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OPINION  — The federal government wants to know how much money flows in and out of your bank account annual.

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OPINION — When food tastes better, kids are more likely to eat it, providing them with the nutrition they need.

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OPINION — Thirty years ago, if a student was enrolled in shop class or auto body class, some may have seen that as an alternative to scholastic pursuits, including college.

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OPINION — A tragedy occurred on Sept. 12, 2020 – Joe Boever, walking back to Highmore along side of the road, was struck and fatally killed by Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg returning home to Pierre from a Lincoln Day dinner in Redfield.

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OPINION — The arguments for and against the COVID-19 vaccines run the gamut from pro- and anti-vaxxer camps to political affiliation.

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OPINION — Some South Dakotas appreciate that the state is taking a thorough and comprehensive approach to developing rules and regulations concerning medical marijuana which was legalized by the state’s voters last November.

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OPINION  — It’s been a tough year for each and every one of us.

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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.