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Jan 7th 1969 – This Day In Sioux Falls History marks the last day in office for Nils A Boe as the governor of South Dakota.  At the time, nearly 80 years since becoming a state, Boe was just the second Governor from Sioux Falls!  Nils would serve two full, two year terms and was required by state law to step down from office.  

In 1971 with the help of his two surviving sisters Lois and Borghild, Nils would make an even greater impact on Sioux Falls history than he did as Governor of SD when he developed an endowment at Augustana College for the Center for Western Studies.  This endowment created the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, an annual event inviting world renown speakers to the Augustana Campus right here in Sioux Falls!  

Nils Boe through this endowment has been responsible for bringing high ranking American politicians to town including Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, President George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, Barbara Bush, Sandra Day O’Connor, and more, while also pulling in international heads of state and world leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev, Queen Noor, Desmond Tutu, Vicente and Marta Fox and others!  
Sioux Falls will forever be indebted to Nils A Boe for his contributions to our community!