PIERRE — A new law that takes effect July 1 across South Dakota might finally clean up the practices by some public boards and commissions for displaying meeting notices. The Legislature tried to address the problem in 2012. Lawmakers said a public meeting notice with a proposed agenda needed to be "visible, readable, and accessible for at least an entire twenty-four hours" before at the principal office of the public body. But where and how those notices were displayed weren't consistent. Sometimes they were posted in windows at entrances to buildings.
PIERRE — The county long known as Shannon received its official new name of Oglala Lakota on Friday. The county's voters used a state law that three legislators from that region of South Dakota created 23 years ago. None of them — Sen. Paul Valandra, of Rosebud; Rep. Dick Hagen; of Pine Ridge; and Rep. Larry Lucas, formerly of Mission — remains in the Legislature now. Hagen died in 2002 at age 65 while still in office. He served 20 years starting in 1983. Valandra, now 61, put in 16 years. Lucas gave 18 years over two different periods.
PIERRE — The state Public Utilities Commission set new dates Thursday for taking testimony whether TransCanada can still meet the conditions set five years ago for building the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota. The evidentiary hearing will be July 27-31 with Aug. 3-4 if needed. The hearing had been scheduled for May 5-8 until the commission decided Monday to push it back. "As I look around the room there's a lot of — nobody's happy," Chris Nelson, the commission's chairman, said.
PIERRE — The next two weeks will set the candidates and possibly the outcomes for the secret caucus leadership elections among Republican state senators May 9. New faces will hold all three spots in this mid-term shake-up caused by resignations of Tim Rave, of Baltic, and Dan Lederman, of Dakota Dunes. Rave was leader of the Senate Republicans' super-majority of 27. Lederman was assistant leader. The current Senate president pro tem is Corey Brown, of Gettysburg. He intends to be the new leader for the Senate Republicans.
PIERRE — With two state Senate seats vacant, two circuit judges retiring and two new circuit judgeships coming July 1, Gov.
PIERRE — The state Railroad Board delayed action Wednesday on loans that would help finance construction of sidings for three agriculture projects planned in Lyman, Hughes and Brookings counties. The board decided to wait after opening bids for a rehabilitation project on the Chamberlain to Presho segment of the state-owned Mitchell-Rapid City line. The approximate cost for the rehab work has been estimated at about $30 million. The bids received Tuesday appeared to be $5 million to $6 million above that amount. "It is high," Todd Yeaton, of Kimball, said.
PIERRE — Directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association voted unanimously Wednesday to proceed with a survey of schools on whether they prefer a statewide or local policy on transgender athletic participation. The association directors will informally review the questions before the survey is conducted in May.
PIERRE — Two open seats attracted a total of nine candidates Tuesday for election to the board of directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. But only one person was nominated for a third seat that Dan Whalen is leaving early because he is stepping down as Pierre athletic director. Bud Postma, the Madison athletic director, will fill the three years remaining on Whalen's five-year term. Postma was in the audience during the association's annual membership meeting when he was nominated. When no other name came forward, Whalen stood and took off his black associa
PIERRE — Conservative legislators and lobbyists called Tuesday for repealing South Dakota's policy allowing transgender students to participate in high school sports as members of teams of the opposite sex. The board of directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association listened to an hour of comments, largely from opponents of the policy. The directors, when they adopted the policy one year ago, hadn't received any opposition comments at the two meetings where the policy was first considered and then approved. But the policy turned into what Sen.
PIERRE — The fight for control of Hutterville Colony went before the South Dakota Supreme Court for a fourth time Tuesday. The latest dispute is about 9,800 acres of the religious colony's farmland in Brown and Spink counties. Johnny Wipf Sr., acting as president, filed deeds in 2012 transferring farmland owned by the colony to him. Then, acting as trustee, he leased the 9,800 acres on a cash-rent agreement to an outside operator, Red Acre LLC, in 2014. Another group headed by George Waldner Sr.