MITCHELL — In case you are on the lookout for one of the best tour of the World’s Solely Corn Palace you do not need to look far. Troy “Popcorn” Magnuson has been a staple of Mitchell’s Tourism for over 37 years and was honored in the course of the 2023 South Dakota Governor’s Convention on Tourism with the Ruth Zoilkowski award.

“Troy loves his job, and he loves whom he works with, so coming to work is so fulfilling for him,” stated Ellie Hohn, tourism retail supervisor on the Corn Palace Reward Store. “He goes above and past for each tour he offers and works exhausting all through the day within the reward store. Troy is such an necessary staple to the Mitchell group for his exhausting work and dedication.”

Magnuson was joined by tourism business companions, South Dakota State Legislators and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to rejoice the success of 2022 tourism and to arrange for 2023. Thursday evenings Awards Evening Gala honors leaders throughout the business and is a chance for celebration earlier than one other thrilling 12 months of celebrating all that’s South Dakota. A shocked and humbled Magnuson accepted the Ruth Zoilkowski award for the Southeast South Dakota Area.

“Thanks really,” shocked Magnuson stated. “I like what I do and the crew I get to work with, however it’s not work should you get to do what you’re keen on. I’m honored and flattered.”

Magnuson has labored on the Corn Palace Reward Store and Chamber for 37 years giving round 110 scheduled excursions per 12 months (this excludes the excursions he schedules throughout his private time). From Could to October, you will discover Troy main bus tour after bus tour. All through his profession he has led over 1000’s of excursions. From elementary class excursions, to retired bus teams, he makes use of his wonderful customer support expertise to regulate to every group in a novel means for them to take pleasure in their time and understanding the historical past of the World’s Solely Corn Palace. He additionally learns one thing new from every group he meets. He really enjoys assembly and speaking to vacationers day-after-day.

“Popcorn” can also be a proud member of the native Shriner’s Group and helps arrange occasions such because the Annual Group Christmas Dinner and Circus.

The Ruth Ziolkowski Excellent Hospitality & Buyer Service Award is offered to 4 people – one from every of our state’s 4 areas – for excellent hospitality and customer support within the tourism business. The award acknowledges a member of the South Dakota tourism business who gives exceptional service to each customer she or he encounters, and whose work, like Ruth Ziolkowski’s, demonstrates an impressive spirit of hospitality, heat, and real kindness.