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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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The news this week that Yankton High School has scheduled a “virtual graduation” for its seniors on May 17 — with COVID-19 having taken care of the real thing — snapped me briefly out of the blur that’s been this plague year by making me realize that graduation time is here again.  

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The Yankton City Commission’s decision Monday night to begin a modest loosening of the COVID-19 ordinance approved nearly a month ago represents a small step forward on a journey toward something resembling normal life and normal business in this community.

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Although the 2020 legislative session was completed at the end of March, there is legislative work that goes on year round.  Some of it is very time consuming.   

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The American people have faced adversity before, and if history has taught us anything, we likely will again. While the challenges are never the same, the strength and determination with which America faces them is as predictable as the sun rising in the east. Look around, and there are exam…

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A question lurking in many minds during this pandemic is one that contemplates our murky but hopefully not-too-distant future: What will “normal” look like after this storm has mostly passed?

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Federal and state freedom of information laws — intended to keep government meetings and records open and accessible to citizens — are more than seven decades old, and yet they often seem fragile and subject to the winds of political climates.

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Whatever one may think about our governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little argument (albeit with a few exceptions) that the response of the American people has been generally outstanding.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting our community and state, bold action is required to protect the health and safety of the patients and employees at the Human Services Center (HSC). We have taken those steps as the situation evolves and will continue to do everything in our power to properl…

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There’s a disturbing irony in the fact that, as America surges past 775,000 known COVID-19 cases and nears 41,000 deaths from the virus, protests have sprung up in parts of the nation targeting the shelter-in-place policies designed to contain an unstoppable virus and save as many lives as h…

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COVID-19 refers to the disease-Corona Virus Disease 2019-caused by a new type of coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 which was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This new respiratory virus causes symptoms of fever, dry cough, fatigue and shortness of breath.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced last week all PK-12 public schools will be closed the remainder of the school year. Thus, the Yankton School District will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, which ends on May 15. Report cards will be mailed home the week of May 18.

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For the time being, physically attending local government meetings is nearly a thing of the past — and, hopefully, of the not-too-distant future.

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This last month and especially these last few weeks have been tough on all of us in Yankton County. It has been a struggle to adjust to a new normal, but I would like to take this time to express my appreciation and gratitude for those in the community who have really been outstanding in thi…

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“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.” — E. B. White  

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The South Dakota Interim Rules met online for their first meeting for the interim. The meeting went well with presenters in Pierre and on the telephone.

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These are dark, anxious times for all of us — it can be felt in every town, around every dinner table and in every waking hour. But, if nothing else, this also makes it a fitting moment to recall the 75th anniversary of the death of Franklin Roosevelt, whose unprecedented four terms in the W…

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“When life gets harder, challenge yourself to be stronger!”

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Veto Day was held Monday, March 30, beginning at 11 a.m., but lasting until about 3:45 a.m., early Tuesday morning. The meeting was held remotely with only a handful of legislators attending in person at Pierre.