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This week, on the basis of whole-cloth lies, major corporations went to political war with the state of Georgia. The lies at issue revolved around Georgia’s new voter law, characterized by both Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden as a new form of Jim Crow. What do these dastardly new voter…

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The forecast says the Yankton area could be getting some rain the next couple days, perhaps up to an inch. And it will be more than welcome.

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The 2021 session of the South Dakota Legislature finished up on March 11. A bill which I prepared and filed early in the 2021 session was SB112 which requires that the governor obtain the advice and consent of the Senate before appointing a replacement for any of the constitutional officers …

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If our fight against COVID-19 is like a war, then right now may seem a lot like the late summer of 1944 in World War II Europe.

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On March 19, 1975, Yankton Area Arts received its official 501(c)(3) non-profit status which means we recently celebrated our birthday!

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Since the death of George Floyd, our esteemed media, as well as their Democratic allies, have suggested that Floyd’s alleged murder is representative of broader American white supremacy, that Floyd’s experience with law enforcement is indicative of how American police pose an existential thr…

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The Legislature has completed Day 50 of this 90-day legislative session and is in the middle of debate on bills that have been designated as a priority by senators, committees and the speaker. As a general rule, only bills that have been designated as a priority are placed on the agenda at t…

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Next Monday marks two life-altering anniversaries for me, one of them being the second anniversary of my mother’s passing.

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The fiscal year 2022 (FY22) budget was based on the revenue projections that were made on Feb. 15 in Joint Appropriations. The discussion followed the presentation of Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) and the Legislative Research Council (LRC) Fiscal Services on their predictions for fu…

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Around this time last year, I delivered a “State of Our County” presentation to the community. As I revisited some of the goals outlined for 2020, nowhere did I find the words “respond to pandemic.” Even though the flood of 2019 had a great impact on our county physically and financially, th…

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The main run of the 2021 South Dakota legislative session ended Thursday, March 11, with the passage of the state budget. The three main areas of funding every year include education, state employees and Medicaid providers. All three were given a 2.4% increase, which is above the 1.6% inflat…

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As Texas and a few other states signal their intentions to reopen, here in South Dakota, it’s a puzzling thing to watch. It’s also a powerful reminder of how little we are thought of except as a passing example of good or bad policy, depending upon the speaker. But America would do well to t…

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Of all the things in my life that have been altered or eliminated by the COVID-19 pandemic, going to a movie is one I probably miss the most. I haven’t been to a movie theater in 14 months, and with Yankton’s theater now closed for the foreseeable future, I don’t know when I’ll have that cha…

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The South Dakota Week of Work will take place April 19-23, with many activities being held virtually, including live panel discussions with business and industry from across South Dakota. Resources are available on the Week of Work website: https://weekofwork.sd.gov/.

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Without question, there is still a ways to go before we can truly say we’ve conquered COVID-19, but at least contemplating a return to the way life used to be, if even only somewhat, is not only uplifting but also essential.

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The 2021 session of the South Dakota Legislature wrapped up on March 11. However, the Legislature will still be returning for “veto day” on March 29 if the governor vetoes any bills. So far, we haven’t heard that she has vetoed anything but there are lots of rumors about what she may or may …

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Not surprisingly, the decision last week by the National Park Service (NPS) to not allow a July 4 fireworks display at Mount Rushmore has become political fodder that strives to dismiss the facts behind the decision.

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As co-chair of Joint Appropriations and a long-time legislator, I say this has been a legislative session that will go down in history. Never has the state had so much one-time dollars and so many requests how to spend those dollars.

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This week, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it would stop the sale and distribution of six classic volumes from the great children’s author. Those volumes, said the company, violate its commitment to “messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion and friendship.” The books include portrayals of pe…

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Headline in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Evening Post of Friday, Feb. 4, 1944: “Claude Newman Executed Today, Pays With Life for Fatal Shooting of Sid Cook.” The paper reported the inmate walked to the death chair accompanied by a priest, having embraced the Catholic faith while in prison. Why a …

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The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board met last week and revised the current forecast upwards. The board projected an increase of $204 million for fiscal year 2020-21, $165 million for fiscal year 2021-22, and $93 million for fiscal year 2022-23, for a total increase of $462 millio…

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Week eight of the session saw mostly House bills that made it through their chamber of origination by Crossover Day last week.

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March has returned, and this marks the first anniversary (which is next week) of when the COVID-19 pandemic landed on our heads like an anvil. As I think about that headache of a milestone, I’m reminded of the movie “Hoosiers.”

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Yankton Area Arts recently wrapped up our fiscal year and put together a video highlighting the past year. Available on our YouTube page, the video celebrates the strong start we had in 2020 as well as the challenges we faced. I want to thank all those who have made additional contributions …

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There are just two weeks left in the 2021 session of the South Dakota Legislature. However, there will have to be a special session of the Legislature sometime in the fall of 2021 to approve legislative redistricting. We were unable to do that during this session as the U.S. Census Bureau ha…

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When South Dakota voters approved the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana last November, proponents of one or both of those measures celebrated what truly seemed to many people to be an unlikely development as well as a surprising step forward for the state.

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When I wrote the first draft of this piece Tuesday night, Jason Ravnsborg was South Dakota’s attorney general.

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Thursday, Feb. 18, was the 24th day of the 2021 legislative session with 12 days plus veto day left in this 2021 session of the Legislature. This year there has been a total of 283 bills introduced in the House and 194 in the Senate. This compares to 2020 when there were 294 bills introduced…

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The Yankton City Commission’s decision Monday to not extend the municipal mask mandate enacted last December may have caught many residents by surprise.

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The Nebraska Legislature passed the one-third mark this week in the 90-day legislative session. The Appropriations Committee also presented their preliminary recommendations for the biennial budget. This provides a starting point for discussion of the various budget actions suggested so far.…

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There is a perception that something seemed frustratingly preordained last week when the charges to be filed against South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg in connection with a fatal car accident last September were announced.

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This seems like a good moment to remind you that anytime we break a weather record from the 1930s, we’re really accomplishing something.

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In this great country “we the people” should demand the fence around the United States Capitol come down now! It is past due and an insult to the American people.

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The value of story time is priceless. Sitting down with your child or grandchild for story time is more than a nice way to bond. It’s also the best way to build their language skills and help them become a reader. Even better, reading a book together is easy, fun and the best reading investm…

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Unfortunately, perhaps the biggest headline from the South Dakota Legislature the past few days is very relatable for too many people, and was mostly and arguably avoidable.

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Week 5 began with one of the most significant proposals of the session which was the proposal for a needs-based scholarship program.