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The 2021 session of the South Dakota legislature has started now. Tuesday, Jan. 12 was the first day of the new session. There are 105 legislators — 35 in the Senate and 70 in the House of Representatives. We were told that there are more women legislators this year than ever before in the h…

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Yankton County citizens will have the opportunity to hear from and submit questions to their District 18 legislators at two Legislative Cracker Barrels sponsored by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee.

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As Joe Biden takes the reins of the presidency, one of his first major tasks is to pass a proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill made up of numerous facets. In general terms, the relief measure is needed to both get the pandemic under control and get the U.S. economy moving again.

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The Joint Appropriations Committee began their work on Monday of last week. There was an orientation session for new members of the Committee that day. The House has six new members to the committee and the Senate two new members. Hearings started on Tuesday.

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The 2021 South Dakota legislative session officially began Tuesday, Jan. 12, with the swearing in of South Dakota legislators and the State of the State Address by Gov. Kristi Noem.

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Across America these last several months, we have witnessed a very troubling situation where violent actors are trying to do an end-run around public discourse. This is done to intimidate and silence voices. These folks want to short-cut public debate through fear. They want to make people s…

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Among all the extraordinary things South Dakotans had on their radar heading into 2021, few of us probably would have guessed that a debate over civic education would show up less than two weeks into the New Year.

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Yankton’s newest Citizens of the Year were revealed early last week (which now feels like an eternity ago), and in terms of the mechanics involved in this process I help oversee each year, all’s well that ends well. The choice was made, I contacted the winners, Jake and Sandy Hoffner, and th…

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When we can occasionally turn our attentions away from the dramas roiling our lives these days, many eyes will be turning toward Pierre and the start of South Dakota’s 2021 legislative session.

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The terrible incident at the Capitol Building in Washington last Wednesday was a brutal day for this country, and it demands a response.

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Wednesday was perhaps the saddest and most disheartening day in America that I’ve seen in my lifetime.

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On Wednesday, congressional lawmakers are scheduled to convene in Washington to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College presidential victory over Donald Trump. This is traditionally a formality, since it validates decisions that have been certified by the states — decisions based on the prefer…

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South Dakota’s values and beliefs are rooted in our agricultural heritage and our boundless natural resources. Together they drive our economy, feed our families and provide world class outdoor recreational opportunities. We all have a vested interest in protecting and preserving South Dakot…

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Exactly one year ago today, I was brooding over the end of a very difficult 2019 — a year in which my mother passed away and I faced other adversities on several levels — and looking forward to the better things that simply HAD to be coming in 2020 …

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New is the year, new are the hopes, new is the resolution and new are my warm wishes just for you as 2020 fades away. Wishing you a promising and fulfilling New Year!

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This has been a year to remember, seemingly for all the wrong reasons. COVID-19 devastated families across our country. In other states, violent riots and looting tore communities apart. And it seems like political divisions are only increasing.

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Today, the Press & Dakotan, in keeping with its Christmas Eve tradition, presents to you the famous “Yes, Virginia” letter, published in 1897 for your holiday consideration.

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We’ve seen some amazing, impressive leaps in momentum for Mount Marty University (MMU) the past couple years, but the latest news coming from the school ranks as perhaps the most surprising development yet.

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Someday, we will have, in retrospect, a clear view of the economic fallout and pain created by the COVID-19 pandemic. At this moment, we don’t have a complete picture because, obviously, the coronavirus is still with us. But we do have some idea of just how it’s impacting all of us.

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The 2021 legislative session will start on Jan. 12 and run until March 11. The Legislature plans to return on March 29 for a veto day on which the Legislature could override any vetoes done by the governor. We are legally allowed to have 40 days each year, but this proposal is for only 36 da…

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We all could use some good news at this time and I actually have some great news to share with our parents and community.

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There is some long-needed good news in the air these days in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which began shipping late this past weekend. Meanwhile, the Moderna vaccine is scheduled to present its …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our planet and nothing has been the same since it began. We all want the world to go back to normal and with the emergence of successful COVID-19 vaccinations, we are one step closer to that becoming a reality. I’m not suggesting that government needs to mand…

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All day Tuesday, so many people took to social media to share something that, at least for some of them, has haunted them for decades: their feelings on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, when former Beatle John Lennon was gunned down in New York City.

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Wednesday night, the Yankton City Commission has called a special meeting to consider a mask measure as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in this community.

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The winter sports season is revving up in the Yankton area, which is a small victory in itself during this pandemic. Meanwhile, the Press & Dakotan’s sports department is gearing up for it while facing a blizzard of unknowns.

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This year has been filled with twists and turns! With each step, we have adjusted and readjusted our plans, and this holiday season is no different. For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and community, YAA is making changes to our beloved holiday offerings, but with your help and support,…

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Known by some local American Indian tribes as “the Hill of the Little Devils,” Spirit Mound is a prominent hill locateda six miles north of Vermillion on Highway 19. The 240-acre site was designated a State Historic Prairie state park in 2001.

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The show — in this case referring to the South Dakota high school winter activities season — will go on, or so the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) decided last week.

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Honestly, among the reasons one may have wanted to see South Dakota voters approve at least one of the marijuana measures on the general election ballot last month was to see how state officials might try to undercut the efforts.

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I learned long ago that history can come alive through death.

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After spending two years avoiding serious questions about his policy preferences, his team and his prospective presidency, we now know what Joe Biden intends to do should the Electoral College, as expected, vote for him in December: He’ll reopen the swamp for business. The media spent four l…

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Seventy-five years ago this month, Americans were called upon to celebrate a tremendous triumph — and reflect on its extraordinary cost.

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Because of the pandemic, this Thanksgiving will be very different than most, but it will still include many familial and national traditions.

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On Tuesday, I broke out a new face mask I’d just purchased at a local pharmacy. The mask is sky blue and, on the left side, bears the South Dakota state logo. In a way, that makes it a peculiar device, given the state of our state COVID-wise and our governor’s well-publicized ambivalence abo…