A U.S. Senator From Aberdeen introduced the bill creating Labor Day     By: Al Van Zee

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakotans celebrated Labor Day with parades and picnics. But there’s more to Labor Day than simply taking time to enjoy the last days of summer.

On the lakes Monday, you couldn’t do better than a boat, a fishing line, and a cooler. Hundreds of people were taking in the last summer holiday with friends and family. It was also one of the last big vacation days in the tourist towns of South Dakota.

Labor Day has come to mean all those things. But it also has a deeper meaning.

It was a South Dakota Senator, James Kyle, from Aberdeen, who introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate in 1893, making Labor Day a national holiday.