PIERRE—Officially, Mike Vehle is retired. Hardly. Now heading toward age 66 come Nov. 17, the Mitchell Republican has invested the last 11 years of his life serving as a South Dakota legislator. He grew up in the grain business and understands that crucial South Dakota facility called a country elevator.
PIERRE—The avian flu that shut down some poultry farms in South Dakota this spring could be a threat again this fall, when temperatures cool and waterfowl make their southern migration back from Canada, the state's top animal health official said Tuesday. South Dakota hasn't seen a new outbreak of avian flu since May 28, but the virus remains active for 180 to 210 days, including at fields and ponds where wild birds stop and feed, State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said. He told members of the state Animal Industry Board that their May 20 ban against poultry exhibitions, such as at 4-
PIERRE—With Obamacare in place, state government is winding down a medical risk pool that began more than a decade ago for South Dakotans who wanted to buy health insurance but whose conditions deterred companies from covering them. About $2.4 million of cash is expected to remain in the risk pool after all final claims are paid.
PIERRE—The state Board of Elections meets Thursday to discuss procedures regarding Help America Vote Act federal grants and to consider rule changes for South Dakota local elections. But one big set of matters won't be part of the public hearing: The potential changes in South Dakota's requirements for when and how candidates qualify for the ballot. Those changes made by the Legislature's Republicans during the 2015 session are facing a petition drive right now. If sufficient valid signatures are collected from registered South Dakota voters—13,871 at a minimum—and submitt
PIERRE — Members of the state Aeronautics Commission expressed their interest Tuesday in establishing a loan fund to assist projects that otherwise don’t qualify for federal aid at South Dakota airports. The commission would need authority from the Legislature and would need a source of funding. Commission members said more than $3 million was taken from the commission’s coffer during the past decade to assist state government in getting through budget difficulties.
PIERRE — Tribal governments should have more control over education of American Indian children in South Dakota, several participants said Tuesday at the first meeting of the governor’s new Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council. They also said tribal governments need greater respect and legitimacy among members and non-members.
PIERRE — No, the state Department of Social Services can’t attach a lien after the fact to the property of a woman who died. So said the South Dakota Supreme Court in a decision released this week regarding a Yankton County woman. The five justices unanimously reversed a circuit judge’s decision that had been in favor of the state officials.
HIGHMORE—A cattle rustler who admitted he stole calves from South Dakota ranchers and sold them using Craigslist is in the State Penitentiary. Circuit Judge John Brown sentended Kyle Alan Hall to seven years for grand theft involving 11 calves taken from a Hyde County ranch where he worked as a hired hand. The judge suspended three years of the sentence provided that Hall pay restitution to rancher William Klein of rural Gann Valley and four other victims who bought the stolen calves. Hall, now 27, pleaded guilty in January to stealing calves from Klein.
PIERRE — Net machine income from video lottery terminals is running more than 7 percent higher than at a similar point one year ago, members of the South Dakota Lottery Commission learned Thursday. The performance for July 1 through mid-March is also ahead of the 2 percent growth that was forecast. "We're getting more revenue out of fewer machines at fewer locations — is that correct?" asked Doyle Estes, a commission member from Hill City. "Yes," replied Norm Lingle, the lottery's executive director. As of March 14, there were 8,946 of the privately owned terminals running at 1
PIERRE – The state Railroad Board agreed Wednesday to reset the duration for a nearly $2 million loan to be used repairing the Sioux Valley line in southeastern South Dakota. The board originally approved the loan last year as well as an accompanying commitment of nearly $2 million in state grant funding.