South Dakota native Tom Lawrence, a former Pioneer executive editor, has written about the state, its politics and people since 1978. Read his blog Prairie Perspective and follow him on Twitter at @TLCF26.

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    The Fourth of July is long past, but you can hear pops and bangs several nights a week in Sioux Falls.

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    No, I don’t think President Donald Trump believes most of the nonsense and outright lies he tweets and blusters about at rallies.

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    It’s clear that the city of Gettysburg, S.D., just does not understand how deeply offensive its police officer patch — of all things! — is, with an image of a Confederate flag alongside an American flag and a cannon.

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    This reporter was glad to hit the road to do some in-person work again.

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    Random thoughts from our own personal bunker on the east side of Sioux Falls, as March winds down and pandemic anxiety winds up ...

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    I did a lot of music stories when I was living in and around Houston in the 1980s. Some of the musicians I met, covered and befriended knew Kenny Rogers, a Houston native, when he was getting started in the early 1960s.

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    It’s one of the best parts of the waning days of winter: The phrase “pitchers and catchers report to spring training” echoes across the frozen land in mid-February.

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders might seem an odd choice as a potential president — a self-proclaimed democratic socialist in his late 70s with a recent heart attack, a man not blessed with great charisma or oratorical skills.

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    Voting is an American right, as well as a responsibility.