South Dakota mourns with Minnesota

For the most part, eastern South Dakota is Minnesota Vikings country. The Vikings are the closest NFL team, and many South Dakotans make annual trips to see games at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Today, along with millions of Minnesotans, thousands of South Dakotans are mourning the Vikings’ heartbreaking, 31-28 overtime loss last night to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game. It’s especially heartbreaking for South Dakotans this year because of the presence of two South Dakota natives in the Vikings’ starting linebacking corps.

Chad Greenway, who led the Vikings with eight tackles last night, is a native of Mount Vernon. Ben Leber, who had five tackles, is from Vermillion.

I would say there’s always next year, but that doesn’t mean much to Vikings fans, who’ve never celebrated a Super Bowl win. Vikings fans have been waiting for next year since 1962.

Categories: General News
Tags: Sports

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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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