SIOUX FALLS, SD – Former South Dakota Governor and Congressman Bill Janklow has died.
His son, Russ, tells the Associated Press his father has died at age 72.
In November, Bill Janklow announced he was battling inoperable brain cancer. He was moved into hospice earlier this week.
The combative Republican dominated South Dakota government for more than a quarter century, inspiring both fierce support and criticism. He was credited with saving railroad service in the state, attracting credit card banks to South Dakota, and connecting classrooms to the Internet.
Some people liked him and the the way he got things done, some disliked him. One thing that can’t be denied is his love of the state.
Our prayers go out to the family and to his friends.