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Legendary sportswriter Mel Antonen has died from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 64.

Antonen was a Hamlin High School and Augustana University graduate.


Prior to a 24 year career covering Major League Baseball for USA Today, Antonen worked for the Watertown Public Opinion and Sioux Falls Argus Leader.


During a storied career, Antonen also wrote for Sports Illustrated, covered Olympic games and did broadcasting work for MLB Network.


He was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.


Antonen is survived by his wife Lisa and 14 year-old son Emmett.