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For years, I’ve been working to advance ethanol to benefit South Dakota farmers. Our state ranks sixth in the nation for ethanol production capacity, and we produce more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol annually. Not only does biofuel production help our farmers, but it also supports additi…

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We’ll reach the end of summer next week with the autumn equinox — but in some ways, we still seem pretty much where we were when the summer solstice occurred in June.

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally usually convenes each August for about 10 days, but this year, the rally never seemed to end.

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A debate over a proposed cell phone tower near the Lewis & Clark Lake area west of Yankton may indeed be, as one person involved with the discussion said, a glimpse of the near future for Yankton County, as well as other counties and municipalities across the country.

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In a presidential election year and in the midst of the dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread economic misery, the divisions among Americans can seem to easily overwhelm the bonds that unite us.

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These are broken days. It feels like life has been broken by COVID-19, and our basic social discourse — sometimes, the way we simply deal with one another — occasionally feels broken by the current, divisive political climate.

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On Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was finally forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland and Seattle, among other cities. For a full week, th…

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread from city to city and state to state throughout the country, heroes emerged in some unlikely forms. Delivery drivers helped keep our economy moving, literally. Grocery store workers risked their own health and safety to ensure shelves were stocked and home …

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A major issue which the Legislature has been dealing with this summer is the expenditure of the CARES Act funds which were given to the state by the federal government to help address COVID-19 expenses.

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As of this writing, COVID-19 cases are surging in South Dakota. The hope that the pandemic would wind down by this juncture — just as schools and colleges are reopening for the fall — was overly optimistic.

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This has been a big week for Yankton’s Mount Marty University — and, by extension, for Yankton itself.

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In June 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tore into former Vice President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary debate. She openly suggested that he was a racist whose past political activity would have kept a “little girl” like her from attending integrated public school. About a year later, …

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Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier overtime — that have slowed mail delivery and threatened the on-time …

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We’re coming up on six months since South Dakota started our fight against COVID-19. I’ve worked hard to provide South Dakotans with the best information possible to make the best decisions for themselves, their loved ones, and — in turn — their communities. And that’s something that I could…

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Someone was complaining the other day about having to check out their own items at the store. I told them they should better acquaint themselves with the scan codes because the Swedes are using bar codes on their ships now. These days when a Swedish ship approaches the harbor they can just s…

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This won’t REALLY be an August weekend unlike any other in Yankton, for I actually do recollect long-ago summers before there was ever such a thing called Riverboat Days.

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On behalf of the entire school staff, school board and administration, I welcome our students and parents to the start of the 2020-21 school year! Our first day of school with students and staff will be on Monday, Aug. 24.

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Just in time for the start — or, if you will, the long-awaited return — of the school year, the Yankton area and much of the larger region are seeing a notable rise in COVID-19 cases. Yankton County has already seen its number of cases rise by more than 50% since the start of August, and oth…

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The Legislature has completed its work for this 60-day legislative session which took an extended break from the middle of March until July 20, due to COVID-19. Although what was accomplished earlier this session seems like it was a long time ago, I was pleased with the work done during the …

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For well over a year, former Vice President Joe Biden has carried forth a simple strategy: Be nonthreatening. Facing a volatile, mistake-prone incumbent, Biden merely had to mimic vital signs, stay out of the spotlight and avoid looking off-putting or radical. And he accomplished those objec…

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Even in the darkness of Donald Trump’s dystopia, the enduring promise of America has still flickered. Despite all his cult’s efforts to turn back the clock to the good old days of white hegemony, the pluralistic multiracial melting-pot America has still been percolating, yearning to breathe …

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This is an open letter that I’ve thought about and dreaded writing for a long, long time, because I knew this moment would arrive.

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What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.

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The City of Yankton received some unlikely news last Friday (or “A July Surprise,” as last Saturday’s Press & Dakotan headline put it) when the monthly revenue report came in.

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Unfortunately, it feels a little like mid-March again when COVID-19 began scrambling our lives. That included the national sports events we enjoy watching, which fell like dominoes back then: the NBA, the NHL, baseball, the NCAA basketball tournaments …

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Last week, when I was in Sioux Falls to discuss reopening schools with parents and superintendents, I saw a great bulletin board in a 4th grade classroom. It said, “Put your positive pants on.” That message reminded me of a lesson that is often easy to forget: an optimistic outlook can be tr…

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Too many nightmares were born 75 years ago Thursday when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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In November 2015, three years after taking the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, a career journeyman most recently unsuccessful with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The following preseason, Kaepernick began donning garb desi…

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The Nebraska Legislature passed the budget bills this past week, containing their recommendations for adjustments to the biennial budget that was passed last year. Now it will be up to the governor whether he signs the legislation or uses his line-item veto authority.  

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As the calendar turns to August, we are getting closer to that time of year when kids go back to school. In South Dakota, our kids will be in classrooms this fall. I met with both parents and superintendents earlier this week to discuss what that will look like, and everyone was on the same …

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Interim Rules and Joint Appropriations met during the last two weeks. We had the shortest rules meeting as only four packets of rules were presented. The South Dakota Board of Dentistry presented rules to allow for manikin based clinical competency for dental hygienists. This came are a resu…

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State senators resumed the legislative session on July 20, after breaking for almost four months due to the coronavirus. We are set to complete this 60-day session on Aug. 13. 

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The South Dakota Legislature meets for just 40 days in January, February and March of each year. This year it was from January 14 to March 12 with veto day scheduled for March 30th. However, most legislators are assigned to other committees that meet during the rest of the year. One of the c…

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I’ve spent the last several nights chasing a comet, in part because I know how difficult they are to catch and in part because I just needed the escape.

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The U.S. economy continues to struggle amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 36 million Americans filed for unemployment in the past two months and non-essential business operations were paused during states’ stay-at-home orders. As states begin to slowly re-open, the economy is stil…

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President Trump recently suspended nearly all guest-worker programs for the rest of the year. This historic executive order will open up more than 500,000 jobs to Americans — and it’ll disproportionately help Black citizens.

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The South Dakota High School Activities Association’s (SDHSAA) Board of Directors is scheduled to vote today (Wednesday) on a proposal that would allow the fall sports season to proceed as scheduled.

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Ninty-five degree heat, no shade except my old straw hat, wooden seats too hot to sit upon, four bottles of water with no need for a trip to the restroom (sweat) and then, after about five hours of very uncomfortable anticipation, came sheer exhilaration among 7,500 fans when President Trump…

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The passing last Friday of civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis — in this summer of social reckoning, in this moment of change — compels us to not only mourn what we have lost but to also envision what we as a nation must become.