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This week, a video from a San Francisco Walgreens went viral on Twitter. The video depicted a man standing next to his bicycle, loading up a garbage bag with products. The man then rides his bicycle down the aisle, past a security guard, who limply throws out a hand to try to grab the bag; t…

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I would like to address the masking policy that Yankton School District will be having this fall, as it has not been communicated to students and parents at this time.

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Perhaps it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it’s still worth appreciating the successful return of Ribfest to Yankton’s calendar last weekend.

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Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) wants to recognize and extend warm appreciation to our supportive leaders who are stepping down from their current positions. Chauntel Wright, RTEC General Manager, and Dr. Jennifer Johnke, RTEC Board Secretary, recently announced their relocation f…

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Republican leaders now have the tools to do what they’ve wanted to do for years: Set up a North Korean/Chinese/Russian-type dictatorship in the USA.

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As we (hopefully) emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are stepping out of that darkness to rediscover — or remember — some of the issues we faced prior to the onslaught of the coronavirus.

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Here’s a clarification on a June 4 letter from County Commissioner Dan Klimisch

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I am writing in response to the papers coverage of legalization of cannabis in South Dakota. More to the legalization of medicinal use, than recreational use. I wish to address the use of the term “pot” when coverage of these issues is published.

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I’ve been grudgingly coming to terms lately with the reality that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be with us for a long time to come, although perhaps not always in strictly viral terms.

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Retirement gives us the gift of time. With no agenda but my own, I can “waste” a morning, watching the activity in our backyard wildlife refuge.

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Last Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. On that day, Operation Overlord began, launching the Allied invasion of Europe that would spell the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime. At least 4,400 Allied troops died in the Normandy landings, and another 10,0…

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Here we go. The evidence is piling up more and more. It appears Mr. Trump was right about China turning the virus loose to poison an control the world. Dr. Flip Flop aka, Dr. Fauci & his cohorts likely had a hand in it. Appears our own taxpayer money was used against us. Is this not trea…

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Apparently, Sen. Rounds and Sen. Thune supported the attack on the Capitol and the attempted insurrection of the United States of America. Sen. Rounds and Sen. Thune, your actions are treasonous. You are a shameful example of what it means to be an American.

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Recently, South Dakota’s Sen. John Thune was among the 35 Republicans who voted to block a proposal to create a bipartisan inquiry into what led a violent mob of Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Sen. Mike Rounds did not vote.

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Politicians have been abusing the flag code for decades. I have seen our national symbol lowered to half-staff for the passing of non-US citizens, for county-level politicians, and for any other person an elected official thinks might score them points. The latest trend is to lower the flag …

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The decade that’s passed since the Missouri River flood of 2011 has seen a lot of changes in the way we look at the river, and that also includes the entity that manages and oversees it.

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There is no better place than Mount Rushmore to celebrate America’s birthday. Independence Day is the celebration of our nation and our founding principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity. Thomas Jefferson wrote the beautiful document that declared the United States of America free and…

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Thank you to the supporters of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Sales over Memorial Day weekend.

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As Yankton dives into its new aquatics center, now is a good time (for a couple of reasons) to remember our LAST water park.

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The proposed Yankton County zoning changes for Article 5 will come before the Planning Commission on June 8 and to the County Commission in July. I am deeply concerned about many of these proposed changes. However, the most appalling and dangerous change is the adoption of what is called “Sp…

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The residents of Clay County have an important decision to make on the June 8 ballot. The question on the ballot is the Clay County Commission’s plan to issue $41 million in bonds to pay for a completely new courthouse, jail and law enforcement center to be built somewhere in Vermillion. We …

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This week, a clip of America’s most prominent racial grifter, Ibram X. Kendi, began making the rounds on Twitter. Kendi, the author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” has undoubtedly made a fortune by indicting those who disagree with him as complicit in American racism -- and by providing partia…

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China recently landed a drone rover on Mars for research and is reportedly planning a self-sufficient Martian city embedded into a canyon wall. Construction could begin in 2050 with occupancy in 2100. Dark web sources say China hopes to capture one of the UFOs which are regularly being repor…

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Here’s one last word on the opening of Yankton’s Huether Family Aquatics Center, which received a lot of attention with its debut this past week. That attention has been well-deserved.

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The Legislature completed their work and adjourned sine die on May 27, 2021, six days early in the 90-day session. Our final days were spent on redistricting guidelines, motions to override gubernatorial vetoes, and procedural matters.

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This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers from the Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019 with “symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness.” That report followed hard on a series of investigative pieces from jou…

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Our son died the week after Easter two years ago. As a family, we decided to bury him next to his paternal grandparents in a quiet country cemetery south of Gayville.

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“Mr. Lincoln said to me once, ‘They say I tell a great many stories; I reckon I do but I have found in the course of a long experience that common people, take them as they run, are more easily informed through the medium of a broad illustration than in another way, as to what the hypocritic…

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I was born in 1950. I grew up with our leaders, doctors and scientists developing and administering multiple vaccines. They covered many maladies: measles, chicken pox and all those childhood infections. They also conquered whooping cough, tetanus and polio, which took lives and affected the…

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When the Yankton School District ended its 2020-2021 school year last Thursday afternoon, it felt like a major milestone. And perhaps it was.

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I still remember the first time I saw the movie “Brigadoon” on television. I think I was 6 or 7 years old, and what I recall most vividly was that the musical’s story — about a mysterious Scottish village that emerges from the highland mists for just one day every 100 years — made me cry for…

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The Yankton Parks, Recreation, & City Events Department, would like to thank The Huether Family Foundation for their $10,000 donation to the Guppy Grant.

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One of our goals this year is to have the entire Senior class graduate together as one group.  Therefore, we are planning to hold graduation at Crane-Youngworth Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021.  

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In South Dakota, we help our neighbors. It’s just part of who we are. My parents instilled that in me at a very young age. We’d check on families in our community who were struggling. In fact, when I was a little girl, my parents brought a foster boy into our family.

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Regarding the story by Marcus Traxler, Forum News Service, in the May 11 Press & Dakotan regarding Mike Lindell’s event in Mitchell:

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As we’re all now realizing, shifting our lives from pandemic mode to something approaching a post-pandemic level is not as simple as turning a light back on in a darkened room.

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I feel compelled to respond to a recent letter by Jerry Wilson of Vermillion (Press & Dakotan, May 6).

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Legislative bills proposing to decrease the corporate income tax rate and phase-out the income tax on social security benefits both received second-round approval this past week after amendments were added to require the Legislature to revisit these issues prior to full implementation. This …

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The looming debut of the Huether Family Aquatics Center should have big consequences for Yankton, one of which occurred to me this week.