At yet another contentious school board meeting, the Yankton School Board voted Tuesday and passed a mask mandate. Board members voted 4-1 in favor to reinstate the use of masks by all students and staff that are in school buildings during the hours of 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

This comes one day after the Mitchell School Board voted in favor of required masking.

The cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and until those numbers return to a moderate level, masks will be required.

The Yankton Press & Dakotan writes Yankton County is currently being classified by the South Dakota Department of Health as having a “high” community spread or 100 cases or more per 100,000 people or a weekly PCR test positivity rate of 10% or greater.

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Tuesday's meeting was addressed by doctors, nurses, parents, and community members speaking both for and against the idea of a mask mandate.

Coming off a year when masks had been required, the Yankton School District did not include masks in their 2021-22 back-to-school plan.

The DOH reports the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state is at a higher rate than at the same time last year.

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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