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It's official: Glenn Beck to speak in Rapid City

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Glenn Beck will be speaking in Rapid City later this month to kick off a book tour. (The Associated Press)

Glenn Beck will appear in Rapid City this month, after all.

But the conservative broadcaster’s appearance here Oct. 26 will not be affiliated with the Citizens for Liberty tea party group, which first tried to recruit him. Instead, he will be the guest of South Dakota Tea Party Alliance, which split with Citizens for Liberty after a leadership dispute.

Shad Olson, a former Rapid City television news anchor and current president of the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance, announced Tuesday that Beck will appear for a VIP book signing luncheon Oct. 26 at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. Beck will then give a noon keynote address at the civic center.

Olson said Beck’s appearance will be part of a tour for his book “Broke: The Plan to Restore our Trust, Truth and Treasure,” which will take him to Colorado Springs, Colo., the evening of Oct. 26.

Citizens for Liberty had worked earlier to secure a Beck appearance. Eventually, however, Citizens for Liberty announced that Beck would not be coming but that rock musician and gun-rights advocate Ted Nugent would appear for a Second Amendment rally Oct. 16 at the Central States Fairgrounds.

Olson said in a news release that Beck’s appearances in South Dakota and Colorado will raise funds for a constitution-based educational program being promoted by the conservative group.

“We are honored that Mr. Beck has agreed to be part of our effort to reacquaint America’s students with the unique freedoms our constitution guarantees,” Olson said. “It is our goal to bring this program to a national audience. Having one of the country’s foremost conservative voices take the stage in Rapid City is a powerful step in that direction.”

Beck’s appearance is sponsored through Bighorn Canyon Ministries, the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance, the Shad Olson Radio Show and Wilson Baird Communications.

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