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A tale of 2 cities: The cautious refugees hit by COVID-19 and those who call it a hoax and refuse masks

A tale of 2 cities: The cautious refugees hit by COVID-19 and those who call it a hoax and refuse masks
South Dakota’s coronavirus rates are now among the worst in the world. One in 10 people in this sparsely populated state have had the virus, with many more of the untested likely infected.

SIOUX FALLS, S.As much of the nation turned to masks and shutdowns, packed bars, indoor rodeos and concerts went on in Sioux Falls.Sioux Falls is a small portrait of a nation, a place of many languages, colliding politics, frontier resolve, suspicion and stark differences over how to stop a pathogen that arrived early and has since hit hard.When he landed in Sioux Falls eight years ago, he worked at a paper carton factory for $300 a week.

The Sioux Falls chapter was quieter now, with bigger fights taking place in towns like Greeley, Colo.Still, Telahun felt the tug and pull of the virus in Sioux Falls.

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