STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER The name on the ballot
Matt McGovern has taken a lot of heat for changing his name from Matthew Rowen to Matt McGovern.
The South Dakota Republican Party, and his PUC opponent, Kristi Fiegen, think it's an issue worth usin... Posted on 11/2/12 at 11:28 PM
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The grandson of former South Dakota senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern says he will seek the Democratic Party's endorsement to run for a seat on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
PIERRE — A seed company’s grain buyers license was suspended by a South Dakota commission Friday because officials believe the company has failed to pay farmers $2.6 million for sunflowers delivered to its operation in Redfield.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has learned of incidents involving fraudulent access of private wireless phone accounts and urges consumers to apply additional security measures to protect their accounts.
SCOTLAND — Twenty local citizens gathered in the basement of the Scotland city hall Monday night to get some answers from company representatives and state utility regulators about NorthWestern Energy’s request to raise its rates for natural gas customers in South Dakota.
PIERRE — Jim Sedlacek wants NorthWestern Energy to answer why the company wants 7.2 percent more revenue from its natural gas customers in South Dakota.
Sedlacek is using a state law from the 1970s to force a public hearing before the state Public Utilities Commission.
A leak or spill from oil pipelines passing through South Dakota is highly unlikely and would be dealt with swiftly.
That’s the view of Public Utilities Commissioner and Mitchell resident Dusty Johnson.
PIERRE — The state Public Utilities Commission has another big wind project to consider. This time it’s a vast grid of 101 wind turbines proposed for the central South Dakota counties of Aurora, Jerauld and Brule.
Known as PrairieWinds, the wind farm would produce 151.5 megawatts of electricity, according to plans filed by Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
The PUC has siting-permit authority over wind projects of 100 megawatts or larger.
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