Dakota Days' Royalty ~ Miss and Mr. Dakota

The tradition of Dakota Days was established by University President Robert Slagle in 1914. First known as South Dakota Day, the Nov. 24, 1914 issue of The Volante proclaimed, "It is the first time that anything of the sort has ever been staged here. By all who witnessed it, it was pronouced a howling success." President Slagle brought the idea of Dakota Day with him from Brookings, where he had been instrumental in launching Hobo Day. Student Association President H.C. Mundt took up the proposition and organized the first Dakota Day Nov. 20, 1914. Fern Wassem '17 of Harrisburg was elected Miss Dakota by a student vote and rode the parade in a car decorated with red and white bunting. The honor of Mr. Dakota was added to the the Dakota Day tradition in 1986 with Karlton Adam '87 of Pierre being the first to bear that title.

Miss/Mr Dakota
Fern Wasem Bertelero 1914
Genevieve Kelley ORourke 1915
Pauline Sheppard Crawford 1916
Bertha Boller Bryan 1917
Hazel Clark Hyden 1918
Marie Leavitt Johnson 1919
Marian Pearce VanBuskirk 1920
Helen Morris Boub 1921
Mabel Brookman Crowder 1922
Alice Jackson McDowell 1923
Martha Goertz Hill 1924
Mary Sundsrtom Scallin 1925
Gertrude Cronin Mayer-Hiss 1926
Geneva Rosser Gorsuch 1927
Dorothy Mortimer Dunlap 1928
Evelyn Kyes Kruse 1929
Eva  Nelson 1930
Ruth Payne Fuller 1931
Virginia Pier Simpson 1932
Doris Morrissey Reininger 1933
Marian  Quirk 1934
Gerda McClintic Mason 1935
Gwenneth Artley Biersbach 1936
Elnora Drafahl Carrino 1937
Helen Jones Ryan 1938
Carolyn Frei Kittelson 1939
Maxine Chapman Becker 1940
Maxine  Johnson 1941
Marjorie Buck Brickson 1942
Thelma McGuire Ross 1943
Lorna Sharpe Leedy 1944
Janet Robinson Finnerty 1945
Barbara Wangsness Kurtis 1946
Donna Hodges Williams 1947
Mary Dake Watland 1948
Carolyn Cowles Levitt 1948
Joan Pearson Kelly 1949
Irene O'Connor Connors 1951
Trudy Hasse Nepstad 1952
Mary Mumford Wagner 1953
Mary McKeon Rath 1954
Betty Holmoe Pfeifle 1955
Ann Hasse Nelson 1956
Patricia Mickelson Adam 1957
Jane Shull Olson 1958
Ellen Hasse Buchanan 1959
Martha Clark Brost 1960
Tamara Ullyot Baker 1961
Beth Railsback McCaslin 1962
Linda Wilkie Struck 1963
Janet Baumann Larson 1964
Ruth Ellwein Powers 1965
Magnhild  Pettersen 1966
Ellen  Blassingham 1967
Gay Winters Zimmerman 1968
Peggy Goeken Pluimer 1969
Katherine Mullally Cink 1970
Vicky Vander Vorste King 1971
Karen Bielski Palmer 1972
Mary Ann Drenkhahn McCurdy 1973
Carolyn Lardinois English 1974
Mary  Johnson 1975
Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy 1976
Nancy Dwight Gallagher 1977
Jacqueline Haggar Haggar-Tuschen 1978
Mary  Enterman 1979
Mary Kellen Williams 1980
Carla Taplett Thomsen 1981
Debra Nellermoe Mortenson 1982
Barbara Hanten Struwe 1983
Patricia Bernard Pharis 1984
Susan  Wade 1985
Paula Hochhalter Clausen and Karlton  Adam 1986
Julie  Brandsma and Scott  Jones 1987
Rhonda VanLaecken Pape and Robert  Stack 1988
Sarah Adam Adam Axtman and Michael  Feddersen 1989
Jill Anderson Hieb and Robert  LaFollette 1990
Cynthia Hart Mickelson and Robert  Hollan 1991
Julie Jarding Norton and Steven  Ring 1992
Jennifer  Dice and Kirk  Haverkamp 1993
Tansy Pitcher Forbes and Steven  Stalzer 1994
Mindy  Glover and Jason  Conley 1995
Annie Gillis Kleibecker and Michael  Koehler 1996
Camela Clark Theeler and Brendan  Johnson 1997
Mary Almquist Hotzler and Jason  Schulte 1998
Jacquelyn Dice Johnson and Matthew  Mayer 1999
Tara  Creighton & Kimberly Van Deventer Lanham and Ross  Wright 2000
Meghan  Anderson and Mark  Bain 2001
Betsy Eide Sage and Joseph  Holt 2002
Emily  Horner and Trenton  Custis 2003
Tara Lammers Miller and Nathan  Becker 2004
Kate  Miles and Eric  Omdahl 2005
Kimberly Smith Smith-Talcott and Frank  Leibfarth 2006
Joshua  Cope and Rachel  Svartoien 2007
Mary  Fitzgibbons and Alex  Smith 2008
Anne  Grady and Patrick  Siegling 2009
Molly  Mack and Dzenan  Berberovic 2010
Alexa  Duling and James  Payer II 2011
Alissa VanMeeteren and Brenan Tjelmeland 2012
Anna Hyronimus and Gavin Pochop 2013
Lindsey Montileaux and Brent Olinger 2014
Sami Zoss and Lucas Peterson 2015



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Miss/Mr Dakota


 

 

Coronation


 

 

Fern Wasem Bertelero


 

 

1914


 

 

Genevieve Kelley ORourke


 

 

1915


 

 

Pauline Sheppard Crawford


 

 

1916


 

 

Bertha Boller Bryan


 

 

1917


 

 

Hazel Clark Hyden


 

 

1918


 

 

Marie Leavitt Johnson


 

 

1919


 

 

Marian Pearce VanBuskirk


 

 

1920


 

 

Helen Morris Boub


 

 

1921


 

 

Mabel Brookman Crowder


 

 

1922


 

 

Alice Jackson McDowell


 

 

1923


 

 

Martha Goertz Hill


 

 

1924


 

 

Mary Sundsrtom Scallin


 

 

1925


 

 

Gertrude Cronin Mayer-Hiss


 

 

1926


 

 

Geneva Rosser Gorsuch


 

 

1927


 

 

Dorothy Mortimer Dunlap


 

 

1928


 

 

Evelyn Kyes Kruse


 

 

1929


 

 

Eva 
  Nelson


 

 

1930


 

 

Ruth Payne Fuller


 

 

1931


 

 

Virginia Pier Simpson


 

 

1932


 

 

Doris Morrissey Reininger


 

 

1933


 

 

Marian  Quirk


 

 

1934


 

 

Gerda McClintic Mason


 

 

1935


 

 

Gwenneth Artley Biersbach


 

 

1936


 

 

Elnora Drafahl Carrino


 

 

1937


 

 

Helen Jones Ryan


 

 

1938


 

 

Carolyn Frei Kittelson


 

 

1939


 

 

Maxine Chapman Becker


 

 

1940


 

 

Maxine  Johnson


 

 

1941


 

 

Marjorie Buck Brickson


 

 

1942


 

 

Thelma McGuire Ross


 

 

1943


 

 

Lorna Sharpe Leedy


 

 

1944


 

 

Janet Robinson Finnerty


 

 

1945


 

 

Barbara Wangsness Kurtis


 

 

1946


 

 

Donna Hodges Williams


 

 

1947


 

 

Mary Dake Watland


 

 

1948


 

 

Carolyn Cowles Levitt


 

 

1948


 

 

Joan Pearson Kelly


 

 

1949


 

 

Irene O'Connor Connors


 

 

1951


 

 

Trudy Hasse Nepstad


 

 

1952


 

 

Mary Mumford Wagner


 

 

1953


 

 

Mary McKeon Rath


 

 

1954


 

 

Betty Holmoe Pfeifle


 

 

1955


 

 

Ann Hasse Nelson


 

 

1956


 

 

Patricia Mickelson Adam


 

 

1957


 

 

Jane Shull Olson


 

 

1958


 

 

Ellen Hasse Buchanan


 

 

1959


 

 

Martha Clark Brost


 

 

1960


 

 

Tamara Ullyot Baker


 

 

1961


 

 

Beth Railsback McCaslin


 

 

1962


 

 

Linda Wilkie Struck


 

 

1963


 

 

Janet Baumann Larson


 

 

1964


 

 

Ruth Ellwein Powers


 

 

1965


 

 

Magnhild  Pettersen


 

 

1966


 

 

Ellen 
  Blassingham


 

 

1967


 

 

Gay Winters Zimmerman


 

 

1968


 

 

Peggy Goeken Pluimer


 

 

1969


 

 

Katherine Mullally Cink


 

 

1970


 

 

Vicky Vander Vorste King


 

 

1971


 

 

Karen Bielski Palmer


 

 

1972


 

 

Mary Ann Drenkhahn McCurdy


 

 

1973


 

 

Carolyn Lardinois English


 

 

1974


 

 

Mary 
  Johnson


 

 

1975


 

 

Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy


 

 

1976


 

 

Nancy Dwight Gallagher


 

 

1977


 

 

Jacqueline Haggar Haggar-Tuschen


 

 

1978


 

 

Mary 
  Enterman


 

 

1979


 

 

Mary Kellen Williams


 

 

1980


 

 

Carla Taplett Thomsen


 

 

1981


 

 

Debra Nellermoe Mortenson


 

 

1982


 

 

Barbara Hanten Struwe


 

 

1983


 

 

Patricia Bernard Pharis


 

 

1984


 

 

Susan 
  Wade


 

 

1985


 

 

Paula Hochhalter Clausen and
  Karlton  Adam


 

 

1986


 

 

Julie 
  Brandsma and Scott  Jones


 

 

1987


 

 

Rhonda VanLaecken Pape and
  Robert  Stack


 

 

1988


 

 

Sarah Adam Adam Axtman and
  Michael  Feddersen


 

 

1989


 

 

Jill Anderson Hieb and Robert  LaFollette


 

 

1990


 

 

Cynthia Hart Mickelson and
  Robert  Hollan


 

 

1991


 

 

Julie Jarding Norton and Steven  Ring


 

 

1992


 

 

Jennifer  Dice and Kirk  Haverkamp


 

 

1993


 

 

Tansy Pitcher Forbes and Steven  Stalzer


 

 

1994


 

 

Mindy 
  Glover and Jason  Conley


 

 

1995


 

 

Annie Gillis Kleibecker and
  Michael  Koehler


 

 

1996


 

 

Camela Clark Theeler and Brendan  Johnson


 

 

1997


 

 

Mary Almquist Hotzler and Jason  Schulte


 

 

1998


 

 

Jacquelyn Dice Johnson and
  Matthew  Mayer


 

 

1999


 

 

Tara 
  Creighton & Kimberly Van Deventer Lanham and Ross  Wright


 

 

2000


 

 

Meghan  Anderson and Mark  Bain


 

 

2001


 

 

Betsy Eide Sage and Joseph  Holt


 

 

2002


 

 

Emily 
  Horner and Trenton  Custis


 

 

2003


 

 

Tara Lammers Miller and Nathan  Becker


 

 

2004


 

 

Kate 
  Miles and Eric  Omdahl


 

 

2005


 

 

Kimberly Smith Smith-Talcott and
  Frank  Leibfarth


 

 

2006


 

 

Joshua  Cope and Rachel  Svartoien


 

 

2007


 

 

Mary 
  Fitzgibbons and Alex  Smith


 

 

2008


 

 

Anne 
  Grady and Patrick  Siegling


 

 

2009


 

 

Molly 
  Mack and Dzenan  Berberovic


 

 

2010


 

 

Alexa 
  Duling and James  Payer II


 

 

2011


 

 

Alissa VanMeeteren and Brenan
  Tjelmeland


 

 

2012


 

 

Anna Hyronimus and Gavin Pochop


 

 

2013


 

 

Lindsey Montileaux and Brent Olinger


 

 

2014


 

 

Sami Zoss and Lucas Peterson


 

 

2015


 


 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 


Miss Dakota Float, 1929


Dakota Days Parade, 1929


Dakota Days Game. 1929


Miss Dakota, 1939


Dakota Days Football Game


Miss Dakota, 1944


Homecoming Parade, 1958


Dakota Days Game, 1966


Miss Dakota & Her Court, 1968

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