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Flandreau renames community center for former Governor Bill Janklow

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The community center in Flandreau been renamed in honor of former South Dakota governor and South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow. 

Janklow passed away early this year, but his hometown of Flandreau is helping to keep his memory alive.  The town held a rededication ceremony Friday, renaming their community center and National Guard armory in Janklow's name.   

Family, friends and government leaders attended the ceremony honoring Janklow's legacy to South Dakota.

"Friend or foe of Bill Janklow, no one would disagree that South Dakota is in a better place because of his service," Senator Bill Olson said. 

"He cared about Flandraeu and the people here and I think that cause him to care about other small towns in South Dakota, other rural communities," Governor Daugaard said.

 During his term in office, Janklow was committed to helping rural communities build schools and other development projects.  

Governor Daugaard said people in rural communities always point out the buildings that Janklow helped their community build.   

"I'm sure people down the road will be asking who is this Bill Jenklow and this community, the elder people, will be able to say the kinds of things he stood for and the things he did for this community and the state," Janklow's son Russ Janklow said. 

Many of Friday's speakers said Janklow never had the goal of getting his name on the side of a building, but he just might agree to this one because of his love for Flandreau.

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