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.
PIERRE — A change in one of South Dakota's hunting rules now clarifies who gets counted among the maximum of 20 allowed in a group hunt. The old rule said no more than 20 persons could cooperate as a group. The new rule says there can be a maximum of 20 people carrying a bow and arrow, or cross bow or firearm including a muzzleloader. A person with a concealed pistol permit who is carrying only the concealed pistol also doesn't count as one of the 20. The 20-hunter limit doesn't apply when pursuing predators and varmints. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted the new rul
PIERRE — The decision earlier this year that allows hunters to use hounds year-round to track mountain lions outside the Black Hills can stand, the Legislature's rules review committee decided Monday. The committee voted 3-2 Monday against scheduling a hearing to consider suspending the rule. Sen.
PIERRE — Surely it is impossible that any other state's Democratic Party suffered more damage since President Barack Obama took office than what South Dakota has seen. It is likewise impossible that any other state's Republican Party gained more political power than the total control gained of every statewide elected office in South Dakota. What has happened since 2009 is worth considering ahead of President Obama's May 8 visit to Watertown. The president will speak at commencement for Lake Area Technical Institute.
PIERRE — No, the state Department of Social Services can't attach a lien after the fact to the property of a woman who died. So said the South Dakota Supreme Court in a decision released this week regarding a Yankton County woman. The five justices unanimously reversed a circuit judge's decision that had been in favor of the state officials. The woman, Darlene Hollman, began receiving Medicaid benefits in 2005 from the Department of Social Services while she was in a nursing home.
PIERRE — The state Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing next month in Yankton about NorthWestern Energy's request to raise rates for the company's South Dakota electricity customers. The increases would be the first for electricity rates by the company since 1980. The commission's decision to host a hearing came in response to a petition filed by Angela Wiebelhaus, of Yankton.