Editor's note: As part of the coverage of the 2013 legislative session, the American News will provide, on most days, a list of 10 pieces of information helpful to understanding what is - and sometimes isn't - happening at the state Capitol during the session's three-month run.
BY BOB MERCER
American News Correspondent
PIERRE - The Legislature held its annual memorial ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Eight former legislators who died in 2012 were honored. Family and friends attended the service held in the House of Representatives chamber.
The eight included:
·Jim Abdnor, R-Kennebec, age 89, Senate 1957-68.
·Leonard Andera, D-Chamberlain, age 77, Senate 1985-90.
·Charles Eddie Clay, R-Hot Springs, age 90, House 1967-74.
·Bert Ellingson, D-Sisseton, age 91, House 1969-80.
·Frank Rudy Henderson, R-Hill City, age 84, Senate 1965-66 and 1969-70.
·Maurice LaRue, R-Sturgis, age 64, House 2003-04.
·George Shanard, R-Mitchell, age 86, Senate 1975-92.
·Burdette Solum, R-Watertown, age 85, House 1991-92 and 1998-2004.
Q. Were they involved in any interesting pieces of history?
A. Abdnor later served as lieutenant governor and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Henderson later was a circuit judge and a state Supreme Court justice;
Ellingson's son-in-law, Kent Frerichs, later served in the Legislature, and grandson Jason Frerichs of Wilmot is the current Senate Democratic leader. Rep. Roger Solum, R-Watertown, is a son of Burdette Solum. Shanard was Senate Republican leader for four years and assistant leader for 12 years before that.
Q. Is there another working-holiday bill in?
A. Two first-year lawmakers want to designate Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Recognition Day to remember and recognize members of the U.S. armed forces who received wounds in combat.
Q. Who's behind this effort?