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March 7th, 1955 – On This Day in Sioux Falls History, Captain 11 airs for the first time as a new local kids show!  It would go on to become the longest running children’s television show in the nation, remaining on air until December 27, 1996!

The show was typical of children’s after school programming at the time, with a big introduction a few short cartoon episodes with the Captain interacting with a live audience full of children before and after commercial breaks, and a big send off at the end!  Captain 11 (which aired on Channel 11 KELO-TV) opened with “The Captain 11 Charge” with the excited voice over saying – ” One man in each century is given the power to control time. The man chosen to receive this power is carefully selected. He must be kind. He must be fair. He must be brave. You have fulfilled these requirements; and, we of the Outer Galaxies designate to you the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of Atlas. You are Captain 11!”

See a clip from KELOLAND News Youtube channel here –

KELO weatherman Dave Dedrick became Captain America everyday for most of his adult life transforming into the good natured role model for young men and women all over Sioux Falls, the surrounding area, and even the nation!  He did his job valiantly and truly became an example for young people to aspire to.  Having the luxury of modern technology, it is beautiful to watch Dave at least for a few hours a day become a sort of “older brother,” “father,” and even “grandfather” figure to the kids in his studio as he played his part for over 4 decades as Captain 11! What I am sure started as an idea to improve viewership and to tap into a new market, turned into an important part of many young people’s daily lives!  Captain 11 truly is a part of Sioux Falls history, and perhaps an example of some of the best we have to offer!