While South Dakota does benefit — state government receives a portion of the proceeds — we worry that the benefit is coming at the expense of people who may be hooked.RELATED CONTENT
We understand that single-parenting is becoming more common, but that doesn’t mean we have to like or condone the trend.RELATED CONTENT
From the Confederate flag flap to persistent drought to feeding the hungry.RELATED CONTENT
ALEC — described on its own website as “a nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers” — is not nonpartisan in the sense that an organization such as the National Conference of State Legislatures is.RELATED CONTENT
The SDHSAA is not a business. It’s a nonprofit that, according to its own website, exists to “direct and coordinate interscholastic activities carried on by the member high schools of South Dakota.”RELATED CONTENT
The real good news comes in the statistics related to traffic violations. If the numbers are any indication — and we feel they are — then Mitchell’s streets were much safer in 2012 than in 2011.RELATED CONTENT
The new names should be based on local history, folklore, events or natural features of the area.RELATED CONTENT
Only 5 percent of the money that tax-exempt hospitals spent on behalf of their communities in fiscal year 2009 went to public-health programs. The lion’s share went to free and subsidized patient care.RELATED CONTENT
If the reports about this incident are true, we are ashamed for the VA Center. What a disingenuous act. The flags should simply be removed, forever.RELATED CONTENT
Traditional, brick-and-mortar businesses can’t wage a fair fight against online companies that are not required to charge sales taxes.RELATED CONTENT
Marty Indian School didn’t have enough players to play the Braves’ scheduled game against Plankinton two Fridays ago.RELATED CONTENT
Gov. Dennis Daugaard spoke at the annual convention of the South Dakota Newspaper Association on April 9. We found him to be very consistent and thoughtful in his speech and in answers to reporters’ questions. This is what we expected when the Capital Journal endorsed him in the November election.RELATED CONTENT
For many state voters, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem’s lack of a college degree raised questions during last year’s election about her qualifications to represent South Dakota in Congress.RELATED CONTENT
A decision made by state officials in Hawaii may help President Barack Obama put to rest claims that he was born outside of the United States and, therefore, is not a U.S. citizen.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this week announced something that we in Mitchell already know: Mitchell is a progressive, aggressive town.
During the Governor’s Economic Development Conference on Tuesday in Sioux Falls, Mitchell was named South Dakota’s Large Community of the Year. The governor said Mitchell stands out because of its focus on smaller communities and innovative efforts to establish cooperative relationships with area organizations.
Deb Weitala has lofty goals and corresponding worries, but for the noblest reasons.
The Mitchell woman is organizing the third-annual Impact Lives day at the Corn Palace, an event that sees more than a quarter of a million meals packed and made ready for shipment to hungry people worldwide.
It’s a big job.
The shock wave still is reverberating in Davison County, weeks after many commercial property owners first learned of large increases in their assessments.RELATED CONTENT
CHEERS to Dale Trautmann, of Woonsocket, who came upon an accident scene last summer and pulled Anna VanOverschelde from a burning vehicle. The mishap, which happened eight miles north of Mitchell, was on Aug. 28, but Trautmann was honored last week for his act of bravery. During a ceremony in Oacoma, Trautmann received the South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent’s Award for Meritorious Service. It’s nice to see this great deed rewarded and recognized.RELATED CONTENT
Among the policy riders added to this year’s budget deal was a measure removing the gray wolf in Idaho and Montana from the endangered-species list, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and ranchers in those states. The measure has bipartisan support, and neither party’s base is going to war over it. Still, there is reason to worry about this one, too.RELATED CONTENT
State government’s hard stance on the budget is rearing its ugly head, and there isn’t much anyone can do about it. This, unfortunately, is what we asked for as deficits have grown without true ways to pay for them.
At a meeting Wednesday in Chamberlain, attendees were given specifics about major cuts to the South Dakota State University Extension program, which provides advice and resources for ag producers and families, among others. Cuts in state funding mean the Extension Service will be losing $1.5 million over the next three years, including $820,000 in 2012, officials said.