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BELLE FOURCHE –– Many Northern Hills parents are filled with concerns about health, finances, security, and more, but in Belle Fourche, Lunchtime Solutions has gone the extra mile to ensure parents needn’t worry about how they’ll feed their kids.  

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SPEARFISH — makeSPACE is launching its local fundraising effort to encourage people who are able to share a portion of their federal COVID stimulus checks with those in the community that are more financially impacted by the pandemic.

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DEADWOOD — The gift of a 20% increase in December was just what Deadwood gaming needed to bridge the pandemic-induced six-week shutdown gap, as statistics released by the South Dakota Gaming Commission Thursday show double digit gains for December compared to 2019.

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PIERRE — State health officials are seeing COVID-19 numbers drop across South Dakota, but encourage people to continue taking infection protection measures even as vaccine distribution moves forward.

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RAPID CITY — The South Dakota Department of Health vaccine distribution plan entered into a new category in its phase one roll out Monday; phase “1D”, which is open to South Dakotans 65 years old and older.

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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota is looking to build on one of the nation’s fastest COVID-19 vaccinations rollouts so far by making vaccines available to a much larger group of people, though some health care providers are cautioning that vulnerable people in rural areas could be left behind in the rush.

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STURGIS — Two South Dakotans have died after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. State officials told the Pioneer Jan. 14 the deaths are not related to the vaccine.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Getting 100 million shots into Americans’ arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by …

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STURGIS — Two South Dakotans have died after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. State officials say the deaths are not related to the vaccine.

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OPINION — Over 20 million doses of vaccine have been distributed to date, but fewer than 7 million doses have been administered. Federal responsibility has been simply to distribute vaccine to the states: getting shots in arms has been left to local healthcare.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. The move came after widespread concern over a slow start even as coronavirus cases and deaths reach new highs.

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BELLE FOURCHE –– With COVID-19 cases declining in the area, the Belle Fourche School Board Monday agreed to begin allowing anyone to attend school sports and activities, contingent upon the continual monitoring of local case numbers.

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DEADWOOD — When it comes to short-term rental violations and an impetus to begin navigating this slippery slope and ramping up its regulation, Deadwood is taking the bull by the horns, so to speak.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Sunday confirmed 15 deaths due to the coronavirus in the last day, lifting the totals to 29 over the weekend, 97 in January and 1,585 since the start of the pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota to seek homeownership, a potential step toward greater family financial security and community stability in some of the state’s most impoverished regions.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota reported 12 deaths among people with COVID-19 on Friday, but the state continued to see declining hospitalizations from the virus and progress in administering vaccinations.

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(AP ) — The U.S. registered more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before — nearly 3,900 — on the very day the mob attack on the Capitol laid bare some of the same, deep political divisions that have hampered the battle against the pandemic.