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Two men who have dedicated decades of their lives to South Dakota cooperatives will be inducted into the South Dakota Cooperative Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 11, in Deadwood, S.D.
 

Dale Locken, Akaska, served as CEO of the South Dakota Wheat Growers (now Agtegra Cooperative) for 15 years.  He also served on the United Suppliers and Winfield United board of directors, and was named Manager of the Year by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, as well as Most Valuable Player in agriculture by the South Dakota Corn Growers Association. 
     Dale is a native South Dakotan, born and raised near Aberdeen.  He served his company and his community for decades, working tirelessly to promote agriculture and the cooperative system in South Dakota. 

Kermit Pearson, Lake City, served the electric cooperative community for nearly 40 years by serving on the Lake Region, East River, and Basin Electric boards.  He is currently vice president of the Basin Electric Power Cooperative board.
     A graduate of South Dakota State University, Kermit farms east of Britton and owns the Pearson Gelbvieh cattle Company in partnership with his brother, Neal.  He taught vocational agriculture in Redfield, SD, and managed the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.  He is active in his church and community.

The induction social and banquet will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at The Lodge in Deadwood, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $40 per person and may be obtained by calling the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives at 605-945-2548.

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