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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    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.

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    Look, I’m not trying to milk this for a column, but what the “hay,” it seems like a trend worth noting.

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    There was a flurry of activity outside the South Dakota Penitentiary on Monday morning. Preparing to execute someone will do that.

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    Most of the great horror movie stars came from rather exotic locations, with Bela Lugosi, the definitive Dracula, hailing from what is now Romania. Boris Karloff, the unmatched Frankenstein monster, Claude Rains, the dulcet-toned actor who was memorable as The Invisible Man and as the Wolf M…