Happy 120th birthday, South Dakota

I have to say thank you to The Associated Press and Sioux City television station KTIV for alerting me to something today that I would not have otherwise known: Today is South Dakota’s 120th birthday.

According to the AP, "South Dakota became a state on Nov. 2, 1889, when President Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamation of admission for both North Dakota and South Dakota."

When I was a kid in 1989, South Dakota had a huge, statewide celebration to mark its centennial. Hearing that today is the state’s 120th birthday makes me wonder two things: 1) How did I get so old so fast, and 2) What will the state do to mark its 125th anniversary?

I hope there will be some sort of big celebration for the 125th. South Dakota has one of the richest histories of any state, thanks to its position on what was once the western frontier. I think we should take every opportunity we can to observe that history.

In the meantime, happy birthday to South Dakota and all South Dakotans. It’s amazing to think of all the changes that have occurred in our state during the past 120 years, which is a very short time in the grand scheme of things.

Categories: General News, History

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Seth Tupper

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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