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Aug 02 2011

Johnson Honors Community of White River on 100th Anniversary

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today recognized the community of White River on the 100th anniversary of its founding this month.  Johnson entered a statement in the Congressional Record highlighting the milestone.

“White River still maintains the spirit of independence that South Dakotans are fiercely proud of,” Johnson said. “I am honored to highlight this milestone for the community with a statement in the Congressional Record.”

Full text of the Congressional Record Statement from Johnson below:

Mr. President, today I rise to recognize the community of White River, South Dakota on reaching the 100th Anniversary of its founding. White River serves as the county seat for Mellette County and is the oldest town in the county. White River will be celebrating its centennial during the month of August 2011.

White River was named by members of the Western Townsite Company of Dallas, South Dakota and Colonel C.P. Jordan. White River was referred to as the place “where prairie skies meet western life.” Since 1912, White River has been home to the annual Frontier Days festival. Which includes a rodeo, South Dakota’s state sport, every year during the celebration.

White River will celebrate its 100th Anniversary during the 2011 Frontier Days, and plan to hold a White River High School reunion during the celebration along with the annual Frontier Days powwow.

White River is a close-knit community that has small town values. After 100 years, White River still maintains the spirit of independence that South Dakotans are fiercely proud of. I am honored to publicly recognize White River on this memorable occasion, and congratulate the people of White River on their achievements.


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