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
PIERRE -- The new definitions of conflicts of interest for the state Board of Minerals and Environment received clearance Tuesday from the Legislature's Rules Review Committee. The committee also gave the green light to new rules by the State Auditor Steve Barnett setting a 60-day window for state government employees to submit a travel voucher for payment. Employees would need to complete a form explaining the reason for the delayed submission of the voucher after 60 days and would need a supervisor's clearance. Current procedures don't mandate a timeline, Barnett said. The change comes i
PIERRE -- Showing himself to be no stranger to the handle of a shovel, Gov.
PIERRE -- South Dakota doesn't have a politician so avid at promoting himself as U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois. But we have now heard of him. He injected himself into South Dakota politics when he posted a photo showing himself with Kristi Noem. The expression on her face isn't what you expect to see from South Dakota's only member of the U.S.
SYLVAN LAKE — State fishery crews had a successful spring collecting eggs for South Dakota's stocking program, Will Sayler said Friday. Sayler is the fisheries administrator for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Crews gathered 147 million walleye eggs from waters in the northeast region, Sayler said.
SYLVAN LAKE — The 2013 pheasant hunting season last fall held true to the projection that bird numbers would be down, but the results didn't turn out nearly as bad as the August forecast indicated they might be, a state Wildlife Division biologist said Friday. Travis Runia said hunters harvested an estimated 982,000 pheasants during the 2013 season. It was the first time less than 1 million since 1997, he said.
SYLVAN LAKE — Acquisition of two parcels of land in Clark and Moody counties received approval Friday from the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The Clark County purchase covers 5.16 acres of old railroad route owned by Gregerson Salvage, of Waubay. The price is $7,740. The land is an inholding within the existing Lynbe Game Production Area. The Moody County purchase is approximately 160 acres owned by James Van Hecke and Carol Van Hecke near Colman. The price is $160,000.