Aberdeen professor mounts Democratic challenge to Sen. John Thune

PIERRE, S.D. — Brian Bengs has two dates in mind when he talks about his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

First, Sept. 11, 2001, when, as a young attorney in the U.S. Air Force, he felt surrounded and solidified by men and women on a military base in Missouri, who would respond to the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

“It was a surreal experience because I’m with the people who are going to go out and do something about this,” Bengs said in an interview on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at a bed and breakfast in Pierre.

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