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Attorney General Bill Janklow—Two Cent, Helicopter Refund Letter

 Unprocessed — Box: 05052 A
Identifier: H2018-032

Content Description

The collection consists of one letter sent by Dan Arbach to then Attorney General Bill Janklow who retuned the letter to Arbach with two pennies taped to the bottom of the letter. According to Arbach, in the Spring of 1977 then Attorney General Bill Janklow purchased a helicopter with state funds. Many saw the purchase as being excessive and unnecessary. Janklow’s response was that the helicopter was necessary in enforcing the law over the vast expanse of South Dakota. With his response, Janklow noted that it was a good investment and would only cost the typical South Dakota tax payer, “two cents.” He also said that he would refund the two cents to anyone who asked for it. The letter, dated July 5, 1977, is Arbach’s request for said two cents and the Attorney General’s reply. The letter was received at the Attorney General’s office on July 6, 1977. It was returned to Arbach shortly thereafter.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • July 1977


0.1 Cubic Feet