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Vandals damage Sioux Falls' Pioneer Memorial

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 It is meant to honor the very first people who called the city of Sioux Falls home.

 But instead of honoring it, some are choosing to disrespect it in a very public way.

 The Pioneer Memorial on North Drive is maintained by volunteers and tonight they're wondering why someone is trying to ruin their work.

 The Pioneer Memorial is meant to be a monolith of strength and a testament to the hard work of those who first built our community up.
 But as always....while some build things up....others are ready to tear it down.

 "It's disappointing but its not the first time." Bruce Blake is with the Minnehaha County Historical Society. He and a group of others care for this monument for free.
 So to see this monument splattered with paint....dotted by graffiti....it is a sick feeling.
 And leads Bruce to ask why someone would do this in the first place. "We're just amateurs and we raise the money and do what's necessary and we want to promote our past and our history and put up these markers and monuments and so on."

 The area on North Drive where the monument is located has long been known as an area where people would drive their cars and leave behind cigarette butts and beer bottles. Bruce is used to those things.
 But what really bothers him is that someone is now taking their bad habit out on the monument itself.
 Defacing what others care about and worked hard for. "Some people have very little regard for other property that belongs to others."

 If you know who might be responsible for this vandalism, contact Sioux Falls Police.
 As for the vandalism itself, it will be up to Bruce and his group of volunteers to undo what others have done.

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