User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


28° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Political Scientist Remembers Janklow

January 12, 2012, 4:55 PM by Perry Groten

Political Scientist Remembers Janklow
BROOKINGS, SD - A life-long friend and political scientist says Bill Janklow's tenure as governor makes him the most influential chief executive in state history. 

Janklow and Bob Burns go back six decades. These childhood pals from Flandreau forged a bond that endured the ups and downs of Janklow's storied and controversial political career.

Former SDSU political science professor Bob Burns says Janklow displayed a boldness in youth that would be a hallmark of Janklow's years in politics.

"The name 'Wild Bill' probably applied equally at that time as it did later in his political career. He was never a man that failed to stand out," Burns said.

Burns rates his onetime childhood friend as the best governor to ever serve South Dakota.

"I say that in part because of his 16 years as governor and the multiple accomplishments during those 16 years. He was anything but a passive governor," Burns said.

Burns says Janklow was driven by a firm belief in using government to help the people of South Dakota.

"Even though identified as a Republican, he was not at all bashful about harnessing the resources and the authority of government to achieve different ends, different objectives that he considered to be in the best interest of the citizens of the state," Burns said.

Burns last spoke with his old friend when Janklow called him last month in what would turn out to be their farewell talk.

"He shared a lot of experiences that we had and he had a very clear mind in doing that, and I want to say too that he expressed great remorse over the death of the motorcyclist," Burns said.

Burns says Janklow's responsibility for the death of Randy Scott will taint his legacy, but not overshadow it.

"Many in the state have a view of Governor Janklow as a hard-nosed individual and there's an element of truth to that; we can't deny that side of him. But I remember more his friendship and his loyalty and his sharing with friends and family and those in need," Burns said.

Janklow burst upon the political scene as an aggressive prosecutor in South Dakota Indian Country. But Burns says Janklow also had many friends who were Native Americans and championed their causes.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

State's Attorney Deadrick Switching To Secretary Of State

12/14/2014 11:58 AM

Charles Mix County State's Attorney Tom Deadrick will resign his current post to join the office of incoming Secretary of State Shantel Krebs.

Full Story
SD's Rounds Selected To Serve On Four Committees In Congress

12/15/2014 5:42 PM

U.S. Sen.-Elect Mike Rounds from South Dakota will serve on four committees in the upcoming Congress.

Full Story
South Dakota Democrats Elect New Party Chairwoman

12/13/2014 3:56 PM

The South Dakota Democratic Party has elected a new leader.

Full Story
Rounds Appoints Two To Senior Leadership Team

12/18/2014 12:01 PM

U.S. Senator-Elect Mike Rounds appointed two members to his senior leadership team.

Full Story
Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' Run For President

12/16/2014 9:27 AM

Jeb Bush is taking his most definitive step yet toward running for president.

Full Story


Events