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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Doctors from South Dakota’s largest hospital systems said Monday they hope that a recent downtick in virus cases holds steady after the Thanksgiving holiday as the state concluded its deadliest month of the pandemic to date.

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BERLIN (AP) — European regulators may approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech within four weeks, the EU’s drug agency said Tuesday, a time frame that could mean the shot is rolled out first in the United States and Britain.

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SPEARFISH — Just as many families were sitting down to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast Thursday, members of the Spearfish Fire Department were leaping into action to knock down a vehicle fire in Mountain Plains 2, high above the city campground.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

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SPEARFISH — With so many holiday events stymied over concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spearfish Optimist Club has devised a way to spread Christmas cheer without spreading the virus.

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PIERRE — Voters sent a clear message to legalize cannabis in South Dakota, and elected officials should focus more on making that happen in a safe and responsible way, rather than fighting the initiative, according to a leading cultivator and distributor of cannabis-based products.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The balloons were in the sky and the marching bands took to the streets for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, but coronavirus restrictions meant it was without the throngs of people usually scrambling for a view.

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SPEARFISH — At the Nov. 2 Spearfish City Council meeting, Darick Eisenbraun formally announced he would resign his seat on the council.

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The plump, big-breasted turkeys that appeared on millions of American kitchen tables this Thanksgiving are far different than the smaller, much rarer turkey breeds that once made up the majority of the nation’s commercial turkey flock.

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RAPID CITY — The Black Hills Clean Water Alliance issued a statement Wednesday, opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of Underground Injection Control and Safe Drinking Water Act aquifer exemption permits to Powertech (USA) Inc., Tuesday night.

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STURGIS — The Black Hills Council of Local Governments will update Meade County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan which was last updated in 2016.

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EDGEMONT — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits and a Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) aquifer exemption to Powertech (USA) Inc. for the Dewey-Burdock uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) site near Edgemont.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest was replaced Tuesday, less than a week after telling employees that he had recovered from COVID-19 and was not wearing a mask around the office.

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SPEARFISH — As with many holiday events this year, the Zonta Club of Spearfish is turning its annual Festival of Trees auction fundraiser into an online event.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across South Dakota declined on Tuesday, but the state’s rate of new cases per capita in recent weeks means it is still dealing with one of the worst virus outbreaks in the country.

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DEADWOOD — Despite the ongoing pandemic, October was golden rather than ghoulish for Deadwood gaming.

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SPEARFISH — To say misinformation about COVID-19 is abundant may be the understatement of 2020.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota has reported its first flu death of the season, saying the person was in their 80s and lived in Potter County.

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STURGIS — Traeton Monahan had no inkling that his senior project at Sturgis Brown High School would evolve into such a personal endeavor.

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SPEARFISH — An 8-foot wildlife fence along Interstate 90 in Spearfish would help cut down on the many deer in the roadway and thus the number of vehicle collisions with the animals, officials from the S.D. Department of Transportation say.

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DEADWOOD — In a special meeting Monday, the Deadwood City Commission unanimously passed an emergency resolution requiring the wearing of facemasks to slow the spread of COVID-19.