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 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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