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I’m writing in regard to cellphone users who use their phones while driving. Some people can’t stop using their phones no matter where they are. Years ago, people didn’t have them and there weren’t as many accidents and deaths as there are now.

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WASHINGTON — In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault.

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It would be an understatement to say it’s been a rough year for South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers. Yes, the broader economy is doing well — very well, in fact — but today’s agriculture economy is lagging too far behind, and the effects are real, they are painful, and they are only getting …

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The Yankton Parks, Recreation and Special Events Department would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the businesses, organizations and attendees who helped make the first Touch A Truck on June 8 a successful one. It was a beautiful, and loud, Saturday learning and exploring all the different…

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In South Dakota today, about 30,000 adults and 9,000 kids live with serious mental health conditions. With nearly every family and every community impacted, it’s overloaded the system. As a result, too many are falling through the cracks.

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A strong education system is vital to giving our young people the tools they need to grow and create a prosperous future for themselves. I believe students are best served when states and local governments, along with individual school boards, parents and teachers, are empowered to make educ…

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On behalf of all the Meridian District, a big “thank you” to everybody who made Ribfest such a rousing success on June 1. It was heart-warming to see families enjoying the food, music and fun in our beautiful downtown. The streets and buildings were a perfect backdrop, especially the newly l…

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With high water comes high stress, so it’s no surprise that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is under fire again for its river management this year.

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As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.

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My wife, Kathy, told our daughter, Amy, and our granddaughter, Jennifer, a year ago that she “wanted to go to the sky to live forever.” She got her wish Tuesday, May 28, about 11:30 a.m. soon after receiving the last rites of the Catholic church.

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Being a vendor at the downtown Meridian Farmer’s Market, I just want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those of you that have attended so far.

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There’s something fitting about discussing the D-Day anniversary on the day AFTER June 6 — D-Day Plus 1, as it might be called.

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A pastor writing political letters to the editor? Well, God is God; Jesus saves; discipleship involves seeking justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.

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WASHINGTON — If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet.

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On May 23, 2012, my seemingly healthy 16-year-old son, Adam, died of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at home while taking a nap. He had no warning; the first symptom was death. The only definitive way to restart a heart is with an automated external defibrillator (AED), a medical device design…

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We have it pretty good in South Dakota. From beautifully laid and intricate landscapes, to revitalized hometown main streets and top-ranked higher education, there is so much that makes South Dakota special. But as the saying goes, “there is so much more.”

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Agriculture producers need relief. For months, South Dakota and our neighboring states faced record flooding and now we’re seeing continued wet conditions from rainfall. For those of us who didn’t grow up in Ag, rainstorms are equated with things like blankets, movies, and cancelled ball gam…

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I am curious why the Governor vetoed HB 1191; “an act to legalize the growth, production, and processing of industrial hemp and derivative products in the state.” Could it be she thought it to be too easily confused with marijuana?

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The Joint Appropriations Committee met last week for their first summer meeting. The morning was spent listening to a presentation by the USD president and vice president and the dean of the University Center of Sioux Falls on the new model for that campus. In the afternoon letters of intent…

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Gov. Noem has faced strong opposition to her request to spend $400,000 for a fence around the governor’s mansion. The criticism centers around two points: the seemingly very high cost of the fence, and the fact that, in the last 130 years, no governor has had to keep South Dakotans out. The …

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In late May, Sen. John Thune wrote a column that was titled “Working for America” (Press & Dakotan, May 28) in which he detailed what the Republican led Senate has been doing to make things better for us. When I read that piece, I was surprised (maybe I shouldn’t have been) at the distor…

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Recent news has many reports about how meat is produced. The Washington Post reported the USDA is implementing a plan for workers at pork facilities to inspect animals for human consumption, a job federal inspectors previously held. There are concerns over this change. “If we are to ensure f…

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Our farm hit the century mark last November. Our farm has supported the Yankton community: Baggs and Tamiesea, Mark’s Machinery, Koletzky Implement, C&B Operations, Truck-Trailer, Varilek’s Repair, Gerstner Oil, Long’s Propane, Teachout, Lepp and Franklin, Stockmen’s, Veterinary Medical …

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WASHINGTON — As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence’s days as vice president are numbered. Trump’s preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un.

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On Saturday May 11, Yankton City and Rural letter carriers and volunteers picked up just over 8,175 pounds of nonperishable food and other items in the 27th National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Everything collected was donated to the local food pantry.

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Let’s face it: No one ever really WANTS to receive disaster aid. They’d rather avoid altogether the criteria needed to even be considered for it.

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As Gov. Noem and the U.S. Department of Interior consider bringing fireworks back to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, they should take into account that for many animals, the unnerving explosions are not only terrifying, they can be deadly.

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During his 1980 debate with then-President Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan famously asked Americans whether they were better off than they’d been four years earlier. That question has been a measuring stick for elected officials ever since. Republicans in Congress are committed to making life be…

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The livestock industry is changing. New technology to reduce pollution and contain particulates on site is being developed. Why isn’t it being used? Please ask your local pharmacist if the avian flu and swine flu now make up 50 percent of the flu vaccine we take every year. They will confirm…

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It seemed like old times last week at the Yankton Chamber of Commerce’s “State of the Community” forum. One of the presenters was Yankton Area Progressive Growth CEO Nancy Wenande, who devoted a portion of her remarks to concerns about the negative portrayal of Yankton on social media. The g…

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Anyone following social media or reading the local newspapers can clearly see there is an ever-increasing divide eating away at Yankton County. Discussion and debate are healthy, but is what we are seeing constructive?

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Imagine a climate changing event where the air is so bad people can’t breathe. Imagine extremely hot summer and bitterly cold winter. Imagine shortened growing cycles and famine. Imagine horrible droughts and deluges that wipe out whole communities. That is climate change.

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The first recognized community organized Memorial Day event was held in Carbondale, Illinois in 1866. It was originally known as Decoration Day and changed to Memorial Day in 1882.

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Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day which was formally called Decoration Day. This is a day we remember and honor persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This day originated following the Civil War. Veterans and families have been observing this special day for 151…

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Amid the ongoing discussions on what should be done — or, more correctly, what direction should be taken — with Yankton’s Westside Park, the future of Westside’s skate park has become an intriguing sidebar.

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WASHINGTON — When author Mark Childress penned “Crazy in Alabama,” he wasn’t just whistling Dixie.

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Since coming to Congress I’ve discovered that there is a “National Week” for just about every important topic. In May alone we’ve recognized Small Business, Nurses, Police, and Teacher Appreciation Weeks. These are all important individuals and causes, so it’s only fitting we acknowledge them.

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The Connections Board would like to thank Yankton Bowl and the Mount Marty College baseball team for their assistance with the Connections spring bowling event!

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Last week, several area farmers offered a reminder to residents and officials of Yankton County that agriculture is still a vital cog in the local economy.

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First Amendment rights are no longer assured in South Dakota. Nearly gone is our right to “petition government for redress of grievances.” State law now conflicts with the 1787 Bill of Rights. Our state legislature has, for some years, had a problem with grass-roots initiated measures. Durin…