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Sen. John Thune, pictured here, was protected by two Mitchell police officers when he spoke at a Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable at the Highland Conference Center on Wednesday afternoon. (Tom Lawrence/Republic)

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Sen. John Thune said he enjoys the culture and tradition in South Dakota politics, where people feel free to walk right up to their elected representatives.


That was the case Tuesday, as Thune held a meeting with local economic development leaders at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell and chatted with many of the two dozen people who attended.

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