PIERRE — Three railroads and two rail authorities asked a state government panel for support Wednesday as they seek federal aid to help rebuild routes in South Dakota. South Dakota Department of Transportation staff will spend the next two weeks looking through the requests and then make recommendations to the state Railroad Board. Board members will meet Aug. 15 to decide which projects to back, Chairman Harlan Quenzer, of Mitchell, said.
PIERRE — The Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee has formally set its expectations for improved performance at the University of South Dakota law school. The letter of intent the panel recently approved came just months after lawmakers channeled $300,000 of new funding into the law school and shifted another $300,000 that had been used in other ways at the Vermillion campus. Assistant Dean Eric Young and Liz Taggart, the law school's admissions director, met July 25 with appropriations members at the Capitol.
PIERRE — South Dakota's four technical institutes should request the governor's support for budget increases totaling nearly $5 million, the state Board of Technical Education unanimously decided Tuesday. The Legislature approved more than $27.9 million during the 2018 session for the campuses at Watertown, Mitchell, Rapid City and Sioux Falls in the budget year that started July 1.
PIERRE — Lawyers for more than 20 farmers in eastern South Dakota who lost millions of dollars for unpaid grain want a state agency to become receiver for the failed seller. The state Public Utilities Commission shut down H and I Grain of Hetland last year. Farmers from Kingsbury, Clark, Beadle, Brookings, Lake and Minnehaha counties see the agency as their way to get money from commodities company CHS Hedging. The commission could decide at its next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, whether to ask a state judge to designate the agency as the receiver.
PIERRE — South Dakota Department of Agriculture officials want authority to loan money directly from state government to small or beginning farmers. The definition of a small or beginning farmer also would be expanded to be a person who has minimal net worth, is under the age of 40 or has been farming less than five years. Currently the department must use a local lender such as a bank or a credit union.
PIERRE — Seven of the first eight men to serve as speaker for the state House of Representatives wore moustaches for their official portraits. As did 10 of the first 11 elected lieutenant governor.
PIERRE – The South Dakota Board of Regents formally approved Paul Beran on Friday as executive director and chief executive officer for the state’s public universities and special schools. Beran, 63, currently is chancellor at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Regents President Kevin Schieffer said Beran would start about Sept. 4.
PIERRE — Enrollments dropped sharply for all three public university centers in South Dakota during recent years, officials told a panel of state lawmakers Tuesday. Documents showed headcounts plummeted from 2013 to 2018. Capital University Center in Pierre fell from 170 to 70; Black Hills State University Center-Rapid City from 2,041 to 1,378; and University Center-Sioux Falls from 2,802 to 1,526. The South Dakota Board of Regents, whose members govern state universities, recently gave responsibility for CUC to its Pierre-based foundation.
PIERRE – Gov. Dennis Daugaard might call the Legislature into special session clarifying the power of state and local governments in South Dakota to tax remote sales of goods and services, his chief of staff said Wednesday morning. “Yes, that is a possibility,” Tony Venhuizen said. The special session would be in the wake of the U.S.
PIERRE — Eyebrows arched Tuesday as a panel of state legislators learned details about the severance package Wayne Carney received when he retired last year as executive director for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The total value exceeded $128,000 and is to be paid over three years, according to testimony from Dan Swartos, who succeeded Carney in the top spot, and from Isaac Jahn, the association's finance director. The association also participates in the South Dakota Retirement System, making Carney eligible for a pension too.