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Published January 12, 2012, 02:35 PM

Former SD Gov., US Rep. Bill Janklow dead at 72

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Bill Janklow, a flamboyant politician who left a lasting mark on South Dakota politics by serving four terms as governor but resigned as the state's congressman after causing a fatal traffic accident, has died. He was 72.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Bill Janklow, a flamboyant politician who left a lasting mark on South Dakota politics by serving four terms as governor but resigned as the state's congressman after causing a fatal traffic accident, has died. He was 72.

Janklow's son Russ Janklow says his father died Thursday. Bill Janklow announced Nov. 4 that he was dying of brain cancer. The combative Republican dominated South Dakota government for more than a quarter century, inspiring both fierce support and criticism.

He was credited with saving railroad service in the state, attracting credit card banks to South Dakota, and connecting classrooms to the Internet.

Janklow was elected to the U.S. House in 2002, but resigned after causing a fatal traffic accident in 2003.

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