PIERRE -- The Pew research center distributed results this summer showing South Dakota has the smallest corps of news reporters assigned to covering the statehouse. There are two of us. The other reporter works for The Associated Press and is temporarily assigned to Pierre, while AP looks to make a permanent hire. Chet Brokaw retired earlier this year. Officially I work for the Aberdeen American News. But my stories and columns are shared simultaneously among seven daily papers at Aberdeen, Watertown, Mitchell, Yankton, Pierre, Rapid City and Spearfish. Six papers pay Aberdeen.
PIERRE -- License sales show pheasant hunting lost popularity among South Dakota hunters in recent years. Only 57,677 South Dakotans bought licenses that could be used for hunting in 2013.
PIERRE — An insurance company based in California agreed to pay $75,000 penalty for improper activities in South Dakota. The amount is the largest penalty levied by the state Division of Insurance in recent years and might be one of the biggest ever in a South Dakota insurance case. The Climate Insurance Agency, LLC is a subsidiary of The Climate Corporation of San Francisco, CA. The company sold an unapproved product called Total Weather Insurance in South Dakota. State regulators put the product in the category of casualty insurance, which require rate and form filings. The compan
PIERRE — Results presented Thursday from a voluntary survey showed Sioux Falls was the top pick for the South Dakota High School Activities Association to hold a state competition. Sioux Falls received 52 percent of the first-choice votes while Rapid City and Aberdeen got 15 percent apiece. Among students the first choices were Sioux Falls 43 percent, Rapid City 20 and Aberdeen 11. Another question asked whether a state tournament should stay in the same location every year. No was the top answer at 46 percent, followed by no-opinion at 30 percent.
PIERRE — The directors and executive staff for the South Dakota High School Activities Association agreed Wednesday on the need for a public outreach campaign with an immediate focus on improving the organization's standing with the Legislature. James Weaver, an assistant executive director, said letters would be sent in September to every legislative candidate explaining the association's mission and inviting the candidates to SDHSAA's fall events. He said there would be another round of mailings after the Nov.
State wildlife biologists and conservation officers spotted more pheasants along roads in every region of South Dakota during the annual route surveys conducted from July 25 through Aug.
PIERRE — Civilians' use of unmanned aerial vehicles is on the rise in South Dakota, including drones flying over large gatherings such as the Sturgis motorcycle rally and Dakotafest at Mitchell, an official for the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday. That presents a safety hazard to pilots flying aircraft in the same area and to members of the public on the ground, Dan Allison told members of the state Aeronautics Commission. There aren't clear and specific regulations for UAVs, according to Allison.
PIERRE -- The South Dakota Supreme Court released the resignation letter Wednesday of the accused child rapist and pornographer who gave up his license to practice law. In the two-page letter, Christopher Jansen, of Selby, said he was aware he was under investigation by the State Bar disciplinary board for professional misconduct. "The alleged misconduct concerns conduct for which I have been charged with crimes in Hughes County, South Dakota, which criminal charges are now pending," Jansen wrote to the Supreme Court. "The charges against me are serious and I resign in order to avoid damage
PIERRE -- The state Railroad Board received a briefing from a bonding salesman Wednesday about borrowing money to finance rail projects in South Dakota that would restore and upgrade old lines owned by state government. The board meanwhile is awaiting a decision from the U.S.
PIERRE — The state Board of Regents ended its two-year experiment of discounting basic courses at the University Center in Sioux Falls on Thursday because enrollments still lagged. But space is so full at the GEAR research hub across the street from the center that the regents want a two-story addition at GEAR. The regents voted Thursday to ask the governor to recommend $7 million in one-time funding from the Legislature for the GEAR project, with another $7 million to be raised from private sources. The regents also gave the green light to the University of South Dakota to proceed wi