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Rising prices for meat and other groceries placing financial burden on South Dakota families

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Rising food prices have added another financial burden on South Dakota families already facing increased costs for essential goods and services during the pandemic and amid a recent spike in inflation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the average price of food bought for home consumption has risen at double the typical rate of inflation, especially among meat products that form the […]

Questions arise over COVID grants received by state senator’s son

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The son of a South Dakota state senator received more than $1 million in COVID relief funding for a business he says is located in Union Center, S.D., but which public records and other data indicate actually operates in Texas. Chris Cammack, son of Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack, received more than $700,000 in state coronavirus relief funds designed to […]

Average teacher pay in South Dakota returns to near bottom in nation

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In 2016, South Dakota set a goal to put more money into the K-12 public school system after years of ranking last in the nation for teacher pay. The plan included a sales tax hike with new revenues directed to school districts to raise teacher salaries and be competitive with other states, and initially it was successful. But five years […]

Labor shortage and COVID-19 costs causing crisis in long-term care industry in South Dakota

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Finding a safe, affordable and accessible nursing home or assisted-living center for sick or elderly South Dakotans has become more difficult in recent years but is getting harder than ever due to a shortage of facility workers and financial losses suffered amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The labor shortage affecting businesses across South Dakota is hitting long-term care facilities particularly hard, […]

College life in South Dakota appears normal, but COVID concerns still simmer

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College campuses across South Dakota have a mostly back-to-normal feel so far this academic year, but the COVID-19 pandemic remains a top concern for many students, faculty and staff. University leaders want students to experience a typical collegiate year with indoor and outdoor pep rallies, sporting events and group study sessions. Instructors want to offer engaging classroom experiences. Students want […]

Political partisanship driving vaccine hesitancy in South Dakota

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Even as COVID-19 infections and deaths are rising once again in South Dakota, resistance to getting vaccinated remains entrenched among some state residents, and the political divide over whether to get vaccinated shows no signs of narrowing. Two new sets of polling data on vaccine-hesitancy rates and reasons have raised concerns of health and medical professionals in South Dakota who […]

Pounds packed on during pandemic cause health concerns

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Many Americans, including adults and children in South Dakota, have gained weight since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has healthcare experts worried about the potential for long-term negative physical and mental health implications. The extended stress experienced since early 2020 is seriously affecting mental and physical health, including changes to weight, sleep patterns and alcohol use, according […]

Native American leaders in S.D. keeping close eye on legislative redistricting

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Native American voting-rights advocates are concerned that the voices of South Dakota’s largest minority group may be excluded from the ongoing legislative redistricting process and that opportunities for Natives to represent their communities or have influence in state elections could be restricted as a result. Native American leaders and government advocates are concerned that a shortened timeline for redistricting this […]

Science lacking behind state predator bounty program

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A state-sanctioned pheasant protection program that pays South Dakota youths and adults $10 for every raccoon, skunk and other predator they trap has led to the killing of more than 134,000 animals in the past three years with no scientific evidence the program is working. Known as the Nest Predator Bounty Program, the effort to boost pheasant and duck populations […]

Nursing shortage worsens in South Dakota at a time when COVID-19 is reemerging


At a time when they are needed most, South Dakota is facing a shortage of nurses that healthcare professionals worry could negatively affect patient care at hospitals across the state. The nursing shortage has been ongoing for years but worsened during the pandemic. High stress, long hours and fear of infection during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused more nurses than […]


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