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THUNE: Don’t be a stranger

South Dakotans are well aware of the uniqueness that each season of the year brings to the state. From spring's planting season to fall's hunting season and everything else in between, there's always something to do or see. South Dakotans who tra...

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South Dakotans are well aware of the uniqueness that each season of the year brings to the state. From spring’s planting season to fall’s hunting season and everything else in between, there’s always something to do or see. South Dakotans who travel to our nation’s capital in the spring or summer, or any of time year for that matter, will discover similarly unique experiences. You won’t find any corn fields to plow or ringneck’s to flush, but there are plenty of historical sights to see that rival (but clearly won’t ever exceed) South Dakota’s own Mount Rushmore.  

I particularly like spring and summer because I get to enjoy the best of both worlds. I spend nearly every weekend back in South Dakota attending local community events and getting important feedback on my work in Washington. And because there are so many annual conferences, conventions, and school groups that travel to Washington this time of year, I get to see a lot of familiar faces when I head back to D.C., too.

This spring, I’ve already had the chance to meet with South Dakotans who represent groups like the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, Outstanding Farmers of America, South Dakota’s Telecommunications Association, South Dakota Sheep Growers, the American Lung Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and many others. I’ve chatted with student groups from around the state, including Close Up students from Pierre, Hartford, Sturgis, and Lemmon. Whether you’re in town for a conference or a convention or a vacation with your family, I always enjoy when you stop by to say hello.

If you happen to be in Washington on a Wednesday when the Senate is in session, I host a morning coffee with Sen. Rounds and Rep. Noem. All South Dakotans are welcome to attend. It’s become so popular that Arizona Sen. John McCain recently stopped by to visit with folks who were in town. If you’re interested in attending or just looking for more information about our Wednesday “Sunrise Coffee,” feel free to call any of my offices or visit my website where you can also sign up.

My offices – throughout South Dakota and in Washington – can be helpful if you have questions about visiting the area before you book your trip or after you’re already in town. We can help point you in the right direction for places to stay or visit and arrange tours for federal buildings like the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress, among others. We want to help make your visit as fun and memorable as possible, so don’t be a stranger. Give us a call, email, or stop by in person. I look forward to hearing from you!

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