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July 22, 2018

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April 9, 2016
Rest in peace, dear Frank. Your light will continue to burn in our hearts until we are united in heaven.
April 9, 2016
Frank Denholm was my great-uncle. He was a man who embodied the utmost integrity and refinement. He was a painstakingly meticulous, thorough, conscientious attorney; a thoughtful, deliberate, objective planner and thinker; a calm, rational, peaceful man by temperament; a faithful, loving, and adoring husband; a tireless public servant; a pillar of his community; a kind and sage advisor and a very wise soul. Frank applied himself fully to all that he did and gave his very best to others. I will miss him always, remember his legacy, and endeavor to be as much like him as I possibly can be. Rest in peace, dear uncle, and thank you for what you have left of yourself here.
April 8, 2016
Yesterday we received word a person very important to my life and South Dakota left the scene.
1966 was the start to my joy of participatory politics. South Dakota was open fertile ground for a grade school kid to get involved by just showing up. Write a letter to George McGovern, he writes one back. You show up and you can be involved. George was good at getting people involved. He made it seem possible and others followed his path.
There was a guy in 1968 who decided to challenge a South Dakota institution, Republican Ben Rifle, for the US House of Representatives because he knew he could make a difference. He didn't win but he did make a name. His name became well known in South Dakota's 1st District, Frank Denholm.
The 1970 South Dakota Republican Party was in complete meltdown and Ben Rifle decided not to run for a 6th term. Dick Kniep, Bill Dougherty Jim Abourezk and Frank Denholm ran positive campaigns of ideas to smashing victories. These were real Democrats who knew how to work together when necessary to get things done.
Frank was a farm kid from Day County who loved to call farmers together with a beautiful rich auctioneer's voice. A 1950's Day County Sheriff who went on to the FBI, USD Law School and on to a law practice in Brookings. Most of all he was a New Deal Democrat who knew how to create laws to help.
He was a real Democrat deep down in his soul and everyone who worked with him knew it. He may not have been flashy but he believed.
Frank gave a nerd teenager real campaign experience with responsibility because he would believe in what you could do long before you knew you could do it. I learned a lot and experienced many events of national crisis from the inside because of him.
Frank and Millie Denholm are both gone from our lives now but never far from my thoughts. We should all take pause and reflect on his life.
Thank you for this personal moment.