ABOUT THE NORTH DAKOTA POWERLIFTING HALL OF FAME
The North Dakota Powerlifting Hall of Fame was established in May 2012 by Rich Edinger. A committee of five panelists voted for the inaugural Hall of Fame class. 14 powerlifters received votes for induction.* However, only seven made the final Hall of Fame induction ballot. Those were Gary Clock, Shawn Friday, Pat Hall, Jim Rush, Julie Schulz, Brad Weber, and Paul Whitney. The five member panel unanimously voted to induct all seven into the inaugural Hall of Fame class.
*Others receiving votes were Rich Edinger, Darwin Jacobson, Norman Judd, Jack Lindsley, Ron Martin, Diane Siveny, and Mark Rodacker.
HALL OF FAME SELECTION PROCESS
In the fall of 2018, a preliminary list of approximately 40 to 45 candidates is sent to each qualified voter. A qualified voter shall be defined as a Hall of Fame member. The preliminary list shall consist of North Dakota powerlifters who have achieved some level of success in the sport or contributed to the success of powerlifting in North Dakota. Any Hall of Fame voter can nominate any person to appear on the preliminary list.* Each voter may nominate up to six people for Hall of Fame induction. Each voter, in their sole discretion, can nominate anywhere from zero to six candidates. The 10 persons receiving the most votes comprise the Hall of Fame Final list.
During election years, the Hall of Fame final list and ballot is completed and mailed out to each voter. A complete biography for each of the 10 final candidates will be included. Each voter then votes for up to six persons for Hall of Fame induction. Each voter, in their sole discretion, can vote for zero up to six people for Hall of Fame induction. In order to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, each inductee must receive a minimum of 66.66% of the votes.** Therefore, each new Hall of Fame class will have anywhere from zero to six inductees. During election years, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in October in Fargo
* The preliminary list will be a permanent fixture on the website. Once a person is on the preliminary list, he or she remains on the list permanently.
** Pro Football Hall of Fame uses 80% for the percentage to be inducted. Whereas, MLB uses 75%. Based on the small voting pool, 66.66% was initially picked by the committee. Once the number of inductees increases the percentage more than likely will increase to 70% or 75%.
The inaugural North Dakota Powerlifting Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on October 13, 2012, in Fargo, North Dakota, at the Doublewood Inn. The banquet and ceremony were attended by 38 people.