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The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which formally granted women the right to vote, was officially adopted on August 26, 1920, a common-sense change that was long overdue. For its centennial celebration, I can think of no better location to honor the women who helped build America t…

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If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets.

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South Dakotans are struggling with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and some are finding it difficult even to pay for essential services, such as electricity and water. Some utility providers have decided to suspend shut-offs due to unpaid bills during the pandemic, including…

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I have a confession to make: Having been at this newspaper for many years, I’ve become so familiar with the myriad rituals that make up a typical Yankton-area summer that I’ve occasionally wished summer could include a few new things or different twists, just for the sake of variety.

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In reading Mr. Swayze’s letter (Press & Dakotan, May 22), I’m unable to discern what his point might be.

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I am writing this on Memorial Day, thinking back on friends I lost during my career as a pilot in the United States Air Force. Unfortunately, many of the deaths were needless, the result of bad luck, or worse, carelessness.

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“I have kleptomania and when it gets bad, I take something.” Robert Benchley. ---

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Gov. Noem, you are signing all sorts of executive orders to help businesses in the state, so how about signing a few orders to help individuals and families who are about to get kicked out of their apartments or homes because they cannot pay the rent, because you know, they have no jobs right now?

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The fact that this is even a controversial topic in some places and in some heads is really bizarre. And yet, here we are.

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For some people, meeting colleagues and developing networks comes easy. For others, like me, it’s not. For introverts, taking a class on how to win friends might help.

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Sioux Falls is not opening any pools or aquatic centers. So has the Yankton City commissioners considered that the aquatic center may not be able to open next year or, if it does, that attendance will have to be reduced? Or that people will be too afraid to go somewhere where catching COVID-…

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Mark and I would like to express our deep appreciation to the Yankton School District staff and teachers, booster groups, family and other groups outside of school that have impacted the development, creativity, skills and abilities of our children.

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This will be a strange Memorial Day. It won’t really look or feel the same at all.

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Denied Truth: Vietnam projects 0 coronavirus deaths as the U.S. projects 100,000 COVID deaths that obviously did not need to happen. That score card necessarily illuminates how well denying the truth or the age old big lie propaganda machine can work for good or corrupt politicians wanting t…

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The class of 2020 graduated on May 17 through a virtual graduation, which was the first of its kind in Yankton School District history. Congratulations to our seniors and their families on this wonderful accomplishment!

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Although three high-ranking Obama officials could see no reason for the prosecution of a case against Gen. Flynn, the Obama FBI led by Comey and his ilk got the general into a bad place and convinced him to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

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Thank you for your article recognizing the teachers who are retiring in the Yankton School District. (Press & Dakotan, May 16) Without the YSD end-of-year recognition banquet, there is no platform for teachers to be recognized and honored by their peers for their years of dedicated service.

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We would like to honor all veterans who served, and who are serving, and especially those who gave their all. Please remember all veterans on this Memorial Day.

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Well, if it’s any meager consolation, one good thing could be said about this pandemic: Yankton picked a really good summer to have its outdoor swimming pool out of commission.

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As communities work their way back to normal, one of the tools in our fight against COVID-19 that we will continue to ramp up is mass testing. Earlier this week, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon laid out our plan to conduct testing events over the next four weeks.

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This year, National EMS Week is May 17-23. The 2020 EMS Week theme is “Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow.” This theme, which was developed long before our current COVID-19 public health pandemic, is particularly meaningful now as we witness EMS professionals rallying to support those affec…

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First, let’s make this clear: The general, gradual easing of the COVID-19 restrictions in South Dakota should not be confused as a sign that the coronavirus pandemic is subsiding. According to Gov. Kristi Noem and state health officials, the easing of restrictions — in fact, the entire effor…

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With respect to the Thursday, May 7, 2020, “Point of View” column by Yankton County Commissioner Dan Klimisch, we wish to respond to the comments and opinions presented.

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I am going to be blunt: I am fed up after reading of the recent vandalization of the gravesite of Yankton’s daughter, Tammy Haas.

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In regards to the letter, “Facts, Not Fabrication,” published in Thursday’s Press & Dakotan, the letter’s author, Nancy Schenk subsequently reached out to the P&D to note one item in her letter was incorrect. She said that, in fact, salvage yards WILL still require a conditional-use …

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The strangest school year that probably anyone can remember, at least in Yankton, is essentially over. As it limps into the past tense and as we head into an uncertain summer, this would be a good moment to give a nod of appreciation to everyone who made this school year work as well as it d…

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As the COVID-19 cases in South Dakota continue to rise, Gov. Kristi Noem extended her order for senior citizens and those who are medically at risk in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties to stay home in place. She has not issued an order for all citizens to shelter in place. One would think that …

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This week, former President Barack Obama reemerged from hibernation to lecture Americans about the threat to rule of law posed by the Trump administration. After Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the Department of Justice would be dropping its case against President Donald Trump’s fo…

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This is written in response to the “Point of View” column by Yankton County Commissioner Dan Klimisch (“Focusing on Solutions,” Press & Dakotan, May 7).

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A few stats South Dakotans may wish to share with their governor. Alaska and South Dakota both have similar populations. (South Dakota: 903,027; Alaska: 734,002)

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It’s May, and for every school everywhere, whatever is left of this extraordinarily strange school year, whatever can be concluded, whatever can be salvaged, is wrapping up — or coming as close to it as possible — right about now.

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As a retired federal employee with 32 years of service I wish to take this time to say thank you to all public servants, past and present. As recently as 2018, South Dakota had a total of 21,956 Active and Retired Federal and Postal employees. Of that number 11,207 were Federal Annuitants, 8…

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On April 23, 2020, a bipartisan group of six senators wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him to extend the “safe harbor” deadline for wind and solar projects because of COVID-19. This extension would give the renewable energy companies more time to collect even more tax cred…

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In these uncertain days, let’s reflect briefly on the anniversary of a long-ago moment of bittersweet joy.

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In Yankton County Commissioner Dan Klimisch’s column in Thursday’s Press & Dakotan, he provided an incorrect distance regarding a placement rule on hog barns. Klimisch emailed the Press & Dakotan Thursday afternoon and said the correct distance for a 2,400 head hog barn should be 75 …

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A spokesperson from Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls allegedly told a VICE reporter that “living circumstances in certain cultures” and a “large immigrant population” are to blame for the 725 cases of COVID-19 amongst staff.

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Recently, the Yankton County Planning commission met yet again to discuss upcoming zoning changes. The planning commissioners have met on and off many times over the past year to discuss updating our zoning ordinance. Several updates are already in the process of being approved, such as an i…

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On a beautiful spring day about 49 years ago, Les Helgeland, my boss at the P&D, let me borrow his new camera to take some “artsy-crafty” pictures. I headed my new yellow Ford Pinto westward on an old gravel road and stopped at the intersection now known as West City Limits and 21st Street.

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The Democrats are at it again. Nancy Pelosi and crew want $3.6 BILLION of our money, to set up and run the mail-in vote for the November election.

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I am both happy and leery to see things open back up. And I agree that going back to normal isn’t going to happen very soon. I also believe that people should still be cautious when going out to shop or eat and that that decision should be left up to us.

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There may be a tendency at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic to think the worst is behind us. The evidence to that effect is all around, as states and communities are gradually relaxing some of their restrictions and more people are out and about. The world seems, at least, a little bright…

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Get out your party hats — it’s National Economic Development Week! The economy has been struggling for numerous obvious reasons, but there are bright spots we can celebrate. The Yankton City Commission voted last week to open all businesses without restrictions. This will help get the money …

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Before this matter slips completely off our radar, a few words need to be said here about a recent incident at the South Dakota State Legislature in which two lawmakers showed up intoxicated in the Senate chamber during session.