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Bill Stevens elected to board of Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

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GREAT FALLS, MONT. – Members elected Bill Stevens of Pierre, S.D., to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. His term began Oct. 1, 2006. Stevens joins the 15-member board during a transitional phase as the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition ends and the organization begins implementation of a new, five-year strategic plan. He has owned and operated Stevens Video Services in Pierre for the past 10 years. Prior to starting his business, Stevens worked in South Dakota state government for nearly 19 years as the deputy commissioner of school and public lands, special projects director for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner and a legislative fiscal analyst. He served as an executive fiscal aide to three South Dakota governors. Stevens earned a bachelor’s degree in government and political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Dakota. He has served as president of the Encounters On the Prairie Chapter of the Foundation for the past four years and is a member of the South Dakota Governor’s Lewis and Clark Corps of Rediscovery Bicentennial. He has served as chairman of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Lewis and Clark Promotion Committee for the past three years. The Foundation was established in 1969 and has headquarters in Great Falls, Mont. It partners with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in caring for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. In addition, the Foundation supports scholarship, education, and research on the Expedition. The Foundation has more than 5,000 members and is known worldwide as the "Keepers of the Story and Stewards of the Trail.” It publishes the quarterly, scholarly journal, “We Proceeded On.” ### Contact: Carol Bronson, Executive Director Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (406) 454-1234 or Bill Stevens, Board Member (605) 280-2135 or (605) 224-0223 Oct. 4, 2006