PIERRE — South Dakota's state universities will pay about $207,000 more for secondary insurance coverage of their student athletes in the coming year, rather than about $741,000 more. The South Dakota Board of Regents voted Thursday to keep the Dissinger Reed firm and accept its price of $825,612. The six universities paid Dissinger Reed a total $618,460 in premiums in 2013 for their athlete policies. The initial quote from Dissinger Reed for 2014 was $1,359,299. The regents asked their staff to see if a better price could be found. Dissinger Reed came up with a new claims administr
PIERRE — Two utility companies received approval from state regulators Wednesday to construct a new high-voltage electricity line across northeastern South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 to grant the permit to Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power. They plan to build a transmission line connecting new substations near the Big Stone generation plant in Grant County and near Ellendale, North Dakota. The line would cross through Grant, Day and Brown counties in South Dakota. Some landowners along the proposed route became involved in the PUC's permitting
PIERRE — Training in sexual assault response drew 134 people from South Dakota's public universities in July, as campuses ramp up personnel and programs for assisting victims and discouraging attacks, the state Board of Regents learned Wednesday. Nationally one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while they are college students, according to Barbara Basel, director of human resources for the regents system. The regents weren't given specific numbers regarding incidents at state universities in South Dakota, but Basel offered to speak privately with university preside
PIERRE — State government will pay higher rates for overnight lodging for its employees under a change that received final clearance Tuesday. The $50 rate will be replaced Jan. 1 by a new system that pays $55 per night for check-ins September through May and $70 per night for check-ins June through August. The state Board of Finance proposed the changes. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee gave its green light Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 in favor. "I think this is good," Sen. Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, said.
PIERRE — Two business projects deserve large awards of money from state government because they made large investments in South Dakota, the state Board of Economic Development decided Tuesday. Day County Wind II will get a reinvestment payment of $4,419,600. The board limited the amount to a maximum 75 percent of the state sales and use tax paid on eligible project costs. Hansen Manufacturing Corp., of Sioux Falls, will get an equipment upgrades reinvestment payment of $294,543.
May 19 The Troy Township Board of Supervisors in Day County published legal notice stating that a petition had been received seeking to vacate 15 segments of public roadways covering more than 15 miles in the township. The adjoining landowners were Darwin Peckham, Donald Grode, Larry Herr, Theodore Myron, Michael Herr, Lauren Johnson, Stephen Witt, Daniel Grode, Elizabeth Korf, Jerry Busch, Lyle Busch, Daniel Ash, LaRon Herr, Leo Warrington, Jacquelyn Duerre, Mary Johnson, Robert Duerre, Thad Duerre, James Duerre Family Trust, Marcella Duerre, Linda Witt, Eugene Ausland, Lori Ash, Randy Pete
Farmers with flooded lands are using their elected township boards to legally shut down many miles of public roads in Day County this summer. The 66-feet wide strips are returned to the adjoining landowners to become private property. The strategy is to reduce or prevent people's ability to launch boats from public rights of way for recreational use of floodwaters over private lands. The road vacations began in May and continued every month since then, reaching at least five townships so far. The latest round came Monday with public notice from Webster Township that its board of supervisor
FORT PIERRE — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission decided Friday against making changes to the 2014-2015 hunting season for mountain lions in South Dakota and one member raised the possibility of allowing nonresident hunters in the future. Commissioner Scott Phillips, of New Underwood, asked whether it is the right time to consider making "a couple hundred" licenses available for nonresidents.
FORT PIERRE — The state Division of Parks and Recreation is starting over in its search for a new concessionaire to run the Lewis and Clark Marina and Resort near Yankton. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Friday rejected the only two proposals received so far. One lacked the required financial information and the other didn't meet the appraised price of $3,037,000. The current operator, Russell Marsh, doesn't want to renew the lease he's held since 2005. GF&P concession manager Sean Blanchette said the prospectus will be revised in hope of attracting an acceptable
PIERRE — State biologists aren't recommending any changes to the next hunting season for mountain lions. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will consider the proposal at its meeting today and Friday in Fort Pierre. If changes aren't sought, the commission won't need to hold a public hearing next month about the season.