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South Dakota governor appoints Mike Day new circuit judge

PIERRE (AP) -- Belle Fourche attorney Mike Day will be the newest judge in South Dakota's Fourth Judicial Circuit.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the appointment Friday. Day will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge John Bastian. The Fourth Circuit includes Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach counties.

Day has practiced law in Belle Fourche since 1983. He is a past president of the State Bar and has served on the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the State Bar Disciplinary Board, and as president of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.

Daugaard says he was particularly impressed with Day's community service. He is vice chairman of the school board and a member of the state Board of Minerals and Environment.

Day says it's an honor to be appointed.