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Induction Category & YearArts and Entertainment 2003
Home TownSioux Falls, SD
Minneapolis, MN

  10 C. Egan Jr.
Champion of Excellence

 When South Dakotans hear John Egan’s name, they think sports. He was voted South Dakota Sports Writer of the Year eight times and he wrote stories cited by the Associated Press and the South Dakota Newspaper Association as story of the year. Upon retirement, the governor proclaimed two John Egan Days, first at a retirement dinner and the second on his last day on the job.

After two years of U.S. Army service in counter intelligence in Tokyo, Egan returned to South Dakota and began writing sports at the Argus Leader. He wore many hats during his 34-year career, including sports editor and columnist. He co-authored a syndicated radio sports show for 20 years with noted sports caster Ray Scott. Egan is a member of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and has been honored by sports and education organizations.

Egan was born April 1, 1931, in Minneapolis. He transferred from the University of Minnesota to Augustana College in Sioux Falls in 1950, earning degrees in English and History. His wife, Jan is from Hayti. Their daughter, Jodie is married to Scott Flolid. Both are Augustana graduates. They have a daughter, Maggie, and a son, Seth.

In 1994, Drop Him Till He Dies, a book about the wrongful execution in Dakota Territorial times of Egan’s great-grandfather, Thomas Egan, was published. He also authored The Vern Mikkelsen Story, published in October 2006. It depicts the rise of a Danish Lutheran pastor’s son to the Basketball Hall of Fame by way of the Minneapolis Lakers.

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