PIERRE — Programming about the late Gov. George S. Mickelson will air this week on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
The programs are pegged to the 20th anniversary of the crash near Dubuque, Iowa, on April 19, 1993.
All eight men aboard including the governor were killed. Mickelson was the only son of a governor to be elected governor too in South Dakota’s history. He defeated the son of another former governor to win the office. He was South Dakota’s only governor to die in office.
The 8 p.m. Thursday TV show will bring together George and Linda Mickelson’s three children for a discussion about their father.
The one-hour live show will be followed by a 30-minute look at speeches and interviews, called "George Mickelson: In His Own Words."
The excerpts come from SDPB’s archives of inaugural addresses in 1987 and 1991, State of the State speeches to open sessions of the Legislature from 1987 through 1993 and appearances he made on SDPB shows.
Short versions of "In His Words" will air Thursday on SDPB’s Dakota Digest on radio during the morning and evening newscasts. The Friday editions of Dakota Digest will feature a 20-year-later piece.
SDPB's "Dakota Midday" at noon Friday will have an hour program about the losses suffered by South Dakota through the deaths of the eight men. The program airs at noon.
Also killed in the crash were state pilots David Hansen and Ron Becker, First Bank of South Dakota president and CEO David Birkeland of Sioux Falls, Northern States Power executive Angus Anson of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls economic development foundation director Roger Hainje, state economic development commissioner Roland Dolly and state energy policy director Ron Reed.
SDPB plans to make the programs available through its digital archive on the Internet at www.sdpb.org.