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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.

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Our Founding Fathers believed that citizens of this country have a responsibility to participate in government.

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During her brief visit on Earth, Kenadi Jean Weis touched many lives. 

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Well, here it is. It came way too fast. When we started out all those years ago, it seemed like it would take forever to reach this point. But it didn’t. We reached this point in the blink of an eye.

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The Spearfish School Board intended to hold an executive session during its monthly board meeting Monday to discuss the qualifications of two attorneys vying for the school attorney position.

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The county fairs are over, and it will soon be back-to-school time for area youth, but a recent study found that youth who participate in 4-H learn year-round.

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From its surprising inaugural success to the world-class event it has become today, the Black Hills Roundup means Fourth of July to many people in and around the Black Hills region.

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The city of Spearfish wants to do the right thing concerning placement of a proposed new runway at its Black Hills Airport-Clyde Ice Field, but the federal government has made the process a guessing game.

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In an era when people are often too busy to find time just to relax, Northern Hills communities are providing the cure — weekly hometown celebrations.

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This week we celebrate the public’s right to know what our government is doing. “Sunshine Week” is a nationwide observance and in South Dakota we have open government issues worth celebrating and others sorely needing our attention.

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Normally, October is the one time of the year where we pause to write specifically about the importance of a thriving press, the vital role of local journalism in our communities and the newspaper industry overall. But this has not been a normal year. 

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This is starting to feel like a repetitive assertion, but it bears repeating:  Professional members of the press are NOT the enemy of the American people. The Black Hills Pioneer is not the enemy, and we do not publish ‘fake news.’ Quite the opposite is true.

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The threat of paper tariffs has been a deep concern for our company and the entire newspaper industry since last fall, when one lone paper supplier, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), sought protection from Canadian paper imports by filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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South Dakota needs a better way to inform the public about the need to enter executive sessions, but what that fix would be could be tricky.

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Since you are reading this column in a newspaper, it’s pretty safe to assume that you also believe in the value of local journalism, and the public’s right to accessible, factual information about our community and local government.

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I was shopping in a local store recently when I asked the store’s owner if any of his clients would be interested in purchasing some lightly used equipment I no longer use.

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I had a very close childhood friend Jody Quinlan, who was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. He was wheelchair bound with only slight range of motion in one arm, so we came up with creative ways to compete with each other. We would bounce super balls into cans and roll Hot Wheels c…

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Spearfish is not a hotbed of activity when it comes to violent crimes, yet in recent months we’ve seen two bank robberies and two armed robberies of convenience stores.