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 Dakota  Mr. Dakota Year
Fern Wassem 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
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 Karlton  Adam 1986
Julie  Brandsma Scott  Jones 1987
Rhonda VanLaecken Pape  Robert  Stack 1988
Sarah Adam Axtman  Michael  Feddersen 1989
Jill Anderson Hieb  Robert  LaFollette 1990
Cynthia Hart Mickelson  Robert  Hollan 1991
Julie Jarding Norton  Steven  Ring 1992
Jennifer  Dice  Kirk  Haverkamp 1993
Tansy Pitcher Forbes  Steven  Stalzer 1994
    1994
Mindy  Glover  Jason  Conley 1995
    1995
Gertrude Cronin Mayer-Hiss   1996
Annie Gillis Kleibecker  Michael  Koehler 1996
Camela Clark Theeler   1997
Brendan  Johnson   1997
Mary Almquist Hotzler   1998
Jason  Schulte   1998
Jacquelyn Dice Johnson   1999
Matthew  Mayer   1999
Tara  Creighton   2000
Kimberly Van Deventer Lanham   2000
Ross  Wright   2000
Meghan  Anderson   2001
Mark  Bain   2001
Betsy Eide Sage   2002
Joseph  Holt   2002
Emily  Horner   2003
Trenton  Custis   2003
Tara Lammers Miller   2004
Nathan  Becker   2004
Kate  Miles   2005
Eric  Omdahl   2005
Kimberly Smith Smith-Talcott   2006
Frank  Leibfarth   2006
Joshua  Cope   2007
Rachel  Svartoien   2007
Mary  Fitzgibbons   2008
Alex  Smith   2008
Anne  Grady   2009
Patrick  Siegling   2009
Molly  Mack   2010
Dzenan  Berberovic   2010
Alexa  Duling   2011
James  Payer II   2011
Alissa VanMeeteren    2012
Brenan Tjelmeland   2012
Anna Hyronimus   2013
Gavin Pochop   2013
 Lindsey Montileaux   2014
 Brent Olinger   2014


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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