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Kristi was born, raised and still lives in northeastern South Dakota with her husband, Bryon, and their three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.

Kristi learned the value of hard work as she farmed with her dad to build an operation he could pass along to his kids one day. While Kristi was taking college classes, her father died unexpectedly in a farming accident. Kristi returned home shortly after to farm and ranch full-time. She stepped up, helped stabilize the operation, and provided leadership when it was needed most.

Kristi’s experience as a small business owner shaped her understanding of government. The way she sees it: the federal government too often gets in the way of hardworking South Dakotans trying to support their families, communities, and our country. That belief has been what's driven Kristi to try to make a difference through public service.

Neel Kashkari took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on January 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the bank, including supervision and regulation, and payments services. He is on the Board of the Economic Club of Minnesota and the Twin Cities PBS (TPT) President’s Council. Kashkari spoke to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, August 7th, 2017.
Each year ten extraordinary people are inducted into the prestigious South Dakota Hall of Fame. This year’s class is an exceptionally talented group with Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Jeff Scherschligt, Jeff Broin, Kelby Krabbenhoft and Ernest Carlsen from the Sioux Falls community. What does it take to become a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame? What is the selection process? And what is the mission of the Hall of Fame? Miles Beacom, incoming Hall of Fame Board Chair provided background on this 43-year-old organization. 

Beacom moderated a panel featuring Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, incoming President of Augustana University, and Jeff Scherschligt, CEO of Marsh and McLellan and President of Howalt+McDowell Insurance since 1985, two of this year’s inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. Panelists shared their thoughts about joining the 700+ inductees in the South Dakota Hall of Fame as well as their life experiences leading to this honor.
South Dakota is uniquely positioned to be the “sweet spot” for the biotechnology industry, according to SAB Biotherapeutics Chief Science Officer, Dr. Christoph L. Bausch. Bausch presented the results of an intensive research study on the state of biotech in South Dakota when he presented to the Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary on Monday, July 24 at the Holiday Inn City Centre. 

Curious about the opportunities in biotech, Bausch conducted unique research, classifying each of the 66 South Dakota-based biotech companies into a growth phase and identified complementary companies to attract to the state to grow and support these businesses. With over 200 students currently studying in the biotech field in the core market, along with the new USD Discovery District, South Dakota is an attractive spot. And it’s great for the economy with biotech jobs typically paying 57% more than many other local professions. 

As Chief Science Officer, Bausch is responsible for antibody and antigen production, quality control laboratories, research collaborations, grant funding and clinical studies at SAB Biotherapeutics.
W. Tom Simmons, who recently retired after a long career at Midco where he served the company as the Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls at the club’s weekly meeting, Monday July 17.

Simmons discussed key concepts from his hot-off-the-press book “How We Do Things Around Here – A 45 year discovery into the power of corporate culture.

Simmons is a nationally recognized industry spokesman appearing often before congressional committees, state and federal regulators yet his passion is people and organizations who work together in the best interest of others.  He makes the case culture can be the key and style still matters.  His key principles for business leaders include:
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