It was altogether fair that George McGovern got a lot of attention and media coverage for his funeral and prayer service. Those events might also not have been the time to mention others important to McGovern's rise beyond his own family.
A number of USD Young Democrats who may also have been returning war veterans got behind McGovern early in South Dakota. They may have included Homer Kandaras still at Rapid City I think. Lowden Heller of Ideal, SD. And last but certainly not least, the guy who probably became another key to the McGovern success. George V. Cunningham.
Cunningham died a few years ago. I put a note about that into Dakota Today. You may want to check that ...Link Political Characters-- Ivins and Cunningham.
Whatever, McGovern and his team and early supporters produced much more good than probably any of them ever imagined possible in those early days. The legacy also has much to do with the re-building of the Democratic Party both at state and national levels that led to the election of many more progressive Democrats in recent years.
NOTE: KELO-LAND is offering a DVD set containing video of the McGovern funeral and prayer service as well as a collection of KELO news video from years Past. I don't know what percentage of the $25 charge will go to feeding South Dakota, but it may be a good deal with multiple benefits if you missed all the McGovern coverage or want to keep that history.
*** Stay tuned even if heroic re-writing of history is not your favorite reading--- Doug Wiken