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For years, I’ve been working to advance ethanol to benefit South Dakota farmers. Our state ranks sixth in the nation for ethanol production capacity, and we produce more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol annually. Not only does biofuel production help our farmers, but it also supports additi…

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We have recently learned that the president knew the seriousness of the coronavirus, but lied publicly numerous times to mislead us into thinking this virus was similar to the common flu. He and his cabinet were negligent in creating a plan to reduce the spread of the virus. He continued to …

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“Under God, the People rule.” This is supposed to be South Dakota’s state motto. Given recent events, perhaps that motto should be changed to “Kristi Noem and Big Ag rule.”

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As we wait for COVID-19 vaccine, there is mounting evidence that Vitamin D (Vit-D) could be very effective in protecting us from the serious illness induced by the virus.

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We’ll reach the end of summer next week with the autumn equinox — but in some ways, we still seem pretty much where we were when the summer solstice occurred in June.

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Congratulations to Gov. Noem! She has put our great state in the limelight by promoting unrestricted mass gatherings—including fireworks for Donald Trump and the Sturgis biker binge — which have boosted South Dakota to second in the nation in per-capita COVID infections! Now she is spending …

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Donald Trump knew in February how dangerous and deadly coronavirus was going to be but he deliberately played down its severity. Most of us who were watching knew he was lying about the disease. But people closest to Trump, including Republican senators, knew this also. When Republican senat…

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On Memorial Day or any day of the year, I can visit the burial sites of my three brothers who served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Their families and I know they rest in peace in Nebraska and South Dakota, not like the families of the more than 81,900 American MIAs (missing in action) that…

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Our country has a problem. We are fighting to be healthy because of the virus which is all around us. It is more vital than our democracy, which we are. Who started it should be caught and punished, but we don’t know who.

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It would not surprise me to see other states suing South Dakota for hundreds of millions for intentionally bringing more coronavirus to their states after the Sturgis Rally.

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How long is the Yankton Mall going to be closed to the public being able to shop at the few stores still in there? Is there anything the city of Yankton can do to encourage the owner to open the doors and let people shop again? It does not make any sense to keep those small stores closed, sa…

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I am insulted by President Trump’s assertion that he could not tell the American people the severity of the coronavirus because we would panic in more significant ways than just a run on toilet paper. I obviously have a much higher opinion of U.S. citizens than he does. I do not think we are…

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally usually convenes each August for about 10 days, but this year, the rally never seemed to end.

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To: Yankton County Planning Commission

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This is in response to Kenneth Leischner’s letter (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 26) which responded to my letter: Your answer to my simple question if you are proud of the cast of characters. I take by your answer you are not proud of them — and I understand why.

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A debate over a proposed cell phone tower near the Lewis & Clark Lake area west of Yankton may indeed be, as one person involved with the discussion said, a glimpse of the near future for Yankton County, as well as other counties and municipalities across the country.

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In a presidential election year and in the midst of the dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread economic misery, the divisions among Americans can seem to easily overwhelm the bonds that unite us.

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Congratulations to Steve Fejfar for getting inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

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I can’t keep this to myself “no longer.” When COVID started, some stated that what helped it also helped malaria. I searched my favorite herb book — “The Book of Herbal Wisdom” by Matthew Wood. The herb boneset is it! It grows in the eastern U.S. in swampy areas. Old timers used it for chill…

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These are broken days. It feels like life has been broken by COVID-19, and our basic social discourse — sometimes, the way we simply deal with one another — occasionally feels broken by the current, divisive political climate.

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I can't believe my eyes after seeing on the news how many students at USD have the virus and how many have been quarantined.

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On Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was finally forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland and Seattle, among other cities. For a full week, th…

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The basis of freedom — “Enslaved” asked why some churches deny women the right to lead? Throughout the Bible the Divine order of the church was given. It started with God in the garden. It wasn’t just the apostle Paul’s opinion. Throughout the Bible it was and is still a command of God for t…

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread from city to city and state to state throughout the country, heroes emerged in some unlikely forms. Delivery drivers helped keep our economy moving, literally. Grocery store workers risked their own health and safety to ensure shelves were stocked and home …

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In this age of ever-contentious letters to the editor, I thought maybe a positive one was in order.

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A major issue which the Legislature has been dealing with this summer is the expenditure of the CARES Act funds which were given to the state by the federal government to help address COVID-19 expenses.

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As of this writing, COVID-19 cases are surging in South Dakota. The hope that the pandemic would wind down by this juncture — just as schools and colleges are reopening for the fall — was overly optimistic.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From lear…

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This has been a big week for Yankton’s Mount Marty University — and, by extension, for Yankton itself.

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We’ve witnessed the takeover of the Democratic Party by the most radical elements of their party. It has been a long time in the making. As a former Democrat, it has been really hard to watch. Make no mistake. Neither party is what it should be.

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In June 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tore into former Vice President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary debate. She openly suggested that he was a racist whose past political activity would have kept a “little girl” like her from attending integrated public school. About a year later, …

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Do you like to vote, to sing the National Anthem, the flag lowered to half-staff in grief, to protest when there is injustice? Our nation began in protest. Thank a veteran!

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Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier overtime — that have slowed mail delivery and threatened the on-time …

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This is in response to Larry Skow’s letter (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 19) regarding the “cast of characters” at the Democratic Convention: I wait with bated breath to watch the Republican counterpart. The president who has had five children by three wives, affairs with porn stars and countle…

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China told the World Health Organization (WHO) that the VIRUS was not contagious, which in turn, the WHO told the world not to worry about the COVID 19 VIRUS. This was in January of this year. This was also related to Dr. Fauci, and to the Trump Administration. It was soon discovered that th…

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We’re coming up on six months since South Dakota started our fight against COVID-19. I’ve worked hard to provide South Dakotans with the best information possible to make the best decisions for themselves, their loved ones, and — in turn — their communities. And that’s something that I could…

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Someone was complaining the other day about having to check out their own items at the store. I told them they should better acquaint themselves with the scan codes because the Swedes are using bar codes on their ships now. These days when a Swedish ship approaches the harbor they can just s…

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In her Aug. 11 column in the Press & Dakotan, Gov. Kristi Noem advised South Dakotans that most of us aren’t at risk from COVID-19, so we should just “put on our positive pants.” She apparently agrees with the president, who says the virus will magically go away.

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This won’t REALLY be an August weekend unlike any other in Yankton, for I actually do recollect long-ago summers before there was ever such a thing called Riverboat Days.

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On behalf of the entire school staff, school board and administration, I welcome our students and parents to the start of the 2020-21 school year! Our first day of school with students and staff will be on Monday, Aug. 24.

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We understand that our post office is in trouble. Its undermanned, underfunded, overtime is unauthorized and there has been talk about selling the USPS to private companies for pennies on the dollar. There’s talk of slowing down mail-in ballots.