PIERRE -- One rite of spring in South Dakota in even-numbered years is early voting in the county and statewide primary elections. Officially known as absentee voting, citizens may go to the courthouse or request a ballot by mail and vote before primary election day. We've asked but haven't found that statistics were kept for absentee voting in the 2012 primaries. The secretary of state office posted the absentee voting numbers for the 2010 primary and general elections and for the 2012 general elections. For this spring's primary elections, updates are posted on absentee activity.
PIERRE -- Six South Dakota communities, a county and a business saw their requests approved Thursday for loans and grants to help pay for water system improvements and waste disposal projects. Freeman will get a loan of $1,536,000 at 3 percent interest for 20 years.
PIERRE — Time for a confession: As a human being, I don't understand why so many people want to repeal Obamacare. The whole point of the Affordable Care Act, I thought, was to require that almost everybody have health coverage, either through insurance or the government. If you don't like President Barack Obama, or you don't like Democrats, or you don't like features of Obamacare, I understand. But tell me this: Why don't you want to increase the number of people covered by health insurance? Obamacare should be a godsend to South Dakota insurance businesses. Our Legislature passed a
PIERRE -- I often turn off my cell phone for hours at a time. I often don't take it with me around town. Seldom do I text. I have no apps. I once put a friend's phone number in its memory. He now has a different number. But when I travel outside Pierre, I take my cell phone. That's why I truly fear -- and support -- South Dakota's texting ban that takes effect July 1. There I was, pushing up against the speed limit on Interstate 29 out of Fargo on a pouring-rain Sunday morning two weekends ago, and I was getting texts from home. The windshield wipers could barely keep pace.
PIERRE -- Five years of annual data indicate positive results from academic reforms adopted at South Dakota public schools and state universities during the past decade. The state Board of Regents received the latest high school transition report last week.
PIERRE -- The Wharf mine produced fewer ounces of gold in 2013, a company official said Thursday during a presentation to the state Board of Minerals and Environment. Wharf is South Dakota's only large-scale gold mine still operating. Environmental Manager Ron Waterland said Wharf mined 2.3 million tons of ore and generated 56,237 ounces of gold and 57,167 ounces of silver. The company paid $2.7 million in state severance taxes last year, along with $1.1 million in state sales and use taxes and $437,000 of Lawrence County taxes, he said. Wharf produced about 68,000 ounces of gold in each o
The state Board of Education eliminated a fees cap for students at South Dakota's four technical institutes Monday. The cap limited fees for payment of lease purchase agreements to 20 percent of total tuition and fees. The board took its action during a meeting at Northern State University in Aberdeen. State Department of Education official Tiffany Sanderson said the repeal was necessary.
The state Board of Education delivered a message to the presidents of South Dakota's public technical institutes Monday: Find agreement on adding and expanding programs. Otherwise, the board will become more involved and develop a longer and more detailed process of determining which schools offer various degrees. The board's position comes in the wake of a March dispute. Mitchell Technical Institute's leadership opposed the addition of an electrician program at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls that Gov.
BROOKINGS -- The two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor took opposite sides Tuesday on the death penalty, uranium mining, education funding and rural mass transit. State Rep.
PIERRE -- Trying to rebuild South Dakota's deer populations, state wildlife biologists want fewer does taken by hunters during the 2014 rifle seasons this fall. Their plan calls for greatly reducing two-tag and three-tag licenses, especially those that can be used only for taking antlerless deer. Those reductions would be partially offset by offering more single-tag licenses that can be used for any deer including bucks. The overall effect of the Wildlife Division's plan would be tens of thousands fewer does killed by hunters this autumn, and therefore, many more does available to bear fawn