PIERRE — South Dakota voters could have at least four choices for president on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. They are: Republican Donald Trump, of New York City, New York, whose nomination paperwork was received Friday; Libertarian Gary Johnson, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was the first to qualify on June 14; Constitution candidate Darrell Castle, of Germantown, Tennessee, whose paperwork arrived July 18; and Democrat Hillary Clinton, of Chappaqua, New York, who awaits nomination later this week.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court has agreed insurance benefits weren't owed to a young man who had been shot in the head with a handgun by another student. The incident occurred while they were in the shooter's pickup truck in the Britton-Hecla High School parking lot three years ago. The court said in a decision released Thursday that the shooter, Dusty Groom, wasn't covered under his grandmother's insurance policy. The reason: He didn't live in the same house as his grandmother, Bonnie Buhl.
PIERRE — A couple who lost 93 yearling heifers to drowning in Winter Storm Atlas nearly three years ago should be compensated by their insurance company, the South Dakota Supreme Court decided in an opinion released Thursday. The state's high court overturned an earlier decision by Circuit Judge Wally Eklund that had gone against Richard and Larayna Papousek, of Quinn. They run a crop and livestock ranch and had a veterinarian examine eight to 10 of the dead cattle. The veterinarian, Jim McConaghy, of Wall, determined the cause of death was drowning.
PIERRE — State government's two panels that regulate legal gambling in South Dakota have new members coming aboard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently appointed Michael Wordeman, of Rapid City, and Karen Wagner, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. The panel oversees Deadwood gambling and betting on horse and dog races, setting rules and policies and handling discipline and licensing disputes. Wordeman was the founder of Sodak Gaming, a pioneer in Indian casino gambling.
PIERRE — No high school teams from South Dakota are participating in the North American Envirothon competition this summer. That means a $4,000 state grant for their travel isn't being used. The Butte Conservation Districts wanted to convert the travel grant to a new purpose: Helping pay for a full-time Envirothon coordinator already under contract. But the South Dakota Conservation Commission deadlocked Monday, unable to summon a five-member majority to deny the request or to approve it.
PIERRE — Come August, the South Dakota Lottery debuts a new game at convenience stores and other lotto-ticket outlets. It's called EZ Match. The hope is it generates another $66,000 or so for the state treasury. That's not big money. But the game, with its attraction of an instant winner for lotto players, reflects the forward march of legal gambling in South Dakota during the six years so far of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court acknowledged Thursday its justices have used an incorrect standard of review in some cases during the past four decades. The justices made that determination in an appeal of a Hughes County drainage dispute. The justices ruled unanimously that the dispute should return to circuit court for further action. The justices said the dispute didn't meet the criteria in state law necessary for a permanent injunction. After a November 2013 trial the jury found in favor for landowners Michael Magner and Denise Williams.
PIERRE — Highway rumble strips for motorist awareness will be installed later this year along U.S. 12 between Ipswich and Aberdeen. The South Dakota Transportation Commission accepted the only bid for the work Thursday even though it was 40.8 percent over estimate. Last month the commission rejected the only bid because it was 40.1 percent over estimate. State Department of Transportation staff revised the project before putting it out for bid a second time. DOT personnel will assist in the work and provide supplies under the modified plan.
PIERRE — Another big wind project wants to make South Dakota its home. Prevailing Winds could have as many 100 turbines in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties with 160 South Dakota investors, according to company documents. The investors group also was involved with the Beethoven Wind farm near Tripp that NorthWestern Energy purchased in 2015. The state Public Utilities Commission plans a public input meeting on the Prevailing Winds project at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Avon School.
PIERRE — More licenses to hunt antlerless deer will be available, a formal plan based on market wages will be used to pay instructors at technical institutes and the South Dakota Lottery can offer a new hybrid game under changes accepted Tuesday by the Legislature's rules review committee. The Game, Fish and Parks Commission is offering free hunting licenses for landowners to use on their own properties for antlerless deer.