PIERRE — Civilians' use of unmanned aerial vehicles is on the rise in South Dakota, including drones flying over large gatherings such as the Sturgis motorcycle rally and Dakotafest at Mitchell, an official for the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday. That presents a safety hazard to pilots flying aircraft in the same area and to members of the public on the ground, Dan Allison told members of the state Aeronautics Commission. There aren't clear and specific regulations for UAVs, according to Allison.
PIERRE -- Remember James Kyle? He was South Dakota's most improbable U.S. senator. Officially an independent, he served his first term with the Democrats and his second with the Republicans. During that first term, Kyle sponsored the federal law in 1894 creating a new national holiday. His legislation designated the first Monday of September as Labor Day. Seven years later, Kyle was dead. So too, the independent movement that first elected him. At a memorial service in the U.S.
'The attorney general appropriated to himself authority to create and enforce special criteria for release of the records,' reporter claims in suit.
Troopers must now adhere to SD Supreme Court’s ruling that requires drivers' consent for blood draws in most cases.
PIERRE -- Dick Sweetman and Lee McCahren didn't last as long together on the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have as Rolling Stones, who after 52 years are still pounding out their rock 'n' roll. But the 41 years apiece by Sweetman and McCahren on the state regulatory panel defined the era of change that saw concern about protecting air, water and terrain turn from being viewed by some as subversive in the 1970s to today's commonplace. Eight of the current nine on the board and a roomful of staff from the state Department of Environment and Na
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court disbarred Christopher Jansen last week while he waits in jail without bail, accused of engaging in sex with boys younger than 13 and distributing pornographic images of some of his alleged acts. Jansen, 34, is a former Walworth County state's attorney who held the office starting in 2009 and resigned from it in 2012. He currently is held in the Hughes County jail without bond.
PIERRE -- The state Board of Regents wants Gov.
PIERRE -- About a week ago, I paid $50 to Tom Magedanz for his lawnmower. From my perspective, it wasn't enough. He asked what he thought was fair. In the 25-some years I knew Tom, that's how he always was -- and likely always will be. Tom and Lita were our backyard neighbors. A few days ago, they left for Dubuque, Iowa, and a new start. They hadn't planned to move so soon after Tom's retirement in June. The house across the street sold in about a year. Always prudent, Tom figured, why wait to list their house? It sold in two days. Dubuque? Tom said the area always interested him.
PIERRE — State government will pay higher rates for overnight lodging for its employees under a change that received final clearance Tuesday. The $50 rate will be replaced Jan. 1 by a new system that pays $55 per night for check-ins September through May and $70 per night for check-ins June through August. The state Board of Finance proposed the changes. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee gave its green light Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 in favor. "I think this is good," Sen. Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, said.
PIERRE — Two business projects deserve large awards of money from state government because they made large investments in South Dakota, the state Board of Economic Development decided Tuesday. Day County Wind II will get a reinvestment payment of $4,419,600. The board limited the amount to a maximum 75 percent of the state sales and use tax paid on eligible project costs. Hansen Manufacturing Corp., of Sioux Falls, will get an equipment upgrades reinvestment payment of $294,543.