PIERRE—This summer might be the final time Gov. Dennis Daugaard hosts a golf tournament for economic development prospects. That news came Tuesday from Pat Costello, commissioner for the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Costello told members of the state Board of Economic Development about the change. He said the focus in the years ahead would be on the annual buffalo roundup at Custer State Park and the governor's pheasant hunt based at Pierre. The golf gathering doesn't attract prospects to the same degree.
PIERRE—The legal status remains unclear for three measures that supporters hoped to get on South Dakota's general-election ballot this fall. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs plans to decide their fate soon, according to her spokesman, Jason Williams. Krebs earlier determined that one of the measures, seeking to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, lacked sufficient valid signatures. Its backers have challenged her ruling. Two other measures, both dealing with short-term lenders, have been challenged by each other's supporters.
PIERRE—Employers in South Dakota could save money in the years ahead, if the Legislature caps the state's unemployment insurance fund. State Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman opened discussions on the topic Monday with members of the state's Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council. The state's fund went broke during the 2008-2009 national recession and businesses paid surcharges. The fund finished 2015 with $99.5 million. Based on current circumstances, state Labor Department experts see the fund ending 2016 with $107.2 million.
PIERRE — May 23 might be the most important date on South Dakota's elections calendar this year. It is the final day to register to vote in the June 7 Democratic and Republican primary elections for legislative seats and courthouse positions. Primaries will decide the Democratic nominees for legislative seats in four districts and the Republican nominees for legislative seats in 22 contests in 17 districts. The primary elections already are under way. Absentee voting began April 22. The importance of June 7 is much greater in some parts of South Dakota.
PIERRE — The danger in Flint, Michigan, is leading toward many potential changes throughout the nation regarding lead and copper plumbing for drinking water, an official for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Thursday. The difficulty in the current process is citizens conduct the complex testing and report the results, according to Mark Mayer, the administrator for the agency's drinking water program. He provided an overview for the state Water Management Board.
PIERRE — TransCanada is nearly finished hauling away soil from the Hutchinson County site where the company's oil pipeline was found on April 2 to be leaking, an environmental scientist for state government said Thursday. Brian Walsh briefed members of the South Dakota Water Management Board about the incident. He said the pipeline lost about 400 barrels of oil. A landowner noticed oil on the surface of the ground. Within minutes TransCanada shut down the pipeline, according to Walsh. "It impacted soil only," he said.
PIERRE — Criminal sentencing changes adopted by the Legislature in 2013 made a difference the past two years in slowing the stream of inmates sent to South Dakota’s state prisons,...
PIERRE — Next week the South Dakota Board of Regents will consider how to allow alcohol on state university campuses for specific events. Adoption of the policy follows the decision by the Legislature to repeal the ban that had been in state law for decades. The regents are scheduled to discuss the proposed policy Wednesday when they meet at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Two Republican lawmakers from Brookings, Sen. Larry Tidemann and Rep. Scott Munsterman, sponsored the repeal measure.
PIERRE—Dozens of finance officers from throughout state government and some managers met with South Dakota's new State Board of Internal Control for the first time Monday. The Legislature created the board at the request of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, using a model suggested by Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and the state Bureau of Finance and Management. The board will monitor grants that flow through state government. Grants haven't been closely tracked on a regular basis in the past.
PIERRE — In 1973, as John Cooper put the U.S. Navy and the constant danger of guerilla warfare along the dark jungle rivers of Vietnam behind him, he knew a couple things. That what he did next needed to be something he could enjoy for the rest of his life. And, it probably should involve the bachelor degree in forensics he had earned at Long Beach State University. He met an agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who encouraged him to apply for a job.