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Public, former colleagues pay tribute to McGovern

Thu., Oct. 25, 2012, 11:33 a.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Family, friends and former colleagues are filing into a Sioux Falls, S.D., church to pay their respects to former senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.

Vice President Joe Biden is among the hundreds of well-wishers and politicians who are expected to attend Thursday’s public viewing and prayer service for McGovern. Biden served in the U.S. Senate with McGovern in the 1970s and early ‘80s.

McGovern died Sunday at age 90. He was a political legend in his home state and was very involved in efforts to feed the hungry.

About two dozen people lined up before the church opened for the chance to walk past McGovern’s open, flag-draped casket. Two uniformed men stood at attention next to the casket.

McGovern’s funeral is Friday in Sioux Falls.

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