PIERRE — Rebuilding a stretch of Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City will cost more, after state officials tried to save money but didn't get the results they sought from a second round of bidding. The state Transportation Commission accepted two bids Thursday from Upper Plains Contracting Inc. of Aberdeen. The bids were $9,919,392 for the main job and $1,926,987 for the accompanying work of relocating utilities. They were the lowest of three sets of bids received in a Aug.
PIERRE -- Four South Dakotans spoke through American Sign Language at a public hearing Wednesday against state government's plans to set income criteria for deaf or hard of hearing people who want to receive devices and services. The four -- Patty Kuglitsch, Kevin Barber, Jeff Panek and Clarke Christianson, all from the Sioux Falls area -- called for the state Department of Human Services to continue providing equipment and services for free to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The comments came at a formal public hearing held by the department's office of rehabilitation services. No
State wildlife biologists and conservation officers spotted more pheasants along roads in every region of South Dakota during the annual route surveys conducted from July 25 through Aug. 15 this...
PIERRE — Civilians' use of unmanned aerial vehicles is on the rise in South Dakota, including drones flying over large gatherings such as the Sturgis motorcycle rally and Dakotafest at Mitchell, an official for the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday. That presents a safety hazard to pilots flying aircraft in the same area and to members of the public on the ground, Dan Allison told members of the state Aeronautics Commission. There aren't clear and specific regulations for UAVs, according to Allison.
PIERRE -- Remember James Kyle? He was South Dakota's most improbable U.S. senator. Officially an independent, he served his first term with the Democrats and his second with the Republicans. During that first term, Kyle sponsored the federal law in 1894 creating a new national holiday. His legislation designated the first Monday of September as Labor Day. Seven years later, Kyle was dead. So too, the independent movement that first elected him. At a memorial service in the U.S.
'The attorney general appropriated to himself authority to create and enforce special criteria for release of the records,' reporter claims in suit.
Troopers must now adhere to SD Supreme Court’s ruling that requires drivers' consent for blood draws in most cases.
PIERRE -- Dick Sweetman and Lee McCahren didn't last as long together on the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have as Rolling Stones, who after 52 years are still pounding out their rock 'n' roll. But the 41 years apiece by Sweetman and McCahren on the state regulatory panel defined the era of change that saw concern about protecting air, water and terrain turn from being viewed by some as subversive in the 1970s to today's commonplace. Eight of the current nine on the board and a roomful of staff from the state Department of Environment and Na
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court disbarred Christopher Jansen last week while he waits in jail without bail, accused of engaging in sex with boys younger than 13 and distributing pornographic images of some of his alleged acts. Jansen, 34, is a former Walworth County state's attorney who held the office starting in 2009 and resigned from it in 2012. He currently is held in the Hughes County jail without bond.
PIERRE -- The state Board of Regents wants Gov.