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|Hubert E. Alewel was born May 31, 1929, and grew up on a farm near Concordia, MO, east of Kansas City, MO. He attended St. Matthew's Lutheran School, a one-room rural school in Ernestville, MO, through the eighth grade and graduated from Concordia High School in 1947.
Alewel's training in the newspaper and commercial printing business was an on-the-job apprenticeship in 1948-49 at The Standard Herald in Warrensburg, MO. Here, a family friend, publisher and printer, who was confined to a wheelchair due to an accident, dedicated his time in a one-on-one training program. Alewel later worked at The Concordian in Concordia, the Hettinger County Herald, in New England, ND, and Columbian Missourian, the newspaper of the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, MO.
Alewel served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954 and after serving with the Army Engineers in Korea for 18 months, Alewel returned to work at the Columbian Missourian. In 1955, he began working for The Kansas City News Press, a community daily, and The Daily Record, a legal newspaper in Kansas City, MO. In 1964, the Alewels moved to Chamberlain, SD, and began their employment at the Chamberlain Register Newspaper.
In 1976, Alewel and his wife, Norma, bought a 49 percent share in Register Publishing Co., Inc. (The Chamberlain Register Newspaper, Kennebec Advocate-Leader and commercial printing business) from the Buckinghams and completed the purchase in 1981.
In July 1984, the Alewels expanded their commercial printing business and moved to a larger building on the north edge of Chamberlain and the business name was changed to Register-Lakota Printing. The number of employees increased from 9 to 35 and the gross dollar volume grew to $1.5 million.
Over the years, the continued expansion of the printing and newspaper industry in the Chamberlain area resulted in a 50-plus employee base. It continues to be a major employment opportunity.
With a passion for South Dakota and the potential for continued development, Alewel served numerous local and state boards through leadership and monetary contributions. Some of them were: Chamberlain United Church of Christ in various capacities as well as on the UCC Conference Board of Directors; he served on a local bank board of directors; St. Joseph Indian School fund-raising committees and National Advisory Board; served on the local hospital board from 1973 to 1983, and was board chairman from 1979-1982, through the planning, construction and dedication of the new hospital.
Alewel participated in the initial planning of the South Dakota Hall of Fame. He served on the board of directors from 1991 to 1997 and was board chairman from 1994 to 1997, through the planning and fund-raising for the new building; served on the board of directors of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, and was president 1998-1991; SD Printing Industries president 1985-1986; Mt. Rushmore Restoration and Preservation fund-raising committee; Great Lakes of South Dakota Association board of directors, representing the association at various sports shows in the Midwest.
Throughout their 40 years in South Dakota they truly were South Dakotans. Their children, Holly and Rex, are graduates of Chamberlain High School and earned degrees from South Dakota State University. Two of their grandchildren also claim that distinction.
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