SD’s 125th Anniversary May Not Feature Big Bash

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s celebration of its 125th anniversary of statehood may not feature a big bash, at least not on the scale of the closing events held for the state’s centennial in 1989.

A commission appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard held its first meeting Wednesday to discuss the statehood anniversary. Members say they aren’t ready to decide on any major events for next year’s celebration, but some say the state should establish lasting legacy projects.

Shelley Stingley of Sioux Falls says money donated to the celebration could be used to establish scholarships to help students study history. State Rep. Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton says he would like to see a renewal of the reconciliation effort between American Indians and non-Indians.

The commission will meet Sept. 18 to begin making final plans.


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