PIERRE — South Dakota's new board that will hold public school districts accountable for raising teacher salaries met Monday to discuss the processes for school boards to seek waivers and file appeals. The Legislature created the School Financial Accountability Board and set requirements that school districts must meet to keep receiving additional state aid for teacher salaries.
PIERRE — Few voters in South Dakota probably know about something called the candidate statement of financial interest. State law requires candidates for election to a state or federal office to file the one-page statements. The purpose is to disclose the sources of income for a candidate and the spouse. These financial interest statements were required long before the push for more public disclosure the past two years in the wake of the EB-5 and GEAR UP scandals. The statements disappeared, briefly, from public access earlier this year.
PIERRE – For hundreds of South Dakota’s largest livestock producers, their way of life stood on the line this past week. They faced scrutiny during a three-day hearing about their...
PIERRE — A state official approved revisions Thursday to South Dakota's general permit for concentrated animal feeding operations. Steve Pirner made the decision after two and one-half days of testimony at a contested case hearing. Pirner is secretary of environment and natural resources for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The general permit sets regulations for manure storage and usage. The regulations are intended to protect surface water and shallow aquifers. Hundreds of livestock, dairy and poultry producers in South Dakota operate under the general permit.
PIERRE — Lawyers for livestock and poultry groups blocked testimony at a state permit hearing Wednesday about whether feedlot manure contributes to antibiotic resistance. The hearing officer wouldn't allow the presentation by Don Kelley, a licensed pathologist and medical doctor from Rapid City. Kelley is the state chairman for Dakota Rural Action, a citizens group that emphasizes food and environmental safety. Dakota Rural Action is contesting the state's proposed updates for the general permit that covers confined animal feeding operations (CAFO).
PIERRE — The contested case on issuing a new version of South Dakota's general permit for concentrated animal feeding operations began Tuesday with an attempt to delay the start. Kelsea Sutton, the lawyer representing Dakota Rural Action, said the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources didn't provide copies of revised drafts. "The agency did this wrong and messed up the process," Sutton said. She noted the permit has expired and was last considered 13 years ago. "We have to do this right."
PIERRE — The speed limit on U.S. 81 along Watertown's south side won't be reduced after all. State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Monday the plan now is to install a four-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 81 and the local South Connector. Currently the intersection is a two-way stop for traffic on the connector, which is Twentieth Avenue SE and 173 Street. Watertown city officials had petitioned the state Transportation Commission to cut the speed limit to 35 mph on that stretch of U.S. 81.
PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission on Monday approved proceeding with negotiations to transfer several miles of service road to the city of Box Elder. The deal would open the north side of Interstate 90 to development between exits 61 and 63. It also would clear the way for expansion some day of Interstate 90 to six lanes from Ellsworth Air Force Base into Rapid City. The plan would be set forth in an agreement to be signed between Box Elder, Pennington County and the state Department of Transportation.
PIERRE — Some people on the South Dakota Board of Education want to write a new mission statement. The reason is obvious. They want to show they weren't responsible for the stealing, followed by the lying and finally the killings connected to the Gear Up program. No matter that the man who was running Gear Up was on the state Board of Education too. He stepped aside after the six bodies were found in the ruins of the house fire at Platte last September. They were first shot to death.
BELLE FOURCHE — The state board that oversees water projects traveled 110 years into the past Thursday to see how a feat of agricultural engineering in the dry terrain of Butte County continues helping produce crops where they wouldn't grow otherwise. The Belle Fourche irrigation district supplies water during tough times of the growing season to more than 57,000 acres of private farms and ranches.