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Remembering legendary broadcaster Doug Lund

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — KELOLAND News is filled with heavy hearts tonight as we are sad to report that one of our longtime former news anchors has died.

Following a year-long battle with bladder cancer, Doug Lund passed away last night at home while in hospice care; leaving behind a legacy in journalism unmatched by most.

Friends and co-workers are remembering Lund as a calm journalist, but also someone who had an authoritative voice.

He started his career at KELO TV back in 1975. He called it his dream job.

“Even though I didn’t have any experience to speak of, I got hired and that was how it went. You learned on the job? Absolutely, learned on the job,” Lund said.

Doug co-anchored the news with Steve Hemmingsen for a number of years.

“We made good team, because we counterbalanced each other. The news is news, but I think your approach to it, one could be more cynical one could be more positive. He was the cynnic and I was the more positive guy; people appreciated that more than we even realized until after we retired,” Lund said.

Doug Lund, longtime TV anchor dies at 78

Lund eventually retired in 2006 after 3 decades on the anchor desk and reporting the news.

But he wasn’t completely retired as Lund was also the voice of KELO TV after he left the anchor desk.

He is also a member of the South Dakota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

He told us in a previous story that he had seen a lot of changes in the television industry, but he was grateful to a reliable and constant voice for KEOLAND viewers.

Angela: You’re really a part of that legacy. What it is like to know you helped build KELOLAND to make it was it is?

Doug: I’m proud, I love this place and I always will,” Lund said.

Doug Lund was 78.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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