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It’s been a stressful week here at the newspaper as we’ve struggled with press issues that have impacted our deadlines, our delivery and our mental well-being. We’ve been printing in Sioux Falls for several years, so the press issues that have stressed us out have been beyond our control and…

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The pheasant opener always takes place on the third Saturday of October. For the next several months, hunters will enjoy being out in the fields. With more than one million acres of public hunting land available, South Dakota is widely known as the pheasant capital of the world. Folks from a…

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Oct. 22 is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Stuttering is the only disability people still laugh at but we’re working to change that! Just over 70 million people around the world stutter, including more than three million Americans. Most people know someone who stutters, but few under…

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In previous communications, radio discussions, State of the School presentations, and various community presentations over the past two years we have communicated the impending need for an opt-out in the Yankton School District.

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Many of us have long chided South Dakota for what we perceive as its more perplexing deficiencies. For instance, we criticized the state for being ranked last in the country in terms of teachers’ pay — a title we held for decades. More recently, many people are grumbling about the state’s fo…

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South Dakota’s big-vision leaders created a very profitable perfect solution to end our 100% oil addiction — a perfect solution other states can also use as a guide to end their addictions to oil and soon US addiction to oil.

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The mechanics of economic development can often seem cumbersome and strict, but these processes are essential to the greater economic good of a city or county.

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Every year, thousands of advocates from across the country travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with their representatives. On any given week when Congress is in session, I hear from a number of groups from South Dakota — the topics can vary from tribal issues to health care or community bank…

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There’s nothing quite like autumn — cooler temperatures, the sound of crisp leaves under your feet (or snow as may be the case), and students settled back in school. After a warm summer, this time of year is usually highly-anticipated in South Dakota, but not just because of the relief from …

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Each October, we celebrate Native Americans’ Day — an opportunity to honor South Dakota’s nine Native American tribes, as well as their heritage, culture, and tradition.

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For 29 years, South Dakotans have celebrated Native Americans’ Day instead of Columbus Day. The late Gov. George Mickelson, along with the editor of the Native Sun News, Tim Giago, and tribal leaders, worked together to proclaim 1990 the Year of Reconciliation. The decision to change Columbu…

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Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Each October, NASSP, NAESP…

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WARNING: This article contains mild spoilers for the movie “Joker.”  

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Remember the three monkeys? The first covers his eyes, the second covers his ears, the third his mouth. See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.

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Headed to bed shortly with the Coyotes football team winning big over Indiana State and Roy coming with KFC food. The night is clear for now with a forecast of snow in the near future. Goodnight everybody and pleasant dreams. Cheers to all.

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As a state legislator, I had a sincere respect for the committee process. Every issue that we would address would have two committee hearings, meetings were open to the public and we would hear both sides of the issue. You could be sure the truth was told or the credibility of the person wou…

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Last week, the Yankton area dealt with two situations involving school threats. One incident happened at Yankton High School while the other involved the Gayville-Volin school in Gayville.

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Since becoming governor, I have been continually reminded that strengthening South Dakota for the next generation is a task I cannot accomplish on my own. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in the last nine months, but what most people don’t have the privilege of seeing are the state emplo…

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Please help me get the importance of this infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call.

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A report that cites Yankton County as being one of the counties in South Dakota at higher risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infections should be treated as much as a call to action as a warning of a problem.

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Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.

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This is an open letter to South Dakota’s federal delegation, all of whom are Republicans: Shame on you! Why haven’t you stood up to defend your country and your president (and party leader), Donald Trump? For one month shy of three years, Trump personally has suffered a flood of still-contin…

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While much of the United States celebrates Columbus Day on the second Monday in October, South Dakotans instead proudly recognize Native American Day, honoring the rich heritage and tribal people of our state. A tradition that began in 1989 when Gov. George Mickelson proclaimed 1990 as the “…

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month takes place every October. It is a good opportunity to review our online security habits on both our personal devices and at work. We are more connected than ever, and while it is nice to have quick and easy access to the Internet, it also means we are …

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Another baseball season has flown by; in fact, it’s literally flown right out of the park.

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Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. While at Mount Marty College, a Sister reminded us, in a lecture, that it is a great characteristic to develop.

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In its season opener, “Saturday Night Live” did a fine job of skewering political figures who dominated headlines during the show’s summer hiatus. The Trump stuff was funny, but even with new Ukrainian fodder it was routine. The Democratic parodies, however, were fresh and so spot-on that th…

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Has Congress imposed a secret austerity plan? In the past, I remember every office in Congress had at least one calendar on the wall. That is either not the case now or if they have calendars, no one is turning the pages.

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Every once in a while, you experience one of those occasions where you stop to appreciate how blessed you are. Our family had one of those times recently when our oldest daughter, Brittany, was inducted into her collegiate hall of fame.

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Now that you, based on “media reports” (not everyone trusts all the media reports) have called for the inquiry into President Trump’s conversation last July with the Ukrainian president (Press & Dakotan, Sept. 25), will you also call for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Bi…

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Yankton tends to go all out when it comes to Manufacturing Week in South Dakota, and this year is no exception. This is the seventh year the week has been observed, and the Yankton Chamber of Commerce has again organized numerous events to commemorate the week.

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Each September, Americans celebrate Constitution Day. On Sept. 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution, the most sacred document in our nation’s history. The Constitution established the three branches of our government and still to this day protects the rights of each Am…

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Nearly seven million Americans in the United States are adopted. In 2015, more than six-hundred seventy thousand children spent time in our foster care system. One out of every twenty-five families with children have an adoptive child. Families adopt for a number of reasons, but whatever the…

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“l am writing you a long letter because l do not have time to write a short one.” — Mark Twain

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Ambulance sirens …. They grab our attention and pause our heart a bit. None of us want to use them, but all of us are glad they are there when needed.

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Many of my favorite childhood memories took place on the back of a horse. Whether I was in the rodeo, chasing cattle, hunting with my siblings, or riding through the hills, there was always something so special about engaging with nature. In many ways, it was through our experiences outside …

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Fall arrived this week, and so did a season of presidential impeachment. It’s almost enough to make me want to escape for a while to someplace like New Zealand, where spring has just started and perhaps there may be quieter days on the horizon.

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The conditions in puppy mills are brutal and terrifying for dogs. The dogs become so depressed by the mind-numbing boredom of being locked in a small cage day after week after month after year that they lose their minds.

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WASHINGTON — Every good story needs a hero, and the saga of Brett Kavanaugh’s rise to the Supreme Court has provided one: Leland Keyser.

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For some time, South Dakotans noticed the wind blowing and wondered when, if ever, wind farms would be built here to put that wind to use. In studying why wind farms were being built elsewhere but not here, it appeared that the availability of electricity transmission and state tax policy we…

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There’s a difference between public servants and bureaucrats, and we have known or dealt with both. Our office spends an incredible amount of time and energy helping constituents bust through the federal bureaucracy and unfortunately, we often bump heads with federal bureaucrats. It is time-…

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Washington is a town where investigations can last for years and cost millions of taxpayer dollars. Some investigations happen in order to check a box before moving onto the next task. We all know in D.C. there are two types of investigations. Investigations that are “for show” and investiga…