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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota’s public universities announced Wednesday they won’t have students return to campus after the Thanksgiving break in order to mitigate coronavirus infections.

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LEAD — The Lead-Deadwood School District will continue its Grab-n-Go School Meal Program 10-11 a.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 31, with pick-up at the door outside the high school cafeteria.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that the U.S. economy could be $15.7 trillion smaller over the next decade than it otherwise would have been if Congress does not mitigate the economic damage from the coronavirus.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business leaders are optimistic the economy will begin to recover later this year in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a monthly survey released Monday.

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DEADWOOD — At least 6,515 people won’t be heading to the local polls to cast their votes today, as county auditors from Lawrence and Meade Counties put in place plans to curb the number of people voting in-person in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including mailing out more than 8,000 absent…

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STURGIS — For more than a month, the Sturgis City Council has been seeking opinions from a variety of sources on whether the city should host the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.

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SPEARFISH — Scourge to farmers and ranchers alike, weevils are little brown beetles that can have a big impact on hay production for cattle.

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DEADWOOD — A special meeting Thursday to canvass the primary election results will also gauge the temperature in the Lawrence County Commission room regarding a reopening date to the public for conducting business in person at county offices.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration’s anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election.

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Today, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges after he killed George Floyd. Chauvin held Floyd to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck after being handcuffed by Chauvin and three other officers, each o…

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BELLE FOURCHE — Belle Fourche Post 32 will launch its 2020 American Legion baseball season on Tuesday, June 2, when it hosts Sturgis at the Roundup Sports Complex.

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STURGIS — “Happy Friday,” Alicia Harris said in a sing-songy voice as she greeted drivers in line for the Meade School District’s free food giveaway.

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SPEARFISH — George Vansco, center, accepts a $1,500 donation from Northern Black Hills Rotarian Sherry Hanson (left) and NBH Rotary President, Tahiry Razafimanjato (right). In April, Vansco told the Pioneer that with local grocery store shortages, the best donations citizens can make are monetary.

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STURGIS — After a delayed start due to COVID-19, the Sturgis Titans’ American Legion baseball team will be ready for the season opener on Tuesday, June 2, at Belle Fourche.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive federal study to date of when the virus began spreading.

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The Meade County Commission has said that it would not treat oil giant TC Energy, builder of the Keystone XL pipeline, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, any differently than it would treat other Meade County residents when it comes to following county ordinances.

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LEAD — Dr. John Andrews “Doc John” has become a popular scientist among the Northern Hills community as he works from his home in Lead to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19. While he works to actively fight the virus that has ravaged the world, Andrews has also remained active with …

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s three entrances to Yellowstone National Park will reopen to visitors Monday, as the state moves to its second phase of restarting the economy after shutdowns because of the coronavirus.

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Are you concerned about the exploding national debt brought about by the $2.2 trillion CARES relief spending bill and the new $3 trillion spending bill just passed by the House? If so, you are in great company.

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LEAD — With many students not seeing their teachers and principals for more than two months now as a result of COVID-19 pandemic precautionary measures, a last day of school Superhero Car Cruise through Lead and Deadwood, changed that. The car cruise was a way for teachers to let students an…