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I don’t really recall most of the details, but I still vaguely recollect one day when I was a kid when I saw a bald eagle. Perhaps it stands out in my memory because people like my dad or my brother were excited by what was then a rare sight. (My brother notes, correctly, that back when we w…

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Gov. Kristi Noem saw for herself last month just what the people in and around Lake Andes are enduring with the flooding in the wake of the spring storms.

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Notoriously fickle wind currents coursing the channel of the Missouri River which forms the surface of Lewis and Clark Lake west of Yankton have drawn a great many sailboats to our area. One seasoned sailboat captain told a public television interviewer that, “If you can sail Lewis and Clark…

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Can you believe the summer is almost over? The launch of the school year is a little different for my family this year. Booker is beginning his senior year of high school in a few days and will be starting football soon (Go Chargers!). Kassidy and Kennedy are done with college now, so school…

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Raising a family has been the greatest privilege of my life. Jean and I have been blessed with four children and ten grandchildren who all live near our home in Fort Pierre. Providing a loving home where kids can grow up, learn values and feel safe is one of the most important jobs we as par…

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The Sioux Empire Fair’s Ag Appreciation Day is one of many annual events throughout South Dakota that I try to attend each year. It’s a great event for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the hardworking farmers and ranchers who I’m able to see and personally thank for everything the…

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It’s now terribly clear — with each passing day, with each new assessment — that the great flood year of 2019 is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.

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At the very least, the departure of Josh Svatos as president of Yankton’s Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) provides an opportunity to reflect again on the importance of this facility to the area economy.

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“Great faces. Great places.” If you live in South Dakota or have traveled to the state, you’ve seen it on license plates and billboards, and some of you might have even had the catchy South Dakota Department of Tourism jingle (“Great faaaces. Great plaaaces. South Dakota!”) stuck in your hea…

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Across America, opioids are ripping apart communities and families. After coming to Congress, my bipartisan freshman class made the decision to make addiction a primary focus, because combating the opioid crisis is one issue that all lawmakers can agree on. Addiction impacts families from al…

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The Senate recently passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement that was negotiated by President Trump and Congressional Leadership. I supported this legislation because it prioritizes spending for the military and for our veterans while simultaneously avoiding a default on our debt, taking steps…

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It doesn’t get much better than spending a summer day on a lake or river in South Dakota. Recreating on the water always seems to be the perfect backdrop for family memories and laughter. It’s one of the great things about our state.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a staff editorial.

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Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becoming law in December 2017, the last time any kind of comprehensive tax reform legislation made it to a president’s desk was the same year “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Platoon” hit the big screen. Cult classics get better with age, but the same can’t …

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This year has been tough for South Dakotans. The storms this spring brought destruction to homes, businesses, roads and communities throughout the state. Unprecedented flooding made it difficult for farmers and ranchers to get into fields. When you add it all up, it’s become the largest fede…

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Today’s column is an addendum — or, perhaps, even a bit of a rebuttal — to what I wrote here last week, when I ruminated on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and how far we haven’t gotten in exploring the cosmos. And all that still stands.

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The first meeting of the subcommittee for Redefining Nursing Home Criteria and Build Capacity met on July 17 in Pierre. This study resulted from the 2018 Summer Study on Mental Health Access for Services.

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Most legislators work on legislative committees or commissions all year round. I have been appointed as a member of the Legislature is to serve as one of South Dakota’s delegates to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The ULC has been meeting for 128 years but this was the first year that I ha…

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South Dakotans value the dollar. We don’t spend money we don’t have. We live within our means. We understand the importance of the bottom line.

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The announcement last Friday that the City of Yankton and the Yankton Youth Soccer Association (YYSA) had reached a deal that will allow the soccer group to maintain its current facilities is (mostly) good news, for it creates some overdue, much-needed clarity to what has lately been an ambi…

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Both in South Dakota and in Washington, I repeatedly hear the same thing — support free trade but hold bad actors accountable. As Americans, our innovation and ambition has allowed us to compete and succeed in a global market — but the playing field should be even. South Dakota has benefited…

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There are many things that I still remember about July 20, 1969, the day of the Apollo 11 moon landing and mankind’s small step/giant leap onto another world. After all, a day like that is kind of hard to forget, even after a half-century.

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The words that flowed from Donald Trump this past weekend — words on social media that told four congressional representatives who are women of color that they should “go back to their own countries” for their criticism of conditions at U.S. border detention centers — were nothing new.

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History, the saying goes, is written by the winners, a fact that can often produce  one-side, one-dimensional views on the past, unless other voices are considered and heard. This can lead to some history being rewritten (we hesitate to call it a revision, for that has a negative connotation…

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During my time working as your governor and now U.S. senator, I’ve had the privilege of establishing friendships with tribal members from all nine reservations in South Dakota. As governor, Jean and I invited tribal leaders to our home to simply break bread and get to know each other on a pe…

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We’re a little more than halfway through the year, so I thought it would be worth reviewing some of the legislative proposals I’ve been pursuing since the beginning of this Congress, plus my work with the administration to help advance these and other initiatives that will benefit South Dako…

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In South Dakota, our way of life is largely rooted in agriculture. It’s where many of us learned how to work hard, how to be good stewards of the land, and how to focus on the things that matter most in life. While we treasure the traditions we grew up with, it’s important to acknowledge tha…

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Former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, a man who briefly represented a lot of hopeful things to a lot of people, passed away this week at age 89, and I have to admit I felt somewhat nostalgic over the mention of his name.

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Independence Day used to be a happy day when all Americans put aside their partisan differences and came together to celebrate the miraculous birth of the United States of America.