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Vandals paint the Pioneer Monument

Jim Carlson MCHS (Download MP3)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Quick, where is the Pioneer Monument located in Sioux Falls?

Even lifelong residents might struggle with that.  But somebody vandalized the Pioneer Monument perched over the Big Sioux River at the end of North Drive.  That's right behind the John Morrell plant on top of North Cliff Avenue.

Minnehaha County Historical Society President Jim Carlson says the vandals used spray paint.  He's not sure how much it will cost to clean the tower. 

He's opposed to erecting a fence around the monument which stands beside the "Amidon Massacre" plaque.  Jim says that's only surrendering to the vandals and keeps others from getting a close look.

Carlson says the weather will have to improve first.

He says the Society is accepting donations and  volunteers.  You can calll him at 366-8403.