PIERRE—An environmental impact statement won't be required for the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline through South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to reject a request from some pipeline opponents for an EIS. The decision came as the commission began its permit hearing for the project. The Yankton Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Dakota Rural Action jointly filed the request for the EIS. Their motion came two hours before the scheduled start of the hearing.
PIERRE—For years, the state Department of Education didn't require Mid-Central Education Cooperative to report how many high school students went on to college after participating in the multi-million GEAR UP program, even though that was its purpose. The U.S.
PIERRE — An October hearing by state regulators remains scheduled regarding electricity price increases sought by NorthWestern Energy, despite a proposed settlement between the company and South Dakota Public Utilities Commission staff, a PUC spokeswoman said Friday. Leah Mohr said NorthWestern Energy hasn't reached a proposed settlement with several large customers who intervened in the rate case.
PIERRE—A state board received the plan Thursday for removing sediment and obstructions along 36 miles of Mud Creek in Brown and Spink counties. The total price as estimated by consulting firm Helms and Associates is $65 million. That would pay for dredging 18.5 miles, taking out various man-made crossing, cleaning out trees and brush and eliminating eight beaver dams. The goal is to improve the flow of the creek, starting at S.D. 37 near Groton and continuing downstream along the James River. The project's supporters created the Brown County Mud Creek watershed district in 2012.
PIERRE—Two of South Dakota's 66 counties applied this year for additional federal aid from the Help America Vote Act program. The state HAVA grant board approved $9,000 apiece Thursday for Dewey County and Sully County. Dewey County plans to use the money to help pay for an absentee-voting center. Brandon Johnson, whose final day as state HAVA coordinator was Thursday, said he presumed the center would be in Eagle Butte, based on previous elections. Sully County plans to use its grant money for maintenance of voting equipment.
PIERRE—South Dakota lawmakers are trying to be patient but aren't pleased by state government's difficulties getting a new Medicaid information system in place. The original contract was signed in 2008. The project's completion appears to be at least two years away. The delay results from a contract dispute, intervention by the federal government and changes in federal rules. So far, $65 million was spent. The original budget has $11 million left. State Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti said the provider enrollment portion of the system is working.
PIERRE—State Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday his office wasn't investigating Scott Westerhuis prior to the killings of his family and himself last week. Jackley said the state Department of Education and the state Department of Legislative Audit hadn't previously reported to his office any allegations or evidence of criminal activity involving Westerhuis. "They didn't tell us anything," Jackley said. He said all he knew about the audit came from a passing conversation with a news reporter in May. Westerhuis was business manager for Mid Central Education Cooperative in Pla
PIERRE -- State officials confirmed Tuesday that authorities are now investigating the finances of a Platte man who allegedly killed his wife and their four children before shooting himself last week. Scott Westerhuis was business manager for Mid-Central Education Cooperative based at Platte. Nicole Westerhuis also worked for the cooperative.
PIERRE — The public cost was unfortunate, but necessary, in dealing with Annette Bosworth for the frauds committed in gathering signatures for her U.S. Senate candidacy petition. Same for Clayton Walker's frauds, when he put fictional signatures on his U.S.
PIERRE—South Dakota legislators didn't bill taxpayers for the trip they recently made to Washington, D.C., when they delivered an anti-abortion resolution from the Legislature to the U.S. Supreme Court clerk. Three Republican members from the state House of Representatives — Roger Hunt, of Brandon, Lynne DiSanto, of Rapid City and Kris Langer, of Dell Rapids — went Tuesday to the Supreme Court. The resolution, sponsored by Hunt and approved by big margins in the House and the Senate last winter, calls for the justices to reconsider the 1972 Roe v.