Former Gov. Bill Janklow, who died Thursday at age 72 from brain cancer, laid in repose overnight in the Capitol's rotunda under the watch of an honor guard.
The Capitol was officially closed at 5 p.m. Monday in preparation for today's ceremonies, with Highway Patrol troopers stationed at the various entrances.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., a Highway Patrol motorcade with flashing lights accompanied the hearse through the snow-covered streets to a semi-lit side entrance of the building.
The casket bearing the body of the four-term governor was then wheeled through a special door for the handicapped into the Capitol and down a hallway past the formal salutes of troopers on its route to the rotunda.
Plans originally called for the hearse to use the Capitol's front circle and for an honor guard to carry him up the outside stairs to the second floor.
Snowfall began building in the early afternoon and was still under way as the motorcade arrived.
A private prayer gathering took place Monday night in the Capitol for invited members of Janklow's former staff and other close associates.
Janklow, a Republican, served one term as South Dakota's attorney general (1974-78) and four terms as governor (1979-86 and 1995-2002).
The Capitol doors were scheduled to open to the public at 7 this morning so that citizens could pay their final respects as they pass by the closed casket.
The doors were to close at 10:30 a.m. and reopen at 12:30 p.m. to allow the public to re-enter for a 1 p.m. prayer ceremony that was scheduled to last approximately 45 minutes.
After that, Janklow's casket will be carried down the Capitol's front stairs to begin the trip back to Sioux Falls, where his funeral will take place Wednesday.
He won election as governor in 1978, after winning a difficult primary election against Leroy Hoffman and Clint Robers, and again in 1982. Term-limited, he sought the Republican nomination forU.S. Senatein 1986 against incumbent Jim Abdnor and lost.
Janklow came back in 1994, winning another hard primary against acting Gov. Walt Miller, and then took the general election for his third term. He won a record fourth term in 1998.
Term-limited, he won a Republican primary for theU.S. House of Representativesin 2002 and then won the general election. He resigned before the completion of his first term after the traffic death of motorcyclist Randy Scott, for which he was convicted of second-degree manslaughter.