Reward offered to help arrest Spirit Mound plaque thief

Reward offered to help arrest Spirit Mound plaque thief A reward of $600 has been offered for the capture and conviction of whoever stole the plaque commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition's visit to Spirit Mound.

Anyone who has information regarding the theft is urged to contact the Clay County Sheriff at 677-7100 or the TIPs hotline at 1-800-952-5522.

Larry Monfore, Vermillion, a member of the Lewis and Clark Spirit Mound Trust, reported to the sheriff's department on Aug. 2 that the plaque was gone. Monfore said a KMEG-TV news reporter asked him about it during coverage of Sen. Tim Johnson's July 29 visit to Spirit Mound for its dedication after being purchased by the National Parks Service.

"That's when we discovered it was gone," Monfore said.

The plaque was mounted to a stone atop the mound in 1921 by the Paha Wakan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Monfore said contributions to the reward fund can be sent to the Lewis and Clark Spirit Mound Trust, PO Box 603, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Spirit Mound is now being restored to a natural state as the parks service works to establish the Spirit Mound Historic Prairie for the public to enjoy as one of the few sites that is documented as a place where Lewis and Clark actually stood.

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