The name of the consultant for the driver education review was incorrect in a story published Thursday. He is Christopher Grant.
PIERRE — Two state government departments are taking a look at driver education courses across South Dakota. A retired Rapid City police captain, Richard Grant, will be paid up to $45,000 over 18 months for reviewing content and methods and for analyzing accidents and violations. Information also will be gathered on the amounts charged for instruction. The Department of Public Safety is paying for the work and will provide results to the Department of Education. Northern State University at Aberdeen and Black Hills State University at Spearfish are the only institutions where college
PIERRE – In a major change, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Tuesday he would be willing to consider raising taxes for maintaining and improving South Dakota’s roads and bridges during a...
PIERRE — The state Board of Education on Monday will conduct the second in a series of public hearings about revised standards for physical education in South Dakota schools. The meeting will be held in Aberdeen at the Northern State University Student Center's Centennial room. The hearing starts at 9:15 a.m. The proposed revisions change the wording of five basic standards. The age spans would be reduced to three from the current four. K-2 would be grouped with 3-5 as a single span of grades. The state board held the first hearing March 24 in Sioux Falls.
PIERRE — Deficit spending seemed to be acceptable to several of the South Dakota candidates seeking election this year to a seat in the U.S. Senate. Republicans Annette Bosworth and Jason Ravnsborg and independent Larry Pressler owed more than they had cash on hand, as of the latest federal deadline for reporting campaign finances. Two others, Democrat Rick Weiland and Republican Larry Rhoden, also showed debts but reported ample cash in their accounts to cover the amounts owed Only two candidates -- Republicans Mike Rounds and Stace Nelson -- reported no debt.
PIERRE -- Unlike many state government departments and agencies, where employees prove themselves through several decades in a series of successively higher assignments, the secretary of agriculture in South Dakota typically came from outside and was a working rancher or farmer. When he began the job one year ago, state Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch had an advantage that none of his modern predecessors did. He came from a different path, and knew what he was getting into. Lentsch worked in 2009-2010 as executive director for the South Dakota Republican Party when state Sen.
PIERRE -- Two experienced lawmakers will lead the interim committees this summer. The Legislature's Executive Board selected Sen. Mike Vehle as chairman for the 15-member committee that will analyze South Dakota's highway needs and financing. Part of the highway panel's work is determining the impact of the 2011 and 2013 increases in license plate fees. The board chose Rep.
PIERRE — South Dakota Public Broadcasting will provide what might be the only statewide televised debates before the June 3 primary elections that will decide the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and the Democratic nomination for governor. Public television also attempted to host a debate between candidates for the Republican nomination for governor. That May 22 event fell through, however. Both candidates couldn't attend, according to Stephanie Rissler, who is host for SDPB's political forums. Gov.
PIERRE — State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch briefed the Legislature's government operations and audit committee Wednesday about a new round of discussions with producers selling raw milk for human consumption. Lentsch said he established a work group on raw milk. Participants include consumers, current and former raw-milk producers, general dairy producers and regulators, he said. The first meeting April 17 lasted four hours. Lentsch said he's interested in learning from the past.
PIERRE — Their lawyer told state Water Management Board members Wednesday that South Dakota law doesn't prohibit selling a state water right from one party to another. The question came up during the board's consideration of a water right originally granted for 128 acres owned by Richard Boomsma near Hitchcock. The board approved transferring the right to Bixler Farms for land approximately 12 miles away. Ray Rylance, the attorney representing Bixler Farms, said the transaction involves two family friends and there isn't any money changing hands. Boomsma has rarely irrigated in the p