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Governor Invites communities to celebrate 125 years of statehood


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting communities to plan events to commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year.


Gov. Daugaard explained, “Our state’s 125th birthday is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our state, understand our history and heritage, and do something good for future generations.”


Local committees are encouraged to plan celebration events, promote local history and perform community improvement projects. Participating communities will be eligible for special commemorative highway signs and help with planning and promoting their local efforts.


Statewide events, such as a special wagon train from Yankton to Pierre in September and the placement of stained glass back in the Capitol Building, are currently scheduled to commemorate the anniversary. Other celebration events are also being considered. 


During South Dakota’s Centennial of Statehood in 1989, towns held special events and raised money to restore old buildings, build or improve city parks, upgrade swimming pools and athletic fields, and rebuild local museums.


“Twenty-five years ago, the local events really made an impact,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Donating your time to start a 125th community project may really make a difference for your town and for future generations.”


Becoming a “Statehood Celebration Community” involves forming a local committee, filling out an application form and brainstorming local celebration, history and lasting legacy ideas. Information packets are being mailed to cities and local historical societies on April 16. For more information, visithttp://125.sd.gov.