PIERRE — Biologists for the state Wildlife Division won't conduct an aerial survey of South Dakota's antelope herds this year. They know antelope numbers remain low and nothing is expected to significantly change in the weeks and months ahead. "It's pretty hard to spend that money flying pronghorns," Andy Lindbloom, a senior big game biologist, told members of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission last week. Because the populations have declined so sharply, the commission is proposing that fewer licenses be offered to hunters for the 2014 rifle season scheduled to run Oct.
YANKTON — Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills might be home to South Dakota's next state park. Homestake Mining Co.
PIERRE — South Dakota legislators can't receive additional reimbursement for purchasing technology devices, a member of the Legislature's legal staff said Monday. Attorney Doug Decker said a technology reimbursement would exceed legislator compensation limits already set by state laws and the South Dakota Constitution. Decker made his remarks to a subcommittee of the Legislature's Executive Board. "I don't think you have specific statutory authority to do this," he said. Sen.
PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard raised $272,422.91 during the first four-plus months of 2014 for his re-election and spent $347,585.43, according to his pre-primary campaign finance report filed Friday. The Republican governor showed $1,646,169.24 cash on hand and no debts or obligations owed. Most of his money came from itemized individual contributions that totaled $238,920. Another $10,269 came from smaller non-itemized contributions. Most of his spending so far this year went for advertising that cost $278,319.91. Daugaard faces former state Rep.
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.