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SPECIAL REPORT: SMALL S.D. TOWNS FACING BIG CHALLENGES

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  • Newell City Hall proudly displays the American flag.
    Newell City Hall proudly displays the American flag.
The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for many of South Dakota’s small towns. The deadly virus has further complicated the already herculean task of keeping cherished rural communities vibrant and reversing a historic downturn in population and economic stability. Though mostly spared from major outbreaks, small towns that once served as the backbone of rural South Dakota have been stung by the indirect economic and emotional outcomes of the pandemic. Revenues have fallen…

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