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Keynote Speaker - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds
On January 6th, 2015, Senator Marion Michael “Mike” Rounds was sworn into the United States Senate. Senator Rounds serves on four committees: Senate Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs; and Environment and Public Works.
Rounds previously served as the 31st governor of South Dakota from 2003 – 2011, easily winning reelection in 2006. From 1991 to 2000, he was elected five times to the South Dakota State Senate. In 1995, his colleagues selected him to serve as Senate Majority Leader, a position that he held for six years. During his time in state government, Rounds was committed to growing the economy, keeping taxes low and strengthening South Dakota families.
A lifelong South Dakotan, Senator Rounds was born in Huron, the eldest of 11 siblings. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University. In the private sector, Rounds built a successful insurance and real estate business with offices throughout the state. He and his wife, Jean, currently reside in Fort Pierre. They are the proud parents of four grown children and 10 grandchildren.
Adam Oswald was born and raised in South Dakota, and spent his youth doing what Midwestern boys do - dreaming of excuses to be outside. Neighborhood baseball games, hikes and digging holes in the dirt, but nothing compared to sitting in a treestand waiting for deer to make their move, or tredging through a slough anticipating the ring-necked roosters’ startling flush. As he grew older, Adam realized it was not just about the presence of a particular quarry he was after, but the act of being in nature that excited him most. He notices the behavior of all wild things, birds pulling bugs from the dirt, squirrels gliding from branch to branch, the way trees sway in the wind and, most importantly, the effects of all lighting conditions. If you catch him gazing into the distance, there is a good chance he is daydreaming about those experiences, but an even better chance he is studying the way shadows and light play off the forest floor or nearby structures.
Last Year's Special Guests
Recurve Bow Professional
One time world Champion, 5 time National champion, 2 time sectional winner, 35 five time state champion Holds world record and National record.
Avid hunter of deer, elk, black bear and turkey.
Art teacher at Dell Rapids High School. Has been painting his whole life! Avid hunter and fisherman. During the expo, Richard will be painting the actual artwork that will be auctioned off during the Silent & Live Auction.