PIERRE — The city of Mitchell and the city of Beresford should receive money to improve their local infrastructures for businesses planning to expand, the grants panel for state government's Board of Economic Development recommended Wednesday. The full board would decide Dec. 12 whether to approve the grant recommendations. Mitchell seeks $200,000 for its project. Aaron Scheibe said he couldn't disclose yet the name of the manufacturing company Mitchell officials intend to help. Scheibe later confirmed the Mitchell company is Performance Pet Products, a pet-food maker.
PIERRE — Members of state government's Aeronautics Commission chose to wait rather than act Tuesday on improvements proposed for South Dakota public airports next year. They delayed the vote in case other cities submit plans by the Dec. 1 state deadline. The next meeting is Jan. 23. The 38 projects so far seek more than $19 million of federal grants, according to a preliminary list distributed to commissioners. The panel agreed however to spend up to $50,000 for South Dakota-specific pavement standards at general-aviation airports.
PIERRE — Members of South Dakota's School Finance Accountability Board gave final approval Monday on recommendations to the Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations for school districts that allegedly violated state teacher-pay law. School districts face the possible penalty of losing half of the additional funding they were supposed to receive under the 2016 teacher-pay package.
PIERRE — For two days last week, in a seldom-noticed legislative committee room, tucked at the rear of the upper-most floor of the Capitol annex, in a spot that some first-time visitors said they still had trouble finding, no matter a hand-written temporary sign directing them down a dead-end hall from the nearest elevator, one of three such devices that travel up and down hundreds of times most weekdays between the ground floor and nine different spots in the increasingly complicated sprawl that is the three upper floors, there in a two-door place, known by statehouse insiders simply
PIERRE — Members of state government's Public Utilities Commission and several of their lawyers discussed Tuesday whether a wind-energy developer who began work last year and still hasn't applied for a permit should be referred for criminal prosecution. Scout Clean Energy gained a two-year advantage over competitors that would be worth "tens of millions of dollars" in tax benefits after the Boulder, Colorado-based company moved dirt at several wind-turbine sites in Hand County, commissioner Chris Nelson said.
PIERRE — State government agencies appear to be fulfilling a requirement they put grant agreements with non-state agencies on the internet so citizens can see the documents, an official said Wednesday. Keith Senger told members of the South Dakota Board of Internal Control that state offices and departments posted 2,322 agreements during the fiscal year that ended June 30. He said there were 554 agreements for the first quarter that began July 1. Senger is director of accounting for state government's Bureau of Finance and Management. The website is open.sd.gov.
PIERRE — Eleven of South Dakota's smaller cities can expect a little something extra this Thanksgiving holiday. State government's Transportation Commission approved community access grants for them Tuesday. Program administrator Laurie Schultz said the amounts totaled $3,678,000. The money helps cities with less than 5,000 people. Communities chosen for the grants receive from the state Department of Transportation funding for 60 percent of street and road projects, with a maximum state share of $400,000.
PIERRE — State government's Transportation Commission approved eight more road and bridge projects on South Dakota highways Tuesday for 2018, including a Minnehaha County deal that a state official said would cost more than any before in state history. That project connects new Highway 100 in Sioux Falls from Rice Street to Exit 402 on Interstate 90. Five structures are along the one-mile route. Riley Bros. Construction Inc., of Morris, Minnesota, had the low bid of $54,665,168.60. Six competitors submitted more expensive bids. Highest was $62,325,658.00.
State government's Board of Education Standards must hold two more hearings next year before members decide whether to further change what South Dakota teachers are presenting to students, its departing leader said Monday. Board president Don Kirkegaard, of Sturgis, made the remarks after the board conducted the second public hearing in Sioux Falls. Board members are considering proposed revisions to state standards for 10 sets of subjects, including math, English and the history and culture of Lakota, Dakota and Nakota tribal peoples.
Two people who started serving a year ago will be the new officers leading the South Dakota Board of Education Standards in 2018. Board members unanimously chose Susan Aguilar, of Sioux Falls, to be their president next year. They also chose Gopal Vyas, of Mitchell, as vice president. Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Aguilar in January 2016 and Vyas in June 2016. Glenna Fouberg, of Aberdeen, a past South Dakota teacher of the year, nominated each of them Monday. The meeting in Sioux Falls was live-streamed on the Internet.