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The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) -- and Gov. Kristi Noem - continue to actively recruit businesses to relocate to South Dakota. Some observers believe that is an unsafe thing to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's far too early to make final conclusions about an alleged fatal accident involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Joseph Boever in rural Hyde county. The incident is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety, the Hyde County Sheriff's Office and the North D…

Last year's September floods are fresh in our minds, and we should continue to work on mitigation efforts to prevent similar events in the future.

We didn't expect the Postal Service to be dragged into the political arena this year, but it was. Despite the rhetoric, it appears that mail-in ballots will be delivered promptly for this year's general election.

It's way too early to declare victory, but we're pleased with the reported numbers so far in Dakota State University's effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

The Madison Public Library board decided to decline a grant for additional mobile Wi-Fi hotspots because of a condition to place content filters on them.

The Daily Leader reports information in every edition about COVID-19 cases in South Dakota and Lake County, with the data coming from the state Department of Health.

Both Dakota State University and the Madison Central School District have established sounds plans for reopening school during the coronavirus pandemic. We'll soon know if they reduce transmission of the virus.

South Dakota legislators and Gov. Kristi Noem are deciding whether to call a special legislative session to decide how to spend most of the coronavirus relief funds given to the state by the federal governments.

When it comes to human needs, it doesn't get any more important than good food. And we're glad to see Lake County organizations focusing intently on that basic need.

Dakota State University's Heston Hall is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It's a beautiful building and a great example of how a structure can be repurposed from one use to another while retaining its great architectural features.

We recognize that the whole idea of honoring persons and creating statues is under pressure. The current effort to reduce racism in America includes removing names, statues or other honors of people who exhibited racism in the past.

Sen. Mike Rounds and other U.S. senators have introduced the TRUST Act of 2020 to be included in projected COVID-19 Relief Legislation. Members of the U.S. House have introduced a companion bill.

The state of South Dakota closed its budget year (June 30) with a surplus, a remarkable event considering the nation's economic decline due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We need to face the facts: The algae problem in local lakes is not getting any better. And this is after decades of study, concern, complaints and more concern.

Gov. Kristi Noem has announced that the state is using a portion of Coronavirus Relief Fund money that came from the federal government to replenish the South Dakota Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.

Moody's Investors Service recently announced that South Dakota's AAA Issuer Credit Rating has been affirmed. It's the highest rating available.

Construction progress continues on a beautiful new residence hall at Dakota State University, with the four-story, 122-bed facility to be ready for occupancy by fall 2021.

There may be a time in the near future when a vaccine for COVID-19 is discovered. It will be a joyous day, perhaps one of the best medical advances of all time. Hundreds of thousands of lives will be saved.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Dakota was 100 days ago, but for some people, it seems like a lot longer.

We noticed volunteers working on Sunday at the Madison location that will one day be a new veteran's park. The efforts of volunteers will both improve the likelihood of completion and give it a richer heritage.

Wenzel Cummings resigned as the Legislature's code counsel after one year, and some very important issues have surfaced regarding the relationship between the Legislative Research Council (LRC) and the state Legislature.

Dozens of drug companies are racing to develop an effective vaccine for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But the successful discovery may have a bad ending.

Most of us don't remember much about commencement speeches at graduations ceremonies. But 73 years ago this month, U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall gave the commencement speech at Harvard College. We aren't exaggerating by saying his remarks that day changed the course of history.

South Dakota's state parks had a huge boost in visitors over the Memorial Day weekend, which suggests South Dakotans have grown tired of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We're facing an intersection of high unemployment and environmental needs. Let's respond the same way we did last time, nearly 90 years ago.

Madison's Memorial Creek enters the city from the north and exits to the southeast. Along the way, it passes through parks, residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. The stone walls are among the city's most attractive features.