PIERRE—No one seems to recall that the United State of America—our nation—joined with Israel to secretly attack Iran less than 10 years ago. Congress wasn't asked by President George W.
PIERRE — The State Historical Society trustees approved the budget Friday for Deadwood's historical preservation program. The 2016 budget request is for $11,658,620.
PIERRE—Emergency responders went into the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last month better prepared because of a new tool. Officials compiled a grid showing the communication frequencies used by law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance crews and others responsible for public safety. The goal was to make it easier for them to talk to each other throughout the Black Hills region. The effort was a success, Jeff Pierce said Thursday in a briefing for the state Public Safety Communications Council. Pierce said it would be worthwhile to do across South Dakota.
PIERRE—Matt Clark, the state investment officer whose office oversees the portfolio for the South Dakota Retirement System, is waiting for prices to drop in the markets. Prices are "moderately overvalued" from his perspective, and he has a pile of cash ready for when the downturn comes. But in the meantime, he doesn't mind if prices keep rising. As the markets become more overvalued, more of the SDRS portfolio will be shifted to cash. Right now, 21 percent is cash.
PIERRE—Two men who want to ban party labels from South Dakota election ballots in most instances are proceeding with one of their proposed amendments to the South Dakota Constitution but have mysteriously set aside the second one. The one they dropped would have also required elections for leadership positions in the Legislature to be held by secret ballot among members of each chamber. The decision by Rick Weiland and Drey Samuelson to stop pursuing that idea appears linked to official explanations released Aug.
PIERRE—The South Dakota Retirement System paid millions of dollars extra to people who technically retired from government jobs before age 64, but rapidly returned to their previous employment while continuing to receive their retirement checks. The SDRS trustees received a report at their meeting Wednesday, looking back at what some citizens criticized as double-dipping. The practice, known as retire-rehire, was generally curtailed in 2010 through new restrictions, including a minimum break in service of three months. Its popularity had grown to the point that approximately 15 percen
PIERRE—The state Public Utilities Commission gave CenturyLink the final clearance necessary Tuesday to receive federal broadband support. The company will use the aid to deliver high-speed Internet to rural areas of South Dakota that are high cost to service. More than 15,000 customers in South Dakota would gain access to broadband.
PIERRE—Day County landowner Gerald Pesall lost Tuesday before the state Public Utilities Commission in his attempt to stop two electricity companies from building a major transmission line. Pesall raised questions about whether Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power properly addressed a roundworm parasite known as the soybean cyst nematode found in soil along parts of the proposed route. The heavy-duty line would run between Ellendale, N.D., and Big Stone generation plant in Grant County near Milbank. The companies conducted soil borings and had samples tested at South Dakota S
PIERRE—Mike Rush, the new executive director for the state Board of Regents, met Monday with the Legislative Planning Committee to talk about the panel's interest in what are known as "dashboard indicators." Those are quick reads in the form of graphic information that can show what a public agency is delivering. Rush couldn't provide, at least not yet, what some of the legislators wanted. Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, asked for a chart showing whether people are getting their money's worth from the universities.
PIERRE—A few days ago, our board of directors took another big step making the South Dakota High School Activities Association more responsive to the members and the public. Notice the use of our. The SDHSAA belongs to all of us. The kids might be gone from your and my households, but we still pay sales tax and property taxes for our public schools. We all have a stake in what the association's staff and the directors decide and do. That big step on Thursday was giving member schools the opportunity to refer some board actions to a general vote of the membership. Now any decision b