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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - SD: Senior

According to the state, nearly one in five South Dakota residents already has cast his or her ballot in the 2020 election. (Adobe Stock)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Time is running short for South Dakotans who haven't voted yet to consider how they will cast their ballots. With COVID-19 still ravaging the state, a detailed plan is strongly encouraged. South Dakota's voter-registration deadline was earlier this week. For those who took that

Smaller crowds are expected this year, but an estimated 250,000 people still are expected to attend the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota as the pandemic continues. (Adobe Stock)

STURGIS, S.D. -- South Dakota will see tens of thousands of out-of-state visitors over the next week, with the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally still taking place. Residents worried about the impact during a pandemic are urged to keep following health guidelines to avoid any infections. Public heal

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, long-term care facilities account for nearly one-third of COVID-19 deaths in most states. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - On its website, South Dakota isn't including long-term care facilities in its COVID-19 case reporting. But health officials announced Thursday that testing will ramp up at nursing homes, while a leading nonprofit encourages relatives of those residents to make sure they're safe.

Health officials and senior groups say there's a lot of misinformation flying around about the new coronavirus, and caution older South Dakotans to guidelines of the CDC and other trusted experts. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Information is flowing on a constant basis about the global pandemic -- and one well-known organization is urging South Dakota seniors to stay connected so they get reliable guidelines during the crisis. AARP South Dakota says with older people considered one of the more vulne

The historic 1880s Grist Mlll in Milbank, S.D., was completely reconstructed in 2009. (Flickr) <br />

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - In 10 years, one in five Americans will be 65 or older - and urban or rural, they want a livable community. The town of Milbank in northeast South Dakota is eager to be one of those places. Milbank is inducted into the AARP network of "Age Friendly" communities today, joining S

About 80% of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable high-speed internet are in rural areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AARP.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Older adults in South Dakota want a level playing field with other states when it comes to high-speed internet service, according to a new study. AARP surveyed voters ages 50 and older to find how often they use the internet and how important they think it is to expand high-spe

The closure of nursing homes in rural communities across the Midwest means loved ones live farther away from families and their communities. (sbinevanerp/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of rural communities with few options for elder care continues to grow across South Dakota. The Hudson Care and Rehab Center in the southeastern corner of the state was the most recent closure, and marked the sixth nursing home center closure in the past year-and

Social isolation can have the same negative impact on an older adult's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to Dr. Sonja Rosen at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (geralt/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Nearly half of adult Americans say they feel alone, according to research by the health care provider Cigna, and the holidays can exacerbate that loneliness. But there are ways South Dakotans can help. Kristin Fox is the director of Senior Companions of South Dakota, a

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