PREVIEW: Captain 11 celebrates 65 years


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — This weekend marks a big anniversary for KELOLAND and we’re celebrating with Friday’s Eye On KELOLAND at 10.

If you grew up in KELOLAND decades ago, you probably remember Captain 11. 

Saturday is the 65th anniversary of the children’s show debuting in KELOLAND. 

The idea came from a sister station in Minnesota, but Dave Dedrick put his own spin on it here in KELOLAND. 

“Dave took that role and made it his own. He designed a new uniform, a different uniform. He designed the whole thing and then he came up with all these ideas to really get the thing — he was an absolute icon around here,” former KELO-TV anchor Doug Lund said. 

Coming up in Saturday’s Eye on KELOLAND, we’ll talk more with Lund about how the show became a hit in households across the viewing area.

Throughout Friday and this weekend, we will be sharing memories from crew members, visiting his old set and sharing some newly restored full episodes. KELOLAND’s Kelli Volk spoke with longtime co-worker Doug Lund about Captain 11. Watch that story Friday on Eye on KELOLAND at 10 p.m.

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State Historical Society

His suit and other memorabilia are on display in at the State Historical Museum in Pierre. (NOTE: the set is not on public display).

Monday through Saturday
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Sundays & Holidays
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM  

Museum Gallery Admission
Child (17 and under)- Free
Adults- $4.00
Seniors (60 and over)- $3.00
Historical Society Members- Free
Special discounts for AAA members 
Free admission to galleries for all visitors the first Sunday of the month

South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

Visit Captain 11 on the SculptureWalk in Downtown Sioux Falls. He is located outside of KELOLAND Media Group studios.

KELOLAND Media Group
501 S. Phillips Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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