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Associated Press, Published December 03 2011

McGovern in stable condition after South Dakota fall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern was alert, comfortable and in stable condition at a South Dakota hospital Saturday after hitting his head during a fall, hospital officials said.

The 89-year-old former U.S. senator was taken by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital late Friday after falling outside Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Library in Mitchell. A school official said McGovern hit his head on the pavement about two hours before he was scheduled to appear on a live C-SPAN interview at the library.

The statement said McGovern was in stable condition, though no other details were released. The hospital said his family was asking for privacy.

The former South Dakota senator has lived in St. Augustine, Fla., since 2008 but also has a home in Mitchell.


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