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
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.