By: John Kubal and Chandler Holland, The Brookings Register

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and first lady Linda Daugaard made time during their Capital for a Day schedule in Brookings to visit the Brookings County Veterans Memorial on Tuesday.

Harry Jones, who designed the memorial and spearheaded the drive to bring it to completion, discussed with the governor and first lady the planning behind the memorial, which was dedicated in September 1991.

Accompanying the governor and first lady were Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett and his wife, Roxanne. Others present for the visit included South Dakota National Guardsmen, members of local veterans organizations and their auxiliaries, and members of the local chapter of Rolling Thunder.

Prior to visiting the memorial, the governor and first lady were given a tour of downtown Brookings, visiting several businesses and stopping for coffee at Cottonwood Coffee with members of the public.

The group then headed to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota for a community social, where the governor proclaimed Brookings as Capital for a Day and visited Mama T-rex, the Stickwork exhibit and other attractions.

Additionally, the first lady, accompanied by the mayor’s wife, visited the Brookings Public Library and took part in a children’s class and story time, playing musical instruments with them.

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