It's never easy when a child dies. It's often difficult to find the right way to remember them. Two mothers, one in Sioux Falls and one in Moorhead, each lost a child in the past few years, and now have memorials in place to remember them. One began as an impromptu expression of grief. The other was a well-planned goodbye.
A special election to fill South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is in the national spotlight. The June 1 election will fill the seat vacated by Bill Janklow, who resigned in January after his conviction for manslaughter. The national political parties are involved in the race. They're contributing money and campaign ads. Many say the parties are testing political messages, showing us a sign of things to come in November.
The Weiner Memorial Hospital in Marshall, Minnesota, has decided to merge with Avera Health, a regional health care network based in Sioux Falls. The hospital board of directors decided the independent, city-owned hospital can no longer grow without help from a larger hospital. For the last year, the board has struggled between independence and the desire to grow. Officials have decided the benefits of joining with a larger system outweigh the loss of autonomy.
A group of circuit judges from across South Dakota will serve as a temporary Supreme Court. They will hear two appeals from former congressman Bill Janklow. Janklow appealed his sentence and conviction, but all five sitting Supreme Court justices had to disqualify themselves. Janklow appointed all of them to the bench.
Former South Dakota governor and congressman Bill Janklow is appealing his manslaughter conviction and a judge's refusal to let him out of jail, to the state Supreme Court. The judge ruled Tuesday, that Janklow has to stay in jail while his appeals make their way to the South Dakota Supreme Court.
South Dakotans call him "Wild Bill" Janklow, and everyone has a Wild Bill story. Like when he grabbed an automatic weapon to join the police and help end a hostage standoff at the state Capitol. He emerged from the building only after police had the suspect in custody. Janklow loved to win -- whether in court, or in a political debate. He buried opponents under the sheer force of his words and the power of his ideas. And he loved action.
Plankinton's juvenile detention center stands empty today, quiet except for the swish of dry grass in a chilly wind. A chain-link fence topped with barbed wire circles the long, low buildings. In the 1950s, Plankinton was the state's reform school. Bill Janklow would have served time here in his youth, had he not taken the other choice provided by the judge and joined the Marines.
Bill Janklow grew up in the 1950s in Chicago, and came to love the rock and roll revolution that was breaking all the traditional rules of music and dance. To this day he's a whiz at early rock trivia.
"That's just Janklow" was a characterization that followed Wild Bill through his career. Some said it in affection. Some said it in frustration or anger. And some surely thought it on Aug. 16, 2003 in anger. That day Janklow ran a stop sign at nearly 70 mph, right into the path of motorcyclist Randy Scott.
Janklow lost only one election in his life, a primary race for U.S. Senate. Political scientist Alan Clem of the University of South Dakota says voters liked Janklow because he was a sort of pirate saint.
The remarkable political career of Bill Janklow ends this week. Janklow is one of the most powerful figures in South Dakota history. He served four terms as governor of South Dakota, then went on to Congress. It all ended in a car crash last summer. Janklow's resignation from the U.S. House took effect Tuesday, and on Thursday he'll be sentenced for felony manslaughter. Here's a long look back at his tumultuous career.
Some political analysts say South Dakota's race for the United State Senate just became the closest watched race in the nation. Former Republican congressman John Thune announced his intentions to challenge Democratic leader Tom Daschle. Thune ran against Senator Tim Johnson in 2002 and lost by just over 500 votes.
Observers say it's too soon to predict what's next in South Dakota politics. U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow resigned Monday evening after a jury convicted him of felony manslaughter for an August accident that killed a Minnesota motorcyclist. Now South Dakotans are wondering what's next for Bill Janklow, and what's next for his seat.
Rep. Bill Janklow has resigned his seat in Congress, after his conviction on a felony manslaughter charge related to a fatal accident in August. The South Dakota Republican will send a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert Tuesday, announcing his resignation effective next month.
U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow appears to have
had symptoms consistent with a diabetic reaction before the Aug. 16
crash that killed a motorcyclist, an expert on the disease
testified Friday during the congressman's manslaughter trial.