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Closure of Smithfield and other plants forces S.D. pork producers to consider desperate measures

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The closure of major pork processing plants across the U.S., including the massive Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, has state officials and pork producers in South Dakota planning for the worst — the potential euthanization of thousands of hogs that cannot be sold. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, American pork processing capacity has declined as much as 25% due […]

Need for food skyrocketing among poor or unemployed S.D. residents during pandemic

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Demand for food assistance among needy South Dakota residents has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and donations of food and the volunteers needed to help distribute it are becoming harder to find. So far, the food collection and delivery systems in South Dakota have kept up and most families are getting the food they need. But in early April, the […]

Weekly newspapers in S.D. in peril amid COVID-19 pandemic

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As the COVID-19 pandemic upends the South Dakota economy, leading to temporary business closures and skyrocketing unemployment, one of the state’s most venerable, trusted and beloved institutions is falling victim to the financial free fall: the small-town weekly newspaper. The recent reductions in circulation and advertising caused by the deadly virus and fear of spreading it have added a new […]

COVID-19 testing in S.D. is inefficient and imperfect, but remains only option for confirming cases

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The ability to quickly, regularly and accurately test for the deadly coronavirus is a key component of the ability of the medical field and the public to understand the extent of the pandemic, and of government officials’ ability to adequately respond. And yet, the testing for the presence of the virus in residents of South Dakota and around the U.S. […]


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