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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: Civic Engagement

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

Rapid City has seen longstanding tensions between Native American communities and the white population over 1,200 acres of land that once belonged to an Indian boarding school. Various groups and Native American leaders say the land was stolen from tribes and paved the way for unlawful use. (Adobe Stock)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Many South Dakota schools returned to in-person learning this fall. But that's not an easy decision for all families during the pandemic. And one Rapid City church is trying to help students who face extra burdens because of COVID-19. Earlier this month, St. Andrews Episcopal C

A number of states surrounding South Dakota -- including Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana -- have legalized marijuana in some form, while others, like Iowa and Nebraska, have not. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Those who support a pair of marijuana ballot measures in South Dakota are asking residents to get behind the initiatives when they cast their ballots this fall. Marijuana-related issues will be prominently featured on the November ballot, with one asking to legalize the drug fo

George Floyd murals, such as this one in Milwaukee, have surfaced across the globe following protests over his killing by Minneapolis police. (Graham Kilmer)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- From middle America to Europe, murals have popped up in honor of George Floyd amid the renewed fight for racial justice. In South Dakota, there are parallels to other works that call attention to the issues of systemic racism. Jim Speirs, executive director of the group Arts So

As states such as South Dakota lean more on absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic, supporters of vote-by-mail say it could boost their case of carrying out a nationwide effort during the general election. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's primary election is less than two weeks away, along with many local contests. With the coronavirus pandemic a major concern for vulnerable residents, a leading nonprofit organization is advising the state's aging population to vote absentee. South Dakota's secretar

States like Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are among the last to decline to issue stay-at-home orders in light of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. - Despite growing calls for South Dakota to issue a shelter-in-place order, Gov. Kristi Noem has resisted such a move as the state responds to the pandemic. Yesterday, Noem held a public briefing streamed through social media. She reiterated that now is not the time for South Dakota t

If passed, the newest version of South Dakota's

PIERRE, S.D. -- Another attempt to limit protests over construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will be heard at the State Capitol today. Gov. Kristi Noem has introduced an amended version of what's become known as the 2019 "riot-boosting" law -- struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.

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

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