Democrats want John Wayne’s name, statue taken off airport

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — In the latest move to change place names in light of U.S. racial history, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend John Wayne’s name, statue and other likenesses from the county’s airport because of his racist and bigoted comments. The Los Angeles Times reports that earlier this week, officials passed…

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Pennington County GOP warns convention attendee had COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Pennington County Republican party has warned members that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus at an event after one attendee tested positive this week. Ed Randazzo, who chairs the Resolution Committee for the state GOP, confirms to The Associated Press that he tested positive and is now at home recovering. He said…

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Rally to support law enforcement held in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A rally to support law enforcement drew about 100 people and some protesters in Sioux Falls. Those attending Saturday’s rally waved American flags and held up handmade signs that encouraged supporting police. Many passing cars honked and waved back. Organizer Lloyd Ringrose tells the Argus Leader he was pleased with the turnout, which was about…

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SD DOH: 35 new COVID-19 cases in west river, two Pennington County deaths

PIERRE, S.D. — Saturday the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed 91 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state’s total to 6,626 cases. Across the state, 818 cases are considered active. That number is up 23 from Friday. Statewide, over 5,700 people have recovered from the virus. 65 recoveries were reported on Saturday.  Two more Pennington County…

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Flags raised at traditional Buffalo Chip ceremony

STURGIS, S.D. – An emotional tradition, the Buffalo Chip Flag Raising makes anyone who visits Freedom Field stop and think. Think about the thousands that have died in the name of freedom. Owner, Founder of the Buffalo Chip, Rod Woodruff, began the tradition during Operation Iraqi Freedom almost 20 years ago. The over 800 flags are meant to represent our…

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