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PIERRE – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the South Dakota Department of Education a Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant in the amount of $6,883,481 to support the state’s efforts to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. South Dakota is one of 11 states t…

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DEADWOOD — While it was no shock that Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Rodeo remained top-notch in attendance numbers, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that when all was said and done, Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) T-shirt sales from the week-long rodeo tent were through the grandstands roof.

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As the calendar turns to August, we are getting closer to that time of year when kids go back to school. In South Dakota, our kids will be in classrooms this fall. I met with both parents and superintendents earlier this week to discuss what that will look like, and everyone was on the same …

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BELLE FOURCHE — The COVID-19 global pandemic may have stopped the world for a time this year, but that doesn’t mean it is going to stop the Belle Fourche graduates of 2020, said the class valedictorian.

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South Dakota’s mostly nonprofit theater industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the cancellations of stage plays, events and concerts across the state, resulting in millions of dollars worth of lost revenue, staff layoffs and on-going budget cuts.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6%, helping regain some of record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the economy. But the virus’ resurgence in much of the country could impede further gains.

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DEADWOOD — The Western Dakota Technical College (WDT) satellite education center in Whitewood has seen a setback after cleaning costs, due to COVID-19 concerns, were revealed nearly as much as the lease.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday.

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SPEARFISH — The Spearfish School District will delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year until Sept. 8 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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STURGIS — Team Certified Sports was scheduled to host an historic professional boxing event at the Sturgis Bike Rally on Tuesday, Aug. 11, by being the first Black-owned boxing promoter to host such a performance at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis.  

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Top South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said they would rather wait until the legislative session in January to decide how to use most of the federal coronavirus aid the state has received.

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Eight students of Northern State University in Aberdeen and a youth who attended a recent athletic camp on the NSU campus have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a university spokesperson.

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PIERRIE — During the daily South Dakota Department of Health media briefing Monday, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon warned residents to be wary of a potential scam involving COVID-19 testing and contract tracing.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting fears over the stability of the American large-scale food production industry have pushed more consumers toward locally grown and raised meats and vegetables, and so far, South Dakota producers of homegrown foods have been unable to keep up.