contributed to the world of art and entertainment. He has created musicals that have been performed throughout the world and Russell has received awards throughout his career.

"These people, there are not two that are the same," Barnett said. "We want to recognize people that have strived and arrived at their peak of their chosen field in life."

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