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Theme: extraordinary lives

This event occurred on
June 10, 2011
1:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Sioux Falls, SD
United States

TEDxSiouxFalls will provide a platform for the unique stories and extraordinary people that come from and live in South Dakota. All speakers have lived a portion of their life in South Dakota.

Augustana College, Edith Mortenson Theatre
2001 South Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD, 57197
United States
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Mike Dunlap

After decades as a nationally competitive marathoner, Dunlap, a Sanford Health exercise physiologist, transitioned his competitive spirit to cycling. After years of competing in ultra cycling events (400+ miles), he decided to challenge himself and, in 2010, he entered the grueling 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM), dubbed "the toughest bike race in the world." He did not finish the race. In 2011, he will compete in the 860-mile Race Across the West (RAW). He plans to try the Race Across America again in 2012.

Jolene Loetscher

A lifetime learner, idea farmer and ‘DooGooder,’ Loetscher grew up among the farm fields of Nebraska and now calls South Dakota home. Starting at age 19, she worked as a television reporter before going to public relations and starting DooGooders. She received her bachelor's degree with a major in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and her MBA in Global Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Kendra Gottsleben

Her life is defined by her positive outlook and success in overcoming obstacles, not MPS — the rare genetic condition she was born with. A graduate of Augustana College, Gottsleben works in the Department of Pediatrics within the Center for Disabilities at the Sanford School of Medicine. She is working on her first book.

Kristi Egland

An associate scientist at the Sanford Research/USD Cancer Biology Research Center, Egland is a breast cancer survivor and researcher. She is leading research efforts to develop a blood test for breast cancer detection.

Larry & Elizabeth Smith

In the midst of a seven-year-long battle to prolong the effects of Parkinson’s disease, Larry Smith made the move from Connecticut to South Dakota along with his wife, Elizabeth (Betty). A retired police captain, Smith started Mr. Smith's Bakery Café, which provides artisan breads and other fare to the folks in Vermillion. Betty Smith teaches at the University of South Dakota.

Waneen Polly

A 1970 graduate of Watertown High School and a 1974 SDSU grad, Polly spent years working internationally for the Peace Corps and as a consultant. She returned home and was named Executive Director of the Arrow Education Foundation in October 2005.

John Beranek

A native of Miller, S.D., and a skilled presenter, teacher and motivator, Beranek utilizes story-telling, discussion, music and group interaction to promote awareness and change. He has nearly 15 years of experience in prevention initiatives and system change programs.

Toby Kane

A skilled musician and songwriter from Keldren, S.D., Kane has traveled the world — both as a roadie and as a performer, sharing a stage with the likes of Daughtry and David Cook.

Organizing team


Sioux Falls, SD, United States
  • Chris Bohlen
    Assistant to Organizer