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Past articles by Morgan:

Regents map out goals, including addressing brain drain

Engaging in discussions on brain drain and impact to the South Dakota workforce will be critical in the next decade. → Read More

Gov. Noem signs bill to make Juneteenth a state holiday

Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill into law Thursday that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday in South Dakota. → Read More

COVID-19 was third leading cause of death in South Dakota in 2020

Coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in South Dakota in 2020, preceded by heart disease and cancer. → Read More

Rapid City Central students perform ‘Grinch’ at Rapid Valley Elementary

“In Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” → Read More

Monument Health offers new COVID-19 treatment for high-risk patients

Monument Health has begun administering a new type of infusion treatment for COVID-19 patients: bamlanivimab. → Read More

U.S. Surgeon General visits South Dakota to set up COVID-19 surge testing site

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is in South Dakota for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

As many as 130 RCAS high school athletes quarantined after COVID-19 exposures

Multiple teams from Stevens and Central high schools are sidelined after COVID-19 exposure in recent days. → Read More

Gov. Noem tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday after attending event with the president

Gov. Kristi Noem tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday ahead of a Trump campaign event that same day, according to her office. The campaign event preceded the nationally-televised debate of → Read More

All Rapid City public schools will move to Level 1 next week

By Monday, all Rapid City Area Schools will move to Level 1, which is four days of in-person learning. → Read More

Douglas School District reports four COVID-19 cases; two worked at the rally

The Douglas School District has seen four COVID-19 cases this fall among two students and two staff members. → Read More

BHSU email alert says three students, one staffer have tested positive for COVID

Black Hills State University has reported four COVID-19 cases on campus among three students and one staff member. → Read More

Volleyball tryouts at Stevens see positive COVID-19 case, possible exposure for other players

A volleyball player at Stevens High School tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of tryouts. → Read More

RTS offers free rides to youth for fifth year in a row

The Rapid Transit System (RTS) will keep its “Youth Ride Free” program going for a fifth consecutive year. → Read More

14-year-old boy sought in connection to a shooting found, police say

Loyalty Morrison, a 14-year-old boy sought by law enforcement as a potential witness to a shooting, has been found. → Read More

Eight new COVID-19 cases in Pennington County

The state health department reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, including eight in Pennington County. → Read More

Gettysburg City Council confirms police logo with Confederate flag has been removed

The Gettysburg City Council confirmed Monday night that the police logo that includes a Confederate flag has been removed from the police department’s cars, buildings and patches. → Read More

RCAS cancels graduation events due to COVID-19 concerns

Rapid City Area Schools won’t hold any in-person commencement ceremonies later this month. → Read More

Noem, Allender to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday

Gov. Kristi Noem declared via proclamation Thursday that June 19, 2020 will be a state holiday for South Dakotans in recognition of Juneteenth, the date that the last remaining enslaved → Read More

Update: Governor's office confirms Trump will attend Mount Rushmore fireworks

The ticket lottery for the July 3 fireworks at Mount Rushmore, which President Trump is expected to attend, closed last week with 25,179 applicants requesting 125,787 seats at the event. → Read More

Oyate Health Center reports 13 new cases of COVID-19, comments on Floyd protests

The Oyate Health Center confirmed 13 new positive cases of COVID-19 among IHS patients on Monday afternoon. → Read More