PIERRE— State government regulators are pursuing revocation of grain buyer licenses held by a company based in Kingsbury County. Staff members want the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to take the licenses from H & I Grain, of Hetland. The commission plans to consider the request at its meeting Friday. The state agency supervises grain activity in South Dakota. The commissioners suspended the financially troubled company's state licenses June 23 for Hetland, De Smet and Arlington.
FORT PIERRE — A stronger relationship took shape Friday, when leaders for the planning section of state government's Division of Parks and Recreation met with members of the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission. "Hopefully today is a start of a new trend," planning specialist Nancy Surprenant told commissioners. Surprenant and Al Nedved, an assistant division director, talked about the strategic planning process. Nedved said 200 to 400 capital development projects are under way at any time. "It's a very integrated, very fast-paced process," he said.
FORT PIERRE — Landowners could ask that parts or all of the water in some public lakes and sloughs in South Dakota be declared off-limits to recreational users, under a rule proposed Thursday by state government's Game, Fish and Parks Commission. To qualify, the water would have to be in a non-meandered lake or slough, and be above the applicant's private property. The landowner wouldn't be required to appear when the commission considered the request.
PIERRE — Duties of state government's Water Management Board didn't change last month when the Legislature approved a law that for the first time regulates non-meandered waters in South Dakota, according to the board's chief engineer. "The way it is written now, I do not believe so," Jeanne Goodman told board members Wednesday about whether the legislation affected water rights. Goodman said language that would have changed South Dakota's water rights laws wasn't part of the final legislation. She said state officials "watched that closely."
PIERRE – State government’s Board of Economic Development increased the loan amount for a Yankton business Tuesday and approved new loans to businesses in Mitchell and North Sioux City. The board gave the green light for Applied Engineering of Yankton to receive a loan totaling $1,122,600. The board originally approved a $415,230 loan March 14.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Economic Development increased the loan amount for a Yankton business Tuesday and approved new loans to businesses in Mitchell and North Sioux City. The board loaned $1,350,000 to Vantage Point Solutions, of Mitchell. The board also gave the green light for Applied Engineering, of Yankton, to receive a loan totaling $1,122,600. The board originally approved a $415,230 loan March 14. The board also loaned $520,000 to a recently incorporated business, Century Custom Molding, based in North Sioux City, South Dakota.
PIERRE — A member of state government's Board of Economic Development wondered Tuesday why more of the board's funds dedicated for low-interest loans to businesses aren't put to broader uses such as assisting communities on infrastructure. The suggestion came from Tom Jones, of Viborg, a Democrat who served in the state House and then the state Senate from 2011 through 2014. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, appointed him to the state board afterward. Jones said Tuesday the board has been sitting on millions of dollars.
PIERRE — The husband and wife owners of several financially troubled grain businesses sued their son for fraud in federal court last month, three weeks before South Dakota regulators suspended the company's grain buying licenses. Duane and JoAnne Steffensen are owners and directors of H and I Grain of Hetland Inc. They held grain buyer licenses for businesses in Hetland, De Smet and Arlington. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission suspended the licenses June 23 because of specific acts indicating insolvency.
PIERRE — State government regulators suspended the grain-buyer licenses and ordered a financial audit for H & I Grain of Hetland. Citizens won't know, however, what the audit might have found. South Dakota law doesn't allow those reports to be revealed to the public. It would be a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, if that barrier is violated. The state Public Utilities Commission took the actions against H and I Grain at a special meeting June 23.
PIERRE — The two elected officials who comprise state government's Board of Appraisal set values Thursday for two pieces of property in western South Dakota that the Legislature agreed to put up for sale. State Auditor Steve Barnett and state School and Public Lands Commissioner Ryan Brunner accepted the third-party appraisals for two parcels of open land known as Echo Valley five miles south of Custer and for a Western Dakota Technical Institute building in Rapid City.