2012 Ben Black Elk Award

Presented to
Hazel Juhnke

Photo of Governor Daugaard and Hazel Juhnke
Governor Dennis Daugaard presents the
2012 Ben Black Elk Award to Hazel Juhnke, Vivian, 

at the 2012 Governor's Conference on Tourism.

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The Ben Black Elk Award recognizes an individual who has made tireless and outstanding contributions to the state’s visitor industry. The award commemorates Ben Black Elk, who personally greeted visitors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial for more than 27 years.

Hazel Juhnke has been an ambassador and expert at welcoming our guests for more than three decades. As a travel counselor and supervisor at Interstate Information Centers at Vivian and Chamberlain, Hazel has gotten to know almost every industry business in South Dakota and their owners.

Hazel is a frequent attendee of the annual Tourism Conference, where she makes an effort to interact with the industry and gain even more knowledge about what South Dakota has to offer our visitors.

We recognize that there is no stronger voice when promoting the South Dakota visitor industry than the travel counselors who are the first point of contact for many of our visitors. Hazel has faithfully been that voice for 30 years.