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Press Photo by Katherine Lymn Barb Herzberg-Bender of Bismarck looks in awe at the pen U.S. President Benjamin Harrison used to sign both North and South Dakota into statehood. The pen was on display at the state Heritage Center in Bismarck on Saturday.

South Dakota lends a pen to a friend

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BISMARCK — It took a lot of pleading with its keepers to even get it out of South Dakota.

It flew with the governor in his plane, in the hands of a historian, and the North Dakota Highway Patrol escorted it from there to the Heritage Center.

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For the four hours it was in North Dakota, a guard stood with it.

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