PIERRE — State government's Board of Economic Development approved four loans totaling nearly $8 million from South Dakota's low-interest business pool Tuesday. They are: • A $900,000 loan to R and R Holdings, parent company of Watertown-based Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics, which makes shoe soles; • A $1,696,000 loan to the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company, which is constructing a building for Innovative Proteins; • A $1,755,000 loan to Doyle Family Land Co., a Sioux Falls-based manufacturer of Diamond Mowers; and
PIERRE — Six contractors submitted bids to rebuild the State Highway 34 bridge over Chappelle Creek 22 miles east of Pierre in Hughes County. The least expensive was 23 percent more than the project engineer expected. Nonetheless, state government's Transportation Commission awarded the project Tuesday to the lowest bidder, Swingen Construction Co., of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The company proposed doing the work for $710,436.30. The estimated cost was $576,310.70.
PIERRE — John Scheetz, of Spearfish, is the newest member of state government's Board of Minerals and Environment. He is environmental manager at the Sanford Underground Research facility in the former Homestake underground gold mine at Lead. Gov. Dennis Daugaard named Scheetz to succeed Linda Hilde, of Madison. The announcement came Monday through an item on the board's agenda and was confirmed Monday afternoon in the weekly Legislative Research Council Bulletin.
PIERRE — As 2017 began, 31 states including South Dakota had what website Ballotpedia describes as "trifectas." That's one political party holding the governor's office and majorities in both legislative chambers. Democrats have six trifectas. Republicans have 25, including South Dakota Each state has its reasons. A difference of 19 states seems to say something about one party's strength, and the other party's weakness. What that something is, however, isn't clear.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the fourth of four in a series highlighting candidates for the 2018 governor election. Lora Hubbel is a former legislator from Sioux Falls and is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. Here are some impressions. Why she's running: Hubbel said she learned from her 2014 challenge to Gov. Dennis Daugaard it wasn't wise to run against "the status quo." As for "the rank and file" of Republicans, however: "They're my people."
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the third of four in a series highlighting candidates for the 2018 governor election. Marty Jackley is South Dakota's attorney general and is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. Here are some impressions. Why he's running: This was the first question in the interview. Jackley immediately answered with the names of his children, on behalf of every child in South Dakota. "For an opportunity to create new and better-paying jobs here in South Dakota for our kids," he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the second of four in a series highlighting candidates for the 2018 governor election. Kristi Noem is South Dakota's one member in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. Why she's running: When Noem defeated U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in 2010, Noem made a promise. "I said I wouldn't be in (Washington) D.C. in 10 years," she recalled Friday. She had already made the decision she wouldn't seek re-election to the House after 2016.
PIERRE — The investment portfolio for the South Dakota Retirement System grew more than $1.465 billion during fiscal 2017. That was on top of a starting value of $10.851 billion. South Dakota's gain of 13.81 percent, compared to other states, ranked tenth for one year, 33 for three years and first for five years, Tammy Otten said. She is one of three assistant state investment officers. Otten said the retirement system performed better than the capital-markets benchmark in nine of the past 10 years.
SIOUX FALLS – Last year, because summer rainfall was so sparse in so many parts of the Black Hills, and therefore the grazing was too, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission showed some pity. They granted 50 additional licenses for antlerless elk. Some 3,200 people applied. When the commission visited the issue again Friday, weather conditions had changed.
SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota's seasons for hunting mountain lions shouldn't change, members of state government's Game, Fish & Parks Commission decided Friday. They chose to leave everything the same for the coming Black Hills season, which opens Dec. 26, and the prairie season that runs year-round. That includes the hound hunts and on-foot hunts in Custer State Park too. The commissioners received a briefing Thursday afternoon and returned to the topic Friday morning.