Governor proposes new state park

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds delivered his State of the State speech yesterday at the Capitol in Pierre. Among his proposals for the Legislature this year is the creation of a new state park at the Blood Run historic site, which straddles the Iowa/South Dakota border near Sioux Falls.

He told legislators that the state has a two-year option to purchase land at the site, though I haven’t seen any cost estimate. He said buying and designating the land as a state park would save it from the encroaching development of Sioux Falls and would add another recreation opportunity for residents of the burgeoning city.

According to the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Blood Run site was "occupied from 900 A.D. to about 1720 A.D. by the Oneota culture and later the Prairie Sioux" and "was a major intertribal and ceremonial center. Surveys have identified burial mounds and village sites." It was named a national historic landmark in 1970.

For more information on the Blood Run site, check out these links:


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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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