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Seiler in Hospital After Heart Attack

It wasn’t running the South Dakota Democratic Party that gave 76-year-old Randy Seiler a heart attack—it was running at the Oahe Dam!

Seiler’s wife, Wanda, in a Facebook post on Friday relayed what happened to her husband. She wrote:

“R went into cardiac arrest while running with our dog at the Oahe Dam. An amazing woman saw him go to the ground and was directed by his Apple Watch to begin CPR. We are grateful for the first responders that arrived within minutes. He is currently at the Avera Heart Hospital-critical but stable. He is in a med induced coma to allow his body to recover and it will be several days before we know more about what the next steps in recovery will entail. He is surrounded by his family and the love of our friends and neighbors. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. They give us strength and hope” [Bob Mercer, “Heart Attack Puts Outgoing SDDP Chairman in a Coma,” KELO-TV, 2023.04.14].

Get well, Randy—you and the dog still have lots of running to do!


  1. P. Aitch 2023-04-15 11:40

    Get well soon, Randy.

  2. Arlo Blundt 2023-04-15 13:45

    An amazing story of survival. I have several things in common with Mr. Seiler, and wish him a speedy recovery.

  3. Mark Anderson 2023-04-15 15:38

    He has a chance to recover. I’m sure it will take time. Those South Dakota hearts are strong.

  4. leslie 2023-04-15 23:34

    Wow. Terrific person.

  5. Stace Nelson 2023-04-16 16:31

    Heck of a nice fella. I always enjoyed talking with on the campaign trail. Best wishes to his speedy recovery. Godspeed and God bless Randy.

  6. Jenny 2023-04-16 16:44

    Stace, hi! Haven’t seen you on here for awhile. Hope you are doing well.

  7. Stace Nelson 2023-04-17 17:52

    @Jenny if I was any better? I’d be listening for Harp music. 😁 Pray you are as well. God bless.

  8. larry kurtz 2023-04-17 17:58

    In 2018 Roger Tellinghuisen and another Republican former South Dakota attorney general endorsed Democrat Randy Seiler for that post because they know now-impeached and removed Jason Ravnsborg is a criminal. Earlier in that election cycle Tatewin Means challenged former US Attorney for the District of South Dakota Seiler for the nomination for AG and she was probably the best choice to be the 2022 nominee yet nobody was even nominated to run for that seat allowing a Republican to win by default.

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