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McGovern Conference next week to feature authors of new book

The annual McGovern Conference on Monday at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell will feature the authors of "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture," a newly released book published by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press.

George McGovern will open the conference at 10 a.m. and also be available to autograph his new book, "What It Means to be a Democrat."

Both "The Plains Political Tradition" and "What It Means to be a Democrat" are available in the campus bookstore.

Program presenters and participants include:

* Jon K. Lauck, author of "Daschle v. Thune: Anatomy of a High Plains Senate Race" and "Prairie Republic: The Political Culture of Dakota Territory."

* John E. Miller, retired South Dakota State University professor and author of many books on South Dakota history, including "Looking for History on Highway 14," "Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend" and "Governor Philip F. La Follete, the Wisconsin Progressive and the New Deal."

* Ben Nesselhuf, chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party.

* Gretchen Heefner, author of "The Missile Next Door."

* Paula M. Nelson, author of "After the West was Won: Homesteaders and Townbuilders in Western South Dakota, 1900-1917" and "The Prairie Winnows Out its Own: The West River Country of South Dakota, the Years of Depression and Dust."

* Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard's chief of staff and former chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.

For a complete list of program presenters and participants and additional information about the conference program, or to register, visit