SD Panel OKs 2 Portraits of Former Governor Janklow

Governors Portraits


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former Gov. Bill Janklow fought for two decades to prevent having his portrait hung in the South Dakota State Capitol building.
But four months after Janklow’s death, a state commission has approved a request from the late governor’s family to place two portraits of Janklow in the building.
Janklow’s son, Russ, told the Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission that the family wants two portraits. One will depict Janklow during his two terms as governor in 1979-1986. The second will show an older Janklow in his second two terms in 1995-2002.
Portraits of all other former governors hang in the first-floor hallway of the Capitol building.
Russ Janklow says donations have already been received to pay for the portraits, which will be painted by Watertown artist Joshua Spies.

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