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Rosenbrock, Clack to be inducted into Northwest Women's Hall of Fame

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Patricia Rosenbrock and the late Dolores P. Clack will be inducted into the Northwest Women's Hall of Fame during a 1 p.m. ceremony Saturday in the BSU Beaux Arts Ballroom. The hall of fame ceremony serves as the official kickoff to the BSU women's studies program month-long series of events to celebrate March as Women's History Month.

Rosenbrock of Bemidji is professor emeritus of physical education at BSU. Clack was a women's professional basketball player from Park Rapids.

Tickets, which include a luncheon promoting the theme of locally grown foods, are available for $20, or $15 for senior citizens and students. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the BSU cashier's office. For more information, call 755-3993 or 877-346-2539.

The program will feature historical conservationists telling their stories to guests as they arrive for the event. After lunch will be a presentation of conservation songs from previous eras when the country was faced with economic hardships. During those times, conservation was heavily promoted by the government to encourage citizens to help one another by saving and not wasting resources. The hall of fame induction ceremony will follow the song presentation.

Now in its 11th year, the Hall of Fame is a collaborative project sponsored by the Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund, a component of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, and BSU. The Hall of Fame provides permanent recognition for women of northwestern Minnesota who have made significant contributions to art, athletics, business, government, philanthropy, humanities, science or education.

Clack and Rosenbrock will bring the number of hall of fame honorees to 23.

Clack was born in 1932 in Fisher, Minn., where she lived until moving to Erskine, Minn., at age 9. She loved the outdoors and helping with chores on the farm.

In 1952 and 1953, she played for the first professional women's basketball team, the All-American Red Heads, which barnstormed across the country playing in small towns. After leaving the team, she moved to California and attended Sacramento City College. She attended classes while working full time, putting herself through college and two years of law school while working at a grocery store.

In 1977, after becoming a single parent with five children, she returned to Minnesota and started a career in real estate. She opened her own brokerage, Dolores P. Clack Real Estate, in 1983 in Park Rapids, and it grew to be the top office in the Midwest region for four of the six years before her death in 1999. The business continues today in the same location, with many of the same employees who had worked for her for years.

Clack was affiliated with numerous organizations throughout her life, including the National Federation of Independent Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Park Rapids Business and Professional Women and Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce. She also served a term as president of the Detroit Lakes/Park Rapids Board of Realtors and was a licensed real estate appraiser for residential and commercial properties. During her time in California, she owned a business and operated a farm.

Clack was known for her philanthropy in the community, helping many people become more successful in business, while caring for her family, including raising two grandchildren in the last years of her life.

Rosenbrock arrived in Bemidji as a professor and coach at BSU in 1969 as one of seven coaches in the first season of organized intercollegiate athletics for women at the university. Over the ensuing four decades, she would become an advocate for women and one of the most recognized figures in women's athletics in the region.

An eventual member of the university's athletic hall of fame, Rosenbrock coached a number of sports at BSU working with women who would become some of the finest female athletes in the school's history. Of the 30 female athletes in BSU's athletic hall of fame, 11 played for Rosenbrock.

In 1987, she was named director of the women's studies program at Bemidji State, and was instrumental in the university's establishment of a minor in women's studies in 1990. She also played a key role in the creation of "Dust and Fire," a writing anthology for women published annually by the university. The 2006 edition was dedicated to her for her guidance, support and faith in women through her decades of service to the university and the region.

She taught physical education and women's studies classes at BSU until her retirement in 2006. She was also a strong advocate for the university's compliance with the federal Title IX guidelines.

Rosenbrock was also one of the driving forces behind the area's activities to support Women's History Month. She was a founding member of the Minnesota Women's Fund and served that group as a member of its advisory committee from 1997-2006. She also helped the group found the Northwest Minnesota Women's Hall of Fame.

Rosenbrock earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University, a master's degree in physical education from San Diego State, and holds a doctorate in athletic administration from the University of Iowa.

For more information or to receive a complete schedule of Women's History Month events, contact Louis Jackson with the BSU social work program at 755-2803 or via e-mail at Information is also available on the Northwest Minnesota Foundation's Web site at