- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HURON, S.D. (AP) - Huron businessman and philanthropist Earl Nordby has died.

Nordby died Tuesday at a Huron hospital. He was 85. KOKK radio first reported the death. Kuhler Funeral Home confirmed it to The Associated Press.

Nordby’s funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a private burial.

Nordby made his money in the soft drink bottling industry and later donated millions of dollars for public projects. The Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds is named for him.

KOKK reports that Nordby was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1997 and into Beverage World magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2011, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed May 6 as Earl Nordby Day.

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