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Trump defends his comments on Virginia white nationalist rally, blames media
Email from January 2011 shows Schopp knew about GEAR UP
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe completes water pipeline
Mitchell VFW gets helping hand from county commissioners
Trump will not pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio at Phoenix rally, White House says
Google's newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo
Macy's to restructure merchandising unit, cut 100 jobs
Move over Ticketmaster: Amazon in talks to offer event ticketing in U.S.
Google is said to work on news product competing with Snapchat
Americans keep crushing it with their 401(k)s
SD ag, fishing officials update water issue
Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay
Seeing red: Take a trip to Wisconsin's cranberry marshes
Ag credit counselor, mediator say new lending rules hit hard
Schlecht: Wait for the rain to come
Area prep volleyball roundup: Jaguars outlast Bearcats
Young Golden Eagles looking to build
Opening-night thriller: No. 3 Mitchell rallies to edge No. 4 Aberdeen in five sets
Kernels sweep RC Central, Vermillion
Lynx roll over Phoenix to go to 23-6
Award-winning ‘Over the Ocean’ is first-rate read
KIRK: Gratitude for the little country things
Fulton sisters celebrate 10 years of bow rehairing, restoration business
ACT’s ‘Mary Poppins’ wows audiences with vocals, dance scenes
Saddle making: Hobby turned full-time career
John A. Fillaus
Harold W. Bietz
Keillor: Never been here before
LETTER: Dismayed with SD officials' response to Trump
THUNE: There's nowhere else I'd rather be
MERCER: Time to revisit state laws on open records
Schlecht: Wait for the rain to come
Wiltz: Adventures at Isle Royale National Park
South Dakota graduate student conducts fox study
Wiltz: Good outdoorsmen have to be on their game
South Dakota researcher study fish density
Wiltz: Chasing the thrill of hunting boars
James and Karen Geppert
August 5, 2014
WISMER: Let light shine on EB-5
Recently, I urged the Government Operations & Audit Committee to obtain more information about the management and outcome of the EB-5 program, specifically regarding Northern Beef Packers. I motioned to subpoena Joop Bollen, former director of the EB-5 program in South Dakota. While...
August 5, 2014 - 11:06pm
August 3, 2014
MERCER: Out of the darkness, sun shining on state tax refunds
PIERRE -- State government awarded $113,985,231.94 in construction tax refunds for projects in South Dakota between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2014. More than $67 million of those refunds came since early 2009. Those were under a state program that expired at the end of 2012. Projects...
August 3, 2014 - 10:25pm
July 24, 2014
Records on Minn. Super Bowl bid show NFL’s request for snowplowing priority
By Doug Belden ST. PAUL, Minn. — About a month before local officials made their winning pitch to the NFL to land Super Bowl 2018, metro-area mayors got an unusual-looking request. An email dated April 23 from the public stadium authority included a draft letter...
July 24, 2014 - 7:07am
July 23, 2014
Old records see new life
PLANKINTON -- New made way for the old again at City Hall in Plankinton. More than 130 years of city records, previously shrouded in storage,...
July 23, 2014 - 6:11pm
June 30, 2014
More than 200 new South Dakota laws taking effect
By Nora Hertel PIERRE (AP) — More than 200 new laws are taking effect in South Dakota this week, including requiring the recitation of the pledge of allegiance in schools — just in time for Independence Day. The new laws range from expanding open government provisions to...
June 30, 2014 - 10:38pm
June 26, 2014
SD opens door on its fiscal data
The financial reports, also called a “dashboard report,” present a partial view of how the state is doing. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has received paper versions every month from the state Bureau of Finance and Management, and the plan to digitize and publicize the information took...
June 26, 2014 - 9:40am
June 5, 2014
States balk at keeping oil-train info from public
By Matthew Brown BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn't be kept...
June 5, 2014 - 10:33pm
April 13, 2014
Governor to SDNA: ‘Newspapers matter’
PIERRE — Government should be as transparent as possible and there should be a presumption of openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Friday night at the annual convention of the South Dakota Newspaper Association. “I do appreciate having a free press,” he said. Daugaard said...
April 13, 2014 - 10:38pm
March 25, 2014
OUR VIEW: Why we sought school budgets
We riled up some school officials around the Mitchell area last week with our surprise openness audit. In conjunction with Sunshine Week,...
March 25, 2014 - 9:22pm
March 22, 2014
Open records: 24 of 36 school districts provide budgets when asked
Many of the requests were met with reluctance. “What do you want it for?” one business manager asked. “I don’t know why we should just give it to you,” another one said. In a test of open records in conjunction with Sunshine Week, 24 of 36 school districts in The Daily...
March 22, 2014 - 8:29am
March 20, 2014
OPINION: Celebrate a century of sunlight
When a writer for National Review Online asked the National Park Service for public records related to closing George Washington’s Mount Vernon home during the recent federal government shutdown, she hit a wall.
March 20, 2014 - 6:18pm
March 18, 2014
Good government starts with informed citizens
When Bob Schieffer -- longtime chief Washington correspondent for CBS News -- gives a shout-out to the Mitchell Daily Republic for its investigative reporting, it doesn't get much better. That is exactly what happened one evening last week in the nation's capital. Daily Republic...
March 18, 2014 - 2:09pm
March 17, 2014
'Vehicle bills' in SD Legislature bother some
By Nora Hertel PIERRE (AP) — They're called "vehicle bills": pieces of legislation with little more than a title. They are created by...
March 17, 2014 - 12:25pm
March 12, 2014
High school activities association to face transparency requirements
PIERRE — The Senate agreed with the House of Representatives version of legislation Wednesday that would require the South Dakota High School Activities Association to follow state laws on open meetings and public records. The association's board of directors adopted an open-meeting...
March 12, 2014 - 10:57pm
March 3, 2014
OUR VIEW: Threat of costly legal fight means open records not truly open
The Daily Republic has won a prestigious national award for its recent efforts in the name of government openness. We've documented it quite...
March 3, 2014 - 8:18pm