PIERRE — After more than 25 years on the drawing board, the Gregory County pumped-storage project might have finally met its end Thursday, at least from the perspective of state government officials. The state Board of Water and Natural Resources decided to let the project's future-use permit lapse for the Missouri River water that would be necessary to make it work. The concept called for constructing a new reservoir and hydroelectric plant adjacent to Lake Francis Case, one of the river's big existing reservoirs.
RAPID CITY — Presidents at South Dakota's public universities would become eligible for contracts lasting more than one year but less than four years, as would the Division I sports head coaches and athletic directors, under a policy change made Thursday by the state Board of Regents. The standard policy has allowed one-year contracts for non-faculty exempt employees. The issue of a multi-year exception arose during the hiring of the new University of South Dakota football coach Bob Nielson. The regents govern the state universities.
PIERRE – Several significant water projects saw changes in their funding arrangements Wednesday by the state Board of Water and Natural Resources. Emery officials plan to replace much of the...
PIERRE—Rural electric cooperatives and milk producers supported proposed rules regarding stray voltage and current at South Dakota dairies Monday. Xcel Energy asked for a change regarding measurement of current. The South Dakota Rural Electric Association disagreed with Xcel's suggestion. The state Public Utilities Commission used the public hearing to also work through a variety of style and form changes offered by the Legislative Research Council.
PIERRE—South Dakota legislators return Tuesday for the final time of the 2016 session to handle five vetoes issued by the governor. The governor suggested corrections and clarifications to two pieces of legislation through what are known as style and form vetoes. Those two bills deal with municipal government. The prime sponsor of both is Sen. Scott Fiegen, R-Dell Rapids. SB 64 makes changes regarding the voting power of an alderman. SB 65 would revise the process of petitioning for a municipal recall election.
PIERRE—Black Hills State University wants to offer South Dakota's first master degree in American Indian studies. The state Board of Regents will decide in the coming days whether Black Hills State can start to plan the program. The regents, who govern the state universities, meet Thursday and Friday in Rapid City at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Black Hills State is based in Spearfish and also manages the university center campus in Rapid City.
PIERRE—Nine years later, the state Transportation Commission agreed Thursday to restore some of the road money cut from the state Game, Fish and Parks Department. GF&P received $2 million annually from DOT, prior to DOT's 2007 budget shortfall. GF&P's amount was slashed to $500,000. The decision now adds $500,000 back, so GF&P will see a total of $1 million. The additional aid could make some difference. The total budget for GF&P from all sources for the current 2016 fiscal year is nearly $83.6 million.
PIERRE—The state Transportation Commission decided Thursday to hold a field meeting this summer. The commission gathers in Deadwood on Aug. 24 for its monthly business and will tour the U.S. 85 reconstruction project that's underway. On Aug. 25, the commission will get together in Rapid City to look at some of the major projects under way, such as Silver Street and Rushmore Road. The commission's meetings normally are in Pierre.
PIERRE—The state Department of Transportation will open bids in June for cutting a rumble strip down the centerline of U.S. 12 between Ipswich and Aberdeen, with the work scheduled for completion yet this summer, a DOT official said Thursday. The 20-mile stretch of two-lane highway, from the four-lane west of Aberdeen to Ipswich, has seen a higher-than-normal number of crashes by vehicles crossing the centerline, according to Mike Behm. He is DOT's director of planning and engineering.
PIERRE—Pam Roberts of Pierre, a retired longtime leader in state government, will succeed Terry Baloun of Sioux Falls on the state Board of Regents. The regents govern South Dakota's state universities and special schools. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the Roberts appointment Wednesday afternoon. Baloun, a retired banker, is finishing his second six-year term on the board. Then-Gov. Mike Rounds appointed him in 2004. He is the board's secretary and is a past president.