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OPINION — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s public service announcements during the COVID pandemic have consistently said that “We will get through this together.”

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The mantra in the nation this week has been “Keep Calm and Carry On” – counting votes that is.

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OPINION — Voting is your chance to stand up for what matters most to you and to have an impact on the issues that affect you, your community, your family and your future.

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2020 has been unlike any year we have experienced. Dealing with a global pandemic and its impact on our local community, have made for some difficult choices.

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American activist Marian Wright Edelman once said that democracy is not a spectator sport. Voting is backbone of our country’s democratic system, allowing everyday citizens to elect representatives whom they feel exemplifies their concerns and wishes in their local and national governments.

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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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 If you take the $2.2 trillion that Congress has authorized as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and divide it by the nation’s population (330 million Americans), that comes out to roughly $6,600 per man, woman and child.

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Staying healthy, both physically and mentally during a time of social distancing for the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenge.

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These are trying times. The Black Hills Pioneer turns 144 years old in June.  As the oldest, continuously operating business in the West River Dakota Territory, our newspaper has survived a lot of turmoil. The settlement of this area, the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Great Depression, Wor…

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There is plenty of thanks to go around during this COVID-19 national crisis.

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Since its rapid rise around the globe, people have been poking fun at the coronavirus because of its name and the lengths to which some people will go to prevent being infected.

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Growing South Dakota’s economy, providing affordable healthcare, allocating enough money for our schools and directing resources to deal with mental health issues across the state are priorities the average South Dakotan and this newspaper would like to see addressed by our Legislature.

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Vaping is at epidemic proportions in Black Hills area high schools as well as schools across our state and nation.

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As a newspaper, it is our role to deliver the news honestly, fairly, objectively, and without opinion or bias.

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A new funding process for assisted living services in South Dakota is good news for the state, senior citizens and their families.

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‘Meth. We’re on it.’ Is this really the message we want to send?

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While I think a week is too soon to judge the opinion of any advertising campaign, so far the launch of “Meth. I’m On It” has been a huge success. Yes, you read that correctly. A success. Personally, I think the campaign is brilliant. 

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As I look back at my military service, there are two periods that I am most proud of — serving in Louisiana covering the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, and a period in 2004 and 2005 when our South Dakota Guardsmen were deploying and returning home at a furious rate.

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On Oct. 31 the Spearfish High School football team headed to Pierre for the opening round of Class 11AA state playoffs. Pierre boasted a 9-0 record in the regular season and attained a national ranking in high school football, while Spearfish struggled this season with a 0-9 record.

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First Gentleman Bryon Noem’s mission is simple: He wants to celebrate South Dakota and all the things that make it special. 

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” 

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In all of Middle America, South Dakota stands out as the reddest of the red states. The Democratic Party in the state recently announced it was closing its Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices – the only two Democratic Party offices in the state.