Former SD Gov. Janklow Says He's Dying of CancerSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow said Friday that he's dying of brain cancer but that he's undergoing experimental treatment that he hopes will save him.
By: Chet Brokaw, Kristi Eaton, Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow said Friday that he's dying of brain cancer but that he's undergoing experimental treatment that he hopes will save him.
Janklow, a Republican who dominated South Dakota politics for more than a quarter century, said the cancer is aggressive and that he's preparing to undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
"I know it's over, I know it's at the end of the trail, but I don't hurt," he told reporters gathered at his Sioux Falls law firm Friday. His forehead was scarred and stapled from recent medical procedures.
Janklow was elected governor in 1978 and served two four-year terms. He lost the Republican Senate primary in 1986 to the incumbent, Jim Abdnor, and then joined an investment firm and later a law firm.
Janklow served another two four-year terms as governor beginning in 1994. He was elected in 2002 to the U.S. House, but his career was cut short after he sped through a stop sign and killed Randy Scott of Hardwick, Minn., in an Aug. 16, 2003, accident in Moody County north of Sioux Falls.
A jury convicted Janklow of second-degree manslaughter and three other charges.