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Among the multitude of things I have to be grateful for while living in the Northern Hills of South Dakota is the Black Hills Pioneer newspaper. I have relied upon and looked forward to its daily publication since arriving here more than 30 years ago. The stories, opinions, information and o…

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I am asking you to fully fund the request as presented by the county librarians. All those who reside in Lawrence County have free and equal access to all of our libraries. As you have been told of the many services provided by the libraries I will not repeat that information.

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Keep the library funding the same (or more) in the county. They serve babies to senior citizens with books, Libby electronically, computers and more behind scenes I don’t realize. I know I can get iPhone and laptop help from any of the staff (with a smile) anytime I ask. They are evolving to…

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I am in agreement with the Pioneer Editorial Staff, Governor Noem, and the law enforcement branches, that S.D. Attorney General, Jason Ravnsborg, should resign his office. I know Jason through political activities and, though I did not vote for him, have followed news of his office.

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Thanks so much for the recent Pioneer article about the new book by Dr. David Wolff, “The Savior of Deadwood: James H.P. Miller on the Gold Frontier”.

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Kudos to the Pioneer for the article by Mark Watson, Alex Portal’s interview with Dr. Kurra, and the statement of the editorial board for alerting Lawrence County residents of the ominous rise in COVID cases in our community. If you missed them in the print edition those three articles on CO…

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If Americans are not willing to sacrifice temporarily a small piece of their freedom like a mask, or social distancing, or vaccines for the better good of all then this a different America than I grew up with.

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It was brought to my attention that the city of Spearfish has a proposal in front of them to enhance the City Campground at Spearfish City Park by building a “Store.”  

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Mark Watson’s article “Girl Advocates For Maintaining Dowers Hole” inspired this Pioneer reader about the future of American democracy. It tells of 10-year-old Lou Bell speaking freely and with passion to the Spearfish City Council about the future of a portion of Spearfish Creek.

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Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department and all Emergency Response personnel. I would like to express my thanks to you and all others involved in so promptly responding to the grass fire adjacent to my property on Tuesday. All of us in the Meier Ave. neighborhood are very grateful that the fire …

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Kudos to Alex Portal on his Editorial Page cartoon Saturday discussing Governor Noem’s “I hate Biden’s America” speech. Portal clearly sets forth the essential truths of our basic freedoms here in the U.S.

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Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department and all Emergency Response personnel. I would like to express my thanks to you and all others involved in so promptly responding to the grass fire adjacent to my property on Tuesday. All of us in the Meier Ave. neighborhood are very grateful that the fire …

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I write this with sadness and frustration. Whitewood Creek Road has been one of my extended family’s favorite places to walk for many years. So peaceful and calm and suddenly there is a gate across the road with a lock on it stating:

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We’ve witnessed many things in the past 15 months; good, bad and otherwise. As the warmer weather set in the Black Hills, one thing became fairly evident fairly quickly — our residents are eager to get out. Same goes for our visitors. As far as a “good thing,” Deadwood has been a beacon for …

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It was great to see some of the activities and events coming this summer to the Booth Hatchery and Archives in Spearfish.

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As a retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I was proud to represent America in five countries over my 23 years of service. I write this in advance of Foreign Service Day on May 7, a day designated by Congress to honor our active-duty and retired members of the Foreign Service.

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Along with the May reminders to think about Mom, I get a daily reminder on my doorstep in the form of three newspapers. I still read physical newspapers, and I always will.

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I am a senior at Spearfish High School. The Hideaway hills sinkhole is a mess. Many families are suffering due to this sinkhole. My uncle has a house right next to the sinkhole. This sinkhole is terrible and someone is to blame, whether it’s the state of the developer. Many families are with…

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If people want to advocate removing the name Custer from the city, county and state park then we most assuredly should remove the name of Crazy Horse. He led raids that killed far more pioneers and settlers than Custer killed Indians.

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I felt compelled to reply to Joanne Goodrich’s letter to the editor about Uncle Louie’s coming to Spearfish even though she didn’t name the restaurant. I read the same article and was excited they were opening an Uncle Louie’s in Spearfish. We need more restaurants in Spearfish and I have he…

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An article in the March 11 Black Hills Pioneer carried news of the increased use of gift cards by scammers.  I quickly skimmed the article then set the paper aside.  The very next day, I received an email from an elderly relative requesting my help in obtaining a gift card for a niece’s birt…

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I left my wallet in the cart at Spearfish Safeway on the evening of Monday, Feb. 8. I did not even notice until the next morning. I went to Safeway and they had it all intact. I am so grateful to whoever found it and took it inside. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a good, ki…

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Really? Restaurant moving to Spearfish and having a “gorging contest”?  People are lining up for food boxes to feed their families. I just don’t think this is something Sturgis or Spearfish or the world or the world needs now.

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This Pioneer reader looks forward to this Pioneer as a good source for local, state and national and even international news. I volunteered for a number of years at the Archives of the D.C. Booth National fish hatchery here in Spearfish. The hatchery archives are a great source to learn of e…

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On Jan. 6, I was watching the official count of the Electoral College votes. Suddenly the reporters outside the Capitol became panicky as they were being pushed and overrun. They reported that the Capitol was being invaded. I watched in terror as a mob of violent people screaming like animal…

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I am writing in response to Mr. Odenbach’s comments regarding house bills 1157 and 1158 as reported in the Black Hills Pioneer. I was concerned about comments suggesting some schools or teachers are wrongly using “center-right, good South Dakota folks’ tax money to teach a complete left-wing…

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I question the wisdom of having political parties write civics curriculum for our students, particularly in a strong one party state as we are in. This brings to mind history lessons where leaders dictated teachings to students to indoctrinate them to their way of thinking.