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.


62° 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
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Most Popular Today


Wilka Thankful For 1972 McGovern Campaign

October 23, 2012, 5:43 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

With the election just two weeks away, Jeff Wilka is busy stuffing envelopes in a Sioux Falls campaign office.  But he might not be doing this now if it wasn't for the first campaign he worked for in 1972.

"It was a sad and happy night on election night that year.  Abourezk won the Senate race but McGovern lost the Presidential race," Wilka said.

Wilka let George McGovern's loss discourage him.  In fact, he played an instrumental role in McGovern's victorious Senate campaign just two years later.

"Jim Abourezk and George McGovern took a big chance in asking me to become part of their Senate staff as a civilian.  And I was glad to honor that request," Wilka said.

Even though McGovern's political career came to an end, the two men remained close.  Wilka is still active in Democratic campaigns and can't help but reminisce about the man who took a chance on him and the kind words McGovern recently shared in a present for Wilka's birthday.

"I'm going to treasure this gift the rest of my life because of what he said in here.  He called me his avid fan and supporter and wished me a happy 60th.  To me, that's a lot coming from a man like George McGovern," Wilka said.

And now, Wilka, like many others, is thankful for the memories he made with South Dakota's former U.S. Senator.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

SF Drug Ring Involved 220 lbs. Of Marijuana

8/27/2014 5:48 PM

Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...

Full Story | Watch
SF Mother, Daughter Admit To Large Drug Conspiracy

8/27/2014 10:54 AM

Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...

Full Story
Car vs. School Bus Crash Near Inwood, Iowa

8/26/2014 11:31 AM

Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating a serious crash involving a car and a school bus.

Full Story
Speeding Suspect Arrested For Auto Theft, Other Charges

8/27/2014 10:05 PM

Sioux Falls Police have a man in custody after a driver attempted to elude authorities during a traffic stop.

Full Story
Lead Woman Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Child

8/30/2014 11:39 AM

A Lead woman has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 12-year-old boy.

Full Story


Events