PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission approved contractors' bids Thursday on six South Dakota highway projects that totaled more than $6.5 million. The commission also added two projects to the 2017 highway plan. One is replacement of a bridge deck about 22 miles east of Pierre where SD 34 crosses Chapelle Creek. The estimated cost is about $1,224,000.
James Appl has won election to a seat representing schoolteachers on the South Dakota Retirement System board of trustees. The announcement came Wednesday morning during the trustees meeting in Sioux Falls. Appl has taught middle school and high school in the Aberdeen system for 25 years. He received 476 votes in the spring elections and replaces Steve Caron, who also teaches in the Aberdeen system. Caron has been a trustee since 2009.
Matt Clark went to the Wednesday meeting for the South Dakota Retirement System board of trustees bearing bullish news. Clark, the state investment officer, told the gathering in Sioux Falls that the market value of the retirement system's investments was up 13 percent as of June 12. The fiscal year for state government runs through June 30. That means, if conditions hold, the retirement system would finish solidly in the black for 2017.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Economic Development this week approved more than $1.8 million of grants from Building South Dakota programs and loaned more than $2 million to two companies. Tower Properties, LLC, based in Sioux Falls, received a state loan of $1,537,500 to help pay for a 25,000-square-foot facility under construction in South Dakota's largest city. The company, known as Sioux Falls Tower, is a telecommunications and wind energy tower contractor.
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PIERRE — A decade ago there was an insider joke of sorts about Deb Peters in the halls of the Legislature, at least among some of those professing to be in the know. Those Capitol cognoscenti rolled their eyes about how she, a Republican lawmaker from Hartford, had this habit of telling people yes, she was a certified public accountant. Well, that humor is out of style nowadays. Suddenly a lawmaker who is a CPA seems to be exactly what the Legislature needs.
PIERRE — Most if not all members of the Legislature head back to the Capitol for a special session Monday. Called by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the one-day meeting starts at 10 a.m. CT. The single topic is a proposed law that deals with non-meandered waters that lay over private property. This often is floodwater remaining from the 1980s and '90s. The South Dakota Supreme Court on March 15 issued a unanimous opinion in Duerre v. Hepler that neither landowners nor sportsmen had superior rights to use the water or ice on several lakes in Day County.
OACOMA — A state official told the eight members of the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission on Friday that he is looking forward to the special session the Legislature will hold Monday on non-meandered waters. "I think it will be a good day for South Dakota," GF&P Secretary Kelly Hepler said, as he finished briefing the commission on the final version of the draft legislation. The previous special session came in 2011 when lawmakers drew new boundaries for legislative districts. This will be the seventh special session since 1997.
PIERRE -- Gregory County can keep its split season for hunting deer, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission decided Friday. The commission also substantially restructured its 2017-2018 plan for three-day waterfowl licenses for non-resident hunters. The Gregory County reversal resulted from work by commissioner Barry Jensen of White River. The commission voted unanimously Friday for his suggestion that keeps Gregory County exempt from the standard West River deer season.
OACOMA — The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission received complaints Thursday from landowners opposed to eliminating the split season for deer in Gregory County and from resident waterfowl hunters against more nonresident licenses. Fifteen people testified at the commission's public hearing on those two proposals. But there wasn't any testimony on a long list of other proposals, including for other deer hunting seasons and trapping regulations. Chairwoman Cathy Peterson, of Salem, said the commission's decisions would come Friday morning.