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South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed legislation creating South Dakota's first new state park since 1972. The bill establishes a 615-acre state park at the Blood Run nature area along the Big Sioux River southeast of Sioux Falls.

Blood Run was designated a national historic landmark in 1970. The area along the Big Sioux River bordering Iowa was used by thousands of Oneota Indians into the early 1700s. The area includes a large oak forest, rolling hills, flood plains, riverside bluffs and burial mounds.
 
Daugaard says the site is culturally significant, and it's important to preserve it for future generations.

“Its a great day for our children, and grand children and great grandchildren who will have a beautiful place in its' natural state to enjoy for decades and centuries to come, so thank you all for coming, now its time to sign the bill!” said Daugaard.

Good Earth State Park at Blood Run is South Dakota’s 13th state park.
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