PIERRE — State Department of Transportation leaders will crisscross South Dakota during the next few weeks to get public comments on their 2017 plan for highway and bridge projects. DOT hosts four meetings in person and caps the series with a final gathering by Internet. The meetings are: Aberdeen, July 12, 7 p.m. CT, AmericInn; Sioux Falls, July 13, 7 p.m. CT, Ramkota; Pierre, July 14, 7 p.m. CT, Ramkota; and Rapid City, July 19, 7 p.m. MT, Ramkota. The webinar meeting is July 21 at 2:30 p.m. CT. Go to www.sddot.com for more details.
PIERRE — Scandal Land. Harsh, perhaps, but it doesn't feel too strong. Not with seven dead and four awaiting criminal trials, possibly facing jail or prison, and other persons of possible interest perhaps still in the wings in two separate scandals that have raised EB-5 and GEAR UP from obscurity into headlines. Scandals that involved millions of dollars, washing without any high-level accountability for too many years through two state government departments and enriching private hands.
SPEARFISH — Officials can start planning to revamp Lyle Hare Stadium at Black Hills State University, so that women's soccer can be played there and the track surface and football turf can be replaced, the South Dakota Board of Regents decided this week. The university is adding NCAA Division II women's soccer to its sports program as a step toward gender equity required under federal Title IX regulations.
MADISON — The state Board of Regents gave South Dakota State University the green light Thursday to be first in the nation offering a bachelor degree in precision agriculture. The approval comes as SDSU and the Cooperative Extension Service place an emphasis on helping farmers understand what to expect as return on investment for the technology-and data-driven services. Students would receive courses in agronomy, agriculture machinery management, sensor technology and data sciences.
MADISON – Beer and wine can be sold at state university events including athletic competitions starting Friday, July 1, when a new South Dakota law takes effect. The state Board...
MADISON — The state Board of Regents, whose members govern South Dakota's public universities, talked Wednesday about possible budget priorities for the coming year that could include tuition relief for all students and spending more for data protection and campus security. The tuition break would be the third in a five-year span if the governor and the Legislature would agree to it. Unlike the previous two, the regents are considering expanding it beyond South Dakota resident students.
PIERRE—The cost reports filed with state government by Medicaid providers that form the basis for reimbursement rates often haven't been timely or weren't filed at all, a panel of South Dakota legislators learned Monday. Jason Dilges, the governor's commissioner of finance and management, said the three-year plan put together in 2015 by the Daugaard administration for raising reimbursements closer to costs might have been the first time with comprehensive data.
PIERRE — Every so often the South Dakota Banking Commission finds itself in muddy waters. There was the 2010 decision in which the commissioners decided an offshore lender wasn't a bank. The matter involved a large loan to what then was Northern Beef Packers at Aberdeen. Unknown to the public at the time, the EB-5 program's management was headed into scandal land. We learned a lot about it three years later. We still don't know it all. This month the commission emerged from a different thicket, allowing First State Bank of Roscoe to open a branch in Eureka.
PIERRE — Township officers in 28 of South Dakota's 66 counties have completed inventories of their small bridges and culverts and the rest should be finished in the next month so a request for funding can be made to the state Transportation Commission, a spokesman said Thursday. Dick Howard, a former secretary of transportation who now represents towns and townships, said he's been working with state Department of Transportation staff as part of a task force on what could be done to assist the small local governments on their creek and river crossings.
PIERRE — The state Board of Water and Natural Resources made many millions of dollars of loans and a few grants Thursday for wastewater, drinking water and solid waste disposal projects for more than one dozen South Dakota communities. Mina Lake sanitary district gets a $559,000 loan for 30 years for its $579,000 expansion project including a new artificial wetland.