Her early life was spent in Wyoming, but her marks were made in South Dakota.  Shirley Halleen will officially be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame on September 13 and 14.

After moving to Sioux Falls in 1972, Shirley was credited with introducing aerobic exercise to the city by conducting daily classes.  She was elected to the South Dakota Legislature in 1980 and re-elected in 1982.  Another political highlight was her appearance on the Democratic ticket as Lieutenant Governor in 1990 with Bob Samuelson.

Halleen also completed a Master of Divinity degree plus a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship to Harvard University for a Master of Public Administration Degree among her academic accomplishments.  She has also been on the other side of the podium as chair of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plus teaching courses.  OLLI has grown from humble beginnings into a powerful force in providing more opportunities to learn for mostly the retired segment of the public.

Halleen Describes OLLI’s Rise In Sioux Falls

Joining Halleen into the South Dakota Hall of Fame will be nine other inductees.  The others are Dr. Dennis Knutson, Pat Lebrun, Thomas Lillibridge, Jerry Shoener, Charles Trimble, Miles Beacom, Ruth Brennan, Bernard Christenson and Bill Janklow.