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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.

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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.