STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC REDUX JFK in Mitchell
Many presidents, future presidents and would-be presidents have visited Mitchell's Corn Palace. Few generated as much excitement as John F. Kennedy.
In 2003, on the 40th anniversary of Kennedy's as... Posted on 3/1/13 at 9:57 PM
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It was 50 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy uttered those words. JFK, in announcing his New... Posted on 1/20/11 at 12:50 PM
PIERRE — Exactly 50 years after President John F. Kennedy dedicated the Oahe Dam, several hundred people gathered at the same spot Friday to marvel at how much the massive dam has changed life along the Missouri River.
Congressman McGovern, Governor and Mrs. Herseth, Mrs. Price, my sister, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to be here in George McGovern’s home and in the state where he comes from. I appreciated what he said about me and I appreciated it particularly because I think he has the same qualities which he was generous enough to ascribe to me. (Applause)
Politics is on the minds of many today, just as it was 50 years ago when Mitchell welcomed perhaps the biggest political star to ever visit the city. On Sept. 22, 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy was greeted by a reported 500 people at Mitchell Municipal Airport, and 6,500 reportedly came to the Corn Palace to hear him speak. During his speech, Kennedy pitched the idea that the surplus food produced in South Dakota and elsewhere in the Midwest could be a means to secure peace in the world:
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