PIERRE — Voter registration data from the past six months show a Republican surge and a Democratic decline in South Dakota. In county after county, Republicans posted gains, while Democrats found more pain. From Dec. 2, 2015, through June 1, 2016, Republican registration rose 4,855. Democratic registration meanwhile fell 939. This is how Republicans keep winning elections and Democrats keep losing them in South Dakota.
PIERRE – In a split decision Wednesday the South Dakota Brand Board awarded proceeds from a sale of 46 head of cattle to a rancher from the Manderson area. Gilvern...
PIERRE –The opposing sides have decided to end their dispute over which utility should supply electricity to Dakota Plains Ag Supply grain terminal and railroad loading facility planned at Napa...
PIERRE — The 2016 presidential campaign is one for the ages and the aged. Republican nominee Donald Trump turned 70 on June 14. Democratic nominee-to-be Hillary Clinton would be 69 on Oct. 26. Trump would be the oldest president if he wins. Clinton wouldn't be far off. The record-holder is Ronald Reagan. He was 69 years, 349 days old when he was inaugurated Jan. 20, 1981, and just shy of age 78 when he left the White House. One man's life doesn't make a rule, but his second term raised questions about what age might be too old.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters could have at least four choices for president on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. They are: Republican Donald Trump, of New York City, New York, whose nomination paperwork was received Friday; Libertarian Gary Johnson, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was the first to qualify on June 14; Constitution candidate Darrell Castle, of Germantown, Tennessee, whose paperwork arrived July 18; and Democrat Hillary Clinton, of Chappaqua, New York, who awaits nomination later this week.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court has agreed insurance benefits weren't owed to a young man who had been shot in the head with a handgun by another student. The incident occurred while they were in the shooter's pickup truck in the Britton-Hecla High School parking lot three years ago. The court said in a decision released Thursday that the shooter, Dusty Groom, wasn't covered under his grandmother's insurance policy. The reason: He didn't live in the same house as his grandmother, Bonnie Buhl.
PIERRE — A couple who lost 93 yearling heifers to drowning in Winter Storm Atlas nearly three years ago should be compensated by their insurance company, the South Dakota Supreme Court decided in an opinion released Thursday. The state's high court overturned an earlier decision by Circuit Judge Wally Eklund that had gone against Richard and Larayna Papousek, of Quinn. They run a crop and livestock ranch and had a veterinarian examine eight to 10 of the dead cattle. The veterinarian, Jim McConaghy, of Wall, determined the cause of death was drowning.
PIERRE — State government's two panels that regulate legal gambling in South Dakota have new members coming aboard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently appointed Michael Wordeman, of Rapid City, and Karen Wagner, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. The panel oversees Deadwood gambling and betting on horse and dog races, setting rules and policies and handling discipline and licensing disputes. Wordeman was the founder of Sodak Gaming, a pioneer in Indian casino gambling.
PIERRE — No high school teams from South Dakota are participating in the North American Envirothon competition this summer. That means a $4,000 state grant for their travel isn't being used. The Butte Conservation Districts wanted to convert the travel grant to a new purpose: Helping pay for a full-time Envirothon coordinator already under contract. But the South Dakota Conservation Commission deadlocked Monday, unable to summon a five-member majority to deny the request or to approve it.
PIERRE — Come August, the South Dakota Lottery debuts a new game at convenience stores and other lotto-ticket outlets. It's called EZ Match. The hope is it generates another $66,000 or so for the state treasury. That's not big money. But the game, with its attraction of an instant winner for lotto players, reflects the forward march of legal gambling in South Dakota during the six years so far of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration.