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 27, 2023

Join Class XII for an Evening with Coach Stig and President Dunn

SDARL alumni and friends are invited to join Class XII in Brookings on December 12, 2023 for “An Evening with Coach Stig and President Dunn.” …

September 14, 2023

Walt Bones (Class II) Inducted Into the South Dakota Hall of Fame

A Caring Advocate for Agriculture Article credit: South Dakota Hall of Fame When Walt Bones is asked to serve, he says “yes!” From serving as …

September 14, 2023

West River Golf Tournament Recap

Thank you and congratulations to all the players, winners, and sponsors of the SDARL West River Golf Tournament on September 7, 2023! It was a …

September 14, 2023

Beef Bowl Tailgate!

It was a fun day in Brookings at the SDARL tailgate event with Zoetis on September 9, 2023. Hosted by Craig Dybedahl (Class II) and Matt …

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