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SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A Sioux Falls man is leading an effort to spruce up the USS South Dakota battleship memorial in time for a reunion of Navy veterans at the end of June.


Robert Ruf is recruiting several businesses to help him sandblast, power wash and repaint the concrete and steel monument before the biennial event, which once drew up to 200 veterans.

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