SYLVAN LAKE -- Trappers in South Dakota have increasingly used live animals, including domestic cats and rabbits, and live birds as bait during recent years, according to state wildlife officials.
PIERRE -- Calling cards used in South Dakota a few times by a few Connecticut customers of an ATT subsidiary will cost the company a state licensing fee of $250. A lawyer for SNET America offered to pay $750 -- at $250 per year for 2007, 2008 and 2010 when the cards were used in South Dakota -- but the state Public Utilities Commission decided Wednesday that $250 one time was sufficient. The attorney, Bill Van Camp, of Pierre, said he calculated that about $7 of calls was made in South Dakota during the three years. The problem was SNET America didn't have a state certificate of authority f
PIERRE — The decision by two electric utilities to change the proposed route for a large transmission line they want to build through Brown, Day and Grant counties means some additional agriculture operations potentially would be affected. The state Public Utilities Commission agreed Wednesday to grant party status to five cattle, dairy and crop producers who asked to be able to intervene. That means they can fully participate in the PUC's proceedings regarding whether to allow the project. The five are James McCane III, Clark T.
PIERRE — Three weeks after the filing deadline, the website for the South Dakota secretary of state still didn't show the financial interest statements Tuesday morning for three of the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor. The purpose of the reports is to allow citizens to see the significant sources of income for candidates. State law since 1974 has required the financial interest statements. Absentee early voting began April 19 in the two primaries. Democrat Susan Wismer, of Britton, was the only gubernatorial candidate whose required report was posted Tuesday morning.
The construction project to renovate Jonas Hall into a leading-edge center for science teaching at Black Hills State University in Spearfish received approval Monday to seek bids from general contractors. The new Sanford Science Education Center will be part of the $4.2 million project. Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated $2.5 million toward the work. The center will connect via videoconferencing with the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the historic Homestake gold mine at Lead. The bid deadline for the Jonas Hall project is May 29.
PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard said he expects a lawsuit to be filed challenging South Dakota's definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Daugaard said Monday he expects the constitutional requirement to be challenged in court and supports state Attorney General Marty Jackley in defending it. "I do think it is the duty of our attorney general to defend," Daugaard said.
PIERRE -- Employees at the South Dakota Retirement System deal personally with every member, beneficiary or employer who has a question or wants advice or is making a change. A recent review by an outside evaluator found that expenses are perhaps higher than necessary because of it. But that didn't appear to bother the system's trustees or their chief administrator, Rob Wylie. SDRS staff reported fielding 19,842 incoming phone calls in 2013.
PIERRE — The board of directors will rely on staff for recommendations once again for assigning the next round of communities that will host state events for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The SDHSAA board is attempting to create a new site-selection committee that would make the recommendations in the years ahead.
PIERRE -- The Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations decided Monday that a letter of intent should be sent to all school districts throughout South Dakota explaining the extra 0.3 percent of state aid is meant for teacher salaries only. The appropriators agreed without a formal vote; however, they aren't telling districts how to distribute the $2.2 million among the approximately 9,500 certified teachers. "How they divide it up is up to them as a local school board," Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, said. "Different districts can do different things with it," Rep.
PIERRE -- Time after time, a Republican or Democratic lawmaker tried during the 2014 legislative session to make it easier for counties and townships to spend more money fixing roads...