Dakota Life: The Human Spirit
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Elaine Doll-Dunn: It’s Never Too Late 

To celebrate her 82nd birthday this fall, Elaine Doll-Dunn plans to run 82 miles from France to Spain. Doll-Dunn began running at the age of 40 and has since completed 125 marathons. A former teacher, a mother of seven, and grandmother to 20, Doll-Dunn became a body-building champion when she was 58, was crowned Mrs. South Dakota 3 years later, and earned her doctorate in psychology at 65. The embodiment of “age is just a number,” Doll-Dunn was bestowed the Spirit of Dakota Award, has authored several books and is an accomplished mountain climber. Travel with us to Spearfish to meet this dynamo. 

Match Day: Admitting Med Students to Residencies 

Each year, USD’s medical students spend months applying for residency programs across the country. Anxiety runs high each spring on “Match Day,” when soon-to-be graduates learn to what residency program they’ve been accepted and where they’ll spend the next 3-5 years of their lives and careers. Join SDPB at the Sanford Campus in Sioux Falls to share the excitement of this med school tradition. 

The Spirit of Six 

The Spirit of Six honors six Rapid City High School cheerleaders who died in a plane crash March 17, 1968, at Rapid City Regional Airport as they returned from leading Cobbler fans at the state basketball championships in Sioux Falls. Jan Glaze, Shirley Landstrom, Laureen “Kay” McNutt, Terry Blanton, Diana McCluskey and Gail Flohr died, along with pilot Ivan Landstrom, his wife, Mary (Shirley’s parents) and English teacher and cheer adviser Dorothy Lloyd. SDPB traces the history and evolution of the award, from its early beginnings as a presentation in hotel lobbies to the South Dakota High School Activities Association expanding the recognition to all classes at both tournaments during a half-time Saturday night award ceremony. 

Trevor’s Legacy 

On August 29, 2015, in Kadoka, 17-year-old Trevor Torkelson was on his way to work at Subway when he was killed by a drunk driver. Each year, the Kadoka community gathers in the school gymnasium for “Rock the Rim,” a friendly basketball fundraiser for children in need put on by the Trevor’s Legacy Foundation. Founded by Trevor’s mother, Roxanne Vogelgesang, the organization works to carry on Trevor’s spirit of generosity and care by providing assistance for children in surrounding communities who have medical expenses from serious illness or accidents. 

Tune in for an all new episode of Dakota Life, Thursday, October 3, at 8pm (7 MT) on SDPB1. Rebroadcasts Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1pm (noon MT).