Corn Palace murals to feature U.S.S. South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. (KSFY) - The mayor of Mitchell, the lieutenant governor of South Dakota and some special visitors from the newly christened U.S.S. South Dakota Submarine gathered at the Corn Palace Wednesday for a very exciting announcement.

The officials announced that the new design for the Corn Palace murals will have a military theme, and one of the main panels will be dedicated specifically to the U.S.S. South Dakota.

Four sailors from the submarine were present for the announcement, and the commanding officer of the submarine participated through a video call.

Members of the commissioning committee said this shows the connection the state has with the submarine.

"The submarine is representing the people of South Dakota, and what better way for the state to recognize the submarine than to put it on a mural here at the World's Only Corn Palace," chairperson Debra Bodenstedt said.

The U.S.S. South Dakota was christened in Groton, Connecticut earlier this month. It will carry a crew of 14 officers and 117 servicemen.