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Forum Communications, Published October 15 2012

George McGovern enters hospice care

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sen. George McGovern has entered hospice care.

The longtime former Mitchell resident is now at Dougherty Hospice

House in Sioux Falls, an Avera staffer confirmed Monday. She was not

sure when he was admitted or what his condition is.

He served in the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and was a U.S. senator

from 1963 to 1981. In 1972, McGovern was the Democratic nominee for

president. He was born in Avon, grew up in Mitchell and earned a

degree from Mitchell’s Dakota Wesleyan University.

The hospice is named for William “Bill” Dougherty, a Democrat who

served two terms as South Dakota’s lieutenant governor. Dougherty, who

died in 2010, was a friend and political ally of McGovern.