PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission agreed Thursday to take another look at its regulations for mowing ditches along South Dakota highways. The move is in response to one of the eight recommendations from the governor's work group on pheasant habitat. The current state rule prohibits mowing of the right of way in Gregory, Lyman and Tripp counties before June 15 and in all counties east of the Missouri River before July 1. The mowing rule is intended to help protect hen pheasants while they are nesting and pheasant chicks after they hatch. "The governor has requested the comm
PIERRE -- South Dakota has traveled a long way since Gina Score. The teenager's death came 15 years ago, during a forced run, at the State Training School for juvenile offenders at Plankinton. Boot camps were the fad then for dealing with many of the teen-agers in trouble. Bill Janklow was governor.
PIERRE -- On a bluebird Saturday with leaves turning gold, the governors of the Dakotas gathered at the front of the Capitol to honor the wagon train teams that traveled from Yankton to Pierre marking 125 years of statehood. "Happy birthday, North Dakota! Happy birthday, South Dakota!" S.D. Gov.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Transportation plans next month to shut a state highway for five weeks to make emergency repairs. State Highway 34 will close Aug. 11 where it crosses between Ziebach and Meade counties, a state Department of Transportation official said Thursday. The closure will be along Howes Lake and Lake Buffalo. Currently there is one lane of traffic moving over two large humps of dirt roadbed there. Stop signs on either side of each hump regulate the flow of vehicles. The area is approximately three to five miles east of the corner where S.D.
PIERRE — State regulators removed the last piece of the penalties against a Watertown business Thursday that's been in repeated trouble for illegal disposal of waste. The South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment agreed to release the remaining $10,000 of bond that Stromseth Construction was required to post. The company paid violation penalties of $8,000 in 1998, $7,000 in 2004 and $8,750 this year. The 2004 penalty also included a requirement that Stromseth post a $30,000 bond in order to continue holding its state permit for disposal of construction and demolition waste. The
PIERRE — There isn't a signed agreement yet for the state Department of Transportation to provide $8,000 toward removal of the grain elevator facility at Pukwana. Pukwana Mayor Larry McManus met with the state Railroad Board earlier this year asking for its financial help. The state board voted to provide the money but McManus isn't satisfied with the proposed contract. DOT staff members and Pukwana city attorney David Natvig are working further on details. The original plan as discussed at the railroad meeting called for a variety of government bodies to have responsibilities in the
PIERRE — South Dakota shouldn’t change two pieces in the complex formula setting taxable values of cropland, an economist told the Legislature’s task force on agricultural assessments Monday. Burton Pflueger,...
PIERRE -- Democratic candidate Rick Weiland had the perfect chance to prevent Republican Mike Rounds from being elected as South Dakota's next U.S. senator. Weiland needed only to write a letter to the secretary of state and declare he was withdrawing before the Aug. 5 deadline. Instead he stayed on the ballot. That's not surprising. Admirably, and sadly, Weiland entered the race when no other Democrat would. Now we have a four-candidate contest. Weiland very likely won't win. Rounds very well might. So who might have beaten Rounds if Weiland can't? Larry Pressler, the U.S.
PIERRE — South Dakota judges sent fewer youths to juvenile corrections facilities in recent years, as other programs became more widely available and more frequently used, state and private officials...
PIERRE — State government's four major trust funds paid out more than $40 million to public schools, state universities and health programs in South Dakota this summer, according to a report delivered Tuesday to the Legislature's Executive Board. Two are in very strong shape after the run-ups in investment prices and earnings during recent years, and a third is closer to where it needs to be for the long range, state investment officer Matt Clark told the lawmakers. "The markets are frothy," he said. Then, he added his customary caution. "I don't expect these values to hold up over t