design:SD Booth at Customer Appreciation Days


The Design South Dakota team introduced the project to many Corsica area residents at the Corsica Commercial Club’s Customer Appreciation Days last Saturday. The Commercial Club served pancakes and sausages for free to hundreds of Corsica locals, while Jim Beddow, Ward Whitwam and I talked design and charrette with the locals.

Big thanks go to our friends at the Willmar Design Center in Willmar, MN (especially Bev Daugherty) for allowing us to borrow their charrette boards to use in our display. Also thanks to TSP Architects in Sioux Falls for lending us the display background, to Bobbi Gaukel at one8ty creative for designing the logo and handouts on super short notice, and to Nathan Hinker and the Corsica Commercial Club for inviting us to participate (and giving us the idea for the booth)!

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Ward Whitwam, AIA and a member of the design:SD planning team, ran into an old friend (or maybe adversary?) at the pancake feed. Ward designed the Corsica Elementary School 39 years ago. At that time, Sid Hoekstra, who still lives in Corsica, was the School Board Chair. Sid and Ward recalled the arguments they had almost 40 years ago over the price of the project.


Ward also visited with the folks in the Douglas County Hospital booth. He learned they will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of building the hospital later this year. As it turns out, Ward also designed that building half a century ago!

Thanks to the Corsica community for the warm welcome!

Joe Bartmann, The Rural Learning Center


1 Response to “design:SD Booth at Customer Appreciation Days”

  1. 1 Jim Beddow
    March 29, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Sid was on the Douglas County Planning Commission in the 1960’s. He gave us a copy of their planning assumptions “way back.” The students at the High School are using it as part of their research about the community – Thanks Sid.
    PS. Also got a copy of the world famous “From Here To Eternity” Hoekstra family history. I wonder if Sid knows that “From Here to Eternity” might be a patented title??????????

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