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Mickelson, Kneip statues are en route for Pierre’s Trail of Governors

July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Three more statues, including a likeness of the late George S. Mickelson, will be added Nov. 1 to the Trail of Governors, officials said Wednesday. A statue of the late Dick Kneip is scheduled for installation in 2015. He was South Dakotaâ…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

THUNE: Remembering George Mickelson

April 22, 2013 in The Daily Republic

I had the privilege of serving as his State Railroad Director, and through our work together we became friends. I was inspired by his leadership and because of his example and guidance was encouraged to later run for public office.
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MERCER: Mickelson laid cornerstone for economic development

April 20, 2013 in The Daily Republic

It wasn’t just farmers and ranchers in trouble. Main Streets were in desperate times, too. Mickelson understood that. His message didn’t just empathize with agriculture. He talked in a way different than any of the other Republicans or Democrats about how to build jobs.
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WENZEL: Today is 20th anniversary of Mickelson plane crash

April 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic

It was a stunning punch in the gut for all South Dakotans. It’s tough to find anyone critical of the work Mickelson did during his short time as governor and, even, his short time on Earth.
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Daugaard honors 8 killed in plane crash

April 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Friday “A Day of Remembrance” to honor Gov. George S. Mickelson and seven others who died in a plane crash 20 years ago.
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Remembering George Mickelson

April 16, 2013 in The Daily Republic

With 20th anniversary of crash, SDPB plans special TV, radio programs on legacy. Continue Reading

Mickelson memorial fades 19 years after plane crash

April 20, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Details of the likenesses of the South Dakota leaders killed in a 1993 plane crash and the words about them are becoming nearly illegible in many places. Continue Reading

WOSTER: Solemn days ahead remembering Mickelson plane crash, Rapid City flood

April 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic

For families and friends, this isn’t a date on the calendar but a permanent emptiness in their lives. It is fashionable to talk of closure when we experience a tragedy, but some things simply don’t close, not firmly or forever. Continue Reading

Missing the ‘big guy’ at this time of year

April 15, 2011 in The Daily Republic

I spent most of my professional career as a state-government news reporter. I don’t miss the work, but I sometimes miss the people.
This time of year, one of the people I miss is Gov. George Mickelson. The anniversary of the airplane crash that killed him is next Tuesday, April 19. It will have been 18 years since Mickelson, three Sioux Falls economic development officials, two state administrators and two state pilots died in the crash in an Iowa farmyard. With the exception of the Rapid City flood of 1972, I can think of no sadder news event I covered in more than 40 years as a reporter. Continue Reading