PIERRE — The state Board of Water Management decided Wednesday landowners don't need gates in their fences any longer across much of Firesteel Creek in Davison County. Gates will still be required on fences that cross the stream between Lake Mitchell and Loomis Oil Road northwest of the city. That segment of about two miles receives the highest traffic from kayakers and canoeists, according to testimony. There also aren't any landowners raising livestock along that stretch. It was the first time in 21 years that the board changed any waterway's gate designation. Landowners led by Ga
PIERRE – South Dakota’s public universities have seen enrollments of South Dakota students fall substantially during the past five years, according to a startling new analysis that the state Board...
PIERRE—South Dakota and other states that offer the Powerball lotto game are changing the rules again. Lottery officials want to be sure they can pay a $1 billion jackpot. The record for Powerball's big prize reached $590.5 million in 2013. This year the jackpot became more difficult to win—and that will make jackpots grow larger. The Multi-State Lottery Association jacked the odds to one in 292 million in October. The odds previously were one in 175 million. South Dakota and the other states who are members of MUSL went along with the change. Now, they need to change their
PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission doubled the amount of highway aid available to local governments for economic development projects Friday.
PIERRE—State Attorney General Marty Jackley hasn't yet told the whole story about the Westerhuis slayings. There remains the text message at 11:30 p.m. on Sept.
South Dakota boat owners, visitors to Custer State Park, users of the Mickelson Trail and campers making telephone reservations will pay more in 2016. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved the four sets of fee increases Friday. There wasn't a dissenting vote from any of the seven commissioners at the meeting. The combined revenues will total more than $1 million annually, according to official estimates. The public hearing Thursday didn't attract anyone to comment in favor or against the proposals. The seven-day entrance permit for Custer State Park will cost $20 starting nex
The state Division of Parks and Recreation will try a second time to attract new operators for Roy Lake Resort in Marshall County and for Oahe Marina and Resort on Lake Sharpe near Pierre and Fort Pierre. Attempts to sell the current operators' interests didn't attract any offers earlier this year. Roy Lake Resort operator Jan Pitzl has dropped her selling price by $200,000 this time.
From a revenue standpoint, the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission received good news Friday. More non-resident hunters have purchased small-game licenses for pursuing pheasants in South Dakota so far this fall. Through October, approximately 4,200 more non-residents hunters have purchased the $121 licenses than at a similar point last year, according to Scott Simpson, a state Division of Wildlife official. The sales total for non-resident small game as of Oct. 27 was 47,264.
The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission refused Thursday to allow a political firm to buy data on all sportsmen who buy licenses in South Dakota. The vote was 4-3 against. The deal would have been a first for the state department.