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Half-staff flags set for former legislator

PIERRE (AP) -- Former South Dakota legislator Stanley A. Johnson has died. He was 88.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Johnson, of Mitchell, died Saturday at a Tyndall nursing home.

Johnson served in the House of Representatives from 1968 to 1977. Gov. Nils Boe appointed Johnson to fill a vacancy in the district, and he was re-elected to serve three more terms.

Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the Capitol for Johnson's funeral, which is at 1 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, Mitchell.

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