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SPEARFISH — As part of Sen. John Thune’s western South Dakota tour Wednesday, he stopped by the Monument Health vaccine clinics in Sturgis and Spearfish.

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SPEARFISH — Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. made a whirlwind tour through Western South Dakota Wednesday visiting with fire officials in Rapid City, and then community leaders in Sturgis, Spearfish, and Belle Fourche, along with touring COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Spearfish and Sturgis.

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PIERRE — Cases of COVID-19 across South Dakota are on the rise, and state officials are asking residents to remain vigilant against the spread of the coronavirus.

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DEADWOOD — While masks are still required at city-owned and -operated buildings, including city hall and the Deadwood Rec Center, a resolution approved at Monday night’s City Commission meeting relaxes a previously enacted mask mandate from “required” to “suggested” in other city-owned local…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the possibility of beginning to “mark our independence from this virus” by…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 712,000, the lowest total since early November, evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs amid a decline in confirmed coronavirus cases and signs of an improving economy.

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PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Health Wednesday announced that the remainder of those in priority group D – teachers, childcare workers, college staff, college students, and funeral workers – are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through Phase I vaccinators.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrums.

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PIERRE — Heeding the advice of its music advisory committee and its COVID task force, on Wednesday the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted to cancel this year’s All-State Chorus concert. All-State Orchestra will take place with safety protocols in place.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival John…

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meatpacking workers across the country have started receiving coronavirus vaccines and thousands more will have a chance to get their shots this week, offering some peace of mind in an industry that was ravaged by COVID-19 a year ago.

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LEAD — COVID-19 protocols in Lead-Deadwood have resulted in cancelation of tonight’s Region 8A boys’ basketball tournament game at Hot Springs.