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Believe it or not, the legislators you send to Pierre do not know everything. I know. Shocking. So how does the legislature make laws about things where we lack the requisite expertise? Most of the time, the legislature defines its intent and goals, and then instructs a department of state g…

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The Interim Rules Committee met for the last time prior to the 2020 session on Monday with 23 packets of rules before the committee. With no meeting in October or any more scheduled, the departments were moving to get all pending rules presented for the hearing.

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One of the big components of South Dakota’s tourism industry has always been hunting. It has long been a popular outdoor sport for this state; in fact, South Dakota’s pheasant hunting is renowned around the world.

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Imagine walking into a local hardware store for its grand opening. As the door closes behind you, you look around and realize that almost all of the products in the store seem uncannily familiar. Those that aren’t, they pique your interest. As the store manager greets you, it’s as if he knew…

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Ronald Reagan once said this: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” South Dakota has a proud history of military service — generations wh…

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It didn’t make many national headlines, but the House passed the Dignity in Aging Act this month. As someone who helped introduce this bipartisan bill, I’m proud to support the reauthorization of many critical social and nutrition services — like Meals on Wheels — to older Americans.

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South Dakota high school football spent many decades (and countless prep football careers) determining its state champions by polling rather than on the field. It wasn’t until the debut of the DakotaDome at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion did the state finally adopt a playoff sy…

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When her family fled the Nazis and escaped to the Netherlands, Eva Schloss met a new friend in Amsterdam — a girl named Anne Frank.

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Closing the digital divide in rural America has long been a priority for me, not only because it’s urgently needed and long overdue, but because I’ve experienced the divide firsthand here in South Dakota. My guess is that you probably have, too. But for some of my Senate colleagues who repre…

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South Dakota and American cattle producers raise the best beef in the world. Many families specifically seek out these high-quality products when choosing what beef to purchase at the grocery store. However, some families may not realize that not all meat labeled “Product of the U.S.A.” is a…

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Fall in South Dakota really is a special time. As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, the desire to get into South Dakota’s outdoors goes up! Fall traditions abound and our natural resources rise to the occasion. Migrating ducks and geese fill our skies, pheasants explode from a …

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During his Earth Day speech in 2019, the chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Basin, stated openly that “ the flooding during the last two decades has gotten worse, and it is not getting better.” Acknowledging the impact of climate change on flows, he stated: “The longer…

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This won’t be new news to you, but Congress sure has a hard time sticking to a budget. Let me back up — Congress has a hard time even creating a budget and many hardworking Americans, including our nation’s military, could end up paying the price.

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As the Yankton County State’s Attorney I have some unsolicited journalism advice for the Press & Dakotan editorial board: Journalism is about facts, not about hearsay and half-truths spread around by social media trolls with nothing better to do.

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Yankton city officials were quite happy — and quite seriously relieved — when they opened the bids for the new Huether Family Aquatics Center last week.

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There’s nothing better than autumn in South Dakota. I always enjoy traveling around the state in the fall. So far this October, I’ve gotten to visit with South Dakota students, present a Purple Heart medal to a Vietnam vet, talk to the new commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base, attend the gr…

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The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) is the trade deal President Trump negotiated to replace and improve upon the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA. The three countries signed it nearly one year ago, but it has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress. This agreement…

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It’s easy to get distracted by the noise coming out of Washington — each week I aim to stay out of the muck and to focus on the issues impacting our state. People in South Dakota are focused on being productive, bettering their communities, finding solutions, and coming up with ideas that work.

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Hello! Bryon Noem here. Earlier this year, I became South Dakota’s first First Gentleman when my wife, Kristi, became the 33rd governor of our state. I’ve had the privilege to stand beside her as she’s tackled some big issues and worked to make South Dakota stronger for the next generation… …

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Bravo Battery comes home this weekend after a 10-month deployment to Eastern Europe. I still remember last December’s activation ceremony on a sunny, mild Saturday in Yankton, and it sometimes feels like it was just last week. For family members of the soldiers, of course, it probably feels …

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Our Grampa Charlie Donovan was the spittin’ image of the character 1930s humorist Will Rogers had in mind when he warned his radio listeners, “Never slap a guy who’s chewin’ tobacco.”

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A meeting in downtown Yankton Monday night put an important spotlight on something that can play an important role in this community, which is the downtown area itself.

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South Dakota has a special connection to the U.S. Air Force, especially to the airmen who support its missions in the United States and around the globe. It’s because of this special connection that I’ve always had a particular interest in ensuring the Air Force’s civilian leaders both meet …

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Since I joined the U.S. House of Representatives in January, I’ve done my best to steer clear of the political circus we see on a daily basis in Washington. Instead I’ve worked successfully with my colleagues to pass legislation preventing child abuse and making it easier for Americans to sa…

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WASHINGTON — So let me get this straight: President Trump ordered the removal of American troops from northern Syria, knowing that Turkey would invade, seize and occupy Kurd-occupied land.

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It’s been a stressful week here at the newspaper as we’ve struggled with press issues that have impacted our deadlines, our delivery and our mental well-being. We’ve been printing in Sioux Falls for several years, so the press issues that have stressed us out have been beyond our control and…

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The pheasant opener always takes place on the third Saturday of October. For the next several months, hunters will enjoy being out in the fields. With more than one million acres of public hunting land available, South Dakota is widely known as the pheasant capital of the world. Folks from a…

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In previous communications, radio discussions, State of the School presentations, and various community presentations over the past two years we have communicated the impending need for an opt-out in the Yankton School District.

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Many of us have long chided South Dakota for what we perceive as its more perplexing deficiencies. For instance, we criticized the state for being ranked last in the country in terms of teachers’ pay — a title we held for decades. More recently, many people are grumbling about the state’s fo…

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The mechanics of economic development can often seem cumbersome and strict, but these processes are essential to the greater economic good of a city or county.

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Every year, thousands of advocates from across the country travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with their representatives. On any given week when Congress is in session, I hear from a number of groups from South Dakota — the topics can vary from tribal issues to health care or community bank…

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There’s nothing quite like autumn — cooler temperatures, the sound of crisp leaves under your feet (or snow as may be the case), and students settled back in school. After a warm summer, this time of year is usually highly-anticipated in South Dakota, but not just because of the relief from …

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Each October, we celebrate Native Americans’ Day — an opportunity to honor South Dakota’s nine Native American tribes, as well as their heritage, culture, and tradition.

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For 29 years, South Dakotans have celebrated Native Americans’ Day instead of Columbus Day. The late Gov. George Mickelson, along with the editor of the Native Sun News, Tim Giago, and tribal leaders, worked together to proclaim 1990 the Year of Reconciliation. The decision to change Columbu…

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WARNING: This article contains mild spoilers for the movie “Joker.”  

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Last week, the Yankton area dealt with two situations involving school threats. One incident happened at Yankton High School while the other involved the Gayville-Volin school in Gayville.