Thank you to First Interstate Bank for a generous investment of $10,000 in the SDARL annual fund, moving the bank into the Platinum Donor category, designating gifts of $10,000 and above. First Interstate recently merged with Great Western Bank, expanding the bank’s territory to eight new states and increasing philanthropic support. These funds will be used to support the final 5 seminars for SDARL Class XI.

SDARL calls donors “investors” because the return on their investment is lived out in the leadership service of program graduates across the state and nation, and in local communities of South Dakota. Companies interested in investing in the future of agriculture and rural communities are encouraged to contact Don Norton, SDARL CEO, at

First Interstate Bank Donate to SDARL
Pictured are, from left, Jay Behrends (SDARL III), First Interstate ag banker in Aberdeen; Jeff Scheel, First Interstate Agri Business Market President; SDARL CEO Don Norton; and Greg Peters, First Interstate Bank in Brookings.



September 30, 2022

SDARL Alumni part of $80 million SDSU Grant

The following is an excerpt of the full announcement. South Dakota State University today announced that it will receive up to $80 million for the …

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SDARL Life Events Celebrations and Recognitions September 2022

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