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WILTZ: Mayflies for dinner? The fish become gluttonous!
Fall turkey hunting licenses still available in North Dakota
A couple of shotgun experts find out what they’ve been missing in mourning dove hunting
Plenty of ducks, fewer hunters
WILTZ: Come Saturday's duck opener, what are you going to throw at those quackers?
March 9, 2016
Legislature sends government oversight overhaul to governor
PIERRE (AP) — The state Legislature has sent Gov. Dennis Daugaard a proposed overhaul of government oversight after a murder-suicide last year involving two employees of a Platte-based educational cooperative. The House voted 65-2 for the bill Tuesday. Daugaard has said the state...
March 9, 2016 - 12:57pm
March 8, 2016
$100K OK'd for USS South Dakota commissioning activities
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved the appropriation of $100,000 to support activities related to the commissioning of a submarine bearing the state's name. Daugaard on Monday signed into law a bill appropriating the state funds. The money will go to the...
March 8, 2016 - 12:44pm
OPINION: A victory for South Dakota's children
This week, the South Dakota State Legislature gave final passage to House Bill 1182. This important legislation directs approximately $70 million to significant pay increases for our public school teachers, as well as instructors at the state's technical institutes. The bill also...
March 8, 2016 - 12:09pm
March 7, 2016
Daugaard requests flags at half-staff in Reagan's memory
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is requesting that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff to honor the life of former first lady Nancy Reagan. Reagan died on Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. She was the wife of President Ronald...
March 7, 2016 - 11:27am
March 3, 2016
OPINION: South Dakota receives highest rating possible from Moody's
On Friday, Feb. 19, we learned Moody's has upgraded South Dakota's lease-revenue bond rating to Aa1. This is great news for South Dakota. Aa1...
March 3, 2016 - 12:23pm
March 2, 2016
Impact of Daugaard veto likely minimal
PIERRE — South Dakota's Legislature has attracted national attention recently, but some area superintendents took little notice Tuesday when the governor vetoed one hot-button issue.
March 2, 2016 - 11:05am
March 1, 2016
Governor delays Medicaid decision; team proceeds on plan to improve health care services for IHS patients
PIERRE—With nine working days left, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Monday there isn't sufficient time in the 2016 legislative session to decide if government-funded Medicaid health services should cover more lower-income working people in South Dakota. Daugaard said a special legislative...
March 1, 2016 - 10:39am
February 26, 2016
OPINION: Implementing juvenile justice reforms
Under the South Dakota Constitution, the governor is "responsible for the faithful execution of the law." This is not something I take lightly. In my second term I have been especially focused on executing new reforms passed by our legislators — and not simply executing but...
February 26, 2016 - 10:43am
February 25, 2016
House votes to force governor to seek permission on Medicaid
PIERRE—House Republican leader Brian Gosch said Wednesday he doesn't think Medicaid expansion will occur in South Dakota this year. The Rapid City lawmaker's remark came as the state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to require the governor to seek the Legislature's explicit...
February 25, 2016 - 10:58am
February 24, 2016
OUR VIEW: Daugaard's process in decision-making commendable
Gov. Dennis Daugaard made a respectable decision to meet with transgender people Tuesday at the Capitol. The meeting came via request from a Sioux Falls nonprofit group after the governor said he had not knowingly met a transgender person. Daugaard is currently mulling a controversial...
February 24, 2016 - 6:41pm
February 22, 2016
South Dakota governor to meet with transgender people
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard plans to meet with a group of transgender people before he decides whether to make South Dakota the first state in the U.S. to require schoolchildren to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth. Daugaard's office said...
February 22, 2016 - 1:06pm
Daugaard proclaims Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed next week as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota. A number of free events have been scheduled between Feb. 22 and 27 that will allow people across the state to learn more about birds of prey. Educators from the University of...
February 22, 2016 - 12:01pm
OPINION: Working to increase teacher pay
This week, the legislative session reached its halfway point. Legislators are working hard as they consider bills on a wide range of topics....
February 22, 2016 - 11:23am
February 16, 2016
OPINION: Expanding outdoor opportunities in Spearfish Canyon
Over the last few months, the Spearfish Canyon Foundation has been working with the state Game, Fish and Parks Department to acquire a beautiful property from Homestake Mining Company. Within just a few weeks the Foundation will donate funds to Game, Fish and Parks for the purchase...
February 16, 2016 - 12:14am
January 29, 2016
Officials hoping to break down habitat options
Education in conservation. About four months after Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Habitat Pays, a one-stop shop for property owners looking to transition land to wildlife habitat, some state Game, Fish and Parks Department officials are trying to increase awareness about the site...
January 29, 2016 - 11:10am