PIERRE — The work by Cory Heidelberger, of Aberdeen, and other petition carriers during recent months means South Dakota voters get to decide whether they agree with the Legislature on two matters. One referendum will be on the $7.50 youth minimum wage for employees younger than age 18. This came from Sen.
PIERRE — There will be 1.2 million acres of private land available as walk-in areas for public hunting in South Dakota again this fall. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department leases the land for its program that allows free access to the public. The department will spend about $2 million and has contracts with about 1,300 cooperating property owners, according to Mark Norton, the program's administrator. The 2015 walk-in directory is in the printing stage, he said. Norton was part of a briefing Thursday for the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission about the roles of private land
PIERRE — Hunters will have slightly more opportunities to kill antelope in some parts of South Dakota, but fewer chances to take wild turkeys in the Black Hills this fall. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission set the numbers of tags for the two species Wednesday. The commissioners declined, however, to close the fall turkey season in the Black Hills as some hunters had suggested. The commission, instead, agreed to offer 400 fall turkey tags for resident hunters and 32 for non-resident hunters for the Black Hills. That means 350 fewer licenses for residents and 28 fewer licenses
PIERRE — Members of the state Transportation Commission recently learned a big project at Rapid City could cost 60 percent more than they approved last summer. The new price tag for rebuilding the 2-mile stretch of Interstate 190 into downtown including the I-90 interchange now looks to be in the neighborhood of $33 million. That's an increase of $12.56 million above the state Department of Transportation's year-old estimate of $20.3 million. I-190 connects via the Silver Street interchange to Omaha Street, which in turn connects to Rushmore Road, which is under reconstruction through
PIERRE — Harney Peak shouldn't become Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls), the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names decided Monday. The board voted 4-1 to recommend retaining Harney Peak as the name of one of South Dakota's highest points. Last month the board, whose members work for state government agencies, voted unanimously to consider Hinhan Kaga and opened a 30-day comment period. But on Monday, the support vanished. State Tribal Relations Secretary Steve Emery couldn't get any of the four other board members to second his motion to formally recommend changing the name. The 7,242-f
PIERRE — After a period last winter when processing vehicle titles in South Dakota took as long as five weeks, the state Division of Motor Vehicles is getting them done in two weeks again, director Peggy Laurenz said Monday. Laurenz, who became director two years ago, answered questions from members of the Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee. She said other states take longer: North Dakota six weeks; Nebraska six weeks; and Minnesota eight weeks. "In comparison our goal of two weeks is ambitious," Laurenz said.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 requiring marriages could be between only a man and a woman. The tally was 172,305 yes and 160,152 no. The Legislature proposed the amendment in the 2005 session. Its prime sponsor was Rep. Elizabeth Kraus, R-Rapid City. House members approved sending it to the ballot on a vote of 55-14 and senators agreed 20-14. The amendment added two sentences to the state constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota.
PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission received a pitch Thursday to make loans more frequently to counties and cities for road projects. Federal funds already can be used in South Dakota for loans on local projects that qualify for a federal secondary designation. But project developer Tobin Morris and state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist now suggest there might be a way to reach projects that don't meet the federal requirements. They said the state Department of Transportation could make loans from the department's state funds to such local projects. In turn, the sta
PIERRE — The advisory group took steps Wednesday to seek proposals from vendors for establishing and managing the debt collection management system for state government. The Legislature earlier this year gave Gov.
PIERRE — Her professional experience as an auditor and an accountant weighed strongly in favor of Laura McNally receiving a seat on the South Dakota Investment Council. McNally, a certified public accountant who lives and works in Belle Fourche, starts July 1 on the panel. "I like new things so I'm excited," she said. The council oversees the state Investment Office that manages billions of dollars for the South Dakota Retirement System, state trusts and other government funds. The Legislature's Executive Board selects a new council member each summer.