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Past Winners of Tourism Awards

The Ben Black Elk Award and the A.H. Pankow Award have been presented annually since 1980 and 1981, respectively. The George S. Mickelson Great Service Award was first presented in 1993 (recognition is for the previous year), the Rooster Rush Cacklin’ Community Award was first presented in 2010 (recognition is for the previous year), and the Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award was first presented in 2013 (recognition is for the previous year). Here are lists of past honorees, starting with the most recent:

 

Ben Black Elk Award A.H. Pankow Award
2017 - Maureen Droz   2017 - South Dakota Public Broadcasting
2016 - Joe Muller and Doug Hofer   2016 - Jodi Schwan
2015 - John Brockelsby   2015 - John Christopher Fine
2014 - Phil Lampert   2014 - Shawn Cable
2013 - Michelle Lintz   2013 - Chad Coppess
2012 - Hazel Juhnke   2012 - Bob Faehn
2011 - Bill Honerkamp   2011 - South Dakota Magazine
2010 - Howard and Audrey Shaff   2010 - Mark Kayser
2009 - Nancy Brady   2009 - Al Neuharth
2008 - Mildred and Leonard Cimpl   2008 - Jeff Anderson
2007 - Sylvia Henkin   2007 - none awarded
2006 - Bill Walsh   2006 - Midwest Living magazine
2005 - Peter Norbeck   2005 - Gary Howey
2004 - Dennis "Doc" Casey   2004 - Kevin Costner
2003 - Gutzon Borglum family   2003 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
2002 - Dan Wenk 2002 - Aberdeen American News
2001 - Mary Adams 2001 - Bill Honerkamp
2000 - Dave Sweet 2000 - Jack Hansen - KSFY
1999 - Bill Hustead 1999 - Ron Spomer
1998 - The Ziolkowski Family 1998 - Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
1997 - Terry Redlin 1997 - Ron Schara
1996 - Gary Brown 1996 - Larry Atkinson
1995 - Eddie Clay 1995 - Anson Yeager
1994 - George S. Mickelson 1994 - Bernie Hunhoff
1993 - Kevin Locke 1993 - Jim Aesoph
1992 - Bud Duhamel 1992 - Mount Rushmore Memorial Society
            and the National Park Service
1991 - Al Mueller 1991 - Bob Karolevitz
1990 - Hoadley Dean 1990 - Robb DeWall
1989 - Bob Perry 1989 - Larry Myhre
1988 - Ruth Ziolkowski 1988 - Tom Griffith
1987 - Carl Burgess 1987 - Marci Christensen
1986 - Dave Geisler 1986 - John Lowrie
1985 - Kay Riordan Steuerwald 1985 - June Culp Zeitner
1984 - City of Wall 1984 - KELO Broadcasting
1983 - Korczak Ziolkowski 1983 - Tony Dean
1982 - Earl Brockelsby 1982 - Kevin Woster
1981 - Josef Meier 1981 - Ron Bender
1980 - Ted Hustead



George S. Mickelson Great Service Award (awarded for previous year)
2016 - The Saloon #10/Deadwood Social Club and Quality Inn & Suites, Watertown
2015 - Akta Lakota Museum and ClubHouse Hotel & Suites, Sioux Falls
2014 - Great Plains Zoo and Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Rapid City
2013 - Black Hills Central Reservations and Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza
2012 - South Dakota State Parks and Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls
2011 - Country Inn & Suites, Watertown and Pioneer Auto Show, Murdo
2010 - Aberdeen Parks and Recreation, Wylie Park and Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
2009 - Yankton CVB and Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Mount Rushmore
2008 - Prairie Berry Winery and Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, Sioux Falls
2007 - Redlin Art Center and Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort
2006 - Big Thunder Gold Mine
2005 - Cedar Shore Resort
2004 - Custer State Park
2003 - Black Hills Central Railroad/1880 Train, Hill City
2002 - Full House Inc., Deadwood
2001 - Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau
2000 - Tin Lizzie Gaming Complex, Deadwood
1999 - Days Inn Deadwood Gulch Resort
1998 - Custer Chamber of Commerce
1997 - Gas-n-Goodies of Watertown, De Smet and Webster
1996 - Mount Rushmore KOA/Palmer Gulch Resort, Hill City
1995 - Yankton Chamber of Commerce
1994 - Custer State Park
1993 - Reptile Gardens, Rapid City
1992 - Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City


Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award (awarded for previous year)
2016 - Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis (Rod Woodruff and team)
2015 - Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings (Randy Grimsley)
2014 - Strawbale Winery, Renner (Don and Susie South)
2013 - South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Association
2012 - Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau
 

Rooster Rush Cacklin’ Community Award (awarded for previous year)
2016 - Aberdeen
2015 - Aberdeen
2014 - Aberdeen
2013 - Watertown
2012 - Pierre/Fort Pierre
2011 - Huron
2010 - Watertown
2009 - Aberdeen