Two Gubernatorial Lunches

August 17th, 2013
South Dakota's ever-changing weather botched some of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plans this week, including the first stop he was supposed to make in Aberdeen on Friday when the city was proclaimed capital for a day.

Because of heavy fog, the governor's plane couldn't land at the Aberdeen airport as scheduled about 9 a.m., so a Main Street walking tour had to be scrapped.

Terry Helms, of the Aberdeen architect and design firm Helms and Associates, was at the luncheon during which transportation issues were discussed. But, he told Daugaard, it was not the first lunch he had this week with a governor.

Helms said he ate with South Dakota Boys State Gov. Tyson Mitzel, of Westport, and a Roncalli High School senior-to-be, earlier in the week.

"And I challenge you," he told Daugaard, "to keep him (Mitzel) in the state, governor."

— Scott Waltman