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South Dakota is leading the way in energy independence. I’ve always said the greatest improvements in our environment and conservation won’t come in the form of a “green new deal” or the latest trend on the internet — it will come from U.S. innovation. The biofuels industry in South Dakota, …

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The 2019 Riverboat Days theme was “Magic on the Missouri.” There were 125 outstanding entries decorated to match the theme, the parade route was packed and there was an unbelievable effort made by the people and businesses of the Yankton area. And, the weather was perfect.

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Bravo and hats off to the Yankton County Highwaymen for smoothing out more than a dozen speed bumps on Highway 52 out to the L&C Lake!

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I read Karen Hochstein’s letter about “The Future of Energy.” (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 15).That should be an eye opener to the promoters of the wind energy scam including our governor, Legislature, the PUC, even the wind developers.

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The disturbing rise in suicides across the United States the past several years has mobilized myriad groups and resources to address the matter. On many fronts, so much more is now being done to deal with this painful issue.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it was authorizing nearly $5 million to invest in expanding rural broadband access across South Dakota. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who visited South Dakota with me in 2017, said that he was “excited to see the benefits for rural…

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A heartfelt thank you to the greater Yankton community for your support of our third annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk. Our deep appreciation to our event sponsors:

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There are more than 400 species of native bees in South Dakota. Though we don’t have exact numbers on bee distribution or abundance, we know bees are critical to our state’s economy.

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While I spend much of my time working on legislation, attending committee hearings and voting on the Senate floor, a lesser known but equally as important role of my job is helping South Dakotans when they’re having problems with a federal agency. Congressional offices refer to this as “case…

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I have been a psychiatric aide, a CNA (nurse’s aide), med aide, and a home health aide most of my life. It’s an underpaid, overworked and even a dangerous job. I will say this to my dying day: There is never enough help!

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Recently, the University of South Dakota was featured in a few national blogs, accusing USD of trying to silence white students. That is false. That is not who we are.

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Among lots of other people, I would like answers to why fuel prices are so high in this town. Travel 25 miles west of here and fuel prices are 10-15 cents a gallon cheaper and the gas comes out of Yankton. Go to Sioux City and fuel prices on the interstate are 32 cents a gallon cheaper. WHY!

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I don’t really recall most of the details, but I still vaguely recollect one day when I was a kid when I saw a bald eagle. Perhaps it stands out in my memory because people like my dad or my brother were excited by what was then a rare sight. (My brother notes, correctly, that back when we w…

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It’s American Wind Week and from farm to factory there are many ways wind powers opportunity.

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The future of energy production may be natural gas and zero carbon dioxide emissions. There is a plant near La Porte, Texas, that uses a new technology called the Allam Cycle and is operated by NET Power. It’s been in operation over a year.

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Gov. Kristi Noem saw for herself last month just what the people in and around Lake Andes are enduring with the flooding in the wake of the spring storms.

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Notoriously fickle wind currents coursing the channel of the Missouri River which forms the surface of Lewis and Clark Lake west of Yankton have drawn a great many sailboats to our area. One seasoned sailboat captain told a public television interviewer that, “If you can sail Lewis and Clark…

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Can you believe the summer is almost over? The launch of the school year is a little different for my family this year. Booker is beginning his senior year of high school in a few days and will be starting football soon (Go Chargers!). Kassidy and Kennedy are done with college now, so school…

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Raising a family has been the greatest privilege of my life. Jean and I have been blessed with four children and ten grandchildren who all live near our home in Fort Pierre. Providing a loving home where kids can grow up, learn values and feel safe is one of the most important jobs we as par…

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Racism is hate. For 10 years I have implored Sen. Thune and Rounds, and Rep./Gov. Noem that their words/actions mean something. With Moscow Mitch McConnell there was no change in their racism toward a black President Obama and no cooperation with him.

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The Sioux Empire Fair’s Ag Appreciation Day is one of many annual events throughout South Dakota that I try to attend each year. It’s a great event for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the hardworking farmers and ranchers who I’m able to see and personally thank for everything the…

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I have felt great sadness for the victims, families and cities which have suffered mass shootings. I have been to Gilroy, California; I have been to El Paso, Texas, but the latest one literally hit home. I was born and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. We raised our kids there.

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It’s now terribly clear — with each passing day, with each new assessment — that the great flood year of 2019 is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.

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After reading the front page editorial “Crossing The Line” (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 2), I honestly was dumbfounded. If you don’t like Commissioner Swenson, fine, say so and give your opinion, and please back up your findings with facts.

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At the very least, the departure of Josh Svatos as president of Yankton’s Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) provides an opportunity to reflect again on the importance of this facility to the area economy.

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“Great faces. Great places.” If you live in South Dakota or have traveled to the state, you’ve seen it on license plates and billboards, and some of you might have even had the catchy South Dakota Department of Tourism jingle (“Great faaaces. Great plaaaces. South Dakota!”) stuck in your hea…

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Across America, opioids are ripping apart communities and families. After coming to Congress, my bipartisan freshman class made the decision to make addiction a primary focus, because combating the opioid crisis is one issue that all lawmakers can agree on. Addiction impacts families from al…

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I love history, and I love Yankton! So naturally I spend a rainy day at the Mead building where I purchased a very interesting book called the “Dakota Hospital for the Insane,” written by Susan Miles.

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The Senate recently passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement that was negotiated by President Trump and Congressional Leadership. I supported this legislation because it prioritizes spending for the military and for our veterans while simultaneously avoiding a default on our debt, taking steps…

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The letter “Climate Change and Knowledge” (Press & Dakotan, July 29) asked “What to do?” Vote. Vote November 2020 for a new president and a new Congress that will make the massive greenhouse gas emissions cuts we need, nationally, starting January 2021.

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It doesn’t get much better than spending a summer day on a lake or river in South Dakota. Recreating on the water always seems to be the perfect backdrop for family memories and laughter. It’s one of the great things about our state.

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We would like to commend the Legion baseball players on their excellent year and in particular their stellar performance at the state tournament. Their never-give-up attitude is an example to us all and in particular to the younger Yankton baseball players who emulate them. It is good to kno…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a staff editorial.